True Devotion to Mary, Nos. 227 and 228

227. Those who wish to enter into this particular devotion, which is not at present erected into a confraternity (though that were to be wished), after having, as I said in the first part of this preparation for the reign of Jesus Christ, employed twelve days at least in ridding themselves of the spirit of the world, which is contrary to the spirit of Jesus Christ, should employ three weeks in filling themselves with Jesus Christ by the holy Virgin. They can follow this order:

228. During the first week they should offer up all their prayers and pious actions to ask for a knowledge of themselves and contrition for their sins; and they should do this in a spirit of humility. For that end they can, if they choose, meditate on what I have said before of our inward corruption. They can look upon themselves during the six days of this week as snails, crawling things, toads, swine, serpents and unclean animals; or they can reflect on these three considerations of St. Bernard: the vileness of our origin, the dishonors of our present state, and our ending as the food of worms. They should pray Our Lord and the Holy Ghost to enlighten them; and for that end they might use the ejaculations, “Lord, that I may see!” or “May I know myself!” or “Come, Holy Ghost,” together with the Litany of the Holy Ghost and the prayer which follows, as indicated in the first part of this work. They should have recourse to the Blessed Virgin and ask her to grant them this immense grace, which must be the foundation of all the others; for this end, they should say daily the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.

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