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St. Louis de Montfort

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Confessor

Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort was born in France in the year of Our Lord 1673. At his Jesuit school, he visited the Blessed Sacrament before and after class each day. At the age of nineteen, he walked to Paris to study theology, giving away all his possessions along the way. After his ordination, Father de Montfort traveled from village to village, preaching the faith with a fervent emphasis on devotion to the Blessed Mother. In one town, he encouraged the inhabitants to build a beautiful crucifix on a nearby hill. As the year-long work neared completion, the government ordered it dismantled, as Jansenist heretics had alleged that the project was a fortress to be used for an uprising. Father de Montfort’s only reaction was to exclaim “blessed be God!” Aside from his powerful preaching, his efforts rarely saw visible success before his early death in 1716, but he founded two eventually successful orders: the Daughters of Wisdom, and the Company of Mary, also known as the Montfort Missionaries. His books The Secret of the Rosary and The True Devotion to Mary are now regarded as two of the most powerful Marian devotional works ever written.

 

Traditional Roman Martyrology for April 28th

ST. PAUL of the Cross, a man remarkable for innocence of life and for the spirit of penance, and Founder of the Congregation of the Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consumed with a burning love for Christ crucified, illustrious by his heavenly gifts and the working of miracles, and blessed with a perfect and finished virtue, he went to his repose in the Lord.

At Ravenna, the birthday of St. Vitalis, martyr, father of the saints Gervasius and Protasius. When he had taken up and reverently buried the body of blessed Ursicinus, he was arrested by the ex-consul Paulinus, and after being racked, and thrown into a deep pit, was overwhelmed with earth and stones, and by this kind of martyrdom went to Christ.

At Milan, the martyr St. Valeria, who was the wife of St. Vitalis.

At Atino, St. Mark, who being made bishop by the blessed apostle Peter, was the first to preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of that region, and received the crown of martyrdom in the persecution of Domitian, under the governor Maximus.

At Alexandria, the martyrdom of the virgin St. Theodora. For refusing to sacrifice to idols, she was led to a place of debauch; but. a Christian, named Didymus, through the admirable providence of God, delivered her by quickly exchanging garments with her. He was afterwards decapitated, and crowned with her in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Eustratius.

The same day, the saints Aphrodisius, Caralippus, Agapius, and Eusebius, martyrs.

In Pannonia, St. Pollio, martyr, under the emperor Diocletian.

At Prusa, in Bithynia, the holy martyrs Patritius, bishop, Acatius, Menander, and Polyenus.

At Tarrazona, in Spain, St. Prudentius, bishop and martyr.

At Pelino, in Abruzzo, St. Pamphilus, bishop of Valva, illustrious by his charity towards the poor, and the gift of miracles. His body was buried at Solmona.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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