Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hearts Afire retreatant writes poem

From Mr. Michael Gates to Fr. Michael Gaitley

I wasn’t much of a poem writer prior to saying the rosary and studying Mary and learning more from Fr. Michael Gaitley.   However I am now reading The One Thing is Three and really like it a lot!  Just received a prompting to send this poem that I was inspired to write his way.  

Trust you know you’re a solid channel by which the Holy Spirit to flow through - keep up the great work my friend!  Thank You!

What's so amazing about three
since the foundation of time?
Beginning, Middle and End, 
human search for the divine?

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
the blessed Trinity
Lord, giver of Life, 
crucified on Calvary.

Time, Space and Matter, 
third rock from the Sun, 
Three wise men bearing gifts,
let thy will be done.

Past, present and future,
Faith, Hope and Love, 
Solid, Liquid, Gas, 
all gifts from above.

Heat, oxygen, and fuel, 
three elements needed for fire. 
One transcendent experience, 
consubstantial with desire.

Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, 
forever and eternally,
through him, with him and in him, 
He wills we become Holy.

Mr. Michael Gates  grew up Catholic and attends Nativity Parish in Leawood, KS 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nine Consecrate in Ohio

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Parma, OH had 9 souls make the consecration on August 26, 2015, the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. On the day the group consecrated they also had a holy hour, rosary, confession, and Mass.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Long Island NY group gives feedback on Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat

Theresa, a facilitator for Consoling the Heart of Jesus received this lovely note from one of the people in her 10 week home group:
Thank you for inviting me to take part in this beautiful retreat. I was happy to attend the weeks of the retreat. I'm glad that you took a lot of information and spread it out over the course of many weeks (10). The pace was very relaxed and I didn't really feel overwhelmed at all in keeping up with the material.I thought it was put together exceptionally well. 
That Fr. Gaitley is really a brilliant guy and a wonderful author. I really enjoyed 'visiting with him' through the video presentation. He feels like a family member now. Also, the way he would go over things from the week before and then explain the stuff for this was all very good. 

 I was worried about grasping the concepts of the retreat, the understanding part. You go around too many corners and inevitably I will be caught behind the crowd in one of them. The information is deep...and between the book, the video, the learning aid and YOU, helping to clarify the concepts, I feel like I absorbed 90% of what was going on. AND...the lovely thing is this: the APPENDIX, which is just STUFFED with stuff will keep me reading on and learning. 
"I never knew that Jesus was happy with so little from me, just to keep company with him and to long to visit him." This is truly a relationship that we have with the Lord....a friendship. Just think of what friends do and YOU ARE THERE." 

Thank you Jesus for answering my prayers and being beside me as I walk through this life. Please bless my work,  I love you Lord.

Liz, Wading River, NY  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

St Paul Catholic Church group consecrates with special connection to family and Divine Mercy Shrine

On September 8, 2015, the day we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary a wonderful group of 29 parishioners at St Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg FL consecrated to Jesus through Mary  using 33 Days to Morning Glory. The group chaplain was Fr. Viet.  Loretta Rieman was the facilitator. 

Loretta did a great job organizing the people at St Pauls to join in the consecration, but she didn't stop with just the folks at her parish. She also included her sisters and a friend in a nursing home. 

Her 3 sisters visited the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA on their re-consecration day! 

Her sister Rita  reconsecrated  in Merrimack NH. They did the retreat with the group and loved the podcast! CLICK HERE for podcast links.
 If you'd like to start a local or long distance group with your parish, family and friends, just contact me for more information!

Julie Musselman

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jacksonville, FL groups make it all the way through Hearts Afire retreats

St Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville, FL has led several groups through all of the Hearts Afire retreats. Beginning with 33 Days to Morning Glory, going on to Consoling the Heart of Jesus and finishing with Wisdom and Works of Mercy, this parish now boast many parishioners who are formed and ready to do works of mercy.

The group that just finished Wisdom and Works of Mercy is the second group with 15 members that made it through all three retreats and finished on Sept 5. This is the group that will meet on Oct 10 to choose a work of mercy.
The first group of  of 7 members that finished all three retreats in March. They are already put into place their work of mercy that of spiritual motherhood for priests. They are using the book Praying for Priests by Kathleen Beckman. You can learn more about praying for priests at:

The third group just finished 33 Days in June and consecrated on the Immaculate Hear of Mary feast day, June 13. They will begin the next retreat, Consoling the Hear of Jesus, on Sept 17.

To get your group started contact:
Julie Musselman

I can offer you good advice and suggestions to start and lead your group and I have parish pricing for all the materials.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ideas for Consecration Day

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Historic District of Milledgeville, GA
Thanks to Dan Smith of Sacred Heart parish in Milledgeville GA for these wonderful ideas for 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration day:

First go to confession before or soon after making the consecration.   I encourage my groups to try to attend a mass together, to sit together and to remain after mass and pray their consecration prayer in silence.  Prior to the mass ask the priest to place the Miraculous Metals on the altar for a blessing and at the conclusion of mass, ask the priest to announce that "we have a few people who are making their consecration to Our Mother Mary today and I want to give them a special blessing."

