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 III: Knowledge of Mary
Welcome to our series on the Third Part of our preparation for Consecration to Our Lady. The theme for the next seven days is knowledge of Mary. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the preparation, though the knowledge of God’s most perfect creature could not be finished in our lifetime. St. Louis Marie de Montfort says, “Mary is the excellent masterpiece of the Most High. She is the Beloved Daughter of God the Father, the Admirable Mother of God the Son, the faithful Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctuary and Repose of the Blessed Trinity. When God The Father resolved to send His only-begotten Son into this world to be born of a woman, He chose and fashioned a woman to be the worthy mother of so great a Son. When we meet a very good child, we are quite likely to say, “He must have a very good mother.”
We explain the child’s goodness by the goodness of his mother. We believe, that it is the mother’s goodness, which made the child good. But in God’s infinite wisdom, Mary is the perfect mother of God, because of her Son who is God, who made her so. God made her the perfect woman because God has chosen her to be the Mother of His Son. And because God the Son is all holy and all perfect, Mary his Mother must be, as holy and perfect as she can be. And so St. Louis Marie de Montfort did not hesitate to call Mary, “the excellent masterpiece of the Most High.” The saints have said admirable things of Mary, the Holy City of God, and as they themselves, affirm, they were never more eloquent and more content, than they spoke of her. Yet, after all, they have said, they cry out that the height of her merits, which she has raised up to the throne of divinity, cannot be fully seen, the breadth of her charity immeasurable, the depth of her humility, and of all her virtues and graces, is an abyss which can never be sounded. These are only a few of St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s words. That is why I told you from the beginning of this series to get a copy of his book, True devotion to Our Lady. From The Liturgy of the Hours on the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin on Saturdays also says, “God made the Immaculate Virgin Mary the purest home and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.”
How good it is to know Our Lady: her divine maternity, her Immaculate Conception, her perpetual virginity, her glorious assumption and crowning as Queen of Heaven, and her powerful intercession for us before the Divine Majesty. How good it is to contemplate her different titles in the Litany and to imitate her principal virtues. While we proclaim the divine praises and bless the Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, we cannot but also proclaim the greatness of Mary by saying, “Blessed be the great Mother of God Mary Most Holy, Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her glorious assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin, and Mother.” When we think all of these, we will surely love the Blessed Mother with all our hearts. But how many think of Our Lady, how many who really love The Blessed Mother and how many who knows The Queen of Heaven and Earth. During the Fatima apparitions, Our Lady told Lucia, “I will take Jacinta and Francisco to heaven, but you are to stay a longer time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved.” You see, Jesus wants his Most Blessed Mother to be known and loved. It is the desire of God to make Mary Most Holy to be known and loved through us. As we begin the third part of our preparation, let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us the knowledge of Mary, so that what God the Son so desire, may be fulfill in us and may give glory to the Eternal Father.
After completing this video, go on to the next video for today: Total Consecration: Day 20