If you asked the saints what is the quickest way to become holy, most of them would answer one of two things: devotion to the Eucharist or devotion to Mary. We’ll save the Eucharist for another day’s post. Today I’d like you to think about the different ways you can be devoted to Mary.

St. Louis de Montfort wrote the classic True Devotion to Mary. You can read about how to follow his method of devotion in this post at Fisheaters.com.

We can honor Mary by praying the Rosary, the Angelus, or one of the numerous chaplets of Our Lady.We can hang her picture on our walls, place her statue in a prayer corner, or plant a Mary garden.

Each religious order honors Mary in a unique way. The Rosary comes to us from the Dominicans. The brown scapular is the habit of devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Carmelite devotion to Mary focuses on imitating Mary’s contemplative spirit. You can read about it in my post Mary pondered all these things–do you?

Connie Rossini

Share with us: What is your favorite way of honoring Mary? How has she shown her care for you?

 

 

Written by Connie Rossini
Hi, I'm a Catholic writer and homeschool mother of four boys. I practice Carmelite spirituality. Check out my Books page for publications to help your whole family grow in holiness.

    4 Comments

  1. genericmum May 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Thank you for this post, Connie.
    Mary saved my life many years ago, when I was far from God. She hasn’t stopped guiding me ever since then, and I owe all the graces in my life to Mary. I wear my scapular, kiss it every morning, and often hold it during the night; I know I have more self-control when I wear the scapular.
    I believe my love for Our Lady has increased my devotion to the Eucharist and to Sacred Scripture.

    • Connie Rossini May 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Wow! Sometime I’d love to hear your whole story. It’s really inspiring that Mary has helped you love the Eucharist and Scripture more.

  2. Anabelle @Written By The Finger of God May 7, 2014 at 7:42 am

    All of the above, Connie! My in-laws planted a garden for Mary and surrounded it with step stones made by each of their grandchildren which I think is beautiful.

    • Connie Rossini May 7, 2014 at 7:59 am

      I love Mary gardens. Someday I want to make one that is exclusively of Marian plants, maybe in the shape of a cross with a statue of Mary in the center. But living in Minnesota puts a lots of limits on which plants I can use, plus my yard makes other determinations. It’s on my Someday List.