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Montfort, Saint Louis De (1673–1716)

  1. Mother Judith Marie Gentle

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0397

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Marie Gentle, M. J. 2011. Montfort, Saint Louis De (1673–1716). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Much of the wealth of patristic teaching on the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary's fiat in the work of Redemption – “Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) – was either entirely disregarded or completely dismantled by the Protestant Reformers. While still recognizing Mary as the mother of God and perpetually virgin, the Reformers viewed her largely as a mere passive receptacle whom God sovereignly invaded and used for the incarnation. This was due mainly to their strict insistence on solus Christus, to the point of excluding the necessity of human cooperation with grace. Reducing Mary to a mere puppet on God's stage, the Reformers taught that one should not pray to the Blessed Virgin as the channel of her Son's grace.


  • wealth of patristic teaching;
  • blessed virgin mary's fiat, work of redemption;
  • solus christus;
  • contemplation and adoration, mystery of God incarnate;
  • consecration of oneself to jesus through mary, baptismal covenant