Tuesday, 28 April 2009
St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.
Today is the feast of one of my favourite saints, St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. One of his hermitages, the Grotte du Pere de Monfort is in the Mervent Forest, only ten kilometres or so from our farmhouse in the Vendee.
I have to admit that he has always appealed to me, not only for his theological writings and his great devotion to Our Lady, but for his mission to preach the Catholic faith to the Protestants of that part of the Vendee! In fact, in Vouvant - a village nearby - there is an abiding memory of a miracle he performed for a terminally ill child. The courtyard where the boy lived is still called the Cour de Miracle.
May St Louis pray for us and all who seek to adhere to the Catholic faith.
A Prayer of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort
Our Father who art in heaven, you completely fill heaven and earth with the immensity of your being; you are present everywhere; you are in the saints by your glory, in the damned by your justice, in the good by your grace, even in sinners by your patience, tolerating them. Grant that we may always remember that we come from you and that we may live as your true children. Grant that we may set our true course according to your will and never swerve from you. Grant that we may use our every power, our hearts and souls and strength to tend toward you, and you alone.