Dear Brothers and Sisters,
By God’s Grace we continue our 33 day journey toward Total Consecration (or renewal of it), following the words of St. Louis de Montfort in his treatise on True Devotion to Jesus through Mary.
- … we must choose among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin the one which will lead us more surely to this dying to self. This devotion will be the best and the most sanctifying for us. For we must not believe that all that glitters is gold, all that is sweet is honey, or all that is easy to do and is done by the majority of people is the most sanctifying. Just as in nature there are secrets enabling us to do certain natural things quickly, easily and at little cost, so in the spiritual life there are secrets which enable us to perform works rapidly, smoothly and with facility. Such works are, for example, emptying ourselves of self-love, filling ourselves with God, and attaining perfection. The devotion that I propose to explain is one of these secrets of grace, for it is unknown to most Christians. Only a few devout people know of it and it is practised and appreciated by fewer still…
Hopefully, some of those who are reading these threads have also begun to read the online version of True Devotion or begun to reread their own copy. I’ve taken these paragraphs from “Chapter 2 - In what Devotion to Mary Exists” since it so closely parallels the 12 preliminary days of ridding oneself of the spirit of the world., but “Chapter 1 - Necessity of Devotion to Our Lady” is also very important."
This s a book to be read slowly and prayerfully and definitely more than once! May the Lord continue to enable us each day to draw closer to Him as we listen to His Holy Spirit sent to bring us into all Truth Who is Jesus, God’s only Son who became incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.
Those who have already prayed their Act of Total Consecration may be led as Pope St.John Paul II was to pray the prayer of Consecration written by St. Louis de Montfort, every day, not only on Marian Feasts. I’ve begun to do that and it has been a special blessing. These beginning words especially:
O ETERNAL and Incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.
I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her…