Originally Posted by endaman
I am adding another question to my last post. Can I be consecrated to both Mary and Jesus?
"Christ is the sole reason for my salvation and hope."
Mary would say the same basic thing, "Christ is the sole reason for my salvation and hope."
And she said this in the Magnificat to Elizabeth.
The Catechism says in 970, "Mary's function as mother of men, in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power."
How does it show its power? We see it in the story of Cana. Who did the asking? And by whose power was the miracle performed?
But the best answer is she is closest to the source of power, her son. Being his mother, Jesus,
because of his love for her, wishes to give her all that she wants.
But being our mother also, she wishes us to be with her in heaven, all her children.
"Mary's function as mother of men, in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power." CC970
She is a truely concerned mother for all of her children, brothers/sisters to her son, and being next to her son is in the best position to plead for us. Cana again.
That is why when we say she is the "highest" in heaven, we recognize that she is in a prime position to do us the most good, and that Jesus has done us the greatest favor by placing her there where she may observe and ask graces for her new children.
We know that God looks favorably on a holy person and what they ask for. Because the word "holy" means close to God, the most godlike, filled with grace. Mary is this holy person. I think all christians know that the more people you have praying for you or your intentions, the better the prayer might be answered. So we ask our friends to pray with us and for us. The saints in heaven are also our friends who we ask to pray for us and with us, Mary being the greatest saint.
We go to our friends for help, which includes especially Mary.
Now there is no obligation to go thru Mary or thru any of your other friends. You may very well pray by youself to Jesus if you wish. But I think you can see that Mary, being full of grace, would be the best possible person to pray for us that we could want. So we then go thru, with, and in, Mary to Jesus. But this is not obligatory if one decides to remain alone in their requests.
Now besides asking to go thru, with, and in, Mary to Jesus, we may formally do this one solemn time using DeMontfort's retreat. However if this too difficult for any reason, this does not prevent anyone doing this on their own. This can be done by reading DeMonfort's book first understanding what this means. And then making the act of consecration on one's own, which is in the book.
It is a beautiful thing to do, and will bring you many many blessings. Over time you will notice quite a difference if this is followed.
Here is the daily morning offering prayer, based on this total consecration to Mary.
O Jesus, thru the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world for my sins and those of the whole world. And any benefit that I may receive from you today I give freely to Mary to do with as she wishes, asking nothing in return but to love you more. Amen.
Wish you the love of Mary and peace of Jesus.