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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

June 13 Consecration impacts Jacksonville woman

Candis Smith
Guest Post by Candis Smith
St Joseph Catholic Church
Jacksonville, FL

One Sunday an announcement was made at church about the 33 days to Morning Glory retreat - The Marian Consecration.  I immediately turned to my husband sitting next to me and said, "I have to do that!"  I had no clue what I was saying yes to, what I was committing to or how I was going to find time in my busy schedule to do this retreat.  All I knew I had to do it and be obedient to the Holy Spirit speaking to me. (John 2:5)

I attended the first retreat with no expectations having no idea of what the retreat entailed but I committed to doing it so I was open.  The concept of the retreat in my mind was quite simple - read daily, mediate, pray and meet weekly for small group discussions.  My mind though, was too limited to fully understand the drastic transformation this retreat would have on my life and my family.  I had no idea that something so simple in concept would take my spiritual walk to a whole new level.  As I reflect on the retreat now, it embodies our Holy Mother - humble, simple, loving, gracious, prayerful yet powerful in how she transforms our lives.  Key factor is you have to say YES to her and give her your all and like our Spiritual Mother Mary we are called to ponder the mysteries in our heart.  (Luke 2:51)  Since my consecration on June 13th 2015,  Mary is taking me deeper in her heart, in my thirst and longing to know and love her son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

The retreat is centered on the readings of four saints who dedicated their loves to the Marian Consecration. Before this retreat, I had a relationship with Mary and an understanding of her place in the church but this retreat challenged my total understanding.  Through the Holy Spirit living in Mary, the mysteries of our Holy Mother began to be revealed to me beyond the construct of my limited mind.  I received a revelation that if I am to develop a relationship with her son Jesus,  I must give her my all - body, soul, interior and exterior works.  In this way she can birth Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life and develop, nurture and mature me to be the instrument that God has called me to be for his glorification.  

During his last hour on the cross Jesus weak, broken and knowing his time was at hand gave us all an amazing blessing -  His Mother.  (John 19: 25-27)  Who better to teach us how to have a relationship with the Holy Trinity?  Who better to teach us how to be faithful and truly devoted to Jesus? It is simple - only our Holy Mother given to us by her son Jesus can.  All we have to do is say YES to her and allow her to transform our lives in ways we can't imagine.   I sit during mass in prayer and I'm in awe of her beauty as the rays of God's light shine through her in the stained glass in the Marian Center.  Take her into your heart and let God's light shine brighter in your life.  The next time you hear or read the announcement for the 33 days to Morning Glory, I pray that you listen to the Holy Spirit living in Mary and say YES.
parishioners from St Joseph Catholic Church Jacksonville, FL who consecrated June 13, 2015

Post Script~
Candis was so impacted by the consecration, that she decided to lead a group beginning August 6.

If you'd like to lead a group of your friends just contact me to help you get started
Julie Musselman

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tune in to EWTN Tuesday, July 21 for a segment on Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy


Watch Marian Missionary and former NFL linebacker, Eric Mahl, share his
conversion story and his experience with ministering to the poor and homeless on a stirring episode of EWTN's "The Choices We Face: Taking Mercy to the Streets".

Tuesday, July 21 - 4:30 PM CST/5:30 PM EST

Friday, July 24 - 5:30 AM CST6:30 AM EST

In the present “time of mercy,” the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, inspired by St. John Paul II, consciously and deliberately aim to win the whole world for God (prepare the world for the Lord’s final coming) as quickly as possible especially through the two powerful spiritual weapons of Divine Mercy and Marian consecration.

The Marian Missionaries spread Marian Consecration using Fr. Michael Gaitley's materials for 33 Days to Morning Glory. To get your copy of this book and workbook, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

St Frances of Rome parish offers continual consecration groups

  • Our Lady of the Rosary 2014; Participants were the English Legion of Mary
  • Immaculate Conception  2014; Participants were guests from other nearby parishes
 St. Frances of Rome Parish, Southern CA
Preparation for Consecration To
The Sacred Heart of Jesus through The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Since October 4, 2014 several of our St. Frances of Rome parishioners have completed a 33-day preparation to consecrate themselves to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory).

These groups have committed to daily readings and reflection on their own time and 5 weekly meetings to watch a 30- minute video (Fr. Michael Gaitley) with Q/A lead by a After the consecration, participants have increased their passion in their prayer lives, recognized opportunities to practice virtues, and developed a closer relationship with Jesus.

