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True Devotion to Mary in the life of a Priest
His Eminence Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect, Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Vatican

During the audience which His Holiness Pope John Paul II gave to an International Retreat of Priests in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on October 9, 1984, he said: “The world today needs priests, needs many priests, but above all needs holy priests”. In this conference we shall consider how best we can become what the Pope desired: viz. holy priests; for, if we go down memory lane, this is exactly what we wanted to be on the day of our sacerdotal ordination, no matter how long ago it was. We shall take the cue from the masterly treatise True Devotion to Mary (TD), written by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716) in the early 1700s....

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The over 2000-year-old history of the Church shows that the battle between the forces of good and evil has raged with various intensity in the Church at large and in individuals. The saints, in particular, have felt the impact more fully, thus confirming what St. Paul wrote to Timothy, that: “those who want to live piously in the Lord will suffer persecution” (2 Tm 3:12) and, in our case, persecution from the devil.

Take, for example, St. Patrick, who overcame so many difficulties and bore many sufferings in order to plant the Gospel in this country, and you are his heirs. And Jean-Marie Vianney, the saintly Curé of Ars, who led hundreds of thousands of persons to God through his ministry at the confessional and in the pulpit, but was tormented in different ways by Satan, especially when he wanted to rest for just a few hours at night.
His Eminence, Ivan Cardial Dias, Prefect, Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Vatican