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The Book That Changed The Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

The Book That Changed The Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

Saint Pope John Paul II, pointed to his consecration to Mary as a turning point in his life, saying:

‘The reading of this book (True Devotion to Mary) was a decisive turning-point in my life. I say “turning-point,” but in fact it was a long inner journey. . . – This “perfect devotion” is indispensable to anyone who means to give himself without reserve to Christ and to the work of redemption.’

Considered by many to be the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written, True Devotion to Mary is St Louis de Montfort’s classic statement on the spiritual way to Jesus Christ though the Blessed Virgin Mary. Beloved by countless souls, this book sums up the entire Christian life, showing a way of holiness that is short, easy, secure, and perfect—a way of life chosen by Our Lord Himself.

In this beautiful and sublimely inspiring book, de Montfort explains the wonderful spiritual effects which true devotion to Mary brings about in a person’s life.

This new edition in the TAN Classic format includes an expanded Preparation for Total Consecration with readings and prayers. There is no better way to advance quickly in holiness, no better way to please God, and no better way to guarantee one’s present sanctity and eternal salvation than the true devotion to Mary.

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Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, a holy and devout bishop during the 17th century, wrote a classic spiritual book called Introduction to the Devout Life. He related practical advice for the average layperson in his book, which has remained a great source of inspiration throughout the centuries

Here are five powerful quotes from this book, in which de Sales explains what to do when you are in the midst of a temptation.

So soon as you feel yourself anywise tempted, do as our little children when they see a wolf or a bear in the mountains. Forthwith they run to the protection of their father or mother, or at least cry out for help.

Do you fly in like manner to God, claiming His compassion and succor,—it is the remedy taught us by our Lord Himself: “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

If, nevertheless, the temptation persists or increases, hasten in spirit to embrace the holy Cross, as though you beheld Jesus Christ Crucified actually Present.

Make firm protests against consenting, and ask His Help thereto; and, so long as the temptation lasts, do you persist in making acts of non-consent. But while making these acts and these protests, do not fix your eyes on the temptation,—look solely on Our Lord, for if you dwell on the temptation, especially when it is strong, your courage may be shaken.

Divert your mind with any right and healthy occupation, for if that takes possession and fills your thoughts, it will drive away temptation and evil imaginations.

 

7 Books Every Marian Lover Should Read Before You Die

7 Books Every Marian Lover Should Read Before You Die

True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin by St. Louis De Montfort

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True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is one of the greatest and most celebrated books ever written about Our Lady. Praised by popes, mystics and theologians, this profound and powerful book presents Mary as the essential and infallible key to the heart of Jesus. Nowhere will you find a deeper and more life-changing book on that quintessentially Catholic doctrine: the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Christian and the life of the Church.
Unpublished during the saint’s life time, it has enjoyed the endorsement of the many outstanding popes the Church has been blessed with since its discovery in 1842. John Paul II, in particular, was its tireless champion, crediting True Devotion with a turning-point in his spiritual life, adopting his motto, Totus tuus, from St. Louis.
The key to De Montfort’s Marian spirituality is that he considered Our Lady to be the infallible and chosen gate to the heart of Christ – To Jesus through Mary: it is Christ Himself Who is at the centre of True Devotion.

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Love of Eternal Wisdom by St. Louis De Montfort

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Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI. As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of consistently praying the Rosary. Montfort is considered as one of the early Marian proponents of the field of Mariology as it is known today, and a viable candidate to become a Doctor of the Church. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary. The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947. A “founders statue” created by Giacomo Parisini is currently placed at the upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The paper consists of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. For some, “The Love of Eternal Wisdom” is believed to be the key to the whole thought of the saint. St. Louis Marie de Montfort saint describes how you can achieve spiritual union with Jesus Christ.

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The Secret of Mary –by Louis de Montfort

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A short, famous classic on “true devotion to Mary”–an excellent, easy means of attaining holiness and salvation, a way followed by Popes and Saints, but also perfect for lay people. It is at least every bit as good as his True Devotion to Mary! Small but powerful–seems almost divinely inspired!

 

The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis Mary Grignion De Montfort

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New translation of the classic work by the great Marian writer who nurtured Pope John Paul II’s devotion to Our Blessed Mother

 

God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis Marie De Montfort

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The writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort are of great interest today for many reasons. First, because they are centered on Christ, Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom. Second, because they focus attention on the importance of Mary’s role in the Mystery of Christ and of the Church-a subject of renewed interest both within the Catholic Church and other Christian churches. Third, because they embody a form of “Marian Spirituality” that goes far beyond mere Marian devotion, as Pope John Paul II pointed out in his Marian Year encyclical: St. Louis Marie de Montfort “proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments.” Fourth, because they reflect the thinking and pastoral experiences of a man of vision whose writings have a definite prophetic ring relative to the latter times. They likewise reflect his unusually profound understanding of the Scriptures concerning Christ, Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom, as well as his own personal discovery of Mary, the “easy, short, perfect and sure way” to obtain full possession of Divine Wisdom in our souls. In a sense, we can say that his writings have revolutionized the whole concept of true devotion to Mary by presenting it as a way of life… This is the softcover edition. The hardcover is now out of print.

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Mystical City of God: Volume I-IV by Mary of Agreda

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Dictated to Ven. Mary of Agreda (1601-1664) by the Blessed Mother herself, The Mystical City of God is an amazing collection of four books of revelations about the life of Mary and the divine plan for creation and the salvation of souls that has been enthralling readers for centuries.

Composed of the Conception, Incarnation, Transfixion and Coronation, this magnificent narrative takes the reader through the various stages of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, plus it reveals all sorts of facts about our entire salvation history.

Beautiful hardcover binding with elegant gold-foil details. The interior is reproduced at 100% of the size in the original book and printed from the original negatives for complete fidelity. Sold as a set of 4 only.

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The Mystical City of God: A Popular Abridgement of the Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of God

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A highly successful abridgment of the monumental 2,676 page, 4 volume life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as seen in mystic vision by Venerable Mary of Agreda (1602-1665). This book overflows with enthralling information about Our Lord and Our Lady, about the creation of the world, the meaning of the Apocalypse, Lucifer’s rebellion, the location of hell, the hidden life of Jesus, etc. Reveals that St. Joseph ate meat, but Our Lord and Our Lady seldom did. Makes Christ’s hidden life come alive. Acclaimed by the popes, cardinals and theologians—one of the greatest Catholic books ever.

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