July 24, 2014

UPDATE: Total Consecration To Mary...

UPDATE: On December 8, 2013, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception,  I made my "official" Total Consecration to Mary, along with a group of other parishioners. As the below older post indicates, I had done so on a personal level a couple years before. I just had never been able to co-ordinate the date with a free weekend, when I did not have my sons visiting, to make the Parish one. A recent article from Catholic Insight has another who has "taken the plunge". 

Terry McDermott, in a recent post at Catholic Insight, writes in Giving It All To Jesus Through Mary of the decision to finally make the Consecration, after a long spell of familiarity with the book but not much in the way of a decision to commit...much like myself. And also like myself, felt the trepidation of "can I live what I am proposing"? "Can I let go?" The answers came back "yes" to both questions. It was also comforting to know that I was not alone in my concern of not feeling the "...fireworks going off inside me" after making the Total Consecration. For that is not the way of Our Lady, anyway. She is quiet and unassuming, much like the feeling that comes with the Consecration. The only human aspect of it all is the unanswerable question to yourself of "Why did I wait so long? 

I urge one and all to read Terry's article, read the book by St. Louis DeMontfort and make the Consecration. I would assume that most parishes have one at least once a year, but if not, certainly ask the resident pastor. I can't imagine any priest refusing such a request...

The book is available from The Angelus Press here, or from Tan Books here.

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On October 7, 2011 I made the Total Consecration to Mary and each month since I have privately renewed my Consecration before the Altar of Our Lady. Without Her Maternal assistance, I could not hope to keep my head above water, nor to save my Soul and those of my Family. It is to She that I owe my continued Faithfulness and Fidelity to my first and only spouse and to our Marriage Vows, as well as my Peace of Soul. She is Truly my Mediatrix before the Throne of Our Lord, who refuses Her nothing that does not go against His Will. And as He certainly does not Will the destruction of a Family, I can do no better than to ask for Her intercession for its Restoration. As well, for the Graces to Trust in His Divine Providence, if I breathe my last and she and I are still parted.
I recommend reading St. Louis de Montfort's Total Consecration to Mary.  Our Chapel offers a yearly enrollment, preceded by the 30 day preparation. 

So, all the above being said, this blog will rise or fall as Our Lady wishes, for...

"In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; 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."  (From the Prayer of Consecration)



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