Behold the Handmaid of the Lord

A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary
Author: Edward Looney
Foreword by: Leo Patalinghug

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Publication date: October 8, 2021

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Considered by many to be the greatest book of Marian spirituality in one volume, True Devotion to Mary is St. Louis de Montfort's classic statement on the spiritual way to Jesus Christ though the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, Marian theologian Fr. Edward Looney masterfully summarizes the central teachings of St. Louis in a ten-day personal retreat that will bless even those who have completed the full devotion.

During the course of ten days, you’ll explore ten different titles for Mary popularized by St. Louis. Each presents a distinct aspect of her motherhood and protection while illuminating the spiritual path to Jesus through Mary.

You’ll get to know Mary and become devoted to her as:

  • The Queen of All Saints
  • Our Lady of the Holy Trinity
  • The New Eve
  • The Mother of the Interior Life
  • The Mother of Disciples
  • The Star of the Sea
  • The Queen of All Hearts
  • The Mediatrix of Grace
  • The Mold of God
  • Our Mother and Our Queen

Each day you will reflect on Mary’s role in your life and the practical implications of that connection before wrapping up with a brief closing prayer tailored to the day’s title. You’ll come away prepared to begin or renew your consecration to Mary and with a refreshed love for the Mother of Jesus.

The book includes an appendix for step-by-step consecration to Mary.

Product Details

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800940

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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  • “Encounter Mary's presence more deeply.”

    “Fr. Edward Looney's ten-day personal retreat, based on the Church’s classical devotions, can help us encounter Mary's presence more deeply on our pilgrimage to heaven.”

    From the foreword by Fr. Leo Patalinghug
    Catholic author, speaker, multimedia host, and founder of

  • “Spiritual director and companion.”

    “Fr. Looney is your spiritual director and companion on a journey with the Mother of God. Exploring St. Louis de Montfort’s Christian masterpiece True Devotion to Mary, Looney walks you through ten titles of Mary. Drawing upon saints, Scripture, and history, we encounter the identity and personality of Our Lady, Our Mother, and Queen.”

    Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J.
    National director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

  • “Cannot be recommended enough.”

    “For those wishing to know the spiritual power of Marian consecration, this book cannot be recommended enough.”

    Robert L. Fastiggi
    Coauthor of Virgin, Mother, Queen

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