Friday, August 31, 2012

Day 26 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Mary's Retreat (Day 3)

At Calvary, Mary becomes the Mother of all when Our Lord says "Woman behold your son, Son behold your mother." As He gives her to the Beloved Disciple, St. John, He gives her to us all.  At Calvary she receives the full gift of Motherhood-the entire church.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 25 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Mary's Retreat (Day Two)

In today's reading, we continue along in the events of the life of the Blessed Mother. One of the few but powerful words said by Mary, recorded in scripture, are "Do Whatever He Tells You."

To me this sums up Marian devotion, she always points us to her son.

The words of Pope John Paul II show how much Mary is concerned about our concerns, "her solicitude for human beings."

Summarizing Pope John Paul II, Fr. Gaitley points out (pg 97) three things:
1. Mary is not the Handmaid of the Lord by necessity, but by God's choice
2. Mary needs servants who obey her words, "do whatever He tells you."
3. Mary's role is wholly oriented toward Christ

In what area of my life is Mary pointing me to Jesus in today?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Day 24 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Mary's Retreat (Day One)

Mary's vocation to be our spiritual mother was not revealed to her all at once. Just like us, she was a pilgrim of faith. She pondered in her heart all the different things that happened day by day. She had to give her "yes" not just once at the annunciation, but over and over again. So too do we.

If anyone feels this book is just giving too much emphasis to Mary, consider what Fr. Gaitley writes on pg 93 quoting Pope John Paul, "for it must be recognized that before anyone else it was God himself, the Eternal Father, who entrusted himself to the Virgin at Nazareth."

Read and re-read this day's meditation. It goes over the scriptural events of Mary's life. We do well to get to know Mary more and more each day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 23 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Maternal Mediation

According to the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium Maternal Mediation simply means that Mary is our spiritual mother who assists us from heaven with her prayers and motherly care to help bring us to God.  (pg 90)

As my own mother died in 2006, I love, love, love that Mary is my spiritual mother. As a mother of six children myself, I love that Mary is my model and exemplar. As much as I love my kids, and try to do everything I can to help them, Mary does all that and more for me, and she does it completely perfectly because she is without sin.

In that way, like Blessed Pope John Paul the Great, we can say to Mary Totus Tuus, meaning "I am totally yours."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 22 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Mary's Gift of Mercy

Today we begin the fourth week of our preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary. In the fourth week we will focus on St. Pope John Paul the Great, one of my personal heroes.

Today we read about the apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and how Our Lady requested that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Pope John Paul II was the Pope to suffer an assassination attempt on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 1981. He believed that it was Mary's intercession that saved his life and in return 3 years later, he consecrated the world to her Immaculate Heart. But that wasn't enough. Pope John Paul then gave the world the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Fr. Gaitley's book cannot begin to share all the details about Fatima, but for those who are interested here are some additional resources:

Fatima: Living the Message by Fr. Jason Brooks. 

In a time of lost innocence, the faith of three children inspired thousands and made the world believe in miracles. Mary's messages at Fatima have been promoted by Popes, approved by the Church, and validated by over 70,000 witnesses. Fr. Jason Brooks brings to light why Fatima is regarded by many as the most important spiritual event of the past 100 years. BONUS: Fr. Shanon Collins, retreat master and well known speaker on EWTN, explains the intended impact and opportunity of the messages of Fatima on the spiritual lives of believers today.
CLICK here to get this talk on CD or MP3

CLICK HERE for a FREE PDF of all the Fatima Prayers

I recently read an amazing book about Fatima. Fatima for Today, by Fr. Andrew Apostoli. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn more about the history, the message and the meaning of apparitions at Fatima.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 21 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat  -     
        By: Michael E. Gaitley
Be the One (with Mary)

In today's meditation, we consider the very essence and summary of Mother Teresa's Covenant Consecration from yesterday. In 5 words it is:
Be the One with Mary.

