Il Trattato della vera devozione alla Santa Vergine (in francese, Traité de la vraie dévotion à la Sainte Vierge) è l'opera principale di san Luigi Maria Grignion de Montfort. Fu scritta negli ultimi anni di vita probabilmente attorno al 1712 nella sua piccola abitazione di La Rochelle. Non si conosce con certezza la storia del "Trattato" e il perché rimase nascosto per quasi 130 anni. Si pensa però che Luigi Maria lo consegnò al vescovo di La Rochelle per custodirlo e il motivo lo scrive nello stesso "Trattato"
True Devotion to Mary
Author: St. Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort
"True Devotion to Mary" is universally acclaimed as the single greatest and most theologically authoritative book on the Blessed Virgin Mary ever to have been written. This work has had a tremendous impact on a number of the most significant and influential popes, from the late 19th Century right down to our own times: (1) Pope Leo XIII beatified de Montfort in 1888, adopted de Montfort's Mariological terminology (calling Mary the "Mediatrix" and "Co-Redemptrix"), and wrote no less than ten encyclicals on the Rosary; (2) Pope Saint Pius X, in 1904, wrote his key Marian encyclical, "Ad Diem Illum," adopting much of the language and sentiment of de Montfort's book, "True Devotion," and even granted the Apostolic Blessing to all who would read de Montfort's great treatise on the Blessed Virgin (that is, the book you now hold in your hands!); (3) Pope Pius XII, also a deeply Marian pope, canonized de Montfort in 1947, raising him to the honors of the altar; and (4) our beloved Blessed Pope John Paul II, as many know, took his papal motto, "Totus Tuus," from de Montfort's Latin prayer of total consecration to the Blessed Virgin, stating that his reading of "True Devotion" marked a "decisive turning point" in his life and spirituality that would forever shape his person, priesthood and papacy. There has even been serious speculation regarding de Montfort being made a Doctor of the Church! Clearly, this book is the definitive MUST READ for every Catholic Christian!
Uno dei titoli più glorioso conferiti a S. Luigi Maria ("il prete della grande corona") è quello di "Apostolo della Croce e del Santo Rosario". Il Rosario occupava un posto importante nella sua vita spirituale e nel suo apostolato. Il Segreto del Santissimo Rosario (come talvolta esso viene chiamato) è un’opera meno personale degli altri suoi libri: vi espone, infatti, il valore di una pratica di devozione particolare (di cui parla, tra l’altro, anche nel Trattato della vera devozione a Maria, attingendo copiosamente a tanti altri libri.
Gift and Mystery
Author: John Paul II
The Pope recounts how and why he became a priest and offers a testimony of his faith and convictions
Author: Régine Pernoud
Publisher: Ignatius Press
For centuries, historians and novelists have portrayed the Knights Templar as avaricious and power-hungry villains. Indignant at the discrepancies between fact and fantasy, Pernoud draws a different portrait of these Christian warriors.
The best manual of spiritual theology which has appeared to date--the most ordered and complete--a true summa of spirituality. This is a work of extraordinary informative value and yet possessing a notable doctrinal solidaity. This encomium of M. M. Philipon, laudatory as it is, does less than justice to this modern classic, now at last appearing in English in a smooth, readable translation and adaptation by Fr. Aumann. For in reality this is three books in one volume. First of all, this is a textbook, a manual whose lucid and orderly presentation of the basic principles of the spiritual life, of the supernatural organism, and of its progressive development recommends it unreservedly for seminarians and other serious students of spiritual theology. As Garrigou-Lagrange points out, the author's order has permitted him to treat all the important questions relative to perfection and to show clearly the basic unity of the Christian life. Thorough and solid as it is, however--firmly based on the chief masters of the spiritual life, St. Thomas, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila--this truly theological synthesis is set forth in clear and accessible form, as its widespread popularity in Spain (four editions in six years) attests. But The Theology of Christian Perfection is perhaps even more valuable as a work of spiritual formation. It is an eminently practical manual of sound advice, counsel, and direction with respect to the increasingly fruitful use of the means, negative and positive, for advancing in perfection. As such, it will be immediately valuable for spiritual directors, an indispensable aid for self-formation, and a work of precious merit for all souls desirous of spiritual advancement.