Sunday, December 1, 2019

Day 20: 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 20 of 33: 
SECTION 3:  Entering into the Mystery of Jesus' Scourging
Contemplating the Sorrowful Mysteries with Mary, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Mother Teresa 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 de Montfort and St. Mother Teresa 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 Nicene Creed today and the accompanying Scripture texts as you meditate and PRAY THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
AND ALL THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY - while praying for the grace to listen, to hear and respond to God as Mary does.

And to 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. 
5. Pray the 2nd Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary: The Scourging at the Pillar 
When we contemplate Jesus in His Scourging, let us ask ourselves:
What is our response to evil, hurt and suffering? 
How do we respond to sickness and death, to the loss of our livelihood? 
To violence, to evil, to sin in our world and in our Church?
Do I reject God and mistrust God when I see or experience suffering? 
Or do I embrace and trust Him more fully? 

May the great lengths that He went to in His Scourging bring us to ever greater faith and hope in Him, Who will never leave us or forsake us in the midst of our own sufferings and injustices.
May accepting His LOVE and MERCY give us supernatural faith and courage and a Divine, heavenly perspective to not only embrace Him, but to choose to suffer with Him - so to rise with Him. 
May we choose to, with and in Mary's heart and mind and will, see the goodness and the glory that God brings out of suffering and to recognize that when we are united to Jesus our Cross becomes easy and our burden light and that through us, too, countless souls may be saved."For What Is Seen Is Transitory; What Is Unseen Is Eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:14 -5:1
So that we, too, can say with Habakkuk:
"Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:17

JESUS is the Eternal God of the Universe, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the God from God, the One Who Created All things out of nothing and sustains them all in being, He is the Light shining in the Darkness and the innocent Babe completely dependent upon Mary in her womb. 

It is this Jesus, Who allowed His flesh to be torn to pieces and to fall from His Body in atonement for our sins. 

O, the depth and height of His LOVE and GOODNESS and MERCY! O, how deeply Jesus loves us! Mary witnessed this Love that became so concrete that she wiped the floor of His Blood so not one drop would be discarded or trampled upon. With the heart of His Mother and through her prayers, may we be moved to repent and believe and to accept His love and mercy this day. 

May not a drop of His Blood be shed in vain for us!

May the extent of His LOVE move us to love and abandon ourselves to Him in return. May we respond to Him as He asks - to Behold His Mother as our own and give ourselves completely to Him through her.   

May it so be done in us. Amen.

Let us begin by praying the Nicene Creed - with all of these mysteries in mind:  

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.

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 20 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


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

PART 3: “Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me ardently make a covenant of Consecration with Mary”


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