We are to be the one to satiate the thirst of Jesus. (I am also reading Fr. Gaitley's book Consoling the Heart of Jesus and in that book he gives a full explanation of being a "consoler" and satiating the thirst of our Lord for souls.) Mother Teresa recognizes that Mary is the one who is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, or THE Consoler, and therefore, completely filled with the Holy Spirit, her spouse, Mary most perfectly is able to satiate the thirst of Jesus and console him.

I would also like to highlight the 3 trademark virtues of Mother Teresa:
1. total surrender to God
2. loving trust
3. perfect cheerfulness

As we move toward consecration, may we all pray the closing prayer (from page 83)
"Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary... Help me to "be the one" to console Jesus with Mary."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Day 20 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

A Consecration Covenant

The Missionaries of Charity, founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta has a consecration covenant with Mary. In it we read that we give her 12 duties including giving her all we have, placing total dependence on her and being faithful in prayer. Mary's duties to us then include giving us her spirit and heart, possessing and transforming us and purifying our actions.

Read the full list of duties on page 80. It is a beautiful exchange.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Day 19 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

St. Ignatius of Loyola
Heart-Pondering Prayer

I love how Fr. Gaitley reveals Mother Teresa's 2 part secret.

Part 1, like Mary, ponder all things in my heart
Part 2, follow St. Ignatius of Loyola's nightly examen to review the graces and mercies received each day.

It is a good use of time to look up footnote 73 beginning on page 187 and read through how to make the examen.

--Julie Musselman

 I'm loving the 33 Days to Morning Glory.

We had our group discussion today and it was wonderful to have lively Catholic conversation with some incredible people! Several people who had previously consecrated using the brown books, that is the St. Louis de Montfort consecration remarked how "friendly" this book was and how it explained so many things they didn't understand.

Keep reading each day. Our Consecration day is to be Saturday Sept 8. We will meet for the 8 am mass at St. Raphael and then go to the tabernacle area immediately after mass to say the consecration together. Then, anyone going to the CCW meeting, can go straight away to that.
--Julie Musselman

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 18 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Many times I don't feel like a very compassionate person, so I love what Fr. Gaitley writes today saying that Mary will give us her compassionate heart, when I give her mine. Mother Teresa's devotion to Mary focused on this exchange of Mary's heart for mine. And Mother Teresa teaches me to pray "Mary, lend me your Immaculate heart." Mary's heart refers to her inner life and the seat of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Great talk by Blessed Mother Teresa. It is amazing to hear the voice of a real saint recorded live!
To get an MP3 or CD of these talk CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day 17 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

The Visions of 1947

Mother Teresa saw three visions in 1947 and each of them played a role in her beginning what was to be her life's work. In them, Our Lady played a significant role.

Fr. Joseph Langford, MC summarizes in this way,"Without Our Lady, we would be alone before the crosses of life, oblivious to Jesus in our midst."

Mother Teresa's message to us is that "Our Lady's role is to bring you face to face with the love in the Heart of Jesus crucified."

Today, August 22, we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. Let us offer our rosary today, contemplating the glorious mysteries and Mary, our Queen.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 16 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

The words on the wall of every MC Chapel
The gift God gave September 10th, 1946

On this day we read that Mother Teresa received a "Call within a Call." This is when she began to contemplate the words of Our Lord from the cross "I thirst."

In the letter quoted by Mother Teresa, she shares with us just how much Jesus loves us and how we all need to get to know Jesus so much better and hear Him say to each of us "I thirst." Mother Teresa reminds us that the Blessed Mother was the first to hear these words from Jesus on the cross and she knows how deep his love and longing for us truly is.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 15 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta 1910-97
Lover of the Heart of Jesus

Today we begin to consider the life of Blessed Mother Teresa. Fr. Gaitley tells us that like our Blessed Mother Mary, the deepest desire of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was to satiate the thirst of the Heart of Jesus for love and for souls

"I Thirst." These two short words are one of the seven last sayings Jesus said from the Cross. They became two of the most important words of Mother Teresa.

