SAINT LOUIS DE MONFORT "THE VIRGIN MARY'S ROLE IN THE LATTER TIMES


St. Louis De Montfort’s definitive work, True Devotion to Mary contains a great number of priceless gems. Included is a key teaching about the “Providential function of Mary in the latter times.” This prophecy about Mary’s role is relevant to arming ourselves with the truth of God’s provision for us in the daily spiritual battle against the flesh, the world, and the devil.
De Montfort’s use of the term “latter times” refers to what scripture teaches, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world” (Heb 1:1-2). At Pentecost Peter preached that the last days had arrived, “‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, “that I will pour forth my spirit on all mankind . . .” (Acts 2:15-17; cf. Joel 2:28-32). The “end times” are now (cf. CCC 686).

De Montfort’s key points on Mary’s function in the latter days:
It was through Mary that the salvation of the world was begun, and it is through Mary that it must be consummated. (49.)
Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, in might and in grace, in these latter times (49:6.):
In mercy, to bring back and lovingly receive the poor, strayed sinner who shall be converted and shall return to the Catholic Church;

In might, against the enemies of God, idolaters, schismatics, Muslims, and souls hardened in impiety, who shall rise in terrible revolt against God to seduce all those who shall oppose them and to make them fall by promises and threats;
She must shine forth in grace, in order to animate and sustain the valiant soldiers and faithful servants of Jesus Christ, who shall battle of His interests. 

Mary must be terrible to the devil and his crew, as an army ranged in battle, principally in these latter times, because the devil, knowing that he has but little time, and now less than ever, to destroy souls, will every day redouble his efforts and his combats. He will presently raise up cruel persecutions and will put terrible snares before the faithful servants and true children of Mary, whom it give him more trouble to conquer than it does to conquer others (49:7) 

In De Montfort’s Marian treatise under the section (51.) entitled “Exercise of This Function, (Mary) in the Struggle against Satan” he writes, “It is to our purpose to explain this here for the glory of the most holy Virgin, for the salvation of her children and for the confusion of the devil: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman and thy seed, she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Gen. 3:15).
God had never made and formed but one enmity; but it is an irreconcilable one, which shall endure and grow even to the end. 

It is between Mary, His worthy Mother, and the devil—between the children, and the servants of the Blessed Virgin, and the children and tools of Lucifer.
This most terrible of all the enemies which God has set up against the devil is His holy Mother Mary.
He has inspired her—with so much hatred against that cursed enemy of God, with so much ingenuity in unveiling the malice of that ancient serpent, with so much power to conquer, to overthrow and to crush that proud, impious rebel— that he fears her not only more than all angels and men, but in a sense more than God Himself.

Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little and humble handmaid of God, and Her humility has humbled him the more than the divine power; and secondly, 

Because God has given Mary such great power against the devils that—as they have often been obliged to confess, by the mouths of the possessed—that they fear one of her sighs for a soul more than the prayer of all the saints, and one of her threats against them more than all other torments. 

What Lucifer has lost by pride, Mary has gained by humility. What Eve has damned and lost by disobedience, Mary has saved by obedience. Eve, in obeying the serpent, has destroyed all her children together with herself, and has delivered them to him;

Mary, in being perfectly faithful to God, has saved all her children and servants together with herself, and has consecrated them to His Majesty.
God has not only set an enmity, but enmities, not simply between Mary and the devil, but between the race of the holy Virgin and the race of the devil’ that is to say, God has set enmities, antipathies and secret hatreds between the true children and servants of Mary and the children and slaves of the devil. They have no love for each other. They have no sympathy for each other.
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