Monday, November 25, 2019

Day 17: 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). 
On a rainy night, on August 21, 1879, Mary McLoughlin and many of the villagers of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, saw Mother Mary, St. Joseph and St. John at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Jesus, the Lamb of God, standing though slain on the altar

DAY 17 of 33: 
SECTION 2: Contemplating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Mary, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Louis de Montfort as our guides.
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. 
So, therefore, PRAY the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary today and every day - 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. 

3. 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 THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES  - while praying for the grace to listen, to hear and respond to God as Mary does.
Let us now also strive to pray also ALL THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY as well, as we pray for the grace to surrender whatever is keeping us from responding fully to God  - in and through and with Mary’s love and help. 
4. Begin to take steps to make the Mass the center of your life. 

In the light of our meditations on the Rosary, our contemplation on the Holy Mass and the wisdom of the saints below, let us begin, then, by praying the Our Father, this most perfect prayer that Jesus taught us as well as the Nicene Creed - with all of these mysteries in mind:  

Our Father
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.
Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

To live the Mass is one of the most urgent, insistent and vital requests of Our Lady as well as the central pillar for living the Consecrated Life. 
Today we will seek to enter into its Mystery, Glory and Holy Sacrifice.
We ask for Mary's heart, mind and will to enter into and live these greatest of mysteries.
as we learn about and ponder the innumerable signs and symbols as well as the LIVING REALITY of Jesus' Presence on the Altar, which we are able to receive as our food. 
Hear the revelations of Jesus and Mary regarding the Mass, of Heavenly Worship, of thousands of angels and saints surrounding the altar, of Jesus' Sacrifice poured out, of the supernatural grace of the priesthood, etc...
See more about the revelations of the Mass referenced in the video above here:

The video teaching gives us countless things to ponder regarding the Holy Mass. 
But, also, let us consider Jesus and Mary's offering of themselves - their oblation to the Father
on behalf of all of us -
as the God man and as the masterpiece of creation -
the perfection of humanity -
Through their perfect offering they entered into a New Covenant of Love,
one in which all souls who wish to know God's love are brought into the Heart of the Father.
By their offering they give also us an example to follow in our own consecrations - striving to live to the fullest extent God's commands to love one another as He first loved us and to take up our cross and learn from Jesus and Mary... ,
Through their obedience and sacrifice, they draw us into the LOVE of the One Who Created us and in Him alone we find our fulfillment -
all the more perfectly if we enter into it in, and through and with Mary's heart, mind and will.

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: Day 17 Readings and Prayers for St. Louis de Montfort's 33 Day of Consecration to Jesus through Mary - An Online Guide

Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

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

"Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Bring me face to face with the love in the Heart of Jesus Crucified”.

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