I know that I have written about this before but after going through the process of St. Louis de Montfort’s “Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary,” and then consecration everything that I have and am, my spiritual life has grown in significant ways. I must admit that I did not actually use de Montfort’s book but an updated one which I’ve shown here. It’s titled, “33 Days to Morning Glory” and is different from de Montfort’s in the way that the old original version is more about praying a lot and saying a lot of litanies and rosaries. Although these prayers are great, some of us also enjoy some reading and medition about what we’re actually getting ourselves into with this consecration because this is serious stuff! I’ve placed a picture on here of the book and highly recommend it! If you click on the picture it will take you to Amazon if you’re interested in purchasing it. Don’t hesitate to get the used ones!
The author is a priest with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. They are the religious order which spreads St. Faustina’s Message of Divine Mercy. If you don’t know about this devotion I highly suggest it. It has brought me great peace in difficult times and has shown me that faith is trust in Jesus. The motto, “Jesus, I Trust In You,” which you find on the painting of the Divine Mercy, is one to pray throughout the day.
There have been some difficult times over the past few months and I shall be facing a few more – nothing huge or that important. I also find out tomorrow if my beloved dog, Nikki’s, kidney failure has worsened, which I suspect it has. I don’t know what I’m going to do without that dog!
Yet I find myself every day going up to a wooden statue of Mary holding the infiant Christ and saying to her, “I am all yours and all I have is your’s. Do with me as you will so that I may bring glory to your Son.” It’s a little daily renewal of my consecration to Jesus through her.
“Let it be,” the Beetles once sang. “Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” As beautiful as that is it’s also sometimes the most difficult thing you’re faced to do, and yet that is what the Consecation calls one to do. Rarely do I promote someone’s books and I certainly do not know them or have anything to do with them. Yet I have to ask you to consider a few things.
Is God maybe calling you to look into St. Louis de Montfort’s “Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary”? Maybe you’ve never heard of it or been a little scared of the concept of giving EVERYTHING over to Mary, every our “merits and the value of our merits.” When one does the consecration they give everything over to Mary to do with as she wills when she wills. Why? Because she can do it so much better for us and knows the secrets of her Son’s heart. If we give her everything she will certainly not dissapoint us! She will take us by the hand and lead us ever closer to her Son.
There’s no commitment if you just pick up the book at the library or online. As I said, I prefer the book above over the original, yet the choice is yours. Just stick with it. I’ll be honest, it took about 3 times for me to follow through! Why? Partly because I didn’t have the discipline to do the 30 day retreat and the original just didn’t fit with me. When I found this other book it really stuck with me and helped. And being more honest, it took me two tries to finish it! I think the devil doesn’t like the fact of the consecration because of his deep hatred for the Blessed Mother. He knows he is defeated through her.
Take a moment and consider if you would like to see where consecration yourself to Jesus through Mary leads you. It certainly has been very helpful in my spiritual life – even or especially in the dark times and failures – and I hope that I can go before God with empty hands because I have given everything to Jesus through Mary.
I hope you take the time to experience this beautiful Marian custom. She will take you by the hand and lead you closer to her Son/closer to the cross.
Mary, Mother of Merciful Love, pray for us!