Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Day 8: 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 8 of 33: 
WEEK 2: Contemplate the Our Father as we take St. Maximilian Kolbe as our guide

Action: 
IMPORTANT! 
THIS WILL BE THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR DAY, 
OUR CONSECRATION 
- IT WILL BE OUR SOURCE OF LIFE:

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 - pray these mysteries all together (takes about 15 minutes), or pray one mystery at a time as you go about your day (each taking about 3 minutes). 

Begin your day with while you're getting ready for your day - (you can even use a recording - there are lots of them online and on your phone if that's helpful to you) praying the Mystery of the Annunciation:  
Offering and promising"I will say "yes" to you, O God, at every moment of my day as Mary did, saying 'I am the hand servant of the Lord, let it be done unto me according to your word.'" 

As you go forward with your day: to work... to take your kids to school... to perform your daily duties... as you go to Mass or go to offer Mass if you are a priest, etc. Pray the Mystery of the Visitation:  
Offering and promising "As I 'go forth' in all I do today, I acknowledge I carry Jesus within me, asking the Holy Spirit to speak through me to lead others to encounter Jesus' Presence and His Sanctifying Grace, trusting like Mary the Word of God spoken to me, and also asking for the Grace to be like Elizabth - ever ready to see and recognize God in those I meet." 
 
As you continue your day - Pray the Mystery of the Nativity: Offering and promising "I will give birth to you, O Christ, today - to make You manifest to the world around me - I am ready to accept that God's ways are not my ways when there is 'no room' for my plans, to sing 'Glory to God' in awareness of the vast array of angels in heaven rejoicing with me that You, O God are Emmanuel - You are 'God with me' now - here on earth as it is in heaven."

As you continue your day - Pray the Mystery of the Presentation: Offering and promising, "I will offer and consecrate this day back to you O God, I give everything to You in love, my body, soul, even all my exterior goods and all my interior intentions... I offer you all my loved ones, all my hopes and desires, all my weakness and frailty... I give you everything, I renew my Baptismal Promises and reject sin and satan today in worship of you alone O Lord." 

As you continue your day: Pray the Mystery of the Finding of Jesus in the Temple: Offering and promising: "Even in the midst of great anxiety, I will forever seek you, O Lord, in Your Father's House... I will go forth with Mary and Joseph -- offering all those who are lost and are in search of you even if they don't know it - until we find you, and all the lost together united with You, O Lord, in your holy Temple... in the Church, in the Mass, in the Sacraments..." 

“No one in the world can change Truth.
What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.
The real conflict is the inner conflict.
Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: Good and Evil, Sin and Love.
And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

 
By praying the rosary every day, 
in obedience, in love, in anxiety, in imperfection... 
Not perfectly, but if we pray it - if we continue to pray it - 
we are vanquishing the real inner conflict within us. 
We are choosing Truth over lies, Goodness over evil, Love over sin, Belief over unbelief, Light over darkness... 
When we begin our day and offer it to God in the humility of consecrating ourselves to Mary - offering everything to her - we are gaining a great victory on the battlefield of our minds - where the lies of satan often bombard us in our inmost selves... 


In Today's video teaching I further address the Importance of our Consecration to Jesus through Mary. 
God is sending Mary to us as our Vanquisher of Evil. She is the Headcrusher of Satan and in and through and with her we will be saved from the evil in which we live:
Mary is God’s Rescue Plan - 
To Restore Belief!  
In the Truth of Divine Supernatural Life
Marian Apparitions:
God Exists!
o   Supernatural Reality manifesting in post Christian era
o   Coherence - means to her Triumph
Tapestry – all interwoven –
God’s rescue plan: 100 reign of satan seen by Pope Leo XIII
Fatima: call to consecrate "Russia" - Formerly known as "Holy Mother Russia" - in this century the seed bed for all that is the:
Antitheses of God, life, motherhood propaganda – Lenin / Marxism "revolution cannot happen w/out mothers" –
destroy motherhood/ destroy families
Radical atheistic ideologies infiltrate every level of our society
Please see my articles that unmask the details of Satan's tactics:
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Five Ways Lenin's Propaganda Has Destroyed Marriage And The Family 

How Radical Communist Feminism Has Devastated Our Nation and Families

Action:
1. Read through the accompanying pictures and the extraordinary wisdom of St. Maximilian and 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 Our Father today and pray the Joyful Mysteris of the Rosary - 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.

