Roses For You

Some of you may have extended your preparation time in order to make your Consecration today, the day we are actually celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you; may you have a beautiful and blessed day.

I have recently read about the traditional meaning of the different colours of  roses as pertains to Mary.  White signifies Mary’s purity; red represents her sorrow, the Blood of Christ and also martyrdom.  Gold or yellow signifies Mary’s glory, while red and white combined represents the Visitation. 

Feast of the Annunciation

“Mary’s meeting with the angel is like the summation of her entire preceding life of contemplation.  It is the first thing we learn about her.  We do not know who she is, we do not know her past.  But when we learn that she saw the angel, the whole composition of her soul becomes visible.  The angel which appears is the fulfillment of her prayer – not in the sense that she had prayed for the appearance or prepared herself for it, but rather in the sense that she has held herself in readiness for a mission still unknown to her.  She has lived in an attitude of prayer, and in virtue of this life she is capable in the crucial moment of seeing and obeying the angel who comes to her.  Both vision and obedience flow from the same source in her; from the openness toward the mission which God may give her, when and in whatever way he likes.  Her obedience is the prototype of every future instance of Christian obedience, which draws its whole meaning from the life of prayer and the perception of God’s will.”  [Adrienne von Speyr: Handmaid of the Lord. From the Chapter, “Mary and the Angel“, pg. 27]

Magnificat (J.S. Bach) – turn off the Sonific Songspot before playing!

Your Consecration Day

On this long-awaited day, some words of experience, inspiration and encouragement from Catherine Doherty, from the chapter entitled, ‘Total Consecration’, in “Bogoroditza. She Who Gave Birth to God” :

“On the Feast of Our Lady’s Purification, February 2, 1951, I finished a long journey.  Or perhaps I should say that I completed the first stage of it.  I cannot tell for sure.  Time alone will give the answer. My journey ended at the feet of Our Lady’s altar, in the church of the Sacred Heart in Ottawa, Canada, where my husband, Eddie Doherty, and I consecrated ourselves to her, according to the True Devotion of St. Louis Marie de Montfort.  On that day we handed over to her all of ourselves, our earthly goods, our spiritual merits and good works, for her to do with as she pleased, from then until our deaths.  We became totally hers that lovely day…” [pg. 39]

“…Eddie and I made the three-week preparation which has been prescribed for those wishing to make the de Montfort consecration.  We completed it on the feast of her Purification, a feast which now is celebrated as the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  We consecrated ourselves to her entirely and forever.  The long journey was ended.  Or had it only begun?” [pg. 42]

“…she will arise and, taking you by the hand, lead you into the inner chamber of her Immaculate Heart, where all the words of her Son are still kept, as fresh and alive as when he spoke them….The next will be her leading you through another door to her Spouse the Holy Spirit, the Crimson Dove.  Gently she will lift you up into his blinding light.  Then, if you lie still in her arms, as her small divine Son once did, you will begin to see life with the eyes of God.  And all things will come together for you and make marvelous and holy sense, and you will lose all fears, for you will enter onto the first step of perfect love that ‘casts out all fear.’ ” [pgs. 45-46]

May you have a beautiful and blessed Consecration Day, my friends.

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Prayer to St. Gabriel the Archangel

Although we will be celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord on March 31st this year (due to the octave of Easter), I would like to share this prayer to the glorious archangel/saint today:

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the Angel of the Incarnation, because God specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Give me a very tender and devoted love for the Incarnate Word and his Blessed Mother more like your own.  I venerate you also as the “Strength from God” because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and teach them important truths.  I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life.  Steady my resolutions; renew my courage; comfort and console me in the problems, trials and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in his agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.  Saint Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God made man and for his Blessed Mother I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, if it be God’s holy will.

Pray for us, Saint Gabriel the Archangel, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Resources for Consecration Day

St. Louis de Montfort (True Devotion to Mary) Consecration Day Resources:

“At the end of the three weeks,” says St. Louis de Montfort, “they shall go to confession and to Communion, with the intention of giving themselves to Jesus Christ in the quality of slaves of love, by the hands of Mary.  After Communion, which they should try to make according to the method given, they should recite the formula of their consecration. They ought to write it, or have it written, unless they have a printed copy of it (graciously provided by “fish eaters”, now in my sidebar; the document takes a few minutes to download); and they should sign it the same day they have made it.  It would be well also that on that day they should pay some tribute to Jesus Christ and our Blessed Lady, either as a penance for their past unfaithfulness to the vows of their Baptism or as a testimony of their dependence on the dominion of Jesus and Mary.  This tribute ought to be according to the devotion and ability of everyone, such as a fast, a mortification, an alms or a candle.  If they had but a pin to give in homage, yet gave it with good heart, it would be enough for Jesus, who looks only at one’s good will.  Once a year at least, on the same day, they should renew the same consecration, observing the same practices during the three weeks.  They might also once a month, or even once a day, renew all they have done, in these few words:  I am all Thine and all that I have belongs to Thee, O my sweet Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother.” [True Devotion to Mary:  pg. 196] 

“Where two or three are gathered”: St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Mary daily podcast, courtesy of Jennifer and Greg Willits of Rosary Army.  May God continue to bless them in their apostolates.

