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St Louis-Marie de Montfort
St. Louis Marie Grignion de la Bacheleraie, who abandoned his family name for  that
his birthplace, was born on January 31, 1673 in the little town  of  Montfort-la-Canne,
which is located in Brittany, France.  He studied for the priesthood at St.  Sulpice  in
Paris, having made the 200-mile journey there on foot.  He was ordained a  priest  in
1700, at the age of 27.

He founded two religious orders: the Daughters of Wisdom, begun  in  1703  from  a
number of poor and afflicted girls at the Hospital of Poiters, where he was temporary
chaplain, and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, founded in 1715.

St. Louis de Montfort left several  writings,  the
most  famous   being   The    Secret    of    the
Rosary,  True  Devotion   to   Mary,   and   The
Secret  of  Mary.   These  books  were   based
on  sermons  he  had   given   when   traveling
around  France.   By   spreading   devotion   to
the  Blessed  Virgin   Mary,    St.   Louis    was
teaching souls to love the devil's  great  enemy.
At the Saint's beatification investigation,  many
witnesses testified that  during   his   life   they
had  heard  struggles between   him   and   the
devil including the sound of fist blows  and  the
swish of whips.

St. Louis de Montfort exhausted his great physical strength  by his  apostolic  labors.
On his deathbed in Sainte-Laurent-sur-Sévre, at age 43, he kissed  the  crucifix  and
a statue of the Blessed Mother. Apparently speaking to the devil, he  exclaimed:  "In
vain do you attack me; I am between Jesus and Mary!  I have  finished  my  course:
All is over.  I shall sin no more!" The he died peacefully on April 28, 1716.   His feast
day is April 28, the day of his birth in Heaven.  St. Louis' writings were examined  by
the Holy  See,  which  pronounced  that  there  was  nothing  in  them  to  hinder  his
beatification and canonization.  He was canonized a Saint in 1947.
St Louis-Marie de Montfort

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