EWTN Special

I’m sorry I didn’t see the announcement in time to post this earlier (so the Saturday and Sunday showings have gone by already), but EWTN will be reprising a 90 minute program on St. Louis de Montfort called, “Jesus Living in Mary” on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time/10:00 a.m. U.S. Pacific time.

Don’t forget, the EWTN website also has television schedule grids for those of us in Canada, Latin-America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa, etc., so please check for your own location.

 

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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Giving and Receiving

The following is an excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s, Insegnamenti (teaching; homily) of May 13, 1982, the Feastday of Our Lady of Fatima.  Pope John Paul II was at the Fatima shrine that day, exactly one year after the assassination attempt, in order to thank the Blessed Virgin for her intercession.  It was his first trip to the shrine.

“Consecrating oneself to Mary means helping her to offer ourselves and mankind to him who is holy, infinitely holy; it means letting oneself be aided by her – by having recourse to her Mother’s heart, opened beneath the cross to love for every person, for the whole world – to offer the world and man, and mankind, and all nations to him who is infinitely holy.  God’s holiness was manifested in the redemption of man, of the world, of the whole of mankind, of the nations:  a redemption which occurred through the sacrifice of the cross.  ‘I consecrate myself for their sakes,’ Jesus said (Jn. 17:19).

The world and man were consecrated through the power of the Redemption.  They were consecrated to him who is infinitely holy.  They were offered and confided to Love himself, to the merciful Love.

The Mother of Christ summons us and invites us to join with the Church of the living God in this consecration of the world, in this entrustment whereby the world, mankind, the nations, all individual people are offered to the eternal Father through the power of the Redemption of Christ.  They are offered up in the heart of the Redeemer pierced on the cross.

The Mother of the Redeemer calls us, asks us, and aids us to join in this consecration, in entrustment of the world.  Then indeed do we find ourselves as near as possible to the heart of Christ pierced on the cross.”

This excerpt was taken from:  John Paul II’s Book of Mary, compiled by Margaret R. Bunson, pages 51-52.

An insightful and informative article which I would like to mention here since we are exploring the question “why?” is Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins’ Why Mary’s Heart?  This article touches on a variety of topics including the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the union of the Two Hearts, and also consecration, with many wonderful quotations from Pope John Paul II, including passages from the particular Insegnamenti mentioned in this post.

General Introduction to Consecration Preparation

If you have chosen to use the consecration preparation given to us by St. Louis de Montfort in, “True Devotion to Mary”, the general plan is outlined near the end of the book; in my version it is in the section named “Supplement”.  You can see it online here. The first part of the Supplement section is called, “Preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary”. 

In it we see that the 33-day preparation is broken down into two periods as follows:

  • a 12-day period in which one endeavours to free oneself as much as possible from the “spirit of the world”;
  • a 3-week period, with each week focusing on a particular theme:  the first week is devoted to knowledge of self; the second week is devoted to knowledge of the Blessed Virgin; the third week is devoted to knowledge of Jesus Christ.

For each of the periods we are given suggested prayers, suitable reading material and spiritual exercises.

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If you have chosen to use the Consecration Preparation for the Triumphant Victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the general plan is as follows:

  • one begins by reading the daily reflection, which is broken down into four short sections of:  Words from the Blessed Virgin, Guidance, Direction and Meditation; for example, Day One.  (Please note that in the online version, the “Meditation” section is incorrectly labeled as “Mediation”).  Freudian slip?!!!
  • one then proceeds to the daily prayers:  The Apostles’ Creed, the Consecration prayer, the Angelus, the Chaplet of Virtues, the O’Maria, and the Pentecost Prayer.

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Please do not allow any of this to overwhelm you.  These are suggested outlines to help us focus interiorly for a concentrated period of time on the strengthening and deepening of our relationship with Mary, which in turn will strengthen and deepen our relationship with each Person of the Holy Trinity.  I will post something shortly regarding my personal experience of how a “typical day” was for me, which may ease your mind if you are thinking this is “impossible” for a busy person who is working or volunteering outside the home, or, for example, if you are a stay-at-home parent homeschooling a large family, etc.  Do not worry!  ♥ ♥ ♥  

Getting Started

Three of the primary consecration resources which will be used on this blog are:

  1. “True Devotion to Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)
  2. “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)
  3. “In the End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph.  Consecration Preparation for the Triumphant Victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” (Fr. Dominik Maria) 

“True Devotion to Mary” has also been published over the years under the titles of “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” and “Treatise on True Devotion to Mary”.  I am using this version of True Devotion to Mary, and this version of The Secret of Mary, both published by TAN.  Please bear in mind that there have been many different translations over the years from the original French, so the passages I quote here may not be worded identically to what is in your own book, or to what you may be following along with online.  (Just as an aside, many of the publications as well as the online versions spell this saint’s name incorrectly.  The”d” in de Montfort should not be capitalized, so I will only be using the correct spelling on this blog).

Online Resources:

So, over the next little while, I’d like us to spend some time here becoming familiar with these consecration resources, as well as talking about the reasons behind consecration to Mary.  As we do so, some of you may experience a call to begin a formal consecration preparation in February, ending with a Consecration Day of March 25th, and I’d love to be right beside you every step of the way. ♥ ♥ ♥