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: St. Maximilian's Answer to Evil: Giving All to Jesus through Mary! Day 1 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

Image found on website: The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation 
I have often consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, but haven't yet done so through, in and with the wisdom of the Militia Immaculata (MI) that St. Maximilian formed.  

I have been drawn to do just that this year. 
Today, on the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, August 14th, I began a 9 day preparation of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I will continue through the Feast of the Assumption up unto the Feast of the Queenship of Mary on August 22nd. 
It is my hope to share Preparation for Total Consecration each of these nine days by sharing the life and wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

St. Maximilian Kolbe's love for Mary began in childhood. Certainly he must have fallen deeply in love with Mary when she appeared to him offering him the choice of two crowns: one of purity, one of martyrdom. Raymond chose both crowns. And even as a boy, set upon living up to those choices from that time on. 

See this site for a detailed look at St. Maximilian's life: https://saintmaximiliankolbe.com/biography/
In 1917, while studying for the priesthood for the Franciscans in Rome, he saw the Freemasons demonstrating in the streets with blasphemous images. His response was to form the Army of Mary (the Militia Immaculata) in order to combat the great evils of the world and to win all souls to Christ through his mother Mary. On October 16, 1917, (three days after the great miracle of the sun at Fatima) he wrote the program out for the Militia Immaculata (MI) on a small piece of paper.
"From the start, the plan outlined in the original charter of the MI is exciting and universal: To reach out to so many unhappy souls, in order to strengthen innocent hearts in goodness, in order to help everyone draw nearer to the Immaculata, Mediatrix of all graces(cf. KW1328). In other words,the MI plan is to work tirelessly for “The happiness of all humanity in God through the Immaculata”(KW1088).
If the word “happiness” appears constantly in his Writings, we can be sure it’s not by mere chance! When later Maximilian would trace the portrait of the Knight of the Immaculata, he wrote that an MI member does not confine his heart only to himself or to his family, his relatives, his neighbors, his friends, his fellow countrymen. Rather, along with them he embraces the whole world, each and every person individually, for all were redeemed by the Blood of Jesus without exception, and all are our brothers and sisters. He desires true happiness for all, enlightenment through the light of faith, purification from sin, a rekindling of the heart through love for God, a love that sets no limits(KW 1088).
 http://missionimmaculata.com/images/Documents/preparation_for_consecration/2._The_Happiness_of_All_Humanity_in_God_through_the_Immaculata.pdf
St. Maximilian spoke of Mary being given to us as the last gift Christ would give us from the Cross, writing: 
"Who would dare to imagine?...What could You have given me more, O God, after having offered Yourself to me to become mine? ...Your heart, inflamed with love for me, suggested to You another gift; yes, yet one more gift! ...You asked us to become children, if we wish to enter the heavenly kingdom. You well know that a child needs a mother. You Yourself established this law of love. Your goodness, Your mercy, therefore, created for us a Mother, the personification of Your goodness and infinite love. From the cross, on Golgotha, You offered her to us and us to her...(KW1145).
We find this in John 19:25-30:
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
This passage is one of the most beautiful ones in all of Scripture. It describes the length and breadth of God's love for us. A love that is so profound that in these last moments of his earthly life and death, He gives us eternal gifts of His Presence that go beyond the grave:
The gift of His Mother as our own.
The gift of the Spirit.
The gift of the Church.
As we read later in the same passage:
"one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out." John 19:34
as fountains of living water flow from the Church in the form of the Sacraments.  

To contemplate this more fully, an excerpt from the Militia Immaculata's Preparation for consecration is below:
  
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The context is solemn. We are at the culmination of the life of Christ, when Jesus fully revealed His glory. He is on the Cross, the cross that raises Him to heaven and from which He draws all people to Himself (cf. Jn 12:32). It is the fulfillment of our salvation, the heart of the paschal mystery of Christ, the moment of the supreme gift of love: "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son" (Jn 3:16). The Father manifested that love through the gift of His Son in the Incarnation, and that mystery now culminates in the gift of His life for us. 
In this solemn context occurs the gift of the Mother, the penultimate act, we might say, of His giving Himself for our salvation.  

At verse 30, the Evangelist tells us: "When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.And bowing His head, He handed over His spirit." 

In this solemn context, the entrusting is of great value: the gift of the Mother is part of what Jesus was to accomplish. It seems that all is finished after the entrusting of the disciple to the Mother and the Mother to the disciple. 

