Daniel O’Connor and Extraordinary Grace

I spent much of yesterday at Mt. Meeker – and today at the Jericho March in Denver. Both were wonderful. I will put up a story on the Jericho March as soon as I have pictures. For now, a wonderful article by Daniel O’Connor which can help you finish Lent and enter Easter strong! -CJ

An Extraordinary Opportunity for Grace

By Daniel O’Connor

We are on the cusp of the half-way point of Lent, and also today we have arrived at the vigil of the first day of a truly astonishing opportunity for grace.Floodgates of Divine Grace

March 1st marks the first day of the 33 day Marian Consecration that will consummate on this year’s Liturgical celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation (which must be moved from its ordinary March 25th date this year -due to Good Friday- all the way to the day after Divine Mercy Sunday). For the past several weeks, Fr. Gaitley has been travelling all over my diocese giving talks on what an awesome opportunity this is – and my Bishop, Edward Scharfenberger, is asking the entire Diocese to do this Consecration.

Now there is so much grace to be received in these 33 days, I cannot even begin to fathom it. This set of 33 days encompasses much of Lent, the Holy Triduum, the entire Octave of Easter, the Divine Mercy Novena (the most important and powerful Novena in existence) and above all, Divine Mercy Sunday:

  • The day about which Our Lord said: “I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.” (Faustina’s Diary, paragraph 956)
  • The day about which Our Lord said: “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces… On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.” (Ibid., 699)
  • The day on which each and every Catholic may easily receive a true second Baptism (remission of all sin and punishment) merely by being in a state of grace -implying having done one’s duty to go to Confession – and receiving Communion. (Ibid., 300, 699, 1109)

It also encompasses the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, and the heavenly birthday of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. It encompasses both fasting and feasting. And let us not forget that this is taking place during the extraordinary and unprecedented Jubilee Year of Mercy in the midst of ever hastening and intensifying Signs of the Times.

Many are even speculating that The Warning could very well be on this Good Friday or Divine Mercy Sunday. As for me, I do not know nor do I even have an opinion on this timing; but how can we go wrong by spiritually preparing sufficiently so that we are ready if indeed it is?

The graces are there – objectively and with certainty: in incomprehensible superabundance. But what we ourselves appropriate from these graces is dependent upon our subjective disposition.

God is not going to magically zap us with grace– that is not the point of this Time of Testing; we must rather do our part. Should we not, therefore, ensure that we are truly in spiritual “high gear,” in the most powerful way possible?

I don’t suppose I need to instruct anybody here on how Our Lady is the quickest, easiest, and surest way to Our Lord; and how 33 Day Consecration is perhaps the most powerful means of devotion to Our Lady. What is more, the Annunciation is the best day to consecrate yourself to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why? Not only is it the greatest event in the history of creation, but St. Louis de Montfort, the Father of 33 Day Consecration, also insists that this is the best day for such a Consecration because it is also the day that God Himself, as it were, consecrated Himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is to say, it is the day on which He entered her womb and subjected Himself entirely to her. Therefore it is most fitting that we do the same on this day.

Now this 33 day consecration is an awesome opportunity in and of itself, but I wish to present to you two additional practices to exponentially increase the spiritual fruit borne to the point that, I haven’t the slightest doubt, you will be Living in the Divine Will – that is, infinitely exceeding in Sanctity even Spiritual Marriage – if only you do them and do not actively and intentionally oppose grace:

Combine this aforementioned Marian Consecration with a daily reading from the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, and a daily reading from the Hours of the Passion (up to the Triduum).

This is not just some spiritual regimen I dreamed up. Providence has arranged this:

First of all, it is no mere coincidence that, of Luisa’s many thousands of pages of revelations, these two works are the ones that have already had the Moratorium lifted on their promulgation. It is Providential because, while all of Luisa’s writings are incredibly powerful, these two works stand out for their unparalleled ability to very quickly and easily allow readers of them to build up enormous treasures in Heaven, receive the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, grow in the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, and prepare the ground for the Universal Reign of the Divine Will. Indeed in general, it is beyond question that the two greatest devotions are devotion to Mary and devotion to the Lord’s Passion. So too, when it comes to the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, the greatest way to receive it is through these two paths.Jesus and Mary

But the Providential nature of what is now upon us does not end there:

In the revelations of Jesus to Luisa, the Hours of the Passion, there are 24 Hours of the Passion; hence, 24 separate readings. These begin with the 5pm Hour on Holy Thursday with Our Lord departing from His Blessed Mother, and end with Our Lord’s burial at the 4pm Hour on Good Friday. If, along with beginning our Marian Consecration on March 1st, and in the spirit of Lent, we read one “hour” each day (the readings correspond to one hour of Our Lord’s Passion, but do not actually take a full hour to complete: they are only several pages each on average), then we will finish the Hours of the Passion precisely as the Holy Triduum begins; for there are exactly 24 days from the start of this consecration (March 1st) to Holy Thursday (the first event depicted in Luisa’s 24 hours of the Passion). This allows for Good Friday itself to be set aside for a re-do (even if it must be significantly abridged) of the entire work. Recall as well that Our Lord promised that He will grant the salvation of a soul for every word of these Hours we prayerfully read.