Consecration Day:

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Consecration Day Resources:

A brief reflection:

“Charity of the heart is living in sacrifice as requested by Our Lord, a sacrifice that is nurtured by prayer and self giving, by suffering and joy, by purity of heart and simplicity.  It is given and not created, for it is a pure gift of God.  The gift of charity is received in faith and is to be shared in humility.  It is shared in humility to be received again, more precious than before, in joy.” [pg. iv]

“This plan of Our Lady is simple yet intense – like our YES.  Our simple but intense YES given through our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, allows us to be put in her service as an apostle for her Triumph.  A YES which is ready to accept the joys as well as the sorrows.  There are many who speak often in “her name”, yet their own name remains on their lips.  We must speak with “her words” – she must be allowed to speak through us!  For this reason, to become an apostle for the Triumph, no title is needed, no curriculum vitae, no special relationship with any visionary, nor the quantity of books written or read, or talks given.  The only request is to become her child, to give witness on every occasion, every time and everywhere, and to have the courage to have no agenda – she will do everything.” [pgs. iv-v]

Consecration Day Prayer and Signature Page (this can be highlighted and printed if you do not have the booklet).

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Consecration Preparation: Days Twenty-Seven to Thirty-Three

St. Louis de Montfort Preparation:

We enter now into the Third (and final) Week of the second period, in which the focus is knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Following the end of this third week, we reach the Consecration Day.  

Prayers to be said each day:

You may choose your spiritual reading from:

  • Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapters 26, 27
  • Gospel according to St. John, chapters 13 ff.
  • Imitation of Christ, Book II, chapters 7, 11, 12; Book III, chapters 5, 6, 56; Book IV, chapters 1, 8, 13
  • True Devotion, nos. 60-67, 183, 212, 226-265

Your spiritual exercises:

  • Acts of love of God, thanksgiving for the blessings of Jesus, contrition and resolution.

“I here turn for one moment to Thee, O sweet Jesus, to complain lovingly to Thy Divine Majesty that the greater part of Christians, even the most learned, do not know the necessary union there is between Thee and Thy holy Mother.  Thou, Lord, art always with Mary, and Mary is always with Thee, and she cannot be without Thee, else she would cease to be what she is.  She is so transformed into Thee by grace that she lives no more, she is as though she were not.  It is Thou only, my Jesus, who livest and reignest in her more perfectly than in all the angels and the blessed.  Ah!  If we knew the glory and the love which Thou receivest in this admirable creature, we should have very different thoughts both of Thee and her from what we have now.  She is so intimately united with Thee that it were easier to separate the light from the sun, the heat from the fire; nay, it were easier to separate from Thee all the angels and the saints than the divine Mary, because she loves Thee more ardently and glorifies Thee more perfectly than all the other creatures put together.”  [True Devotion:  pg. 39, no. 63]

“Where two or three are gathered”: St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Mary daily podcast, courtesy of Jennifer and Greg Willits of Rosary Army. May God continue to bless them in their apostolates.

Day Twenty-Seven:
Day Twenty-Eight:
Day Twenty-Nine:
Day Thirty:
Day Thirty-One:
Day Thirty-Two:
Day Thirty-Three:

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Immaculate Heart Preparation:

Some Highlights from the Daily Reflections:

Day Twenty-Seven:

  • “I do not ask to increase in devotion but to belong to my Immaculate Heart.  Desire holiness in a way that your hearts burn with this ardent wish.  Pray for your sanctification; petition my heart to grace you with virtue and endow your soul with purity.”
  • The Holy Spirit waits within the soul for the arrival of His spouse.  When He finds that His spouse has come to take residence within a soul, He comes to enter in fullness.
  • Through the desire for holiness, Our Lady can give to your soul her own faith, which is the greatest of all faiths that ever was on earth.  She brings to you confidence, because you will not approach God alone, but always with her….Her spirit will enter into the place of yours, to rejoice in God.

Day Twenty-Eight:

  • “I ask you to bring to light the importance of God’s desire of consecration.”
  • “Be with me dear angel, allow my heart to shine forth to the world in you and through you.  Be in the peace of my Son.”
  • It was through Our Lady that the salvation of the world was begun, and it is through her, that it shall be consummated.  The Holy Virgin has been made known and revealed by the Holy Spirit, in order that through her, Jesus would be made known and loved.  God wishes now in these latter times, to make known His daughter, the masterpiece of His creation.  He wishes to be glorified and praised in her and through her by all.  Jesus came into our midst by the portal of heaven within her womb, and she must be recognized in order that Jesus may be also.  So it is by her, that all souls who are to shine forth, especially in sanctity, shall find Our Lord from within her Immaculate Heart.

