Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Next Date for Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

If you are considering making St. Louis' de Montfort's consecration to Jesus through Mary, you should get ready for your 33-day preparation. The next Marian feast is Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. That means you should start your preparation on September 4.

You can use St. Louis' de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary, or a more contemporary guide, like the excellent 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley. There are even podcasts. (If the dates are different, it doesn't matter as long as you start on September 4 and don't skip.) The important thing is to be consistent.

What is total consecration? It means that you give everything you have and are to Jesus through Mary. Unlike other devotions it is radical. Even the benefits of your good works are given up to be used according to the will of God. So, for example, if you meet the conditions for earning a plenary indulgence, you give that merit up to be used for someone else.

But won't that leave me stuck in purgatory? If you believe Mary and Jesus would punish you for such a selfless act, then, maybe. But if you trust Mary and Jesus will do the right thing, then -- well, that's what it's all about. Loving trust.

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V as "Our Lady of Victory" to commemorate the defeat of the Turkish fleet in the decisive naval Battle of Lepanto, October 7, 1571.

What a great day for a consecration, don't you think?

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