Jesus Living Through Mary – The Life of Saint Louis de Montfort
By Michelle Laque Johnson
The spirituality of St. Louis Marie de Montfort profoundly influenced Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and the Roman Catholic Church itself. Don't miss this week's dramatic film on the life of the man whose entire life was a quest for sanctity and service.
Get your video recorders ready: "Jesus Living Through Mary: The Life of Saint Louis De Montfort" airs 3:30 a.m. ET, Saturday, April 28 – exclusively on EWTN. This 90-minute meticulously researched film covers the saint's upbringing, his formation for the priesthood, spiritual purification by trial, canonization, and the movement to declare Montfort a Doctor of the Church.
This is one fascinating saint. Check him out on EWTN's "Saints and Other Holy People" website at http://bit.ly/I4emWE and be inspired.
In fact, Montfort's life should be required reading for those who feel they have labored in vain. Among his many works, the priest founded two congregations: The Sisters of Wisdom and the Company of Mary. When he died, they numbered only four sisters, two priests and a few brothers. However, by the beginning of the 20th Century, there were 5,000 Sisters of Wisdom in 44 houses in every country of the world, educating more than 60,000 children. How did that happen?
According to EWTN's website: "[T]he Company of Mary was governed for 39 years by Father Mulot. He had at first refused to join de Montfort in his missionary labours. 'I cannot become a missionary,' he said, 'for I have been paralyzed on one side for years; I have an affection of the lungs which scarcely allows me to breathe, and am indeed so ill that I have no rest day or night.'"
However, de Montfort told him, "As soon as you begin to preach you will be completely cured."
And so it was.
Purchase the film from EWTN Religious Catalogue at http://bit.ly/Jk4qdr or buy the book, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," which influenced so many saints and Popes at http://bit.ly/I0JTGX. You can also get a more modern take on De Montfort's spirituality in two new books by Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC. Purchase "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" at http://bit.ly/I0MO2u or you can purchase "33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration" at http://bit.ly/IM100A.
PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK
Saint Oliver Plunkett - A Journey to Sainthood
This unique documentary made by a group of local Irish priests and enthusiastic lay people explores the life of Saint Oliver Plunkett, the one time Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was martyred during English persecution.
Fri. Apr. 27 at 1 PM ET
Sat. Apr. 28 at 5 AM ET
What Every Catholic Needs to Know About the Bible
Matthew Arnold hosts an informative presentation on the history, nature, structure, and purpose of the Bible. He also refutes common misunderstandings about biblical theology. Featuring Dr. Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, Jesse Romero, and Dr. Scott Hahn.
Sun. Apr. 29 at 2 AM ET
Fri. May 4 at 10 PM ET
Sat. May 5 at 2 PM ET
Feasts & Seasons Summertime – May, Month of Mary
From the lively warmth of her kitchen, British journalist Joanna Bogle explores ways to celebrate the Feast Days and Liturgical Seasons of the Catholic Church. Here she looks at the month of May, dedicated to Mary.
Tue. May 1 at 5 AM ET