|Mary is reading Isaiah 7.14. Lilies are for purity.|
The Angel Gabriel greets her: "Hail, Full of Grace!"
The Holy Spirit, represented by a dove, overshadows Mary
like the ark, as she folds her hands in acceptance.
Tomorrow is a great Marian Feast: The Annunciation. On every Marian feast, people all over the world consecrate or reconsecrate themselves to the Virgin Mary by giving everything to Jesus through her according to the devotion preached by St. Louis de Montfort.
By "everything," even spiritual merits are included. It is an act of radical trust in the human woman born free from original sin, and made a "cooperater" with God in the economy of salvation. Of course, True Devotion does not end with Mary; the mother always directs us to her Son, and tells us, as at the Wedding at Cana, "Do whatever He says."
God did not have to include Mary in His plans for our salvation, but He did. She is so much more than a kind of "surrogate mother" that non-Catholics think of her as. She is working even now as the Mediatrix of grace, and Jesus gave her to us as our mother from the cross.
|Heaven breaks through to a world ruined by sin.|
33 Days to Morning Glory is a new book that takes you through the traditional month-long preparation for consecration. (Apparently, Amazon will allow me to loan it to a person, and you don't need a Kindle.) It is excellent, and examines Marian spirituality from the writings of different saints, such as St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, John Paul II and others. There is also a workbook available, which I wish I had known about.
The classic book is St. Louis de Montfort's own True Devotion to Mary. It focuses more on prayers, while 33 Days is more expository. Neither one should be missed, but this is the original. It is only 99 cents, and is put out by Catholic Way Publishing. They specialize in cheap, well-formatted Kindle Catholic classics. (If you don't have a Kindle, most other kinds of devices have Kindle apps available.)
May 13 is the (optional) Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. So the next opportunity to begin a retreat for consecration is on April 10.