Saint Louis de Montfort on Blessed Virgin Mary’s Role in the Latter Times

Statue of St Louis de Montfort. Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican. Satan is holding a copy of ‘A Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin’.

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI.

In his Treatise on True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort included a chapter on Mary’s role in the Latter Times which stressed the necessity of appealing to Her intercession in order to combat the forces of Satan. He wrote the work in 1712, four years before his death at 43. This book remained hidden away until 1842 when it was discovered by accident in a home for priests of the “Company of Mary” in France.

Almost immediately after being discovered it came before the reigning Pope at the time: Pope Gregory XVI, who just 4 years earlier on September 7th 1838 had declared Montfort Venerable, and he called for its immediate publication. Every Pope since it’s discovery has promoted and practiced this devotion.

St. Louis de Montfort prophesied that the army of souls consecrated to Mary will be Her instrument in defeating the Devil and his Antichrist. As Satan gains power in the world, so much more shall the new Eve triumph over him and crush his head.

“I clearly foresee that raging beasts will come in fury to tear to pieces with their diabolical teeth this little book and the one the Holy Spirit made use of to write it, or they will cause it at least to lie hidden in the darkness and silence of a chest and so prevent it from seeing the light of day. They will even attack and persecute those who read it and put into practice what it contains. But no matter! So much the better! It even gives me encouragement to hope for great success at the prospect of a mighty legion of brave and valiant soldiers of Jesus and Mary, both men and women, who will fight the devil, the world, and corrupt nature in the perilous times that are sure to come.” ( St. Louis de Montfort ).

Selected quotes from the “True Devotion to Mary” by St Louis de Montfort

“Jesus Christ has come to the world by means of the Blessed Virgin Mary and through Her, He also ought to reign in the world.”

Who will transform the world?

For St. Louis de Montfort, there is no doubt that only God can achieve such a difficult task. He will intervene with a “torrent of fire, love and justice” through the power of the Holy Spirit and through the many and varied maternal acts of Mary. This divine intervention will take place most particularly by means of “the apostles of the latter times.”(TD, 58) “Their task will be double: to destroy sin and to build up the Kingdom of Jesus.” Jesus will reign when, through the intervention of Mary, He will be known, loved and served.” (TD, 49) “This kingdom will be in the hearts.” (TD, 113)

But what will they be like, these servants, these slaves, these children of Mary?

“But what will they be like, these servants, these slaves, these children of Mary? They will be ministers of the Lord who, like a flaming fire, will enkindle everywhere the fires of divine love. They will become, in Mary’s powerful hands, like sharp arrows, with which she will transfix her enemies”.

“They will be true apostles of the latter times to whom the Lord of Hosts will give eloquence and strength to work wonders and carry off glorious spoils from his enemies”.

“…[T]hey will be true disciples of Jesus Christ, imitating his poverty, his humility, his contempt of the world and his love. They will point out the narrow way to God in pure truth according to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world”.

It is through these men that there will be major conversions to the faith.

“Such are the great men who are to come. By the will of God, Mary is to prepare them to extend His rule over the impious and unbelievers. But when and how will this come about? Only God knows” .

“In these latter times Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, power and grace; in mercy, to bring back and welcome lovingly the poor sinners and wanderers who are to be converted and return to the Catholic Church…”

The latter days are marked by steadily increasing persecution of Christians. As Satan gains power in the world, so much more shall the new Eve triumph over him and crush his head.

“It is chiefly in reference to these last wicked persecutions of the devil, daily increasing until the advent of the reign of anti- Christ, that we should understand that first and well-known prophecy and curse of God uttered against the serpent in the garden of paradise. It is opportune to explain it here for the glory of the Blessed Virgin, the salvation of her children and the confusion of the devil. ‘I will place enmities between you and the woman, between your race and her race; she will crush your head and you will lie in wait for her heel’” (Gen. 3:15)

This Virgin road to Jesus is a path of roses and sweet delights.

“Satan fears her not only more than angels and men but in a certain sense more than God himself. This does not mean that the anger and power of God are not infinitely greater than the Blessed Virgin’s, since her attributes are limited. It simply means that Satan, being so proud, suffers infinitely more in being vanquished and punished by a lowly and humble servant of God. …God has given Mary such great power over the evil spirits that, as they have often been forced unwillingly to admit through the lips of possessed persons, they fear one of her pleadings for a soul more than the prayers of all the saints, and one of her threats more than all their other torments”

“It is true that on our way we have hard battles to fight and serious obstacles to overcome, but Mary, our Mother and Queen, stays close to her faithful servants. She is always at hand to brighten their darkness, clear away their doubts, strengthen them in their fears, sustain them in their combats and trials. Truly, in comparison with other ways, this virgin road to Jesus is a path of roses and sweet delights. There have been some saints, not very many, such as St. Ephrem, St. John Damascene, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine, St. Bonaventure, and St. Francis de Sales, who have taken this smooth path to Jesus Christ, because the Holy Spirit, the faithful Spouse of Mary, made it known to them by a special grace. The other saints, who are the greater number, while having a devotion to Mary, either did not enter or did not go very far along this path. That is why they had to undergo harder and more dangerous trials.”


