As Catholics we do some pretty weird things. We eat flesh and blood as the central act of our worship. We venerate the body parts of Holy people. We walk around one day a year with ashes on our foreheads.
But the thing that most non-Catholics do not get is our love for Mary. Mary, Queen of Heaven, immaculately conceived. Mary, Queen of all Hearts.
What’s the big deal?: Marian Consecration
Why is Mary so special and why should she be an important part of our spiritual lives? To answer this, I’m going to call on St. Louis de Montfort. I owe my love and knowledge of Mary to this guy, who the Holy Spirit led me to when I felt very far away from God.
He wrote a few books, but the most famous details the True Devotion to Mary. Montfort boldly claims that Mary is the easiest and best way to Christ. Therefore he was inspired to formulate a consecration to Jesus through Mary. Before you close the computer for even reading such sacrilege, think this through logically. How did Jesus come into the world? Through Mary. God obviously did that for a reason and thought Mary was very special. The first time I made my consecration according to Montfort’s preparation, it changed my life. I truly believe asking Mary to walk with me has deepened my relationship with her Son.
The Dawn of a New Day
Since then, I have discovered 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. He begins with Monfort, but doesn’t stop there. His “retreat” is a simple and accessible way to learn about and prepare yourself for Marian Consecration. He looks at Mary and our relationship with her through the lens of Maximillian Kolbe, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.
Jesus chose to come into the world as a completely helpless baby. He had to rely completely and totally on Mary for nourishment. If he thought that was necessary, in our pride do we think we’re above that? Perhaps he wants us to rely on His mother as He did. Mary, who is full of Grace, always leads us to Jesus and God. Montfort makes this very clear distinction in his writing, so as to avoid any accusations of heresy. I like to think of it as Mary accompanying us to the throne of God. I imagine it’s very hard for Jesus to say no to His mom…Mary knew Jesus more intimately than any human. If we want to get to know Him wouldn't it make sense to ask for her help? Click To Tweet
I will be using 33 Days to Morning Glory to renew my consecration starting July 13th. Will you join me?
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Originally posted 2012-07-07 22:53:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter