Monday, November 4, 2019

Day 1: God Alone - With, In and through Mary - 33 Days to Total Consecration

"I am all yours, and all that I have is yours, O most loving Jesus, through Mary, your most holy Mother" 
(True Devotion, 233).
Click on video above to see: 
The first 30 minutes highlights Consecration's vital important in saving our souls and the souls of the whole world.
The second 30 minutes is:
Day 1: Teaching: Scripture Study that Enters into the Mystery of the Annunciation and the Incarnation - so to help us grow in love and knowledge of Jesus and Mary and of incredible dignity as chosen and redeemed sons and daughters of God.
Day 1: homework: Pray one Hail Mary with the heart, contemplating the Mystery of the Annunciation and the Incarnation of Jesus. 
 
Introduction to this Online Guide: 
Each week, I will record a teaching and post it online the first day of each week of the consecration. It is embedded above.

Each day, I will also post teachings that will be separated into 3 parts:
  • The first part is what Mary and the Holy Spirit have given me to share. 
  • The second part and third parts are optional:
  • Part Two contains profound insights from True Devotion to Mary and St. Louis de Montfort. It also contains incredible quotes and artwork that are worth pondering.
  • Part Three is wisdom from Fr. Gaitley's inspired book: 33 Days to Morning Glory and from the saints he upholds for us to ponder each week.  
You can watch this video instead of reading any of this online material. The video shares all of this teaching, plus much more information as well.  
 
OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION: 
A few weeks ago I was woken up in the middle of the night with this understanding. A whole program for Total Consecration was given to me. 
Here are parts of it: 
 
Total Consecration is of Vital Importance- not just individually but corporately, universally, world peace depends on it     
“World war or world peace depends on …the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary… most of all because that is Our Lord’s will and also our dearest Heavenly Mother’s." 
Sr. Lucia of Fatima

Victory comes only through Mary
St. John Paul II

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is the easiest, surest and most perfect means for holiness.
We enter into this Consecration for the salvation our souls and those of the whole world… and to save the world in this time of great evil and darkness.

“Life holds only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.”  
Leon Bloy
  
These 33 days are given to prepare ourselves – to grow in knowledge and love and commitment. It is a time of abandonment and growing in Trust of God.
Each day we’ll be contemplating God, Mary and ourselves in the Father’s plan of salvation. To do this, it is important that we take time to pray, ponder and respond to the great mysteries of God, with and in and through Mary’s help and guidance.
To the extent we do so, we will grow in faith and holiness. And, as we cast off our sins and attachments, we will become ever more free and more fully alive as the person whom God created us to be, in fulfillment of what Jesus said:   
“I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly!” (Jn 10:10)

•    It’s essence: Abandonment and Trust - with in and through Mary, leaning on her faith and love when we struggle. Entering into her school of perfect trust in God so that we can abandon ourselves - so to fully live in Him and become the people whom God created us to be. 


  Daily Prayer Program for these 33 Days: 
It is important to make a commitment to strive to pray more deeply, more intensely and with more of your heart during these days of preparation. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for how to live these days. Pray about how you can grow in each of these areas listed below and while living out this prayer program it is especially important to 
Trust in the Truth and Supernatural Reality of God’s Presence within each of them
1. Sacraments
  •         LIVE Grace and Renew our Baptism - renounce sin and Satan
  •         Mass and the Eucharist the Center of our lives
  •         Confession frequently
2. Scripture - Pray and Internalize it daily
  •        To Jelena:
    “I’m going to reveal a spiritual secret to you: if you want to be stronger than evil, make yourself a plan of personal prayer. Take a certain time in the morning, read a text from Holy Scripture, anchor the Divine word in your heart, and strive to live it during the day, particularly during the moment of trials. In this way, you will be stronger than evil.” (Our Lady of Medjugorje, April 19, 1984)
  •        Rosary – With and in Mary, contemplating Scripture and the mysteries of God
3. Fill mind with wisdom of Mary and the Saints
  •         God is sending Mary to earth for she is the Crusher of Satan. Listen to her words.
  •         St. John Paul II – example of life given over – Totus Tuus
  •         St. Maximilian Kolbe – Militia Immaculata every soul consecrated to Mary will save the world
  •         St. Louis de Montfort – Mary will form the greatest saints who ever lived – easiest shortest most sure way to sanctity
  •         St. Mother Teresa and many more


PART 2: 
Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's 
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
12 Days of Preparation: 

The 33 days are broken into sections. The first 12 days are to help us prepare to make the consecration by renouncing the spirit of the world.

