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How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

Please join us A.D. April 10 2017 C.LF. (Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima) as we begin our 33 Day Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Our Consecration date will be on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima!

Guest Post By: Julia-Anne Therese

Canadian Catechist has been telling me people have been asking him about how to go about doing this consecration.  Well, here you go!

Step 1: Choose a Marian feast.  Well, we already chose one for the sake of this blog series: Our Lady of Fatima.  But if you feel like Mary is calling you to a different day, you can choose another Marian Feast.  Some examples are the Annunciation (March 25), Visitation (May 31), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (June 27), Presentation of Mary (November 21), and Immaculate Conception (December 8).

Step 2: This step has multi parts to it.

A. Work 33 days back from that day.  For example, for Our Lady of Fatima, your start date will be April 10.  Which means you have to complete steps B-D before April 10.

B. Choose the resource you want to use to get the daily Consecration preparation readings from.  Here are some examples:

Preparation for Total Consecration: This one, by St. Louis de Montfort, is the classic one that most people use.  You have a series of prayers that you say each day and then have other reflections associated with it each day.  It is divided into four phases.  You can find it here (https://www.amazon.com/Preparation-Total-Consecration-Louis-Montfort/dp/0910984107/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=97AMFYB7DFNPR5GG5P7A).  This is the one I used last time and definitely the one I would use again.

33 Days to Morning Glory:  This one, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, is another way people have done the consecration.  It is divided into five parts and features different Saints.  Personally, it is for those who need something easy for the first time to go through it (if you do not have a lot of time).  It is very simplified and to the point.  I am sure if you want to combine it with St. Louis de Montfort’s it would be fine.  If you do this one, it is not that you will not receive as much graces as if you do one of the others, but you may find it “basic” in nature.

You can find it here, or on FORMED.org:

https://www.amazon.com/Days-Morning-Glory-Do-Yourself/dp/1596142448/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MEWW6SPKH8MQFZQ2QK21

Totus Tuus (McMaster):  This is what my mom did when she did the Consecration to Jesus through Mary back for Immaculate Conception.  She loved the mix of the fact it was the Consecration with Pope St. John Paul II.  It features many of his writings and she appreciated the depth in it that she said 33 Days did not have for her.  It would probably be good for those who do not think they can handle the depth of Preparation for Total Consecration but think 33 Days is too simple for them.  You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Consecration-Through-Blessed/dp/161278643X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497157&sr=1-1&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary

Totus Tuus (Cromly):  This is another copy of the Total Consecration book I have.  Fr. Cromly, if you do not know who he is, is a member of the Community of St. John and in charge of Eagle Eye Ministries.  I had the blessing of having him one time for spiritual direction and also took a week of classes with him back in 2012.  If I remember right, he accredited the Total Consecration in the fact that it helped him find his vocation.  This also has readings of Pope St. John Paul II and everything is well-arranged.  There are also beautiful pictures to help you along the way.  If I cannot find my copy of St. Louis de Montfort in time, I am probably using my copy of it this time.  You can find it here:  https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Contemplative-Approach-Consecration-ebook/dp/B01E5T56FK/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497170&sr=1-14&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary

Other tools that have the 33 Day Preparation: http://totalconsecration.newevangelizers.com/schedule/%20-%20Audio%20links

http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html  they have the 33 Days listed and divided into a four week period.  This is the St. Louis de Montfort text.

Marian Consecration Meditations:  This one is in Ladaute (the app) and used as a companion to 33 Days to Morning Glory

C. Spend your Lent reading True Devotion of Mary by St. Louis de Montfort.  I did not do this the first time I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, but I will this time.

D. The weekend before you begin the preparation, I strongly suggest going to the Sacrament of Confession.  This will help you have graces to get through the preparation, because I will attest, it can be difficult, and you will face spiritual warfare.

Step 4: On April 10 (or whatever day you start), you go through the 33 days.  Try to frequent Communion as much as possible during this time.

Step 5: On the 34th day, you go to Confession, go to Communion, give alms (if you want, in the form of a votive candle is fine) and then write out the Consecration prayer on a piece of paper, signing it and dating it.  You can also find the Consecration prayer listed on the Fisheaters website I posted above.  Hang it up in a place that you can always remember how you consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary.

By the way, if you would like to join our Facebook group that is doing the 33 Day Consecration on Facebook to help with accountability in doing it, here is the official link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/229778817474760/

God bless!

Why you Should do the Marian Consecration A.D. 2017 C.L.F….

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.

 

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  • 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?

 

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  • 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!