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Written in 1712, the manuscript remained practically unknown for more than a century, when it was discovered by chance in 1842, at the Motherhouse of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary at St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France. Published in 1843, the work became an instant success. It was first translated into English by Father William Faber The book complements de Montfort's other works the Secret of the Rosary and the Secret of Mary.
True Devotion to Mary attracted attention in the 20th century when in an address to the Montfort Fathers, Pope John Paul II said that reading this book had been a "decisive turning point" in his life. According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae he borrowed his apostolic motto Totus Tuus from the book. In his 1987 encyclical, Redemptoris Mater the Pope cited Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort as a teacher of Marian spirituality.
- Pope John Paul II, "Letter to the Montfort Religious Family", the Vatican, 8 December 2003
- de Monfort, Louis. True Devotion to Mary, translated by William Faber D.D., London, Burns & Lambert, 1863
-  Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Saint Louis de Montfort, Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 266
- Pope John Paul II, "Redemptoris Mater"
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