--Julie Musselman

to Jesus thru Mary.JPGThis picture I took in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in DC  is my favorite picture from a recent vacation.
I was sitting there looking up at this HUGE mosaic of Jesus on the back wall but there was a little figure that I had to look at first before I could see Jesus and that figure was a statue of the Blessed Virgin. It was a much smaller statue than that of the mosaic of Christ but I had to look "through Mary to see Christ". 
I think I'll print it out and put it in my 33 days book as I read each day.
--Lynn Denson

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day 14 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Kolbe's Prayer of Consecration

Today's reading goes over the actual wording of St. Maximilian's consecration prayer. (see below)

This closes out our second week of 33 Days to Morning Glory and the week focusing on St. Maximilian Kolbe and concludes with the goal of the Militia Immaculata: To lead all men and every individual through Mary to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I hope this helps some of our readers who have struggled with "too much emphasis on Mary." All we give Mary is through her to Jesus.

Militia Immaculata Consecration Prayer

(Composed by St. Maximilian Kolbe)
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.
If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world. " Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin
R. Give me strength against your enemies

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Day 13 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Militia Immaculata logo
 To be an instrument-rather, to be instruments

I really enjoyed reading about St. Maximilian Kolbe today. His purpose in consecrating to Mary was to be an instrument in her hands, Why? for the conversion of the entire world. It was written in a previous day that as a young man, Brother Maximilian wanted to give himself to a big idea-well, in my opinion, desire to convert the entire world is a super big idea!

And he didn't want to do it alone. He wanted  to teach others the way so that millions could become instruments.

So let's get to work!
--Julie Musselman

"This book is really explaining a lot to me. I originally consecrated with the little brown book by St. Louis de Montfort back in 2003. Nine years later, I am coming to understand so much more. Thanks Fr. Gaitley!"
--Lynn Denson

Friday, August 17, 2012

Day 12 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Who are you, O Holy Saints of God?

I love St. Maximilian's formula for sanctity. It all adds up!
W + w = S
God's Will combined with our will brings us Sanctity.

Fr. Gaitley points out that Mary is the only created person who perfectly does God's Will. So when we are united with her, we can more easily do God's Will too. And as the image was revealed to St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal, Mary distributes all the graces--if we ask.

So Mary, please shower us with graces today! Our friends, Our families, Our Community and especially Our Country.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 11 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

The Immaculata always does God's Will perfectly

The Great Circle of Being. The Circle of Life. The Separation always looking forward to Union.

I found this meditation to be very fruitful. As I get older and see my own kids becoming young adults, and looking ahead to their futures, I can see that we all are moving along this giant escalator called life. We have a heavenly destiny. We yearn for it and at the same time, we never feel ready for it.

The fall of the human race has it's answer in Jesus Christ and Mary is our guide along the way. Because she is perfectly united to the Holy Spirit and because she always perfectly does God's Will, she is trustworthy.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Day 10 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

THE ASSUMPTIONWho are you, O Immaculate Conception? (part two)

This was very interesting for me to consider that Mary is totally indwelt with the Holy Spirit and is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, therefore, she takes His name of Immaculate Conception.

What a great reflection on today the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. 

From Saint of the Day by

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

I hope everyone can get to mass today, a holy day of obligation. Thanks to Louise for sending all the local mass times.

Happy Feast of the Assumption.
August 15th is a very special day for Catholics around the globe. It is so important it becomes like a Sunday and we are obliged, or shall I say privileged to attend Mass on that day.
Be there, be filled with grace!
7:30 Holy Family/ Blessed Trinity
7:45 St Paul's
8 AM St Raphael's/ Most Holy Name
8:15 AM St Judes
9:00 AM Blessed Trinity/ Holy Family
11 AM St Judes
Noon- St Anthony Chapel/ Most Holy name
12:10 PM St Mary's
6 PM St. Paul's
7:00 PM  St Raphael's/Blessed Trinity/St Judes/Holy Family/ Most Holy Name

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day 9 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Who are you, O Immaculate Conception? (part one)

First of all, today is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He died in a German concentration camp on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

This write up was interesting to contemplate that Mary tells us who she is through St. Bernadette at Lourdes,  "I am the Immaculate Conception."