...Jesus explains to the Mother what her mission is: to be the mother of the disciple. But who is the "beloved disciple"? 

...the disciple represents all the disciples of the Lord. The “beloved disciple can be you or me: each of us is loved by Jesus. 
Mary's motherhood, which began at the Annunciation, assumes at Calvary a universal dimension. Since then, as the Second Vatican Council teaches, Mary takes care of the brethren of Her Son (cf. LG62), who became from that moment her own children. 

Yes, from "that hour." So it is written in the Gospel of John. It is the hour of the Cross, the hour of the manifestation of the glory of Christ, the hour of salvation, the heart of the paschal mystery of Christ itself. 
What happens from that hour on? "The disciple took her into his home." 
This is the consecration to Mary: Welcoming the gift of Christ! John takes Mary into his home, among his own things, into his inner life space, as St. John Paul II says (RM45). This gift also concerns us today. Every disciple of the Lord, on the day of one’s Baptism, together with the gifts of Christ receives the gift of the Mother. 

To consecrate oneself to Mary does not mean, therefore, to "create" the gift, to make up something. The gift is a gift, is free and unmerited and remains so even if we are not conscious of it. Mary always exercises her motherhood, whether we are aware or not. What we can do is accept the gift of the Mother, like all gifts of Christ. To accept her, as John did; to take Mary in our life, to live this mother - child relationship with gratitude and awareness. As John Paul II continues:  
"It means accepting - like John - the one who is given to us and was our Mother. It also means taking on the commitment to be conformed to Christ, putting ourselves at the school of His Mother and allowing her to accompany us"(Ecclesia de Eucaristia57) 

There is another passage that encourages us to take Mary with us. It's a text from the Gospel of Matthew: "Do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.”(Mt 1:20) It is the invitation of the angel to Joseph, while he had decided to divorce her quietly. This motherhood comes from the Spirit, it is a gift of the Spirit. This is true of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus and of her spiritual motherhood of us. 

"She will bear a son...," said the angel to Joseph. 
That is what the spiritual motherhood of Mary is: to give birth to Jesus within us.  
This is the motherhood of Mary: to form Jesus in us.
St. John Paul II recalled it very well on several occasions, when, speaking to young people, he invited them to take Mary into their lives: "She will discharge her ministry as a mother and train you and mold you until Christ is fully formed in you" (Message, Behold Your Mother, for the XVIII World Youth Day, April 13, 2003, n.3)
Additionally, St. Maximilian speaks of Mary's spiritual motherhood in this way:
 "In Mary’s womb our soul must be reborn after the form of Jesus Christ. She is bound to feed the soul with the milk of her grace, raise it as lovingly as she nourished, looked after, and raised Jesus. At her knee the soul must learn to know and love Jesus. From her Heart it must draw love toward Him, or even love Him with her heart and become like Him through love" (KW1295).
Never forgetting that the ultimate end of all consecration to Mary is to be completed consecrated to Jesus:
Precisely because we have consecrated ourselves to the Immaculata without limits, with much greater courage, despite our wickedness, we come closer to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In reality, therefore, we are fully, completely and exclusively consecrated to the Immaculata with all of our actions, and in her and through her, we are again fully, completely and exclusively consecrated to Jesus Christ (KW 643). Therefore, he stresses the need to draw closer to Our Lady through total consecration: To be more and more of the Immaculata, to belong to her more profoundly, and so let fly more and more the wings of love, especially toward the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the manifestations of His love”(KW 1284).  (http://missionimmaculata.com/images/Documents/preparation_for_consecration/5._Love_toward_the_Most_Sacred_Heart_-_Our_Only_Motive.pdf)
St. Maximilian, pray for us and help us live out the wisdom you express.
You, who died on this day in 1941, (a day before the Feast of your Beloved Mother's Assumption), be with us and help us give ourselves entirely and without reserve to Our Blessed Mother, so that she, in turn, can draw us ever closer to Jesus and make of us great saints!
We ask this in Jesus's Name, Amen.

© Janet Moore 2019. All Rights Reserved.

