Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Total Consecration to Jesus as set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is a beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving our Lord. By following her example, we, too, can completely give ourselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates us to Him. We give our lives to Him in service and love.
Several things would happen:
- You would be a complete person – made whole in God
- You would acquire every feature of Jesus Christ with little pain or effort
- You will renew perfectly the vows and promises of holy baptism
- You will grow in holiness and increase your faith, hope, and love
- You would be able to live out your vocation joyfully
- You will find graces in your life multiplying
- You would not despair because of your sins
- You would be doing the best thing you could do for all your loved ones.
In True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis Marie sets out his teaching on devotion to Jesus through Mary in general, and proposes a particular form of devotion, involving a total dedication or consecration of oneself to Jesus through the hands of Mary. It is a prayerful and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.
This method of Total Consecration was used by
† Blessed John Paul II †
who said… “Reading this book (St. Louis de Montfort’s
True Devotion to Mary) was to be a turning point in my life…. This Marian devotion…has since remained a part of me. It is an integral part of my interior life
and of my spiritual theology.”
“It was through the most holy Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world,
and it is also through her that He has to reign in the world.”
Yes, there’s an app for that: http://www.myconsecration.org/app.html
Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort (a .pdf file of Montfort book used for OLOH parish-wide consecration)
The 33-day preparation includes a preliminary period of twelve days during which we endeavor “to free ourselves from the spirit of the world.” This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin and the third to that of Jesus Christ.
St. Louis de Montfort’s Way: Total Consecration (also includes links to the readings and prayers for the 33-day preparation)
True Devotion to Mary – by St. Louis de Montfort (St. Louis’ great work on the nature of perfect consecration to Jesus Christ by means of “true devotion” to the Blessed Virgin Mary.)