I had never thought about Mary and the Holy Spirit both being the created and uncreated Immaculate Conceptions. Much to ponder today!
--Julie Musselman

"I am loving this book"

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 8 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Today we change our focus from the life and writings of St. Louis de Montfort to that of St. Maximilian Kolbe. I loved reading his biography and knowing that his mother once said of him "what will become of you?" It shows that God has great plans for all of us!

Fr. Gaitley writes of him "the great passion of his life was to get to know the mystery of Mary." (pg 49) So I am looking forward to learning more about him this week and his consecration to the Immaculata. And I am every excited that by God's divine plan, from all eternity, we are reading about St. Maximilian this week as his feast day is tomorrow, August 14.

--Julie Musselman

I do like the book and it is very interesting.  I just had to catch up a couple of days, but am back on track.
I started reading de Montfort's True Devotion a couple of weeks ago.  I was having a problem reading it because it seemed de Montfort was actually placing Mary above God.  After speaking to two different priests and actually reading the 33 Days I have "calmed down" a bit.
This book reminds me of how I felt reading some of my books for LPMI.  It's great, but challenging at the same time.  Challenging is good because it makes me feel uncomfortable and at times will tug at my faith, but it also makes me work through that to strengthen and deepen my faith.  It also opens up a dialogue with my priests and other devoted friends and parishioners.
This next statement may make some people uncomfortable or think that I am just crazy, but it's true (the statement, not that I am crazy :) ).  Since I was a little girl I have had instances of an evil presence while trying to go to sleep.  It didn't happen that often until I really started getting into and living my faith. It is a disturbing presence where I feel like something is hovering right above me and it paralyzes me with fear.  I am never touched by anything and I don't see anything, but the fear and the presence are very real.  It usually lasts around 3 hours or so.  I pray and pray, but often lose my train of thought and have to keep going back to the beginning of the prayer (Hail Mary's and Our Father's).  I find that when I start praying more, like with the 12 Hours of Prayer, I usually get a "visit" or there are many "road blocks" thrown in my way to try to discourage me.  I had it happen when I started reading this book.  It was a little different this time because I didn't have the feeling of something hovering over me but I had the most violent and disturbing thoughts and I kept getting increasingly angry.  I felt these thoughts were placed there, because they just came in out of nowhere and took over. It was like Satan put them there and said, look what I can do to you.  It took me a while but I finally prayed enough to get it to stop so I could sleep around 4:30 in the morning.  It lasted for about 2 days and thankfully hasn't been back.  That is how I know this book is powerful.  Satan does not like us to be strong in our faith and we all know what the Blessed Virgin Mary can do to him.

I too have trouble with the writer’s approach -  It sometime just flies all over me but I am being persistent and will finish but I think I am disappointed in the book – I have gone to Friends of the Cross and the original True Devotion to be sure I remember Montfort’s writings.

Cheri needs to go to St. Michael and he will help during the night – also, I have learned, through many a sleepless night, that I apparently need to be praying (don’t know for who, what or where) but just praying and when sleep comes again my job is done for that minute.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Day 7 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

A Quick, Easy, and Secure Way to Holiness

Although I am all about anything that is "quick and easy" I am especially interested in those two words when they describe a Secure Way to Holiness.

The words that stick out to me on today's passage are "those who are particularly beloved by Mary often have more crosses than others, but Mary make the crosses sweet and light." (pg 45)

Just as she stood at the foot of the cross of her son, she is with us in all our crosses. Her mantle of protection covers us.

This wraps up the first week. Tomorrow we will learn about St. Maximilian Kolbe and his devotion to the Immaculata.

--Julie Musselman

I am enjoying it.  I was concerned initially about giving everything over to Mary because we are taught to beg and plead when we pray, in other words be fervent when praying.  I actually felt a burden lifted when I thought about allowing Mary to choose to whom she would give over my rosary each night.  I always remember Julie's mother and her binder of people she chose to pray for each day of the week.  I think she would have given everything to Mary as well.

Also, I wouldn't mind starting a catholic books reading club. I know we are all busy but sometimes I feel I don't put enough emphasis on the important things In life like nurturing my friendships.  I am always too busy cleaning, working, etc.  Let me know what you think.