The priest then blesses them and they go up and receive the Miraculous Metals and return to their seat to pray their consecration prayer.  I also encourage them to recite the consecration prayer they choose daily and to renew their consecration annually.

I am so happy you are making your consecration.  Be prepared for Mother Mary to change your life.

To Jesus through Mary,
God Bless
Dan Smith

Dan is also the webmaster for the parish:


St. Michael Catholic Church in Riley Ohio made their consecration and enjoyed these beautiful cakes afterwards.

For More Consecration ideas see:

Planting Morning Glory seeds while preparing for Consecration

White and Blue Balloons released on Consecration Day

Parish consecrating in lent offers Holy Week Penetential rite before Conscration

Advent consecration group creates tree and heart ornaments

School Consecration sends up balloon rosary

July 16 consecration includes scapular investiture

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mary is the Answer: So here's the Plan!

Marian Helper Magazine
By Fr. Joseph MIC
Marian Helper • Fall 2015 •

I ’m deeply concerned.

I’m troubled about what’s going on in our country and in the world.

I’m saddened by the daily reports of Christians being terrorized by ISIS in the Middle East, the growing persecution of Christians here at home, the unprecedented attacks on marriage and the family, and the dramatic increase in pornography addicts.

I’m disturbed by the rise of racism, the political pitting of rich against the poor, our exploding national debt, and degradation of the environment.

I’m frustrated that there are fewer and fewer Christians in America, that the culture war is all but lost, and that the culture of death seems here to stay.

Considering all this and more, things seem to be going from bad to worse to horrendous. So, yes, I’m concerned, really concerned. And I’ve been hearing from you, our Marian Helpers, that you’re concerned, too. Well, you should be.

Be concerned, but … 
Yes, be concerned, but also be not afraid. After all, there’s hope, real hope. God has not abandoned us. In fact, I believe that the Lord has given us a secret weapon, a weapon that will make us into an army that is sure to win. But we still need to build that army. We need strong, dedicated, faith-filled recruits. We need people like you who are willing to take up the secret weapon and fight. So, let me put it this way: I want YOU to fight in this army! Will you help me?

All right, but before you answer, before I tell you about the secret weapon and our strategy, let me first explain why I’m so hopeful. Now is the time of mercy Actually, Pope Francis lays out the key to our hope better than I can. Read what he said to the priests of the diocese of Rome last year: "[H]ear the voice of the Spirit speaking to the whole Church of our time, which is the time of mercy. I am sure of this. ... In the Church, everything is the time of mercy."

 So it’s mercy. Mercy is the key to our hope. And the good news is that now is the time of mercy! Pope Francis is certain of it. But what does it mean? As one of the priests in my community is always putting it, the key to understanding this time of mercy is Romans 5:20: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more.” In other words, in a time of great evil, God gives even greater grace.

Therefore, because things are so bad right now, God is offering even greater mercy. He’s giving us amazing grace. And you know what? This grace and mercy will soon be even more amazing. I say that because we’re not only living in “the time of mercy” right now, but soon (Dec. 8) we’ll be entering the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. So we’ll be getting a double portion of amazing mercy! But we need to prepare for it. We need to enter into that year of mercy properly. We need to get ready. But how?

Our Mother of Mercy 
According to Pope Francis, it’s Mary who will prepare us for the Year of Mercy. For instance, in the document that establishes this extraordinary time of grace for the Church, he asked that “the sweetness of [Mary’s] countenance” might “watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God’s tenderness.” Also, it’s interesting that Pope Francis decided that the Jubilee Year of Mercy should begin on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This is the day when we remember and celebrate Mary’s greatest experience of God’s mercy: her being preserved, from the first moment of her conception, from all stain of original sin. This was an act of mercy she did nothing to deserve. Rather, it came as a totally free gift at the very moment when she came to be. Because Mary knows the free gift of God’s mercy more than any other creature, she wants us to know it, too. And she does that best by the secret weapon I’m about to share.

The Secret Weapon
Mary can best bring us into God’s mercy when we consecrate ourselves totally to Jesus through her. That’s the secret weapon that will help us tap into the great graces of the upcoming year of mercy. Why? Well, according to Pope John Paul II, the whole purpose of consecrating or entrusting ourselves to Mary is so that she can bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy. In other words, Mary’s whole role is to help us experience the mercy of God. And she does it best when we consecrate ourselves to her. This is why St. Louis de Montfort said that a total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the “quickest, easiest, surest, and most perfect” path to becoming a saint.

