Feb 20 -- Another "new beginning"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God willing, next Thursday, Feb. 20 I will begin the 33 Day Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, explained in St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”. The title (highlighted) is a link you can click on to take you to the online version. Paperback copies can be purchased at Amazon, if you’d like a copy of your own to underline and re-read often. Hopefully you will continue to read this beautiful “gem” of a book slowly and prayerfully and very often.

Today, I’d like to quote from the “Introduction” of his book:

INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE

  1. It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that He must reign in the world.

  2. Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.

  3. In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, “Who can she possibly be?”, for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld.

  4. God the Father willed that she should perform no miracle during her life, at least no public one, although he had given her the power to do so. God the Son willed that she should speak very little although He had imparted his wisdom to her.

Even though Mary was His faithful spouse, God the Holy Spirit willed that his apostles and evangelists should say very little about her and then only as much as was necessary to make Jesus known.

  1. Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almighty God and He has reserved the knowledge and possession of her for Himself. She is the glorious Mother of God the Son who chose to humble and conceal her during her lifetime in order to foster her humility. He called her “Woman” as if she were a stranger, although in His Heart He esteemed and loved her above all men and angels. Mary is the sealed fountain and the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit where only He may enter. She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendour than anywhere else in the universe, not excluding His dwelling above the cherubim and seraphim. No creature, however pure, may enter there without being specially privileged.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your Faithful, as you filled Mary, our Mother.

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I love it when St. Louis calls Mary “the World of God”. As someone whose temperament tends toward idealism, I long for a perfect world. Mary is that World.

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Dear patricius,

Thanks for your reply. You are in “good company” when you say you “long for a perfect world.” That was the gift God gave us from the beginning, and He loved us so much, even after the sin of Adam and Eve caused such an upheaval in all creation, He sent His Son, to restore us to His Friendship and Jesus gave us His “perfect” Mother to be our Mother and Model.

Jesus makes all things new! Mary can become “our world” When by His Grace we can hear His Words, from the Cross:

“Behold your Mother”

Yes Mary can become our world. It reminds me so much of the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: "The Virgin Mary Compared to the Air we Breathe".

I believe the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ was inspired by reading St. Louis de Montfort – I’ve never read that he was , or heard it from anyone, but my own reading convinces me: The same Love the Holy Spirit kindled in St. Louis de Montfort for Mary – is the same Spirit Who kindled the heart of the poet Hopkins in writing this poem.

Thanks again for your “loving heart” for Jesus through Mary.

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Dear Stephie,

Thanks again for your faithful and loving “heart”. I hope you will have time to read the poem “Mary Compared to the Air we Breathe” which I mentioned in my reply to patricius.

When we are born from our natural Mothers’ wombs we begin to breathe the air of this world, but when we are born again in Baptism, we begin to breathe from a New birth into Supernatural Life and so the poem is significant to all who “see” by their Supernatural Faith received in Baptsm, a perfect renewal of our Baptismal Promises, when we Consecrate ourselves Totally to Jesus through Mary!

That may be why the Holy Spirit inspired me to write this morning’s post and to give it the title of “Another new Beginning”. Each time I’ve renewed my “Act of Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary” it has been truly: “Another New Beginning.”

Hopefully, anyone who reads this thread will ask God for His Grace to begin with us today, pondering the words of St. Louis de Montfort and on next Thursday, (Feb. 20) begin with us this “new” journey of 33 days of Preparation to Consecrate oneself for the first time – or even if – like me – you’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve prayed this Act of Consecration – remember each day is a new day and God gives His Graces new every day. :slight_smile:

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Very nice poem. Thanks much.

God bless,

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Dear Stephie,

Thanks for reading the poem, and for letting me kmow it was a blessing for you too! Among my favorite lines are these:

… This one work has to do—
Let all God’s glory through,
God’s glory which would go
Off, and no way but so…

… Of her flesh He took flesh:
He does take fresh and fresh,
Though much the mystery how,
Not flesh but spirit now
And makes, O marvellous!
New Nazareths in us, …

… Be thou then, thou dear
Mother, my atmosphere;
To wend and meet no sin;
Above me, round me lie
Fronting my froward eye
With sweet and scarless sky;
Stir in my ears, speak there
Of God’s love, O live air,
Of patience, penance, prayer:
World-mothering air, air wild,
Wound with thee, in thee isled,
Fold home, fast fold thy child.

How is it that any Baptized Catholic can forget and/or neglect the pricous Gift of Mary, Jesus gave to us from His Cross ? I am amazed by some who can seem to forget Mary as they approve of abortion, contraception and the demeaning of Motherhood itself. Jesus have mercy on us and forgive us!

@MariaChristi

Isn’t it you should start on February 21 so that the Consecration Day (34th day) would fall on March 25 ?

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Thanks, Athrunzala for your reply!

Yes, The preparation prayers for Day 1 - would be on Feb. 21 - I marked Feb. 20 on my Calendar, because I planned to give an overview of the preliminary days and the 3 weeks before actually beginning, but thanks for your counting the days too! Yes, the Act of Consecration is actually the 34th day!

I hope many will join us to get ready on Feb. 20 and actually begin on Feb. 21 to and pray the Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25! “Totus Tuus”

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