-- Michelle Mosley

I'm IN on the Catholic book club!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day 6 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Should we really give Mary Everything? (part two)

Fr. Gaitley must surely know that we may have some hesitancy in giving everything to Mary, so he covers the topic for a second day. What stood out to me about today's message is the gentle rebuke from St. Louis de Montfort "this objection, which comes from self-love and ignorance of the generosity of God and His holy mother refutes itself."

How great do we think we are! That our ways are better than God's or His Mother's.

Today I am contemplating the great amount of self-love I have and begging Mary to help me be more like her.

I talked to Adela Vidal today. She told me that she is limited in what she can do physically but she is so happy to be reading along with 33 Days to Morning Glory with many of us from St. Raphaels.

"I am a fervent lover of the Blessed Mother already. There is not enough that we can do to learn about her and lover her."
--Adela Vidal

Ok, Julie, you have to help me with this.  I'm having a hard time with this book starting especially with Day 5.  I'm sure it's just my own ignorance, but how can de Montfort know how Mary distributes prayer and isn't this just too much emphasis on praying to Mary?  I just feel uncomfortable even reading the book. I think I need some actual Bible verses that correspond to the thoughts in this book.
--St. Raphael 33 Days to Morning Glory Reader
I don't know if I can adequately answer , but here goes:

No it is not ignorance, I think it is a whole different way of thinking. When I first did the little brown book by St. Louis de Montfort to consecrate, I wondered a lot about if this was just too much emphasis on Mary. Over time, I see the proper place for Mary and I have personally come to love her, trust her and want to be even closer to her. So maybe you just need to give yourself some time (maybe weeks/months/years) to contemplate and more fully understand. In the meantime are some observations:

In the intro, one of the comments Fr. Gaitley makes is that whenever the book says "to Mary"  it always means "to Jesus through Mary." So maybe it is the shorten language that is tripping you up. If you see "to Mary"  be sure in your head to say "to Jesus through Mary." Keep in mind, Jesus is God, we are praying to Him, through Mary. Just like our prayer group asks us to pray for them to Jesus. Mary and we are both intercessors.

We don't exactly know how Mary distributes our prayers, it is certainly part of the mystery of faith. But it is reasonable that she can and does. An overall point that helps me a lot is that Jesus came into the world through the womb of Mary. Jesus was totally and utterly dependent on her for food, clothing, protection. He learned the Jewish faith from her and how to do chores/work. (Along with St Joseph of course)  So in the mystery of the Incarnation, God became Man through Mary. 

If that was the way that God came (and He's God, so He could have come to earth at any time, in any place, as a full grown adult, as some kind of superhuman etc) Then, we are completely safe to go to Mary and utterly depend on her. She is completely trustworthy. Since she was conceived without sin (through the merits of Christ) she can't lead us astray.

There is so little in scripture about Mary, so I don't know that I can give scriptures to completely "prove" this devotion to Mary. But in scripture (and always) Mary doesn't want any glory for herself, she doesn't say "hey look at me, I am the mother of the messiah,' She always point us to her son.
Two scriptures that come to mind:
1.At the Wedding Feast of Cana in St John's gospel chpt 2:1-11, she tells the waiters and us "Do Whatever He Tells You."  Again she Always point us to her son.

2. Dying on the cross, John 19:25-27 Jesus gives his mother to the beloved disciple (meaning immediately to St. John and forever afterward to us.) So His mother is now ours. She will take care of us, we are her children.

My advice is to keep reading.   Underline things that don't make sense to you. Write your questions in the margins of the book. Email me and the group any questions you have. Save the questions that aren't answered to your satisfaction and when we meet on the 24th, we can gather them and ask Fr. Dominic. Pray about them. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind. Trust. 

Go back to day 2 where it lists all the popes who approve and recommend consecration to Jesus through Mary (several of them are saints and blesseds!) They won't lead  us astray either!

--Julie Musselman

Friday, August 10, 2012

Day 5 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Should we really give Mary Everything? (part one)
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Pictures, Images and Photos 
The second part of St. Louis de Montfort's consecration to Jesus through Mary is giving Mary everything including: "our interior and spiritual goods, which are our merits and our virtues, and our good works, past, present, and future."

