THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: EXPERIENCING THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH ST. LOUIS-MARIE DE MONTFORT

April 27, 2020frjohnma

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

God the Holy Spirit, who does not produce any divine person, became fruitful through Mary whom he espoused. It was with her, in her and of her that he produced his masterpiece, God-made-man, and that he produces every day until the end of the world the members of the body of this adorable Head. For this reason the more he finds Mary his dear and inseparable spouse in a soul the more powerful and effective he becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul and that soul in Jesus Christ. – St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, TD. no. 20.

Today is the feast day of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. With joy in our hearts and countless meditations we celebrate his heavenly birthday. More so, Happy feast day to all St. Louis-Marie’s namesakes with a special reference to REV. FR. LOUIS-MARIE MFON MATHIAS. The best gifts to present to our spiritual mentor are: the Holy Mass, Holy Communion and the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He is one of the saints we usually invoke during our concluding prayer of the Holy Rosary. He shares some similar characteristics with the Holy Spirit. He is a hidden and neglected saint. Many Catholics pray the Rosary, invoke him but with a fair or no knowledge about his person, works and roles in the life of the Holy Spirit, the Church and our individual lives. He is a special teacher in the school of the Holy Spirit because of his contributions in exposing the works of the Holy Spirit in the inner life of God, the Church and the salvation of humankind. Hence, he is invoked as a “Heart ever docile to the Holy Spirit” and “Teacher of the people of God.”

Furthermore, St. Louis-Marie de Montfort is invoked, honoured and loved amidst other titles and litanies as an “Ardent disciple of Jesus Christ the Incarnate Wisdom”, “Eloquent preacher of the Cross”, “Singer of the praises of the Sacred Heart”, “Loving slave of Jesus in Mary”, “Faithful son of the handmaid of the Lord”, “Apostle of the Most Holy Rosary”, “Preacher of the Mother of the Redeemer”, “Servant of the poor and the afflicted, “Man of solitude and prayer”, “Model of priests and missionaries”, “Fervent minister of the Holy Eucharist”, “Restorer of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament”, “Marvel of poverty and abandonment to Divine Providence”, “Founder of Religious congregations”, and “Apostle of the end times”,

St. Louis-Marie de Montfort extensively writes about the inspirations of the Holy Spirit in the Church. So, from his masterpiece like The love of eternal wisdom, True devotion to Mary, Friends of the Cross, and so on, we gather a confirmation of the influence of the Holy Spirit in the identity, mission and ministry of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Traditions. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort also reveals how the Holy Spirit impacts so much on our personal experiences of the Holy Spirit in our souls. For example, in the Letter to the Friends of the Cross, he says: “a sensible joy in our sufferings… comes from the soul, which is so overwhelmed with the divine joy of the Holy Spirit” (LFC 51); in The Admirable Secret of the Rosary, he exclaims: “When the Holy Spirit has revealed this secret (of the Rosary) to a priest and director of souls, how blessed is that priest!” (ASR 1). Again, in True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, he writes: “When the Holy Spirit, her spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there and enters fully into it” (TD 36); or “To rid ourselves of selfishness, we must first become thoroughly aware, by the light of the Holy Spirit, of our tainted nature” (TD 79); or “The Holy Spirit himself will lead this faithful soul from strength to strength, from grace to grace, from light to light” (TD 119); and, in speaking of the effects of the faithful practice of the “perfect devotion” to Our Lady, he says: “By the light which the Holy Spirit will give you through Mary, his faithful spouse, you will perceive the evil inclinations of your fallen nature” (TD 213); and again: “The Holy Spirit, finding his dear Spouse present again in souls, will come down into them with great power. He will fill them with his gifts” (TD 217).

From the teachings of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, it is crystal clear that if we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, He will perform might works through our docility, devotions, way of life and our longings. The Holy Spirit is still working tirelessly today in the Church, our world and in our souls. Therefore, let us consciously promote Him following the footprints of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort.

Let us pray.

O God, Who in the power of the Holy Spirit hast made Saint Louis-Marie an ardent apostle of Christ Crucified and a faithful son of the Virgin Mary; Grant that through his example and intercession we may be renewed in the spirit of our baptism and be always faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit. One God, forever and ever. Amen.

ST. LOUIS-MARIE DE MONTFORT – PLEASE PRAY FOR US! PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TOTAL HEALING AND PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 AND ALL PANDEMICS IN OUR WORLD. AMEN.

Comments (9)

  • Anajekwu Emeka

    April 28, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Saint Louis Marie de Montfort…. Pray for us… Amen

    1. frjohnma

      April 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Pray for us!

  • Jenevive Odu.

    April 28, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Truely St.Louis is not known. Acknowledging our frailty, may we never hesitate to give our lives entirely to God,who alone can make us completely happy.

    1. frjohnma

      April 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Please help us to spread the reign of Jesus through Mary with St. Louis-Marie de Montfort as the anchor

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    April 28, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Amen.
    Wow! This is truly the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous to behold or rather ‘to be-read’! It surely provides a very good summary of the Saint’s life, as well as makes holy life very lovely & attractive! Once again I thank God for the gift of you and for His great works of divine wisdom & inspiration in you. No doubt, you are a true apostle of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort indeed, as you have become for us, a special teacher in the school of the Holy Spirit.
    I find your extract from from his book (friend of the cross)-‘’a sensible joy in our sufferings… comes from the soul, which is so overwhelmed with the divine joy of the Holy Spirit” very encouraging, especially in this very trying time. I am also interested in reading his book on ‘The love of eternal wisdom’, which I think might have inspired his love and wisdom to accept favors or services only when they were rendered to him purely for the sake of Christ, even when his survival depends on such favors or services!; I was quite amazed to learn of a few examples of this way of life while participating in the 33-day preparatory classes for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary designed by him. I wish more people will undergo this privileged programme.
    Please permit me to join you in wishing all namesakes of our Saint a happy feast day, especially our amiable and very humble Director-Rev Fr. Louis-Maria Mfon Mathias; I guess this humility is the secret of the success of both of you; always docile to the Holy Spirit. May God also grant us the grace to follow in the exemplary life of humility & docility of this great Saint by staying close to Our Lady like him.
    Thank you very much Father for the wonderful réfection.

    1. frjohnma

      April 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      “Please permit me to join you in wishing all namesakes of our Saint a happy feast day, especially our amiable and very humble Director-Rev Fr. Louis-Maria Mfon Mathias; I guess this humility is the secret of the success of both of you; always docile to the Holy Spirit. May God also grant us the grace to follow in the exemplary life of humility & docility of this great Saint by staying close to Our Lady like him.
      Thank you very much Father for the wonderful réfection.” This is a very fascinating comment and compliment. God through Mama Maria and St. Louis-Marie de Montfort bless and sustain your generous heart and the gift of affirmation

  • Pauline Otu

    April 28, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Amen. Thank you Father & may God heal the entire world suffering from covid 19 amen.

    1. frjohnma

      April 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Thank a million times for you consistent comments and prayers.

  • Louis Mathias

    April 28, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    👍 Amen and amen 🙏 Thanks so much Fr John-Mary for this insightful master piece in honour of St. Louis-Marie De Montfort my Patron.
    May St. Louis-Marie De Montfort help us to strive to have special devotion to the Holy Spirit in order to practise a Perfect/True devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through Christ Our Lord Amen.

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