Also read about and begin to pray the surrender novena, which takes just seconds a day.
"The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom." St. Maximilian Kolbe
As we contemplate Jesus being presented and offered back to God in the temple by Jesus and Mary in today's mystery of the Rosary, it is the perfect backdrop for understanding more about consecration. Mary and Joseph, in fulfillment of the law, went both for Mary's purification and to consecrate Jesus to the Lord, as God commanded:
Exodus 13: 1-2 The LORD spoke to Moses and said: 'Consecrate to me every firstborn; whatever opens the womb among the Israelites, whether of human being or beast, belongs to me.'
Furthering this thought, as I spoke about in yesterday's video study, all of us belong to God, whether we realize it or not. Nothing we have is of our own. Everything, except our sins, comes from God, for: "Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's... and each of us shall give an account of himself to God." (Romans 14).
This is the Reality that most of the world ignores or rejects. Satan has convinced millions that God doesn't exist and there is no eternal life.
Yet, when we consecrate ourselves, we begin our eternal glory here on earth... as we open ourselves up to and begin participating in the very Life of God, from and for whom we were created!!!
It is a glorious Reality!
One that satan wants to steal from us...
Satan lies to us.
He wants to cause us to fear the very God who formed us and gives us every good thing.
He wants us to hold back and cling to the lesser things - exchanging our glory for nothing of value... (cf. Ps. 106: 20), all the while, we are called and meant to live filled with
the riches and glory of God dwelling within us, Who is able to accomplish more than we can ever ask for or imagine:
...in accord with the riches of his glory be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or image, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3: 14-21By surrendering ourselves, we are recognize who we are and who God is and freely giving ourselves - setting ourselves aside for His holy purposes.
We give our free will back to God, who first gave it to us!
And we can do this with great confidence because we have come to know and love Him, who is all in all, the first and the last, the good and all-loving God who is trustworthy...
we love Him for He first loved us and emptied himself out for us so we could live in eternal union with Him - that starts here on earth!!!
We become who we are!
each an irreplaceable, unique reflection of God
each of us have a job to do,
Our doing this in and through and with Mary is in imitation of Him, who willed to come to us in the same way.
St. Louis de Montfort speaks of it as a great secret (in his book the Secret of Mary) that we have to humbly kneel before in order to enter into it and accept and live it's mysteries...
1. Read through the accompanying pictures and the extraordinary wisdom of St. Louis below if possible.
2. Continue to choose to enter more deeply into the daily prayer program (below) at least in this way: Ponder and pray the Hail Mary today and the accompanying Scripture texts as you meditate and pray one decade of the Rosary - the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary- the Presentation - 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.
PART 2: Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
- Learn about Mary's place in God's plan (words of St. Louis from True Devotion of Mary)
- Pray over Scripture
- Pray with the Heart
- Examine our conscience