... to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
according to St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort
All around us today we see great evils of
unprecedented scope, about which we feel
powerless to do anything. But Heaven tells us
there is a way we can personally do something
about this, and which is very important. And that
way is through the Blessed Virgin Mary.

From the beginning Almighty God has chosen
the Virgin Mary as the Mediatrix of all graces
and the channel through which all salvation
comes. Just as Jesus is the New Adam, She is
the New Eve. Just as the Fall came through a
woman listening to the serpent, Redemption
comes through another Woman crushing the
head of the serpent under Her heel. This theme
of a cosmic battle between the Woman and the
ancient serpent is found in Scriptures in both
Genesis and Revelation. And the Tradition of
the Church understands this Woman to be the
Blessed Virgin Mary.

In our own times at Fátima and elsewhere, this
Woman – the Blessed Virgin Mary - reappears,
asking us to join Her spiritual army by
consecration to Her Immaculate Heart.  It is part
of God's original plan to save the world through
Her agency from the great evils all around us.  It
is by consecration that we ourselves become
Her humble "heel" by which She crushes the
serpent's head.

Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary has
been recommended by all the recent Popes.
From his earliest years, our late, great Holy
Father – Pope John Paul II – had consecrated
himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary (thus his
motto, "Totus Tuus").

This consecration is extremely powerful.  In
1984 Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia to
the Blessed Virgin Mary in union with many
bishops.  In 1988 Sister Lúcia in Portugal
revealed that this act finally fulfilled the Our
Lady’s request at Fátima as the necessary
precondition for the conversion of Russia.  And
promptly, the Soviet Empire began to crumble.  
But Pope John Paul II advised us that it is still
"necessary for every bishop to consecrate his
own diocese; every pastor, his own parish;
every father and mother, their own family."

You are invited in these difficult times for our
families, our country, and our world to heed
these requests, and to join the Blessed Virgin
Mary's army to help crush the head of the
serpent.  You are asked to make the very
powerful act of Total Consecration, and to live it
out in your daily life.  Consecration is simply
making a gift of yourself entirely to God (to
Jesus through Mary) in which you surrender to
Them so that They can work in and through
you.  They will guide you in your daily life and
give you the graces to carry out what They plan
for you.  Those of us already living the
consecration can give witness to Their
wonderful Hand in our daily affairs.

The St. Louis de Montfort form of preparation
for consecration is a beautiful way to do this
seriously.  The preparation is a simple series of
spiritual exercises that goes for 33 consecutive
days, each day representing one year in the life
of Jesus.  It can be done any one of six times a
year.

One of these preparations ends on the Feast of
the Annunciation, normally on March 25th, when
Our Lady asks us to make the consecration
together in unison across the land, joining our
own fiats to Her fiat.  The Total Consecration
booklet contains all the prayers and readings
for each day, plus a calendar which makes it
easy to follow.

Accordingly, in unison with Our Lady’s request,
we will start the preparation on February 20th
and proceed for 33 days until March 25th, the
Feast of the Annunciation, when we do the
consecration.

All can be done privately.  But on the
Feast of
the Annunciation
, you are encouraged and
invited to attend the collective act of
consecration (whether for the first time, or your
annual renewal) that will take place at an
evening Holy Mass.


(Many thanks to Pat and John for the
information provided on this page.)
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