THE LEGION OF MARY
According to "The Legion Of Mary" The Roman hierarchy believes that Mary is essential to salvation. This book is a handbook for the people who have joined "The Legion"...
"The Legion of Mary is an Association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces...have formed themselves into a legion for service in the warfare which is perpetually waged by the church against the world and its evil powers." (pg 1)
Later, under the chapter heading "If Mary Were But Known" is the following quote: (pg 16)
"Thousands of souls perish BECAUSE MARY IS WITHHELD FROM THEM. It is the miserable unworthy shadow which we call our devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that is the cause of all these wants and blights, these evils and omissions and declines. Yet if we are to believe the revelations of the saints, God is pressing for a greater, a wider, a stronger, quite another devotion to His Blessed Mother...(sic) Let a man but try it for himself, and his surprise at the graces it brings with it, and the transformation it causes in his soul, will soon convince him of its otherwise almost incredible efficacy as a means FOR THE SALVATION OF MEN, and for the coming of the Kingdom of Christ."
"God is willing to give us all; all now depends on us, and on THEE by whom all is transmitted, O Mother of God! All depends on the union of men with her who receives it all from God." - (Gratry)"
I remember a few years ago when I first read this book I got so mad I tore it up. I think I was reading the following section which is called:
"5. Legionaries should undertake De Montfort's True Devotion To Mary. (pg 142)
It is desirable that the practice of the Legionary devotion to Mary should be rounded off and given the distinctive character which has been taught by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort under the titles of "The True Devotion" or the ""Slavery Of Mary"...
That Devotion requires the formal entry into a compact with Mary, whereby one gives to her one's whole self with all its thoughts and deeds and possessions, both spiritual and temporal, past, present, and future, without the reservation of the smallest part or the slightest little thing.
In a word, the giver places himself in a condition equivalent to that of a slave possessing nothing of his own, and wholly dependent on, and utterly at the disposal of Mary."
A slave to Mary, what a concept! If I were to do those things what would I have left for Jesus Christ? Sadly, this handbook is filled with these blasphemies. I will quote one more passage that will fill the Christian reader with loathing for the organization which produced and published it...
"Let us recall here, as proof of the dependence we ought to have on our Blessed Lady, the example which The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost give of this dependence. The Father has not given, AND DOES NOT GIVE, His Son except by her.
God the Son has not been formed for the whole world in general except by her; and He is not daily formed and engendered except by her in union with the Holy Ghost; neither does He communicate His merits and virtues except by her.
The Holy Ghost has not formed Jesus Christ except by her; NEITHER DOES HE FORM THE MEMBERS OF OUR LORD'S MYSTICAL BODY EXCEPT BY HER; and through her ALONE does He dispense His favours and His gifts." (St Louis de Montfort). (pg 169)
If The Holy Spirit does not form the members of Our Lord's body (i.e. Christians) except by Mary, then no one can be saved except through Mary.
This book was written, produced and published by Catholics. Inside the cover page is the Imprimatur (the official approval to publish) of: +Joannes - Archiepiscopus Ludovicopolianus Ludovicopoli, Die 14 IulII, Anno 1941
Following that there is an approval letter from the Vatican, from the office of the Segreteria Di Stato (Secretary of State) which says in part:
"His Holiness has followed with paternal interest over the years the progress of the Legion as it swelled the army of those devoted and stalwart clients of Mary who are combatting the forces of evil in the world today.
...His Holiness would have me to convey as a token of His special benevolence...the Apostolic Benediction.
Sincerely yours in Christ
On the next page is a letter From "PIUS XI. to the Legion of Mary"
"We give a very special blessing to this beautiful and holy work - the Legion Of Mary. Its name speaks for itself. The image of Mary Immaculate on its standard portrays high and
I suppose to be fair, it is possible that you do not believe in these things, but you do defend the organization which does believe in them. From my point of view, any organization which could produce such blasphemy cannot be trusted and must be renounced publicly. I will be interested in your response to this message.