All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:14)
Obedient and loving submission to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives is one of the great fruits that the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort produces in those who practice it faithfully. Recognizing that as Fr. de Montfort so powerfully expresses, “When the Holy Spirit, her spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there and enters fully into it. He gives himself generously to that soul according to the place it has given to his spouse,” (TD #36) the Association finds it very important for its members to unite even more intensely with Our Lady during the days of the Pentecost Novena when we call out for a renewed outpouring of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and upon the entire Church.
The Booklet of Novena Prayers is available below as well as an audio reflection on the importance of the Pentecost Novena that was given at a recent meeting of our Legion of Mary praesidium.
In the present year (2016) the Annunciation of the Lord is not celebrated on March 25. Rather, as March 25 is the date of Good Friday this year, the celebration of the Annunciation of the Lord is deferred until the first day that it can possibly be celebrated which is Monday, April 4, the day immediately following Divine Mercy Sunday. Those who seek to make their Act of Total Consecration, or to renew it, on the feast of the Annunciation this year should do so on the date that the Church actually celebrates the feast so as to be most fully in union with the prayer of the Church.
The question may then arise, “If I make my Act of Total Consecration on April 4 this year, will that date become my feast day?” The answer to this is “No.” When one makes his Act of Total Consecration on the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, his feast day is not the specific calendar date of his consecration but the date, whenever it may fall in a given year, on which the Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Lord – usually March 25.
Due to the importance this feast day for those who follow the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, it is necessary to be familiar with the occasional changes in the date of its celebration by the Church and to plan our calendars accordingly.
Over the last couple months we had been working to arrange the restoration of two very old and very lovely images of Our Lady, Queen of all hearts. The restoration work is now complete and the two statues have been returned to the Center of the Association in Bay Shore, NY, where they will be newly consecrated and put to use in our upcoming spiritual programs.
Fr. Hugh has made available two brief reflections that were inspired by St. Louis de Montfort’s book The Admirable Secret of the Most Holy Rosary. The reflections were given as allocutios during the meeting of our Legion of Mary Praesidium where they were recorded so that they would be available to our members.
This is a reminder to our members that a Plenary Indulgence is available to them each year on Holy Thursday should they renew their Act of Total Consecration and recommit themselves to working for the promotion of the reign of Jesus through Mary according to the statutes of the Association of Mary, Queen of All hearts.
The Regina Cordium Praesidum has just made available another allocutio (brief spiritual reflection) from their weekly meetings. This allocutio looks at the deep spiritual connection between the Legion Promise which is like and act of Consecration and the mystery of the Annunciation.
Click here to listen to the allocutio.
Our Legion of Mary Praesidium, Regina Cordium, has begun the process of recording the allocutios (brief spiritual reflections) given at their weekly meetings and making them available online to those who would like to deepen their devotion to Our Lady. The first recording has just been uploaded and can be found on the Regina Cordium website.
We would like to extend our thanks to the members of the Regina Cordium Praesidium of the Legion of Mary for arranging to have the large statue of Our Lady of Grace that adorns our offices restored to its original beauty. The restoration work has been very well done and Our Lady’s image was prayerfully received and adorned with a May crown of flowers upon her arrival.
The Servant of God, Frank Duff, who founded the Legion of Mary spoke openly of the great spiritual treasure that he discovered in the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort and especially in Fr. de Montfort’s master work, The Treatise Upon True Devotion to the Holy Virgin.
Mr. Duff’s living out of this spirituality bore great fruit in the foundation of the Legion of Mary through which one might well say that this great Catholic’s own Act of Total Consecration has managed to leave its imprint on nearly every corner of the world.
Frank Duff was enrolled as a member of the Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts, (the former name of the Association) on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1921.
Below is a scan of his enrollment certificate:
The Montfort Spirituality website has just posted an 8-video series on Fr. Ralph Benning’s little book, Catechism on True Devotion. This is a fine resource for those who find that from time to time they do have questions on certain aspects of Fr. de Montfort’s teaching about Our Lady or with regard to what is involved in living the Act of Total Consecration.