Begin on November 5
Now, maybe you’ve already consecrated yourself to Mary. Well, now is the perfect time to renew it, and I recommend that you use the most popular consecration book available today: 33 Days to Morning Glory (Marian Press) by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. And don’t just renew it yourself; invite others to join you. (Learn more at And for those of you who have never made the consecration, now is the best time ever! This really is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to make the consecration in preparation for the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. (By the way, this is only the fourth “extraordinary Jubilee” in the whole history of the Church!) So, we’re inviting all of our Marian Helpers to consecrate themselves on Dec. 8. To do that, we’ll begin our 33 days of preparation on Nov. 5.

Please join us! Join Mary’s army. Imagine if all of our Marian Helpers joined us Marians in consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary on the great feast of the Immaculate Conception to begin the Year of Mercy! I know she will then use us as a powerful army for her Son to bless the whole world in this great time of mercy. God knows the world needs it, and I know that by consecrating ourselves to Mary, we can and will change the world. We will be victorious, and we will begin our march on Nov. 5, and I want you to join us.

Here’s what to do

  • For evangelization purposes, we’re offering a special on the consecration book 33 Days to Morning Glory. (Price: Your donation, plus $5.25 shipping. Offered until Nov. 5. Visit or call 800-462-7426. One per household. U.S. only.) 
  • Do the consecration alone or as a group.(Visit for more info). Parish Groups Contact Julie Musselman for bulk discounts:
  • Begin the consecration on Nov. 5 so that you can complete the consecration 33 days later, on Dec. 8 — the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the start of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy! 

Why Consecrate to Jesus Through Mary?
(excerpted from 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC)

To properly understand the essence of total consecration to Jesus through Mary, we need to reflect on an important point: Jesus wants to include all of us in his work of salvation. In other words, he doesn’t just redeem us and then expect us to kick back and relax. On the contrary, he puts us to work. He wants all of us to labor in his Father’s vineyard in one way or another.

Jesus relies on others to spread his Gospel, and he commissions his disciples to preach it to all (see Mt 28:19-20). He basically says to them and to us, “Let’s get to work!” Of course, that God wants to include us in his work of salvation is a great gift and glorious privilege. Truly, there’s no more important work to be done. While everyone is called to lend a hand in the great work of salvation, not everyone has the same role. For example, St. Paul says, “There are varieties of service and ... there are varieties of working” (1 Cor 12:5-6). He goes on to say that God has appointed to the work of salvation “first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators” (v. 28). Whoever we are, God has appointed us to a special task in his great work. Among the various roles God has given to his children, there’s one that’s radically more important than all the others: the task he gave to Mary.

We all know that God uniquely blessed Mary by choosing her to conceive, bear, and nurture Jesus Christ, our Savior. But do we also realize that her blessed work didn’t end once Jesus left home and began his public ministry? After the three years of Mary’s hidden life during Jesus’ public ministry, Jesus brought her back into the picture of his work of salvation at its most crucial time: the “hour” of his Passion. At that hour, we might say he fully revealed Mary’s special task — the same task she had begun some 33 years before and that she still continues. Jesus fully revealed Mary’s special task shortly before his death. It happened when he looked down from the Cross and said to Mary as she stood with the Apostle John, “Woman, behold, your son” and to John, “Behold, your mother” (Jn 19:26-27).

At that moment, Jesus gave us one of his greatest gifts: his mother as our mother. Of course, Mary isn’t our natural mother. She’s our spiritual mother. In other words, just as it was once her task some 2,000 years ago to give birth to Christ, to feed and nurture him, and to help him grow and develop into a man, so also, from the time she first said yes to being the mother of Jesus until the end of time, Mary’s task is to give spiritual birth to Christians, to feed and nurture them with grace, and to help them grow to full stature in Christ. In short, Mary’s job is to help us grow in holiness.

It’s her mission to form us into saints.

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Parishes, just contact me for BULK PRICING!

Julie Musselman

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Guest Post by Singer/Songwriter Donna Cori Gibson

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Usually when 3 people tell me I should do the same thing, I take it as a hint from God.  But 10 PEOPLE?!?!?   So many are telling me that I need to read Michael E. Gaitley's book "33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration."   I hesitated at first because as many of you know, I had already made my consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort 18 years ago.  I also joined Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculata and on his feast day (the day before the feast of the Assumption) dreamt the song "Mother" with the titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loretto.  I figured I was already pretty well consecrated and accepted.  HOWEVER...

I was browsing a Catholic book table and saw the book.  On a whim, or perhaps due to a kick from my guardian angel, I acquiesced and bought it.  I haven't even finished it yet and I'm still getting recommendations from new people to read it.  I have to tell you, it has brought so many things into clarity.

I am now understanding why during these last 18 years, and very much recently, things are happening the way they are.  I am being reminded of some very important points like the part of the consecration that says"leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity."  I had forgotten this and was recently wondering why Our Lady seemed to be pursuing me so generously, making her intercession so obvious.

