Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Gratefully, some have replied, so I know I’m not without companions on this journey of 33 days as outlined by St. Louis de Montfort. We’re preparing to renew or consecrate ourselves for the first time, totally to Jesus through Mary – March 25. It’s a blessed experience each time I make this journey – especially taking the “longer route” of 33 days. St. Louis De Montfort encourages us to renew our consecration often using the short form: “I am all Yours, and all I have is Yours”. “Totus Tuus” (All Yours), the papal motto of St. JPII was taken directly from De Montfort’s “True Devotion”.
If you are reading this post and feel since it’s Day 4 you’re too late to join – you are never too late! In fact, the first Reading for Mass today encourages us from the Book of Sirach:
…Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day.
Our lives on this earth are days of “ongoing conversion”. Each day is a gift from God to know, love and serve Him – and some of us have been especially blessed in hearing deeply His Words from the cross: “Behold your Mother”. Like John the Apostle who took Mary into his life and learned from her who knows Jesus better than any other human person, we are striving to “see” by faith, all God has given Mary to be the Model for the Church.
So let us begin today. Here is the simple instruction St. Louis gives for beginning the journey:
- Preparation and Consecration
[quote]227. Those who desire to take up this special devotion… should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus…
You can read what I’ve already written in threads for the first three days, and see that this “emptying of ourselves of the spirit of the world which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus” requires our asking God for grace to see ourselves as He sees us. He knows our hearts and what needs to be emptied, and we need to listen for His inspirations from the Holy Spirit, sent to bring us into all Truth. We need, by His Grace, to take a first step and say as Mary did “Yes”. I choose God and want to be rid of the “spirit of the world” opposing Jesus.
Perhaps, like others, you’ll let me know we have more companions on this journey. Also, hopefully, you’ll share with us any questions or comments. I’m mindful of Psalm 133, in which God says:
How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers dwell together as one!
Of course God includes us sisters too! May we remain together in Jesus and Mary today. Thanks.