Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing our 33 Day journey toward Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, we begin Week 1 as St. Louis describes in “True Devotion”:
- During the first week they should offer up all their prayers and acts of devotion to acquire knowledge of themselves and sorrow for their sins.
Let them perform all their actions in a spirit of humility. With this end in view they may, if they wish, meditate on what I have said concerning our corrupted nature, and consider themselves during six days of the week as nothing but sails, slugs, toads, swine, snakes and goats. Or else they may meditate on the following three considerations of St. Bernard: “Remember what you were - corrupted seed; what you are - a body destined for decay; what you will be -food for worms.”
They will ask our Lord and the Holy Spirit to enlighten them saying, “Lord, that I may see,” or “Lord, let me know myself,” or the “Come, Holy Spirit”. Every day they should say the Litany of the Holy Spirit, with the prayer that follows, as indicated in the first part of this work. They will turn to our Blessed Lady and beg her to obtain for them that great grace which is the foundation of all others, the grace of self-knowledge. For this intention they will say each day the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.
I’ve linked below the prayers St. Louis indicated. Hopefully, we can find time to pray these prayers with attention and devotion. Let be us be careful not to rush or become anxious but trust humbly in God’s Grace to persevere on our journey. This can be the hardest week for some of us, but the grace of self-knowledge is critical to our moving forward, as many of the saints and spiritual writers attest.