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Why You Should Consecrate Yourself To Jesus Through The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Why You Should Consecrate Yourself To Jesus Through The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Why would any person want to give all they have to Jesus through Mary? Like the rich young man in the gospel story, most people become frightened when asked to give up everything and follow Jesus.

Saint Louis de Montfort leads us to Jesus through Mary and shows us how easy it is to consecrate our lives and still fulfill our daily obligations of living a life in this world. The consecration is like bungee jumping off a spiritual bridge. We are fearful about jumping even though we know the bungee cord will save us and we will enjoy the great exhilaration of the bounce.

If your spiritual life is in the doldrums, the consecration is designed to jump-start your whole being into another level of existence. By surrendering everything, you gain everything – holiness, happiness, peace, success, freedom, and love. Like all catalysts, we will never fully know the consecration’s secret for speeding up the process of coming close to Jesus; however, we have the testimony of all those consecrated around the world that it works. We also have the testimony of Saint Pope John Paul II

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The Importance Of Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

The Importance Of Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

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Saint Louis de Montfort, as a missionary par excellence, knew that theology was a means to an end, not the end itself. He had no interest in becoming a theologian, although he could have easily done so. His writings reflect that fact. Saint Louis de Montfort wanted the whole world to love Jesus as Mary loves Jesus, and as he himself had learned to love Jesus.

As a missionary, Saint Louis de Montfort was interested in converting people from sin and leading them to the Holy Trinity. “Le Bon Pere de Montfort” did not have much time to spare during his short stay in a parish. He needed catalysts- spiritual agents that worked in a mysterious way to speed up the conversion process.

True devotion to Mary was the catalyst – the shortest and surest path to Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity. The other catalysts were the Rosary and the consecration which included a renewal of baptismal vows. These spiritual, devotional gems worked miracles. Thousands were converted. Millions have since read True Devotion to Mary and have consecrated their whole beings to Jesus through Mary, while continuing their vocations and family obligations.

Introduction To Total Consecration

Introduction To Total Consecration

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Total consecration is the giving of oneself whole and entire, body and soul, to Jesus the Incarnate Wisdom through the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this we give to Jesus through Mary all our works, spiritual and temporal, past, present and in the future. We give to Jesus through Mary the merits of our good works, our sufferings and joys without reserving any for our own ourselves.

St. louis de Montfort tell us that “those who desire to take up this special devotion (Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary),”should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus. They should spend three weeks imbuing themselves with the spirit of Jesus through the most Blessed Virgin.” (T.D. No. 227)

It is obvious that this Total Consecration, or perfect renewal of our baptismal vows with and through Mary, is not to be taken lightly. Pope John Paul II said that “Reading this book (St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary) was to be a turning point in my life…This Marian devotion…has remained a part of me. It is an integral part of my interior life and of my spiritual theology.” In his Marian Year encyclical, Mother of the Redeemer, speaking of Marian Spirituality, the Holy Father singles out: “among the many witnesses of this spirituality, the figure of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments.” (NO. 48)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CONSECRATION

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CONSECRATION

True Devotion: Nos. 231-233
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At the end of three weeks, we should go to Confession and Holy Communion with the intention of giving ourselves to Jesus Christ in the quality of slaves of love, by the hands of Mary.
After Communion, we should recite the Act of Consecration http://francismary.org//act-of-consecration/ ; we ought to write it, or have it written, and sign it the same day the consecration is made.

It would be well that on this day, we should pay some tribute to Jesus Christ and our Blessed Lady, either as a penance for our past unfaithfulness to the vows of Baptism, or as a testimony of dependence on the dominion of Jesus and Mary.

This tribute should be one in accordance with your fervor, such as a fast, a mortification or an alms, or a candle. If but a pin is given in homage, and given with a good heart, it will be enough for Jesus, Who loves only the good will.

Once a year at least, and on the same day, we should renew this consecration, observing the same practices during the three weeks.

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