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(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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