What is Total Consecration?
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a 33-day course that builds on True Devotion to Mary according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort. It’s an amazing way to grow deeper in your faith and draw closer to Jesus through Mary. Each of the 33 days includes a short video, some written reflections, and prayer time. Join us!
Introduction of Part IV: Knowledge of Jesus
Welcome to our final stage of preparation for consecration to Our Lady. As we begin the next 7 days, we are going to focus our attention and should apply ourselves during these days to know Jesus Christ. From our manual taken from True Devotion to Our lady, we have two points to be studied in the life of Jesus: First is we are going to see Jesus the God-Man, His grace and glory, and His rights to sovereign dominion over us; since, having to renounce Satan and the world, we have taken Jesus Christ as Our Lord. Second, Our Lord’s interior life, namely the virtues and the acts of the Sacred Heart, His association with Mary in the mystery of the Annunciation and Incarnation; during His infancy and hidden life, at the feast of Cana and also at Calvary.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “At the heart of Catechesis we find in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Only Son of the Father who suffered and died for us and who now after rising, is living with us forever.” It also explains further the significance of the name Jesus which means, “God saves.” Christ the Anointed One or the Messiah; the Son of God which signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God His Father and His title Lord which indicates divine sovereignty. These lines from the Catechism truly illustrate in summary, that Jesus is the God-Man, who came from the Father born of the Virgin Mary, and dwelt among us, and not far from us. And since God is with us, we must take Jesus Christ as Our Lord, and make sure that all our thoughts, words, and actions must be directed towards Him and not away from Him.
St. John in his first letter says, “The way we can be sure of our knowledge of Christ is to keep his commandments. The man who claims, “I have known Him” without keeping his commandments is a liar and in him, there is no truth.” The Ten Commandments hang, on the two commandments of love, as we have mentioned already in our series. It is not surprising because “God is love,” as St. John says in his First Letter. The gift of commandments and of the law is part of the covenant God sealed with his own. During the Last Supper when Our Lord gives His most precious body and blood in the form of bread and wine, and He told his disciples, “this is the new covenant” and then he added, “do this…” The covenant and commandment were made clear to the apostles before Our Lord gave up His life on the Cross. So then, keeping faithfully the Covenant of love and the commandments Our Lord has given us will shed light in our effort to know Christ. Another simple way of knowing Our Lord is praying the Rosary.
Praying the daily rosary helps us to know the life of Jesus, for in it we meditate not only the life of Mary but also the life of Jesus in the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries. We can also know Christ by spending time reading the Sacred Scriptures and meditate on it as if Jesus Himself is talking us. Another way of knowing Christ is to visit Him personally in the Blessed Sacrament. We will know the person of Christ if we visit Him just as we know a particular person if we spend time conversing with and listening to that person. Another important way of knowing Our Lord is to ask and beg the Holy Spirit to help us know the person of Christ for He says, “The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you” (Jn 14:26). Let us also turn to Mary and ask her, to help us know Christ, for surely She will direct our mind to the knowledge of her Son. We can never hope to fathom the inexpressible mystery of the life of Jesus but Our Lady can lead us to a good beginning of knowing the person of Christ.
After completing this video, go on to the next video for today: Total Consecration: Day 27