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How is it JUNE already?? This summer is flying by. What are you doing for your spiritual life this summer? I wanted to share with you a VERY COOL devotion to the Blessed Mother that I learned about a few years ago.
Just because it isn’t May anymore doesn’t mean our special devotions to Mary have to slow down! Want to step up your relationship with the Queen of Heaven? How does TOTAL CONSECRATION TO MARY sound??
For more info check out ageofmary.com. Using the beautiful wisdom of St. Louis de Montfort, this website explains:
Total Consecration to Mary, explains St. Louis de Montfort, “consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary” (The Secret of Mary, No. 28). It is also known as “True Devotion to Mary,” “Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary,” and “Holy Slavery.” …”True Devotion to Mary is nothing more than the perfect and certain and shortest way to live our baptismal vows.”
The ageofmary.com is an invitation to all Catholics who love Mary, our Glorious Queen and Immaculate Mother. Based on the writings of St. Louis de Montefort the website walks you through a 33-day preparation period before making an Act of Consecration to Mary. This awesome resource also provides a listing of Marian feast days and the corresponding date you should begin the preparation period. The website offers this four step process:
- Read The Secret of Mary to understand what it is all about. For a more detailed and in-depth understanding, read True Devotion to Mary.
- From the listing of Marian feast days, choose a consecration date that is meaningful to you.
- Begin the 33-day preparation on the appropriate date.
- Make the Act of Consecration on the feast day you have selected.
The next preparation date is Monday, JUNE 13th! If you begin the 33-day preparation process on that date, you can make your Act of Consecration on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The preparation period consists of a number of prayers and excerpts from great spiritual works like Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ and deMontefort’s True Devotion to Mary. This time spent in prayer offers the faithful an incredible opportunity to grow in intimacy with Our Lady.
Here’s an example of DAY ONE:
Day One Reflection:
Purpose: Emptying Yourself of the Spirit of the World
Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ. The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.
It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life. By disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.
Day One Reading: Matthew 5:1-19
Day One Prayers: Veni Creator Spiritus, Ave Maria Stella, Magnificat, Glory Be
33-days sounds like a challenge, but it is so incredibly fulfilling!! Know your increased devotion to Our Lady will be in our prayers!!!
In Jesus, through Mary,