St. Louise’s Devotion to the Immaculate Conception

by | Dec 8, 2017 | Formation

Louise often spoke of the Immaculate Conception, prayed to Mary as the Immaculate Conception and instilled this devotion within her Sisters. According to an article by Kathryn LaFleur, S.P., many references such as the following are found in her writings:

“Because of this divine action, your conception was immaculate since the Father applied to you the anticipated merit of the death of Jesus Christ. May all generations to come bless your birth.” [SWLM, 695. A.4]

Given the year this was written, 1626, Louise may have been a leader in inculcating this devotion. A popular devotion did develop to the Immaculate Conception during that century, and Pope Clement IX, in 1708, gave approval to the growing cult and ordered all Catholics to observe the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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