What is Total Consecration to Mary (To Jesus through Mary)?
Total Consecration is the giving of oneself, completely, to the Virgin Mary, in order to belong entirely to Jesus, through her.
We give Mary:
· Our body, with its senses and members;
· Our soul, with its faculties;
· Our material possessions;
· Our interior and spiritual possessions ( merits, virtues and good works - of the past, the present and the future).
We give Mary all that we possess, both in our natural life and in our spiritual life, and everything we’ll acquire in the future - in the order of nature, of grace, and of glory in heaven.
We give ALL – for all eternity - without reservation – asking for nothing in return. Our recompense is simply the honor of serving our Heavenly Mother, while knowing that:
· Mary is the quickest, surest way to Jesus;
· The Blessed Virgin will not be outdone in generosity.
We give Mary our merits, graces and virtues, that she may increase and embellish them for us - and - we give her our acts of atonement, and the merit of our good works, that she may apply them where she pleases, to whom she pleases, for the greater honor and glory of God, and the salvation of souls. Thus, through Mary's hands, we give Jesus all we can possibly give him, and in the most perfect manner.
Our sufferings, thoughts, words, and deeds belong to Mary. She can, then, dispose of them in accordance with the will of her Divine Son. This relinquishing/dependence, however, is not detrimental to the duties of a person's present and future state of life.
We, in effect, consecrate ourselves, at one and the same time, to both Mary and to Jesus. We give ourselves to Mary because Jesus chose her as the perfect means to unite himself to us, and us to him. We give ourselves to Jesus because he is our last-end; our Redeemer and our God. We are indebted to him for all that we are, for every breath that we take.
After Our Consecration
What then ? Do we simply honor our Blessed Mother with prayer, placing beautiful pictures and statues of Mary in our homes… ask her for favors, and not forget to say, ‘thank-you?’
In answer, please:
1 – Consider the condition of the world in which we live today, realizing, daily, it gets worse (not better). What will it be when our grandchildren reach adulthood?
2 – Consider Mary’s words in these ‘excerpts’ from the book, “My Ideal – Jesus, Son of Mary,” by Fr. Emile Neubert; published by the Academy of the Immaculate (with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur):
· The Redemption is not yet fully accomplished: the grace of salvation, merited for all on Calvary, must still be applied to each man as he come into the world. Such is my mission until the end of time;
· This apostolate is a struggle. I must snatch each soul from satan in order to lead it to Jesus and to the Father;
· I need auxiliaries and soldiers. Do you wish to be my soldier? Do you wish to aid me in rescuing my children from satan and leading them to Jesus? Do you wish to share in the victory reserved for me;?
· You have given yourself entirely to me. You have consecrated, to me, your body and soul, your thoughts, words and deeds. Now that you understand how I wish to use your person and your powers, are you going to retract your consecration? You must either become my apostle therefore, or renounce the honor of being my child of predilection.
[You can listen to the entire audio (podcast) series on this book at the Flame of Love portion of this site.. look for ‘Air Maria Radio.’]
3 – Consider Jesus’ words to mankind, regarding the Flame of Love Cause: “The Flame of Love is to your generation, what the Ark was to Noah.”
What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
Total Consecration to Jesus is an absolutely beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. The basic premise set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is simply that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that for us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go to Him through Mary.
Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving our Lord. By following her example, we, too, can completely give ourselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates us to Him. We give our lives to Him in service and love.
Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort is a method used by Pope John Paul II and it is this consecration that lead to the founding of Rosary Army in 2003.
We consecrate ourselves in order to be more devoted to the Lord and His Blessed Mother. It helps us grow in holiness and increase our faith, hope, and love. It is a prayerful and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.
The 33-day preparation, of St. Louis de Montfort, includes a preliminary period of twelve days during which we endeavor “to free ourselves from the spirit of the world.” This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin and the third to that of Jesus Christ.
The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin. Hence the practices suggested by St. Louis De Montfort: renouncement of the world and knowledge of self, of the Blessed Virgin and of Jesus Christ.
Consecration to Jesus is for anyone, Catholic or not, who is old enough to understand the love of Jesus and Mary.
The preparation is intended to prepare our hearts and minds by praying and meditating. It is not a problem at all to begin after the start date, but it is recommended to catch up by doing all the prayers.
These periods mentioned by St. Louis De Montfort do not constitute a rigorous and unchangeable division. According to circumstances, they may be lengthened or shortened. The faithful often take only three days to prepare for the annual renewal of their consecration, or may choose to completely go through all of the preparation prayers again. The consecration will take place on a Marian feast day at the end of the period of preparation.
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