Day 1 of 33:

Read: 
St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary is divided into 273 points. As we prepare for the Consecration, I will share 8 of these points each day from St. Louis De Montfort's treatise in order to finish the book within the time of 33 Days of prayers. 


TREATISE ON TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE



1. It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
2. Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church "Alma Mater", Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.

3. In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, "Who can she possibly be?", for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld.

4. God the Father willed that she should perform no miracle during her life, at least no public one, although he had given her the power to do so. God the Son willed that she should speak very little although he had imparted his wisdom to her.
Even though Mary was his faithful spouse, God the Holy Spirit willed that his apostles and evangelists should say very little about her and then only as much as was necessary to make Jesus known.


5. Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almighty God and he has reserved the knowledge and possession of her for himself. She is the glorious Mother of God the Son who chose to humble and conceal her during her lifetime in order to foster her humility. He called her "Woman" as if she were a stranger, although in his heart he esteemed and loved her above all men and angels. Mary is the sealed fountain and the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit where only he may enter. She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendour than anywhere else in the universe, not excluding his dwelling above the cherubim and seraphim. No creature, however pure, may enter there without being specially privileged.


6. I declare with the saints: Mary is the earthly paradise of Jesus Christ the new Adam, where he became man by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish in her wonders beyond our understanding. She is the vast and divine world of God where unutterable marvels and beauties are to be found. She is the magnificence of the Almighty where he hid his only Son, as in his own bosom, and with him everything that is most excellent and precious. What great and hidden things the all- powerful God has done for this wonderful creature, as she herself had to confess in spite of her great humility, "The Almighty has done great things for me." The world does not know these things because it is incapable and unworthy of knowing them.



7. The saints have said wonderful things of Mary, the holy City of God, and, as they themselves admit, they were never more eloquent and more pleased than when they spoke of her. And yet they maintain that the height of her merits rising up to the throne of the Godhead cannot be perceived; the breadth of her love which is wider than the earth cannot be measured; the greatness of the power which she wields over one who is God cannot be conceived; and the depths of her profound humility and all her virtues and graces cannot be sounded. What incomprehensible height! What indescribable breadth! What immeasurable greatness! What an impenetrable abyss!

8. Every day, from one end of the earth to the other, in the highest heaven and in the lowest abyss, all things preach, all things proclaim the wondrous Virgin Mary. The nine choirs of angels, men and women of every age, rank and religion, both good and evil, even the very devils themselves are compelled by the force of truth, willingly or unwillingly, to call her blessed.
According to St. Bonaventure, all the angels in heaven unceasingly call out to her: "Holy, holy, holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God." They greet her countless times each day with the angelic greeting, "Hail, Mary", while prostrating themselves before her, begging her as a favour to honour them with one of her requests. According to St. Augustine, even St. Michael, though prince of all the heavenly court, is the most eager of all the angels to honour her and lead others to honour her. At all times he awaits the privilege of going at her word to the aid of one of her servants.page3image37592
9. The whole world is filled with her glory, and this is especially true of Christian peoples, who have chosen her as guardian and protectress of kingdoms, provinces, dioceses, and towns. Many cathedrals are consecrated to God in her name. There is no church without an altar dedicated to her, no country or region without at least one of her miraculous images where all kinds of afflictions are cured and all sorts of benefits received. Many are the confraternities and associations honouring her as patron; many are the orders under her name and protection; many are the members of sodalities and religious of all congregations who voice her praises and make known her compassion. There is not a child who does not praise her by lisping a Hail Mary. There is scarcely a sinner, however hardened, who does not possess some spark of confidence in her. The very devils in hell, while fearing her, show her respect. 

PART 3: 

Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory
Day 1: Ponder how St. Louis de Montfort transformed countless souls through giving himself completely to Jesus through Mary.
 
“Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to make this retreat with generosity and zeal.”
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