|Totus Tuus in Crossing the
Threshold of Hope
|"Totus Tuus. [Totally Yours] This
phrase is not only an expression of
piety, or simply an expression of
devotion. It is more. During the
Second World War, while I was
employed as a factory worker, I came
to be attracted to Marian devotion. At
first, it had seemed to me that I should
distance myself a bit from the Marian
devotion of my childhood, in order to
focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint
Louis de Montfort, I came to
understand that true devotion to the
Mother of God is actually
Christocentric, indeed, it is very
profoundly rooted in the Mystery of
the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries
of the Incarnation and Redemption".
(Crossing the Threshold of Hope,
Arnoldo Mondadori Editori, 1994)
|“Reading this book [True Devotion
to Mary] was to be a turning point
in my life…this Marian
devotion…has since remained a
part of me. It is an integral part of
my interior life and of my spiritual
theology…and is an effective means
for Christians to live faithfully their
|Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace with the love of
the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours,
which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of concern for
the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.
In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and
nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated.
‘We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God!' Despise
not our petitions in our necessities”.
The Pope then continued more forcefully and with more specific
references, as though commenting on the Message of Fatima in its
“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother of Christ, before your
Immaculate Heart, we desire, together with the whole Church, to unite
ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, your Son made
of himself to the Father: ‘For their sake', he said, ‘I consecrate myself
that they also may be consecrated in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to
unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world
and for the human race, which, in his divine Heart, has the power to
obtain pardon and to secure reparation.
The power of this consecrationlasts for all time and embraces all
individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit
of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in
the heart of man and in his history.
How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of humanity and the
world—our modern world—in union with Christ himself! For the
redeeming work of Christ must be shared in by the world through the
The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the special Jubilee of
the whole Church.
Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the
Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call!
Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of
Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of
faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose
consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in
the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of
the modern world.
In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples,
we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in
your motherly Heart.
Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so
easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose
immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and
seem to block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind
of war, deliver us.
From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of
God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and
international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all
individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual
sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite
saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it
put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate
Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.