And in the revelations of Our Lady to Luisa, the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, there are 31 days; hence, 31 separate readings. This was designed for the month of May, but can be used any time, and it will correspond perfectly with the month of March (for it too has 31 days). March, though not a month traditionally attributed explicitly to the Holy Virgin, nevertheless really is her month just as much as or more than any other; for it is the Month of the Annunciation, which as I have already said is by far – with no close second – the greatest event in the history of creation. It is the month during which she acquired her greatest title -the greatest title possible for a creature- a title which, for all eternity, shall remain singularly hers: Mother of God.

Now this leaves us with four more days until the Consecration Day itself: the perfect amount of time for an abridged Consecration to the Divine Mercy, as explained by Fr. Gaitley (in his book that was just released, 33 Days to Merciful Love). He teaches four primary steps: 1) Trust, 2) The Little Way, 3) The Offering to Merciful Love, and 4) Darkness. With this configuration, step 3, perfectly Providentially (for it is the step in which we fully give ourselves to the Divine Mercy), falls on Divine Mercy Sunday itself. While I do not in the least wish to dissuade anyone from reading Fr Gaitley’s wonderful book, I will nevertheless be presenting my own abridged version of these four steps, so that they can fit into our regimen on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of April, respectively, and so that anyone who cannot get their hands on a copy of this book does not miss out on these graces, which might just never come again. I will be summarizing Fr. Gaitley’s four steps as 1) Trust, 2) Love, 3) Mercy, and 4) Veil.

Although I do not yet have these four steps summarized, I will be sure to have them available before they become necessary (April 1st, that is); so just check back here (DSDOConnor.com) at that point to download/print them. Alternatively, you can simply replace your readings of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will (which will end March 31st) with an equally sized reading from St. Faustina’s Diary. Feel free to just say a prayer and open the Diary up randomly, trusting the Holy Spirit to direct you to the passages He desires you to see.

How beautiful it is that everything is fitting together like a perfectly designed jigsaw puzzle! I wanted to make this as easy and accessible as possible for everyone (not to mention completely free and online). So I’ve gone ahead and made a PDF file specifically for each day. Here they are! You can simply come back here each day and click on the appropriate PDF, or if you’d prefer to download and/or print the whole thing at once, here is the entirety in one PDF. (Please don’t be scared by the number of pages: the page count is quite deceptive due to page sizing which was out of my control. In ordinary book print this would probably amount to less than half of the page count of this PDF file – so, if you print it, you might even want to set it to print “two per page”).

These prayers apply to each of the following days for the Marian Consecration from St. Louis de Montfort and therefore are not included in each one (to save your printer some ink):

Finally, if you are stumbling upon this in the middle of March: don’t worry. Just start late! Those late to the vineyard receive the same payment.

  1. March 1st – March 24th. These days contain: I)St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers II)BVM in Kingdom Reading, and III)Hours of the Passion Reading
    1. March 1st
    2. March 2nd
    3. March 3rd
    4. March 4th
    5. March 5th
    6. March 6th
    7. March 7th
    8. March 8th
    9. March 9th
    10. March 10th
    11. March 11th
    12. March 12th
    13. March 13th
    14. March 14th
    15. March 15th
    16. March 16th
    17. March 17th
    18. March 18th
    19. March 19th
    20. March 20th
    21. March 21st
    22. March 22nd
    23. March 23rd
    24. March 24th
  2. March 25th – March 31st. These days contain: I) St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers  II) BVM in Kingdom Reading, and III) Divine Mercy Novena prayers
    1. March 25th
    2. March 26th
    3. March 27th
    4. March 28th
    5. March 29th
    6. March 30th
    7. March 31st
  3. April 1st – April 2nd. I) St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers , II) Divine Mercy Novena prayers , and III) Divine Mercy Consecration meditations
    1. April 1st  (+at this time, check DSDOConnor.com for the Divine Mercy Consecration part of this PDF or simply read from Divine Mercy Diary)
    2. April 2nd (+at this time, check DSDOConnor.com for the Divine Mercy Consecration part of this PDF or simply read from Divine Mercy Diary)
  4. The Consecration Days.
    1. April 3rd – (Divine Mercy Sunday): Divine Mercy Consecration (Check DSDOConnor.com for this PDF or simply read from Divine Mercy Diary)
    2. April 4th – Consecration to Jesus through Mary

I wish to vigorously encourage at least trying this. I need not repeat how utterly unprecedented and urgent these times are. Serious regimens like these are how we respond! Special Forces do not pick away at the enemy here and there when it pleases them — they attack with ferocity and with strategy, discipline and perseverance. We, as the true special forces of the Church Militant, must do likewise.

