Thanks again for continuing on this thread. St. Louis De Montfort’s Toatal Consecration to Jesus through Mary was first presented to me by my High School Religion Teacher, a Dominican nun, who also was the Spiritual Director of our Junior Legion of Mary at that Catholic School.
She invited us to consecrate ourselves, according to St. Louis De Montfort’s “Act of Total Consecration”, but we did not (at least looking back on that experience) make the 33 Day Preparation but simply went to the Church and prayed our Act of Consecration before the Blessed Sacrament. It was not until sometime later that I read the whole of St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” and began to appreciate the depth of his writing.
God has been very Patient with me throughout my life, teaching me more year by year : how great a gift Mary is not only to me personally (and Mary IS a very special gift to me) but Mary was given to all of us by Jesus from the cross in saying to John, “Behold your Mother”!
He has given me many opportunities, many persons in my life to help me and He has led me to seek and find Him especially in His revelation of Himself in Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Total Consecration to Him, through Mary, has been one of the most important graces He has given me. I think that is why I so appreciate the writing of St. Louis de Mntfort – he is a saint who is “steeped” in scripture.
I’m happy you mentioned Fatima because I believe that particular Apparition of Mary to the three shepherd children is so significant in our time. Pope Emeritus (Benedict XVI) said that it is an “ongoing prophecy” or words similar to that phrase. I’m mindful of Mary’s words that in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Perhaps you have already read Pope Benedict’s Theological Commentary on the Message of Fatima. It is at the very end of that long document which Pope St. JPII asked then Cardinal Ratzinger to write as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It is worth reading. Of course anything Pope Benedict writes continues to bless me.
By God’s Grace, may we continue to ask that we may receive Him, seek that we may find Him and knock on the door that He open to us and fill us with ALL Truth, as He prmoised. (cf Mt 7:7-11 and cf Jn 16:13) Thanks again for your replies!