... 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
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
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.)