Why you Should do the Marian Consecration A.D. 2017 C.L.F….
A.D. 2017 C.L.F. is the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima
Why you should do the Marian Consecration ….
Guest Post By: Julia-Anne Therese
In life, when we want something, we more than likely ask our parents for it. When a guy wants to propose to his girlfriend, he should ask her dad. When we want to be able to gain permission to do something, we ask our parents. We are trying to gain something through it. Now, what if you could get closer to Jesus by asking His Mother to help you? That is something that for probably many of you seems second nature but in a lot of ways it does not at the same time. Mary is the one human in all of human history that is the closest to Jesus. No one will surpass her and not anyone will ever come close. She said “yes!” to the Angel Gabriel to have Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary’s body was made to have the son of God. With that said, in Mary’s humility, she always pointed towards to Jesus. She silently adored Him as He was in her womb. She pointed to him at the Wedding of Cana. It is no wonder that we Catholics turn to Mary so much.
One way that throughout the centuries, people have turned to Mary is by the fact they consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary. It is a way to serve our Lord better and to help Him be there more in our lives. The formalized version of this Total Consecration dates back to St. Louis de Montfort in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through his book True Devotion of Mary which led to Preparing for Total Consecration of Jesus through Mary. Throughout time, there have been other priests who have created books for the Total Consecration, but it is essentially the same thing: 33 days of preparation for giving yourself totally and completely to Jesus through Mary on a Marian feast. Once you do it, you should renew it every year on the same Marian feast hypothetically, but sometimes people do switch around Marian feasts.
There are many articles online that explain why you should do the Total Consecration. The Saints have done it and advocated it throughout the ages. If you love Mary and Jesus and grow closer to them, it is a great way to do so! People can have spiritual warfare as part of it, but persevere – Mary will also help you! After all, she did crush Satan’s head.
But why not regardless do it this year …. For Fatima
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. To this day, when Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children of Fatima is one of the best known Marian apparitions, and to think it is just within the past 100 years! There are so many reasons that even if you have already consecrated yourselves to Jesus through Mary for Our Lady of Fatima. The start date is April 10, which is the Monday of Holy Week. But why Our Lady of Fatima? Here is a few reasons ….
- The 100th Anniversary is on a Saturday: As part of the Consecration, you should go to Confession and Mass as part of it. Unless we make a habit of it, it can be hard to go to Daily Mass during the week because of work. But because it is on a Saturday, you are able to do all of those things since you do not have any obligations of a job! Plus Saturday is typically reserved as Mary’s day.
- May is Mary’s month. May is a month that we honor Mary. What more to show a way that you want to grow closer to her than growing closer to Jesus?
- The final war will be between Satan and the family: Revealed to be the final secret at Fatima, the final war that Satan will engage in is the war of the family. We see that battle being alive and well through the fact that there are so many broken families in today’s society. What more to be a witness on earth by having your spouse and you (with your family) do the Total Consecration? That will give you the spiritual strength to get through any hardship that gets in the way.
- It is a way to grow spiritually post-Lent: Since the first day of preparation just so happens to be during Holy Week, it is a great way to continue the graces you received during Lent of being more prayerful during the Easter season! Once you have consecrated yourselves, you are naturally going to be wanting to be more prayerful!
There you have it. Four reasons why you should do it during this 100th year of Fatima.
Stay tuned for a future post on resources!