Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is hard for me to believe we have come to the end of our 33 Day Journey! Tomorrow is the Feast of the Incarnation - The Annunciation , Mar. 25! Today as we pray the prayers recommended by St. Louis de Montfort, let us continue to trust in the power of God to renew us, as we pray our Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on this special Feast Day, when the Word was made Flesh in the womb of Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit. May we say our “yes” with Mary that Jesus may live in us more fully than ever before. “Nothing is impossible for God”. (Luke 1:47).
Mother of our Faith - Mary believed! Our Total Consecration is a true renewal of our Baptismal Promises, and thus God by His Grace strengthens in us the Supernatural Gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity; our sharing in the Divine Life grows. If you are unable to be at Mass and receive Holy Communion on this Feast ask Jesus to come to you in Spiritual Communion and pray your Act of Total Consecration at a time and in a place that is most conducive for you to have true attention and devotion.
St. Louis De Montfort wrote:
At the end of these three weeks they should go to confession and Holy Communion with the intention of consecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary as slaves of love. When receiving Holy Communion they could follow the method given later on. They then recite the act of consecration which is given at the end of this book. If they do not have a printed copy of the act, they should write it out or have it copied and then sign it on the very day they make it.
It would be very becoming if on that day they offered some tribute to Jesus and his Mother, either as a penance for past unfaithfulness to the promises made in baptism or as a sign of their submission to the sovereignty of Jesus and Mary. Such a tribute would be in accordance with each one’s ability and fervour and may take the form of fasting, an act of self-denial, the gift of an alms or the offering of a votive candle. If they gave only a pin as a token of their homage, provided it were given with a good heart, it would satisfy Jesus who considers only the good intention.
Every year at least, on the same date, they should renew the consecration following the same exercises for three weeks. They might also renew it every month or even every day by saying this short prayer: “I am all yours and all I have is yours, O dear Jesus, through Mary, your holy Mother.”
By God’s Grace, let us seek to know God’s Love coming to us by the power of His Holy Spirit, as Jesus came to Mary through the same Holy Spirit: