See this online ebook and audio:
- Letter to the Friends of the Cross, by St. Louis de Montfort.
- The text may be read online on this page of the Company of Mary [which states that “[t]hese texts are copyright © The Montfort Missionaries 1987… may be used for private study only, and may not be reproduced or published in any way whatever, without permission.”], and on this page of the EWTN Library (reconstructed website); and it is available in pdf format on this page at Montfort Missionaries and on this page (with the first 2 paragraphs by the editor) at the Devout Life Library.
- The text with preface (Bay Shore, L.I., N.Y. Montfort Publications, 1950), with Imprimatur, may be read online at e-Catholic 2000 [N.B., this copy has images], and on this page of Sensus Fidelium. A copy that includes the Saint’s poem “The Triumph of the Cross”, rendered in English by Clifford J. Laube, Litt.D., may be read online on this page at Catholic Tradition.
- The audio of the text with preface is available on this page of the Youtube channel Sacred Heart Publications (published on Feb 27, 2018), and on this page of the Youtube channel Classic Catholic Audiobooks (published on Jul 31, 2017).
The text and audio of work in the original French is also available (and if the grammar below is wrong, please correct me):
- Lettre Circulaire aux Amis de la Croix, par Saint Louis de Montfort.
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). From the text (citations omitted):
Dear Brethren, these are the two groups that appear before you each day, the followers of Christ and the followers of the world…
To the right, the little flock that follows Jesus can speak only of tears, penance, prayer and contempt for worldly things… Worldlings, on the contrary, rouse one another to persist in their unscrupulous depravity. “Enjoy life, peace and pleasure,” they shout, “Enjoy life, peace and pleasure. Let us eat, let us drink, let us sing, let us dance, let us play. God is good, He did not make us to damn us; God does not forbid us to enjoy ourselves; we shall not be damned for that; away with scruples; we shall not die.” …
In answer to the gracious invitation which Jesus extends, let us rise above ourselves… Let us look up to the unique Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus crucified. Let us fly from the corrupting concupiscence and enticements of a corrupt world. Let us love Jesus in the right way, standing by Him through the heaviest of crosses. Let us meditate seriously on these remarkable words of our beloved Master… “If any man will come after Me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”.