Hi I made this thread because I didn’t want to hijack Epistemes’ thread on the subject cause I have sort of a personal question too about this…
I’m becoming Catholic (I’m not in RCIA, I’ve already been baptized and confirmed in the Orthodox church as a child) and hopefully I’ll be officially in the Church this winter… well I already feel Catholic in my heart, and I’ve done a lot of research and I agree with everything the Church teaches that I know of. I use Catholic prayers, devotions, etc. I find that they’ve helped me a lot to go deeper into my faith.
Lately I’ve been noticing that my devotion to Our Lady has been growing. I never thought about her very much when I was a Protestant and at times even felt a dislike for her however God has changed that entirely, and now I see her as my Mother and I love Mary. I agree with all the titles the Church gives her and the doctrines… I was reading about the Saints one day and came across St Louis de Montfort, and what he said about Mary really made sense to me… some parts of the theology I didn’t understand and had to do more reading, asking questions, etc. But now it just seems to fit in with everything…
and then I came across this website about consecrating yourself to Jesus through Mary by way of St Louis de Montfort.
and it really got my attention. Once I read it I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a couple of days. Cause lately I’ve been seeing how Mary helps us know Jesus better, and she has helped me so much in my relationship with Him. I believe the greatest thing the Church offers is the Eucharist, and after this it’s devotion to Mary. And I think that maybe one day I’d like to do this consecration.
Well my question is… how ‘advanced’ spiritually must one be to successfully make this consecration? Cause it seems like a pretty serious thing to me. I’ve talked to some Catholics about it and some of them told me it’s pretty serious too. Of course it would take time to learn how to live out the consecration well… but just to do it, what ‘stage’ do you need to be at?
lol I hope that’s not a dumb question… thing is, I’m not officially Catholic yet and I would want to do something like this once I have the Sacraments… so I wouldn’t have any mortal sin on me and receive the grace in the Eucharist… so I’m waiting for that… but once I do enter the Church, would it be wise to wait a year or more before making this consecration? Or does it just depend on the person? Cause - I don’t think I’m very spiritually advanced, but I have tried my best to understand Catholic theology and to practice what I can… I think maybe what matters the most in this consecration is wanting to live more for God (to the point of not wanting to have self will at all), and - it’s almost like being a slave, in a way… hmm… and having a strong devotion to Mary. I do want to live more for God and I’ve been praying for this a lot lately, because it seems I still have soo much in the way, like pride and self and worldly attachments… and I thought that maybe making this consecration would help me, maybe Mary would help me follow Christ more and love Him more?
any advice would be appreciated…