The Rule of the Missionary Priests of the Company of Mary

The original rule of the Society of Mary was probably written around 1710. Perhaps even before any priests joined St. Louis Marie in her work. This was quite typical of the general rule for Religious Congregations at that time. except for some interesting details. For example, St. Louis Marie only spoke of two vows, namely the vow of poverty and the vow of obedience. instead of the normal trilogy of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

It could be assumed that, just as he expected every priest who joined the Society of Mary to have been ordained, they were bound to chastity; but it is more likely that he emphasized poverty and obedience as essential to the freedom and availability he spoke of in His Passionate Prayer for the Missionaries. For the same reason, he insisted that members of the Maria Union should not benefit. cannot be 'placed' in a parish. should only have two houses in France, etc. Their job is to go around bringing the good news to the poor, and most of the rules have to do with directions to be followed during their missions, their Timetable during Missions, and the Rules of catechism instructions.

This Rule, together with the Passionate Prayer to Missionaries, and the Letter to the Members of the Society of Mary form the tryptic which has been accepted by the Holy See as part of the official constitution and rules of the Society of Mary today in the sense of being the source of the Rule of the Present.

Carefully explains that, although we may speak of “devotion to Mary”, this should always be understood only as a step towards “devotion to Jesus Christ”. an explanation of what this total devotion means in practice, and a description of its effect on the person doing it is meant to encourage us to embrace it. It also examines various devotional practices intended to help us live them, both “exterior” and “interior” practices, as he calls them. Among exterior practices, he talks about reciting the Rosary, a topic he discusses more fully in The Secret of the Blessed Rosary.

This form of devotion to Mary was known in the time of St. Louis Marie (and before) as “Holy Servant”, and she spends some time explaining the meaning of this phrase, insisting that, far from being forced slavery, it must be a “slavery for love”. Another phrase that is more in tune with our modern way of thinking, can easily be used in place of this.

St. Louis Marie another creation. The Secret of Mary, is a shorter presentation of many of the same things found in True Devotion.