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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.

Total Consecration Day 1

Total Consecration Day 1

33-Day Preparation
Initial 12-Day Preparation
Day 1
Purpose: Emptying Yourself of the Spirit of the World
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Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ. The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.

It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life. By disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.

Today’s Reading
Matthew 5:1—19

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Total Consecration Day 2

Total Consecration Day 2

33-Day Preparation
Initial 12-Day Preparation
Day 2
Purpose: Emptying Yourself of the Spirit of the World
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Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ. The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.

It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life. By disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.

Today’s Reading
Matthew 5:48, 6:1—15

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