Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort
1673 – 1716
Feast Day: April 28
A strong believer in the power of the rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort was a priest, preacher, poet and writer who influenced many popes and religious orders with his devotion to the Virgin Mary. Representing the French school of Spirituality, his books are still widely read to this day.
“If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in Hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practise black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul, if—-and mark well what I say—-if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
——St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary
Novena to Saint Louis Montfort
Great Apostle and son of Our Lady, Saint Louis de Montfort, your only desire was to set aflame the world with the love of Jesus, through Mary. We implore you to obtain for us a perfect and constant devotion to Mary, that we may participate in the faith, hope and charity of Our Lady and that we may receive the favor we ask of you in this novena… (mention your petition).
(1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be).
Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort pray for us (3 times)
Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.
Image: Photograph of sculpture in the upper niche of Saint Peter’s Basilica by Giacomo Parisini