Classes are conducted in English on Mondays and in Spanish on Tuesdays, culminating in the Consecration Rite during the Saturday morning mass preceding a major Marian Feast Day. Masses are officiated by our Associate Pastor, Fr. John Cordero.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes  2015; Participants were future deacon and wife; and friends

  • Feast of Annunciation  2015; Participant was Parish Bible Study Group

Parroquia de Santa Francisca de Roma
Praparación para la Consagración al Sagrado
Corazón de  Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de María

Desde el 4 de Octubre hasta la fecha, varios de nuestros feligreses de St. Francisca de Roma han completado 33-días de preparación para la consagración  a Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de la Virgen María (usando el libro del Padre Michael Gaitley 33-Días de Glorioso Amanecer).

Estos grupos se compremetieron a lecturas diarias del libro y a reflecciones  por su cuenta mientras que se juntaban una vez a la semana por un total de 5 veces para ver un video de 30-minutos en duración del Padre Gaitley y guiados por un instructor. Después de la consagración, participantes han aumentado su pasión en su vida de oración, han reconocido oportunidades para practicar las virtudes y han desarrollado una relación más intima con Jesús.

Las clases se imparten en Inglés cada Lunes y en Español cada Martes, culminando en el rito de la consagración durante la Misa de la mañana del sábado anterior a una importante fiesta Mariana. Las Misas son oficiadas por nuestro Pastor Asociado, el Padre John Cordero.

  • Our Lady of Fatima 2015; Participants were Spanish Legion of Mary

Submitted by Raul Ramirez, consecration organizer

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Consecration spread to Texas and Mexico

Gaby is a 33 Days to Morning Glory leader in Texas. She is doing amazing work to spread the consecration wherever God wills. She submitted this report:

Above is the group that consecrated to Mary on May 13, 2015, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It was at the 12 o'clock mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Antonio, Texas. Father Lajo, OMI celebrated the mass. Among the group was Fr. Kennedy who came from Africa recently and has been working as a hospital chaplain. I gave him a book in English. People were from different parishes.

I sent 100 Spanish Consecration pamphlets to a priest I met during a Priest's Retreat last September in Monterrey, Mexico and he handed them out last month at a priest's retreat in Venezuela.  

On May 13 also there was another Consecration group in the Cathedral in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico  (see below) the celebrant was Father Daniel.

From the 350 books in Spanish, 250 went to Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico to a Catholic all-girls school "Instituto Alpes". The name of the priest there is Fr. Rafael Badillo, LC

To get your group started, it's easy- just contact me Julie Musselman 727-709-8649 jkmuss@gmail.com  CLICK HERE to order materials. Parishes, call me for bulk prices.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

45 souls in California Consecrate


33 Days to Morning Glory was a huge success, we have about 45 people who Consecrated to Jesus through Mary.  Everyone keeps asking me when I am going to do it again, I think Mary is asking me to do it again, so I am thinking of taking a break and doing it after Christmas!!!  Then we will do Consoling Hearts after Easter 2016.

Sharon Law

Great timing on the follow up plans to coincide with the Year of Mercy. For a parish plan for Year of Mercy CLICK HERE

To get your group or parish started, just contact me for ideas and orders 
 Julie Musselman   727-709-8649  jkmuss@gmail.com
OR CLICK HERE to order your materials online.

Monday, June 1, 2015

91 Consecrate in Pennsylvania

During the month of May, 91 participants at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Cresson, PA (Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown) completed the self-guided retreat using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

This month of prayer and reflection, organized by the parish's Ss. Martha & Mary Circle, included weekly group sessions led by Fr. Leo Arnone, Fr. Paul Robine, Sr. Mary Joseph, SSCJ and Bob Sutton, concluding with a Marian Consecration ceremony on May 31st

The majority of participants were from St. Francis Xavier Parish, however there were also parishioners from St. Aloysius Parish, Cresson, PA as well as from Altoona, Ashville, Gallitzin, Lilly, and Johnstown. 

This was truly a grace for all participants who consecrated themselves anew “to Jesus through Mary.” 

--Sister Mary Joseph, SSCJ

Charlotte (NC) Catholic High School now use 33 Days Consecration in their curriculum

33 Days to Morning Glory, May 27, 2015

The students spent 10 minutes each day for 33 school days preparing to make their Marian Consecration. On day 33 the students gave the reason for wanting to make this Consecration, I have included some of their thought in between the pictures. 

CLICK HERE for video of Consecration and May Crowning!
Fr. Kauth

Thank you for promoting this consecration, some day we will all see how perfectly Mary has fulfilled her mission, which is to form Christ in us. Our Chaplain, Father Matthew Kauth stressed with the students that Jesus commanded us from the Cross to "Look" to Mary, "Woman, behold, your son" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your Mother." 

Father Gaitley has made it possible in his simple but profound "Do it yourself" retreat" manual, that now each year, it is part of the curriculum for April and May of the Second Semester. A truly essential component in the religious training of our young people.

Sincerely in Christ,
Sister Agnes Cousins
Charlotte Catholic High School

CLICK HERE for video of Consecration and May Crowning!