 Fr. Gaitley explains how we should in fact offer everything to Mary and let her distribute the graces from any of our good actions as she sees fit.  He tells us that "Mary is never outdone in generosity."

For some reason this is easy to see in the natural realm, a good mother always does what is best for her children. So it must be more true in the spiritual realm. As I am learning about Mary there is much to contemplate and ponder. May I draw closer to her each day.

--Julie Musselman

I feel like the author is talking right to me in my living room- he asks the questions that are running through my mind- very easy format to understand.
Really enjoying!

  Marybeth Finster

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 4 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

DeMontfort's Consecration (part two)

Mary and JesusToday Fr. Gaitley recommends we consider why we should give ourselves entirely to Mary. I think this is an excellent question to ponder and really is the heart of what we are doing in reading this book.

In non-Catholic traditions, there is a great emphasis on Jesus alone. And in fact, I think many non-Catholics think Catholics have too much emphasis on Mary or that we even worship her. (We do not, we honor her, just as Jesus did/does.)

The answer that Fr. Gaitley shares as to 'should I give myself entirely to Mary?' is very simple. Yes, because Jesus did. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, could have come into the world in any way He liked, at any time in history. Yet He chose to be born of Mary, raised by Mary, loved by Mary. Wow.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Day 3 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Day 2 DeMontfort's Consecration (part one)

"The day of our Baptism is the most significant in each of our lives."

Most of us probably don't remember our baptism, and yet Fr. Gaitley rightly points out it is the most significant day in our life! What impressed me in today's writing was the need to constantly renew those baptismal vows as a way to protect ourselves from sin. And when we ask Mary to assist us in that, through our consecration to her, we will go a long way in sinning less!

"Come Holy Spirit, living in Mary...
       Give me the grace to reject Satan and follow Christ more closely"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day 2 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Day 2 St. Louis de Montfort's Influence on the Church

Today revealed the many popes who have supported the Consecration:

Blessed Pope Pius IX (1846-1878)
Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903)
[Pope Saint Pius X]Pope St. Pius X (1903-1914)
Pope Pius XI (1922-1939)
Venerable Pope Pius XII (1939-1958)
Pope Saint John Paul II (1978-2005)

If these great leaders of our faith recommend and support Marian Consecration, I am all in!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Day 1 of 33 Days to Morning Glory

Day 1 The Passionate Saint of Brittany

Don't be deceived by this innocent looking picture of St. Louis de Montfort!

I loved the biographical information as we start out the first week of our 33 Day journey, a week that focuses on St. Louis de Montfort. Fr. Gaitley points out that both St. Louis and his father, were men of great zeal. It is written of his father "he was a volcano frequently erupting!" (pg 32). St. Louis too shared this bad temper.

"But St. Louis channeled his fiery passion not to threats and violence but to laboring for the greater glory of God." (pg 32)

And this gives me great hope!

Introduction to 33 Days to Morning Glory

ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORTAs I read through the introduction of this inspiring book, my heart burned as I read that the True Devotion to Mary is a "short, easy, secure and perfect" way to become a saint. (pg 21)

God has placed in each of our hearts the desire to be a saint, but often we really just don't how to go about becoming one. So here is way to become a saint. But not just any old way, but a "short, easy, secure and perfect" way.

Fr. Gaitley continues on pg 22 that "In times of unprecedented evil, God wants to give unprecedented grace. For, as St. Paul wrote, 'Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more' (Rom. 5:20.)" And I don't think any one would disagree that we live in a time of unprecedented evil.

