Monday, November 18, 2019

Day 13: 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

DAY 13 of 33: 
SECTION 2: Contemplate the Our Father as we take St. Maximilian Kolbe as our guide.
1. Resolve to pray a complete set of mysteries of the Rosary every day - as an act of love to God and in fulfillment of Mary's requests to us.
Start by contemplating the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary - see day 8 for instructions/ guidance on how to fit this into your day.

2. Skim through the accompanying pictures and the extraordinary wisdom of St. Louis and St. Maximilian Kolbe, and read through as much below as possible. There are two parts of St. Louis' teaching just for today alone.
Continue to choose to enter more deeply into the daily prayer program (below) at least in this way: 
Ponder and pray the Our Father today and the accompanying Scripture texts as you meditate and pray one decade of the Rosary - the 4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary- the Transfiguration
- while praying for the grace to listen, to hear and respond to God as Mary does.
Praying also for the grace to surrender whatever is keeping me from responding fully  - in and through and with Mary’s love and help. 

In the light of our meditations on the Transfiguration, let us begin, then, by praying the Our Father, with these mysteries in mind: 
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Because of the length and depth of the video teaching entering into the Mystery of Transfiguration, I will not add more teaching here, except to share a few words in summary. 

Jesus reveals Himself Transfigured to help us stand fast in the midst of the seeming triumph of evil and sin that would come upon them; and to prepare his disciples for his death which would come shortly after this manifestation - this Theophany of His Heavenly Glory... demonstrating to them that His upcoming death is even a part of God's plan...

Likewise, our deaths are also part of His Heavenly plan... for He tells us unless a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it remains just a grain of wheat. But, if it suffers to fall to the ground and die it will yield thirty, or sixty or one hundred fold.

God's ways are not our ways... so much so that He shares that His real glory is in dying on the Cross to save us: 

For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

In the video we also look deeper into the lives of the other people present at the Transfiguration... Moses and Elijah and Peter and James and John... briefly contemplating each of their lives, their place in this mystery and in God's plan of salvation. 

Here is more about the apparition of Mary that James had that I referenced in the video:

Lastly, we hear of the amazing transfiguration of a man condemned to die on death row. 

Please don't miss hearing it! It's one of my absolute favorite stories of all time!

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 3: A taste of Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:

“Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Unite my will to the will of the Immaculata, which is one with your will.”

CLICK HERE for podcast of Day 13 

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