UNBORN WORD of the day


St. Louise de Marillac’s chaplet to Unborn Jesus
March 15, 2010, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, Unborn Jesus

Today, Monday March 15 is the feast day of St. Louise de Marillac. In an October 10, 2009 post entitled St. Louise de Marillac and Unborn Jesus – we talked about the chaplet that St. Louise developed to honor Unborn Jesus. In a book published in 1884 by Benziger Brothers,  Life of Mademoiselle Le Gras (Louise de Marillac) Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, we are given a little more insight into how she came up with this idea.

“What adds to the interest of these scattered leaves is a number of familiar details which people might find too minute, but which the family would gather up and preserve as relics. They reveal, among other things, divers practices of daily piety suggested to Mile. Le Gras (St. Louise de Marillac) by her increasing devotion to the hidden life of our Lord, and principally His sojourn in the womb of His Mother. ‘ Hearing this mysterious state spoken of,’ she writes in the year 1642, a little before Advent, ‘ I applied myself to it with deep reflection, and a new light was given me with a desire to honor this mystery by some appropriate prayers.’  It was at this time that she made the resolution of saying a rosary composed of nine grains (beads), in honor of the nine months preceding the birth of the Infant God; and to encourage in her Daughters a taste for this holy exercise, she prepared for them in a little box as many chaplets as were necessary for each to be given one, to be distributed after her death.”

As we pointed out in St. Louise and the Unborn Christ Child she never did distribute those rosaries because:

It seems that  St. Vincent had agreed to this devotional practice three years earlier but at this point he asked her to discontinue it. Even though St. Louise continued to believe that this was a devotion that Our Lady wanted her to practice – in holy obedience to St. Vincent she discontinued it.

She alludes to this in a letter: “I feel that I must tell your Charity (St. Vincent) that I was and still am sorry at having to abandon those little prayers because I believe that the Blessed Virgin wanted me to render her this small tribute of gratitude. But with her, I console myself by offering my renunciation to her and by resolving to please her in some other way and to serve her with greater fervor….” Louise de Marillac, Spiritual Writings, L.304

Later this week  we would like to present to you a new apostolate  in Pennsylvania called Preborn Jesus Ministry. This new apostolate  is promoting praying the joyful mysteries of the rosary to honor  preborn Jesus and to pray for the unborn.


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