PART 3: Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary


12 Days of Preparation renouncing the spirit of the world
Praying over and reading Christ's teaching
Praying with the Heart
Examining our conscience 
Learning about Mary's place in God's plan 

Day 8 of 33:  
Meditate on 
Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 13 
Of Resisting Temptations
As long as we live in this world, we cannot be without temptations and tribulations. Hence it is written in Job "Man's life on earth is a temptation." Everyone therefore should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him: who never sleeps, but goes about, seeking whom he can devour. No one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have temptations and we can never be wholly free from them. Nevertheless, temptations are very profitable to man, troublesome and grievous though they may be, for in them, a man is humbled, purified and instructed. All the Saints passed through many tribulations and temptations and were purified by them. And they that could not support temptations, became reprobate, and fell away.
Many seek to flee temptations, and fall worse into them. We cannot conquer by flight alone, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies. He who only declines them outwardly, and does not pluck out their root, will profit little; nay, temptations will sooner return and he will find himself in a worse condition. By degrees and by patience you will, by God's grace, better overcome them than by harshness and your own importunity. Take council the oftener in temptation, and do not deal harshly with one who is tempted; but pour in consolation, as thou wouldst wish to be done unto yourself. Inconstancy of mind and little confidence in God, is the beginning of all temptations. For as a ship without a helm is driven to and fro by the waves, so the man who neglects and gives up his resolutions is tempted in many ways. 

Veni Creator
Come, O Creator Spirit blest!
And in our souls take up thy rest;
Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete!  To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O font of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God's hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses 'from above,
And make our hearts o'erflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy true peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally.  Amen.

Ave Maris Stella
Hail, bright star of ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.
Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus
Joy forevermore.
Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be.  Amen.


The Prayer of Mary - The Magnificat 
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. 
(Lk 1:46-55)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ. 

The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary. 
It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life, and by disobedience to God's laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things. 

Read: 

St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary paragraphs 60-67

CHAPTER TWO
IN WHAT DEVOTION TO MARY CONSISTS

1. Basic principles of devotion to Mary
60. Having spoken briefly of the necessity of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, I must now explain what this devotion consists in. This I will do with God's help after I have laid down certain basic truths which throw light on the remarkable and sound devotion which I propose to unfold.
First principle: Christ must be the ultimate end of all devotions
61. Jesus, our Saviour, true God and true man must be the ultimate end of all our other devotions; otherwise they would be false and misleading. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and end of everything. "We labour," says St. Paul, "only to make all men perfect in Jesus Christ."
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For in him alone dwells the entire fullness of the divinity and the complete fullness of grace, virtue and perfection. In him alone we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; he is the only teacher from whom we must learn; the only Lord on whom we should depend; the only Head to whom we should be united and the only model that we should imitate. He is the only Physician that can heal us; the only Shepherd that can feed us; the only Way that can lead us; the only Truth that we can believe; the only Life that can animate us. He alone is everything to us and he alone can satisfy all our desires.
We are given no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. God has laid no other foundation for our salvation, perfection and glory than Jesus. Every edifice which is not built on that firm rock, is founded upon shifting sands and will certainly fall sooner or later. Every one of the faithful who is not united to him is like a branch broken from the stem of the vine. It falls and withers and is fit only to be burnt. If we live in Jesus and Jesus lives in us, we need not fear damnation. Neither angels in heaven nor men on earth, nor devils in hell, no creature whatever can harm us, for no creature can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Through him, with him and in him, we can do all things and render all honour and glory to the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit; we can make ourselves perfect and be for our neighbour a fragrance of eternal life.
62. If then we are establishing sound devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only in order to establish devotion to our Lord more perfectly, by providing a smooth but certain way of reaching Jesus Christ. If devotion to our Lady distracted us from our Lord, we would have to reject it as an illusion of the devil. But this is far from being the case. As I have already shown and will show again later on, this devotion is necessary, simply and solely because it is a way of reaching Jesus perfectly, loving him tenderly, and serving him faithfully.

