Reading "True Devotion to Mary" by St. Louis de Montfort
I will confess something that will probably seem kind of odd to most of my readers given that I aspire to write in part for a living. That is that I have a hard time finishing books that I start to read. I have a hard time reading in general. I simply lack the patience to plow through page after page of words that usually don't speak to me in any profound way. (That is in a way that is going to be worth the effort of continuing to read.)
That is probably why I wrote such a short book which can be found here, and also why my blog posts tend to be short and hopefully meaningful to someone out there.
I am a person that admittedly struggles to be a faithful Catholic not because I don't believe in what Christ teaches through His Church, but rather because I am weak.
I didn't read my way into believing in Christ or His Church and its Teachings and I don't believe that any amount of pure knowledge can bestow true faith in Christ. That was a mysterious grace and gift of a God that "spoke" to my heart so long ago like he does for all true believers in every age including our own.
Given all that, I still can recommend three books now that may be of use to followers of Christ like myself:
A good, complete, Catholic edition of Holy Scriptures
A copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
A copy of True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort
Why the third book? Mainly because I fear my devotion to Christ has been so anemic over the years because I lack a True and Loving Devotion to His Mother.
I'm not an "apologist" (look it up if you don't know what it means) so I'm not going to go into details as to what True Devotion to Mary is other than to say the book made sense to me and I have witnessed many people in my life that I admire for their profound Faith in Christ who have had this devotion as a result of said Faith (in Christ, alone).
I believe Christ wants to strengthen my Faith in Him by my devoting myself to honoring His Mother as He did throughout His life and continues to from His throne in Heaven and on earth.
And again, as you might suspect, such "True Devotion to Mary, Mother of God" is only possible through the grace of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) alone.