Please plan on joining the worldwide Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 8th, 2015. The consecration preparation begins on November 5th and the retreat materials can be found at www.allheartsafire.org.
This December 8th consecration to Jesus through Mary will perfectly allow us to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared.
So what does this all mean, and how does one join in?
Here are the FAQs:
What is a jubilee year?
In the ancient Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year, which was celebrated
every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the children
of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their
property and even their personal freedom.
The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began 1300. From 1475 onwards – in order to allow each generation to experience at least one
Holy Year – the ordinary Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years.
However, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an
event of particular importance.
The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual
significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to
all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and
neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s
faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.
With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the
merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The
encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.
The most recent extraordinary Jubilee Years were those in 1933, to celebrate
1900 hundred years of Redemption and in 1983, on the occasion of the 1950 years of Redemption.
What is Marian Consecration?
St. Pope John Paul II calls the Marian Consecration Devotion "the decisive turning point" of his life. In simplest terms, we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son.
Put another way, Marian Consecration or Entrustment is to give ourselves to Jesus through Mary so that she can bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy.
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.
How does Marian Consecration help us enter the Jubilee Year?
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."
Pope Francis decided that the Year of Mercy should begin on December 8th "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.
By beginning the Year of Mercy consecrating to Mary, we will enter in more deeply to experience God's mercy and then be able to share it better with others.
What should we do if we'd like to consecrate?
One of the best ways to consecrate is to use the retreat materials of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. In his retreat, one reads just 2 pages a day from the book, answers a couple of questions from the retreat companion and ponders them throughout the day. Then weekly one watches a video lecture by Fr. Gaitley to summarize the preparation. The retreat can be done alone, but we highly recommend doing it in small groups either at your parish or in your home with friends and family. See www.allheartsafire.org to get your materials. For online materials, subscribe to www.formed.org.
Key Points from Misericordiae Vultus Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis:
Bull 3. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
Bull 15: It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.
Bull 19. May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behavior distances them from the grace of God
Bull 25. I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.
Entire parishes can join in on this, see parish plan at: http://yearofmercy.blogspot.com/p/year-of-mercy-parish-plan.html
For Parish Pricing on 33 Days Materials contact 877-200-4277 or visit www.allheartsafire.org