A year and a half ago I was in a dire position (well, at least it seemed to me) and made a tearfully ardent  petition directly to Jesus.  I didn't mention Mary once.  Well, my deliverance started on  May 2nd (Mary's month), was financially helped by her (massive sale of rosaries) and culminated on Aug. 15th, the feast of the Assumption.  I was wondering why Our Lady found it necessary to make it so plain, that this help  came from her direct intercession and found the answer in the book "33 Days...".  I am reminded that I belong to HER.  Every prayer I utter and sacrifice I make is HERS to appropriate.  I can pray for people, but it is her right to apply wherever most needed - not my choice.  When I appear before the Lord, it will be completely empty handed, all of my good deeds and virtues having been donated to whatever cause of which Our Lady had need.  BUT, I will be there under her mantle.  St. Louis de Montfort says, "The most holy Virgin...who never lets herself be outdone in love and liberality, seeing that we give ourselves entirely to her...meets us in the same spirit. She also gives her whole self, and gives it in an unspeakable manner, to him who gives all to her.  She causes him to be engulfed in the abyss of her graces.  She adorns him with her merits; she supports him with her power; she illuminates him with her light; she inflames him with her love; she communicates to him her virtues: her humility, her faith, her purity, and the rest....In a word, as that consecrated person is all Mary's, so Mary is all his."  And since she sits so closely to Jesus, I'm not in such a bad position after all.

So, it's my turn now to highly recommend to you to also consider making a full consecration of yourself to Jesus through Mary in the method of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, recommended so highly and practiced by Pope St. John Paul II and made easy with the book "33 Days to Morning Glory."  Don't delay!

Keep praying.  Keep singing.


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St. Petersburg, FLA parish has successful consecration August 15

A great group of people recently participated in Fr. Michael Gaitley's Marian Consecration retreat, 33 Days to Morning Glory. Although many groups take a "vacation" from bible studies or other church group, during the summer months, this amazing group from St. Raphael Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL dodged vacation schedules and other plans so as to commit themselves to learning more about our Lady and consecrating to Jesus through her.

Frank and Lisette Shields and Raul and Kelly Bermudez agreed to open their homes for the group to meet. The summer weather allowed for small discussion groups to break out both inside and on the back porch.

Co-leader Kelly Bermudez said "Leading a 33 days group has been a gift!  As a convert to the Catholic faith,  Mary can be a roadblock, but more often it is just a misunderstanding of her importance and role in our Christian walk.  When I said "yes" to leading, I knew very little about Mary and had no real devotion to her.  I didn't know there was a need for this devotion.  But as Jesus taught me to know His mother through my 33 day retreat, I began to feel the peace and love of the Father more than I had ever felt before in my life.  I can truly say that this consecration has changed everything!  Mary is my "heavenly spiritual director" who will always lead me down the right path - the path to Jesus.  She is just waiting for us to ask for her help and intercession."  

Host Lisette Shields said "This is my third time doing the 33 day retreat, but the first time in small group with DVD and podcast.  It really came to life for me this time.  The small group discussion and podcast helped me through the difficult pages, really made me see Mary in a new light.: CLICK HERE for podcast

Photographer and group member Jane Winstead chronicled the group with pictures and the morning sky on August 15, Mary's Assumption into Heaven, did not disappoint!
Fr. Kevin Mackin, associate pastor of St. Raphaels, offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 8 am Saturday morning August 15. After the mass, he led the group through the consecration prayer.

The group then traveled to Panera Bread for coffee and conversation of the wonderful retreat they had completed.
Co-leader Cary Lennereth said "doing the 33 Day Consecration was one of the highlights of my summer. I loved learning about Mary, opening my heart and growing in my love for her with each passing day. Our Consecration day was very special and such a huge milestone in my spiritual growth. Thank you for the daily podcasts which really helped me piece all of the pieces together."

 Marybeth Finster who participated in this group, has led several groups prior and contributed to the podcast. Marybeth commented  "I have had so much fun just watching and hearing all the amazing stories of how our Blessed Mother has worked in the lives of the my group-I just love hearing the stories!!"

Anyone can lead a group- to get started, just contact me:
Julie Musselman

I'd be glad to help you and your friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners get started!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Vermont Parish offering Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat this fall

The wonderful folks at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Vermont have recently consecrated to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. They are now embarking on their next study~ Consoling the Heart of Jesus.

Leader Ann McLean has created a daily study syllabus for her group. CLICK HERE to see it.
Ann created this syllabus so that members could study a little each and not get overwhelmed by weekly reading.

If you would like to lead a group of Consoling the Heart of Jesus. CLICK here to order your coordinator kit. Parishes, call me for bulk pricing on the book!

Julie Musselman