So today starts the consecration. I am happy to have you along for the journey!
- Julie Musselman

For me, it is always exciting/humbling to participate in something that brings us closer to Mary. She has a  wonderful mission- to bring us closer to her Son (through Mary to Jesus). Walking with Mary is an amazing way to get closer to her Son, our Lord.
So, thanks, dear sisters in Christ for this time to journey together on the road to holiness. It was so cool to read that is what we are doing and that holiness is obtainable and desirable for all of us. "God wants to form saints from the little souls".
- Louise Barrett

The introduction section was like Fr. Michael was in my head!!! He expressed all of my sentiments about the Monfort Consecration. I made my St Louis de Monfort consecration initially in 2003 and have renewed it every year since, and still I don't quite understand how to live my life consecrated to Jesus through Mary. I know I have been reciting a long list of prayers and reading excerpts from de Monfort's book, but it didn't completely understand exactly what I was doing. The book seemed to jump around a lot  from scripture to excerpts from his book and other things. 

I now have some renewed hope that maybe through 33 Days to Morning Glory I will be better equipped to live out this consecration. I'm looking forward to it and praying that we all have the fire to complete the 33 days!
-Lynn Denson

Thursday, August 2, 2012

St Raphael Catholic Church in St. Petersburg starts Consecration Group

This book, 33 Days to Morning Glory,  is an amazing "read" as well as tool for consecration to Jesus through Mary, whether you read alone, with your spouse, a friend or in a group. In addition to being a great "read", through the consecration, it is a powerful life changing experience.

After talking to our parish priest about the idea, our group at St. Raphael Catholic Church in St. Petersburg started with a simple email. 

I sent out a description of the book to some of my friends, told them that a group was starting and gave details on how to get a copy of the book. (We have the book available at our Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the narthex of the church.)

I set up a date mid-way through the 33 days and invited all to come and discuss the book. I also set up the Consecration day, with the simple directions that we would all attend the regular morning mass and then meet at the tabernacle to consecrate together afterward.

We had 80 books go out to people in our parish and 35 people specifically emailed me to say they want to be part of the discussion group. Aug 24 about 20 readers showed up for coffee and holy conversation.

Sept 8, 2012 our St. Raphael Catholic Church group consecrated to Jesus through Mary, after the 8 am mass for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated by our pastor, Fr. Tim Sherwood. Praise be Jesus Christ for the gift of Mary and this beautiful consecration!

Those consecrated: Jeanette Abramo, Terry Hamm, Cheri Mainetti, Addys Sasserath, Ursula Abner, Susan Ugan, Mary Stoff, Debby Reidy, Celeste Brown, Carol Irwin, Van Rourke, Lynn Denson, Marja Beaufait, Lisa Richard, Julie Musselman, Michelle Mosely, Denise Debord, Joan Grayson, Maggie Moren, Bernadette Bailey, Louise Barrett, Susan O'Gara 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

33 Days to Morning Glory A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael Gaitley

33 Days to Morning Glory; A Do-it-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration Book description: From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, the author of the bestselling book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four spiritual giants St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. If you're seeking to consecrate yourself to Mary for the first time or you're simply looking to deepen and renew your consecration, this book is an incredible blessing for even the busiest of people.


My take: 

33 Days to Morning Glory is such a wonderful book. Although the idea is to read it every day for 33 days prior to consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary, when I first opened the book, I couldn't stop reading. The lives and stories for four great saints, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa draw you in from the first page. Not only were their writes up interesting historically, they burned in my heart "I want to be a great saint like him/her!"

My husband and I consecrated May 13, 2012 after reading each days' meditation. It was a beautiful journey. Each day there is a simple, short reading that explains what consecration to Jesus through Mary is and why anyone would want to do it. Unlike previous consecrations we have done where numerous prayers and scriptures are read, this book actually explains all the benefits of having a relationship with Mary, as well as why go to Jesus through Mary.

This book will appeal to a beginner as well as someone with a degree in Theology. In addition to the 33 days of meditations, Fr. Gaitley includes two appendices. The first Appendix is Marian Prayers and the second is Marian Devotions.

Here is what others are saying:

This is a book that you will want to share with your friends and family and even do a group study and consecration.  Parishes can offer this through their Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk display, through their bookstore or to their youth groups, RCIA or Adult Ed programs. I can't say enough positive things about this book.   

If you are a parish interested in getting this book in bulk, please email me for more information: Through Lighthouse Catholic Media, we have an amazing bulk price to get this book out to as many souls as possible.