Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm
The following information about St. Louis de Montfort is taken
from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, French
priest and Catholic saint, was born on January 31, 1673 at Montfort
and died at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre
on April 28, 1716.
St. Louis was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1888
and canonized by Pius XII in 1947. The saint served as a missionary
among the people of Brittany and the Vendee. His preaching in
the Vendee contributed to it being the only region strongly resistant
to the anti-clerical revolution of 1792.
St. Louis de Montfort
was known for having directed the construction of a calvary among
enthusiastic peasants. The King of France, however, under the influence
of members of the Jansenist school, was later to order it destroyed.
It is reported that upon receiving this disturbing news, he was
not perturbed but only declared, "Blessed be God!" St.
Louis' spirituality placed great emphasis on the value of obedience.
However, he is best known for his promotion of Marian devotion.
de Montfort's approach of "total consecration to Jesus
Christ through Mary" had a strong impact on Marian devotion
both in popular piety and in the spirituality of religious orders.
thought, writings, and example of St. Louis de Montfort, an example
of the French school of spirituality, have been singled out in an
encyclical by the late Pope John Paul II as a distinctive witness
of Marian spirituality in the Catholic tradition; the pontiff also
spoke of his reading the saint's work The True
Devotion to Mary as a "turning point" in his life.
His popular book The Secret of the Rosary is approved by the Catholic
church and is an easily readable, multi-perspective approach to
the Holy Rosary that has been read by Catholics worldwide for over
two centuries. "True Devotion to Mary" has been called
the greatest Marian book of all time.