On this feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, June 27th, may we always seek recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary in all our many needs as we struggle against the wiles of the devil in this vale of tears.

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12 Responses to Saint Louis de Montfort on Blessed Virgin Mary’s Role in the Latter Times

  1. Thank you for this and God bless! St Louis De Montfort knew Our Lady well and her consolations. His recommendations are borne out of experience. She needs to be the constant in our lives: Mary is always pointing us to Jesus and holding us closer and leading us back to Him- when we do not even realise we have turned our head the other way. She is ever present as Mother. If you think you do not need her, you do not know the graces given through her. Someone the other day told me they listened to a talk explaining times when you should not pray the Rosary. I was immediately suspicious. I don’t believe any of us pray enough, in general, and the Rosary is great way to obtain the graces we all need; for ourselves and others. I fear for anyone who has fallen out of this practice as having being gravely deceived. Let us turn our minds instead to all the reasons we ought to pray- and steer clear of temptations.

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  2. Mary Salmond says:

    The book is wonderful. I told a friend if we formed a group, that would be required reading. I need to read it again, anyway. 😉 Then again, a month later.


  3. alexantunes002 says:

    I find it very interesting that St. Louis of Montfort reveals to us that at the end of time the sons of Mary will fight against Satan’s servants. That is biblical, for Genesis 3:15 says: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” We are in these times, so we must always turn to the Virgin Mary.


  4. alexantunes002 says:

    I don’t know if I can quote a religious order here, but the Franciscans of the Immaculate have a great devotion to Our Lady according to the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort. They have a channel on Youtube and their preaching is excellent!


  5. alexantunes002 says:

    I don’t have much wisdom to speak of the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, so I would like to share a homily. This homily is of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

    Apr 28 – Homily: St. Louis de Montfort, 300 Years


  6. alexantunes002 says:

    I ask permission to share another homily on true devotion to Mary according to St. Louis of Montfort.
    I hope you don’t mind my making several small comments. Due to concentration difficulties, I find it easier to comment that way.

    Apr 28 – Homily: A Review on True Devotion To Mary

    It is interesting to note that the priest says that at the end of time hostilities between the children of God and the enemies of Christ will increase.


  7. alexantunes002 says:

    St. Louis Mary Grignon of Montfort tells us that, at the end of times, the Apostles of Latter Times will emerge. That is a prophecy he makes. I find that prophecy intriguing. Some say that the Apostles of Latter Times will be a religious Order. But several people have already tried to found this Order. And it seems that none so far have been recognized as being these apostles of latter times. So I say this prophecy of St. Louis is intriguing or mysterious. Who would these apostles be? Would they be a religious Order or would they be laymen/laywomen moved by “the spirit of Mary”? Or was there still a third or fourth alternative?


  8. alexantunes002 says:

    Many years ago, I read a little book that summarized the Treatise on True Devotion to Mary in a catechetical way and I was happy with that book; by the way, very good. But many years later, I read the Treatise itself and I was impressed by its depth!


  9. kathleen says:

    @ alexantunes002 (27/06 10:50pm)

    Good questions Alex. I think it probably means both, religious orders and laymen.

    Yes, ‘Devotion to Mary’ is a gem of a book. I must re-read it. St Louis de Montfort is a truly exceptional saint.
    (My reading list grows longer every day… and I have so little time for reading!)

    P.S. And very many thanks for those two great video homilies, Alex. Yes, we are familiar with that holy order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and have often posted articles about them on CP&S.

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  10. alexantunes002 says:

    kathleen, thanks for your feedback. I found your comment interesting.

    P.S.: You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear that you liked the videos I shared.
    I didn’t know you already knew the Franciscans of the Immaculate. (That is, that You had already published videos about them in CP&S.) I discovered your blog recently. By the way, I’m really liking your blog. May the Holy Spirit always enlighten you all. Congratulations on the blog!


  11. kathleen says:

    Thank you for your kind compliments Alex. We are very pleased you like our blog, and we also like your illuminating comments, prayer and videos. It’s a team effort here, although the others tend to intervene less in the comment section than I do. We have been together since the start of the blog, seeing other members of the team come and go, for almost ten years ago now! Amazing: the time seems to have flown by.

    That’s right, for years we have followed the trajectory of the wonderful Franciscan friars of the Immaculate, and have also posted some of their insightful homilies. They have suffered greatly under Pope Francis’ pontificate (as you are probably aware), but they are still going strong, Deo gratias! In recent years I have been very blessed to have got to know some of the fitter ones when they have joined our groups on the annual Chartres pilgrimage (which I always try to make). They are inspiring, humble, holy men, and totally orthodox in their Catholic Faith. Louis de Montfort is indeed a favourite saint of theirs.

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  12. alexantunes002 says:

    You’re welcome, kathleen.
    I’m glad to get your feedback.
    As for the Franciscans of the Immaculate, they have indeed suffered a great trial at the Pontificate of Francis. In fact, I am aware of it.
    10 years of blogging are the fruit of a work blessed by God. Praise God!
    Regarding the feeling that time is passing quickly, many priests say that this shows how fleeting our life is in this world.
    Unfortunately, in recent years, the world has become increasingly unstable, chaotic and dangerous.
    May we ask God’s mercy for Christians in general, especially for those who suffer trials.


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