true devotion to mary
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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It is a key insight of De Montfort’s True Devotion that just as the Son of God entered the world through Mary’s mediation, so it is through her that he comes into the life of every soul.

By bringing us close to her Son, she brings us close to joy, and causes our joy. Here we see that the title Cause of our Joy implies the title Mediatrix.

The Greek words for ‘joy’ and ‘grace’ are almost the same: chara and charis. As Mary mediates all grace, she causes every joy.
Fr. Gerard Deighan, Lecturer in Scripture