Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sanctification Through Consecration- Ray Grieshaber

A young man from Cincinnati, Ohio attributes the Marian Consecration with helping him to grow in holiness. Below is his talk to the St. Gertrude "20s Group" delivered on March 19, 2015 the feast of St. Joseph. The talk is titled "Sanctification Through Consecration: The Secrets of Mary, St. Joseph and Holy Mother Church."

CLICK HERE for Ray's talk on YouTube

Books Ray Mentions:
True Devotion to St. Joseph and the Church by Fr. Dominic De Domenico.
33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Recently Ray wrote:

"My life changed in an unexpected way when I completed my Marian Consecration on December 8, 2012 using Fr. Gaitley's wonderful book 33 Days to Morning Glory. 

I reverted to the Catholic faith a couple years prior after finishing college and was spending most of the time gaining a "head knowledge" grasp of the basics of the faith: learning the Our Father, studying the Catechism, and beginning to develop a prayer life. After completing the consecration, my life was..."overtaken" by Our Lady. My heart began to soften and mold much faster than before, and Our Blessed Mother became my constant companion through trials, joys, pain, and happiness. As she protected me and steered my spiritual life, I swiftly grew in love and devotion to Jesus; the Gospel message became true and real. 

If there are those who have yet to complete this wonderful consecration, I ask that they only give Mary a chance to shape their hearts for an ever greater love."

Ray Grieshaber
St. Gertrude 20s group

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Alabama women's consecration bears immediate fruit

a recent email from Janet in Alabama~

"I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary using Fr. Michael Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory on March 25, 2015. I prayed I was open to any and all Mary had for me.

Well I got a call out of the blue from a cousin. She wanted to ask me about the rosary and if we (Catholics) worshiped Mary. 

For the first time I feel I answered these question with out a struggle! I was confident and sure of the way I answered. 

She thanked me and said she understood what I was saying although being Baptist that's not what she had been told about Catholics. 

She then wanted to know if I would teach her how to say the rosary. Wow! I know Mary was speaking through me.

 I just wanted to thank you four gals for doing the podcast. I will be getting in touch later  

Your sister in Jesus through Mary,   

For daily podcast links CLICK HERE

If you'd like to start a group of friends, just contact me! I would love to help your group get started:

Julie Musselman

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two St. Petersburg groups consecrate today!

Cat Chat Book Club consecrates

A group of women in St. Petersburg, FL formed a Catholic book club late last summer/early fall. Their lofty goals were to gather to read,  have fellowship, eat and learn more about their Catholic Faith (not necessarily in that order!) They named their group the "Cat Chat" book club (short for Catholic Chat.)

Books read so far include:
Story of a Soul By St. Therese
My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell.
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by  Maria von Trapp
Saint John Paul the Great by Jason Evert

February 20, they started a new book and a beautiful new journey. They read 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

Some in the group had previously read/consecrated and even been in groups, but a few had never even heard of the book. Some were cradle Catholics, some were converts.

L to R Julie, Alicia and Bonnie of the Cat Chat Book Club. Not present: Helga, Kristen, Patti and Valerie
Today three of the Cat Chat book club members gathered for noon mass at St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in downtown St. Petersburg. After mass, they gathered in front of the outdoor shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray the consecration prayer.

Alicia, a Catholic Convert and first time reader commented "I love this book. I couldn't wait each morning to wake up and read the two pages a day."

Bonnie, a cradle Catholic said, "I am learning how much more I need to trust. Trust our Lady. She will help me in all ways."

Next book the club will read is also by Fr. Michael Gaitley The Second Greatest Story Ever Told. CLICK HERE for your FREE COPY

Eleven Souls Consecrate at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach today

Rebecca Lorenzen led 10 others in her parish to consecrate to Jesus through Mary today. Pictured is the group along with their pastor, Fr. John Blum. Rebecca has led several groups at the parish to consecration and also led groups using Fr. Gaitley's second study Consoling the Heart of Jesus.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Divine Mercy Art now available

Fr. Michael Gaitley wants EVERY home to have an image of the Divine Mercy in it. To that end, Lighthouse Catholic Media is partnering with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception to make an affordable 10 x 18 image now available for just $19.95 gallery wrapped. Framed images are also available (Black Frame $39.95 and Gold Frame $49.95.)

Get you image today, and have it blessed and hung in your home for Divine Mercy Sunday April 12, 2015. Images make a perfect gift for the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has called to begin December 8, 2015.

Schools and Parishes, call me for bulk discounts- put an image in EVERY classroom and office at your parish!
Julie Musselman 727-709-8649

Divine Mercy Images

This original version was painted by art professor Eugene Kazimierowski under the supervision of St. Faustina and her confessor, Blessed Michael Sopocko, in Vilnius. It was completed in 1934 and underwent enhancements in 2011. Although there are several versions of this image, our Lord promised that graces would flow through it (Diary of St. Faustina, 313).

Prepare your family to celebrate the upcoming "Year of Mercy"that Pope Francis has announced for 2016! Now every family can afford high-quality sacred art to beautify and sanctify their home! Professionally crafted in the United States, these premium canvases are fade-resistant for up to 50 years and make the perfect gift to decorate any living space. 

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Divine Mercy Explained by Fr. Michael Gaitley

This booklet gives you a brief and easy-to-understand introduction to Divine Mercy. Specifically you will learn:

-- Divine Mercy history and context
-- The essential elements of the devotion
-- How you can live the message

In short, it's everything you need to know about this important message and devotion! This booklet also includes two bonus appendices: Valuable Divine Mercy prayers and Divine Mercy wisdom from Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. 
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The Divine Mercy Image Explained by Fr. Michael Gaitley. 
Learn the amazing story behind The Divine Mercy Image in this information and accessible booklet from the Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception. These inspiring truths about the Divine Mercy Image show the hey elements of the Image with remarkable depth and beauty.
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