63. Here I turn to you for a moment, dear Jesus, to complain lovingly to your divine Majesty that the majority of Christians, and even some of the most learned among them, do not recognise the necessary bond that unites you and your Blessed Mother. Lord, you are always with Mary and Mary is always with you. She can never be without you because then she would cease to be what she is. She is so completely transformed into you by grace that she no longer lives, she no longer exists, because you alone, dear Jesus, live and reign in her more perfectly than in all the angels and saints. If we only knew the glory and the love given to you by this wonderful creature, our feelings for you and for her would be far different from those we have now. So intimately is she united to you that it would be easier to separate light from the sun, and heat from the fire. I go further, it would even be easier to separate all the angels and saints from you than Mary; for she loves you ardently, and glorifies you more perfectly than all your other creatures put together.
64. In view of this, my dear Master, is it not astonishing and pitiful to see the ignorance and short- sightedness of men with regard to your holy Mother? I am not speaking so much of idolaters and pagans who do not know you and consequently have no knowledge of her. I am not even speaking of heretics and schismatics who have left you and your holy Church and therefore are not interested in your holy Mother. I am speaking of Catholics, and even of educated Catholics, who profess to teach the faith to others but do not know you or your Mother except speculatively, in a dry, cold and sterile way.
These people seldom speak of your Mother or devotion to her. They say they are afraid that devotion to her will be abused and that you will be offended by excessive honour paid to her. They protest loudly when they see or hear a devout servant of Mary speak frequently with feeling, conviction and vigour of devotion to her. When he speaks of devotion to her as a sure means of finding and loving you without fear or illusion, or when he says this devotion is a short road free from danger, or an immaculate way free from imperfection, or a wondrous secret of finding you, they put before him a thousand specious reasons to show him how wrong he is to speak so much of Mary. There are, they say, great abuses in this devotion which we should try to stamp out and we should refer people to you rather than exhort them to have devotion to your Mother, whom they already love adequately.
If they are sometimes heard speaking of devotion to your Mother, it is not for the purpose of promoting it or convincing people of it but only to destroy the abuses made of it. Yet all the while these persons are devoid of piety or genuine devotion to you, for they have no devotion to Mary. They consider the Rosary and the Scapular as devotions suitable only for simple women or ignorant people. After all, they say, we do not need them to be saved. If they come across one who loves our Lady, who says the rosary or
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shows any devotion towards her, they soon move him to a change of mind and heart. They advise him to say the seven penitential psalms instead of the Rosary, and to show devotion to Jesus instead of to Mary.
Dear Jesus, do these people possess your spirit? Do they please you by acting in this way? Would it please you if we were to make no effort to give pleasure to your Mother because we are afraid of offending you? Does devotion to your holy Mother hinder devotion to you? Does Mary keep for herself any honour we pay her? Is she a rival of yours? Is she a stranger having no kinship with you? Does pleasing her imply displeasing you? Does the gift of oneself to her constitute a deprivation for you? Is love for her a lessening of our love for you?
65. Nevertheless, my dear Master, the majority of learned scholars could not be further from devotion to your Mother, or show more indifference to it even if all I have just said were true. Keep me from their way of thinking and acting and let me share your feelings of gratitude, esteem, respect and love for your holy Mother. I can then love and glorify you all the more, because I will be imitating and following you more closely.
66. As though I had said nothing so far to further her honour, grant me now the grace to praise her more worthily, in spite of all her enemies who are also yours. I can then say to them boldly with the saints, "Let no one presume to expect mercy from God, who offends his holy Mother." 
67. So that I may obtain from your mercy a genuine devotion to your blessed Mother and spread it throughout the whole world, help me to love you wholeheartedly, and for this intention accept the earnest prayer I offer with St. Augustine and all who truly love you.
Prayer of Saint Augustine
O Jesus Christ, you are my Father, my merciful God, my great King, my good Shepherd, my only Master, my best helper, my beloved friend of overwhelming beauty, my living Bread, my eternal priest. You are my guide to my heavenly home, my one true light, my holy joy, my true way, my shining wisdom, my unfeigned simplicity, the peace and harmony of my soul, my perfect safeguard, my bounteous inheritance, my everlasting salvation.
My loving Lord, Jesus Christ, why have I ever loved or desired anything else in my life but you, my God? Where was I when I was not in communion with you? From now on, I direct all my desires to be inspired by you and centred on you. I direct them to press forward for they have tarried long enough, to hasten towards their goal, to seek the one they yearn for.
O Jesus, let him who does not love you be accursed, and filled with bitterness. O gentle Jesus, let every worthy feeling of mine show you love, take delight in you and admire you. O God of my heart and my inheritance, Christ Jesus, may my heart mellow before the influence of your spirit and may you live in me. May the flame of your love burn in my soul. May it burn incessantly on the altar of my heart. May it glow in my innermost being. May it spread its heat into the hidden recesses of my soul and on the day of my consummation may I appear before you consumed in your love. Amen. 

PART 4: A taste of Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:
“Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Make me pure in body and spirit and help me to die to myself.”

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