Day Twenty-Nine:

  • “You are my donation of salvation.  You are in the end, the witness of my Son’s Sacred Heart and the manifestation of His love and mercy, by your participation and application of your consecration to my Triumphant Immaculate Heart.”
  • In these latter times, Our Lady shall shine forth like never before, in mercy, might and in grace….Most of all, Our Lady comes to rage battle against evil, for he shall rise up a cruel persecution and shall place terrible snares in the path to holiness.
  • What Satan has lost by pride, Mary has gained by humility.  What has been lost by disobedience, Our Lady gained by complete submission and abandonment.  In original sin, the paradise that God created was destroyed, but Mary, being a faithful servant, has come to save her children.

Day Thirty:

  • “My angel, look to the opportunities granted to you in the world today, to spread the call to the consecration to my Immaculate Heart.  Do not allow one to escape you.”
  • “Very soon shall the clash of battle be seen in the streets and the sky.  No heart shall remain alone, they shall all be taken in either by my Immaculate Heart or the grasp of Satan – here are the two true choices; the soul shall be protected by grace or snatched up by evil.”
  • Her co-hort shall become the apostles for modern times.  They shall be ministers for the Triumph, who like a burning fire, shall enkindle the fire of divine love everywhere.  Our Lady shall pierce the hearts of the enemies with the fires of these consecrated hearts.
  • Send me forth into the world that I might gain for you even a single heart to present to God Father, as your donation of salvation.

Day Thirty-One:

  • “Time runs short my angel, call all together to be prepared for heaven’s great gift of the consecration to my Immaculate Heart….I tell you dear angel, I solemnly request you give your complete devotion and attention to this matter.”
  • …we know that the apostles for these times shall be true disciples of Christ.  They come to teach the message of the gospel in all its truth, with no compromises….They shall carry on their shoulders the cross, and the rosary in their hands.  Embedded in their hearts is the name of Mary and the reflection of Christ in their eyes.
  • Through the gift of the cross we shall be strengthened and fortified by its weight.  In the end, we too shall be filled with rejoicing at the moment of resurrection.

Day Thirty-Two:

  • “Just as He came from my womb as the Knight of Salvation for the world, so He desires now again to bring His tender and loving heart once more to His children.  He has chosen to give His Sacred Heart again, through my Immaculate Heart.”
  • From this co-hort belonging to Our Lady shall come the saints and examples for the future….The battle shall rage around them and they shall remain singularly focused on Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  They shall be illuminated by her light, strengthened by her hand, led by her spirit, supported by her arm and sheltered under her mantle of protection.
  • Devotion to Our Lady is necessary to all people for working out their salvation; it is still even more important for those who accept the call to perfection.

Day Thirty-Three:

  • “My angel, I wish to ask of my children before they begin their Act of Consecration, before the first word of the pledge of their hearts, that they should examine their interior motive.  This union of our hearts is made from the pure gift of love.  If this is not found to be the motive, the soul must stop, recollect itself and begin only when it is overwhelmed by love for my Immaculate Heart.”
  • “…with this embedded in the center of your heart, I am able to draw each heart along its path to my Son.”
  • “Yes my angel, I begin today to prepare the attitude of the hearts to be consecrated.”

Daily prayers:

The Apostles’ Creed, The Consecration prayer, The Angelus, The Chaplet of Virtues, The O’Maria prayer, The Pentecost prayer.

May you all be blessed in this, your final week of consecration preparation.  May you approach Our Lady with peace, love and joy, and with confidence in her love. 

Fatima and Fulton Sheen

Fatima:  Part 1
Fulton Sheen opens this talk with a description of  three major events which occurred on October 13, 1917 in three separate countries, the supernatural timing of which becomes readily apparent:

  • Moscow: The revolution is imminent.  Lenin sends troops (horsemen) into the church of the Iberian Virgin, killing many of the 200 children who were inside receiving religious instruction;
  • Rome:  Eugenio Pacelli is being consecrated as a Bishop; he is later to become Pope Pius XII;
  • Fatima:  The Miracle of the Sun takes place.

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Fatima: Part II
Fulton Sheen continues, with a brief description of what took place during the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima on October 13, 1917.  He relates how Fatima became a gathering place for people from all over the world who came to pray, make sacrifices and do reparation.  He goes on to tell how on October 13, 1951, he himself was at Fatima with one million pilgrims, who stayed up all night in the pouring rain to do penance and pray for world peace.  He describes how Warner Brothers was there that night, in order to film the movie.

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Fatima: Part 3
In this final segment we are shown the scene from the movie, “Our Lady of Fatima”, in which the Miracle of the Sun occurs.  Miracles took place in the crowd as well.  We hear Our Lady tell the children that she is the Lady of the Rosary, and that in the end God will triumph.  We then go to the event which took place on October 13, 1951, where one million people were paying homage and waving white flags of peace at the basilica in Fatima.  Fulton Sheen emotionally describes how he felt as he watched those one million people wave white flags to the Lady of Peace, and how he could not help but compare this image of the white square of Fatima to the Red Square of Moscow.  Prophetically, he describes how he could see in his mind’s eye a great change come over the hammer and the sickle.  He could see the hammer being held aloft by millions of men and looking now like a Cross.  He saw the sickle change its figure and symbolism, becoming the moon under the Lady’s feet, as in the Book of Revelation.