Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is Day 3 in the preliminary period of 12 days, in the preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary as outlined in St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. I’m making this journey of 33 Days to renew my Act of Consecration on Sept. 8 - Feast of the Nativity of Mary. I invite anyone who has made this Consecration to rew their Consecration also.
If you are unfamiliar with this devotion, I encourage you to click on the link highlighted in the opening sentence above and read more from Saint Louis himself, as he explains how this Total Consecration is a perfect renewal of our baptismal promises. One of the reasons, I appreciate the writing of St. Louis de Montfort is his knowledge and appreciation of God’s Revelation in Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. This preliminary period of 12 days, for instance – seeking to empty oneself of the “spirit of the world” is a theme we find in the First Letter of John.
As I wrote yesterday, it seems impossible to empty ourselves in 12 days, but this is really the “ongoing conversion” we are called to repeat throughout our lives. We begin new each day. The First Letter of John warned the early Church to recognize the spirit of the world and to empty themselves of that spirit which is contrary to Christ’s Spirit:
…Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever…
(1 Jn 2:15 - 17)
John is speaking of the “spirit of the world” and not the the created world God fashioned with beauty and things good. He is speaking of the spirit we can absorb into ourselves, that we need to recognize as things opposed to God’s Spirit. By God’s Grace, let us within the “Interior Castle” of our souls, ponder by the Light of supernatural Faith, given to us in our Baptism. Let us listen and ponder what God’s Word is telling us. Let us ask Him for all the graces we need, and seek Him today, let us persevere in prayer, knocking that the door be opened for us.