I will share that I am committing myself to this regimen, even though it completely overlaps with an undertaking that I may very well be engaged in, which, if God does indeed wind up calling me to it, will likely wind up being the most difficult and exhausting thing I have ever done, not to mention extraordinarily time consuming (I ask you for your prayers). I hope you, too, will consider this Consecration regimen, even if doing to it will be difficult and constitute a true sacrifice. Some tips:

  • Do the readings/meditations whenever you prefer, but if you do it early in the morning it will seem more like a joy and less like a burden.
  • If you need to reward yourself a bit to help make this happen, that’s fine. You can do these readings (meditatively and prayerfully) on your favorite chair, with your favorite beverage, in your favorite room, or overlooking your favorite view. It’s not exactly objectively as good as kneeling in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, but that’s okay! It’s better than not doing them.
  • If you need to do your daily Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet while driving or walking in order to make time, that’s okay too.

It is customary to, at the end of the 33 days, and along with the Consecration to Mary, put on a chain (that, if you please, you may wear for the rest of your life around your ankle/wrist/waist) to symbolize that you are a willing and loving slave of Mary and, in this case, a slave of the Divine Will. I have inconspicuously worn my chain for 5 years, and I know it has been a great channel of grace in my life.

Now I will close my plea to you all to follow this most noble, powerful, and holy path by quoting the man himself, St. Louis de Montfort, in his great Treatise, True Devotion to Mary:

“…the greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them. I said that this will happen especially towards the end of the world, and indeed soon, because Almighty God and his holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs. ...These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schisms, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, namely, the Blessed Virgin, who is called by the Fathers of the Church the Temple of Solomon  and the City of God . By word and example they will draw all men to a true devotion to her and though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone.

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About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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148 Responses to Daniel O’Connor and Extraordinary Grace

  1. YongDuk says:

    Someone leave a comment for me to comment on… I am too tired to read the whole piece!

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    • I read the whole thing and it’s a well-thought-out spiritual battle plan. If nothing else, did you at least look at the pictures? He had me at those –– Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Tepeyac.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Oh MP, bless your heart, you are just so delightfully funny (Did you at least look at the pictures?) always giggling about the child-like quality of faith that so many here have! It’s such a gift!

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    • dolordee says:

      Thank you Daniel. That was a mountain of work to read, arrange, and compile. I am only on volume four of Louisa’s books, but you made it easy to go to your daily table and use those readings on Mary and living in her will. It appears as if you have read all 36 volumes, and pulled segments out of them. The consecration prayers appear slightly different then in my book, which I will use, and, I have already started the Passion, which again is slightly different as it has prayers before, and after the days reading. It took me at least 15 min. staring frozen, looking at the screen after reading that to be able to write something. It was such an incredible piece, that it left me speechless, and quit challenged. Thank you again ever so, so much for putting together these works, and the timetables, and encouraging us and showing us what a mountain of graces can be gained. I will try my best to accomplish these. God bless you for this extraordinary piece, and I’m sure you’re already tucked under Mary’s blue mantle as this will become the source of grace for many souls. Dee

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      • charliej373 says:

        Daniel is a genuine expert on the writings of Luisa Picaretta.

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      • Daniel O'Connor says:

        I am so sorry I didn’t make this clearer, dolordee! Those PDFs were NOT written by me or compiled by me; all I did was format them so that there was one PDF for each day. Those are directly from Luisa’s two works that have had the moratorium on their open promulgation lifted (namely, the Hours of the Passion and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will).

        But I am so honored you appreciate the compilation. God bless you and please pray for me!

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    • kate says:

      YoungDuk, I just happened to click on his blog, from Charlie’s blog on the 1st of March, when this suggestion for prayer started. I began, and found the prayers and meditations truly moving and helpful. I would never have found this, had it not been for Charlie’s blog.

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  2. Robert Cunningham says:

    Daniel

    I thought that you may like to hear this. Luisa had been coming to mind quite a bit in the past few weeks so I stated rereading one of the volumes. Then yesterday I picked up my Bible and the card with her second class relic on it that I have fell out. I had been looking for that for about two years. I now keep it on my night stand. It did not occur to me to look at the date she died (or went to Heaven) until your article. It was March 4th. No coincidence.

    Robert

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  3. BD says:

    YD. Comment

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    • YongDuk says:

      Wonderful, thanks. A comment worthy of another comment!

      Zdrowaś Maryjo!

      Speaking of which:

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      • vkmir3 says:

        Hauntingly beautiful!

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      • BD says:

        YD. Those words are beautiful in all languages. Polish being very close to my Croatian heritage, so I especially appreciate such a wonderful comment in return…

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        YD, that is so hauntingly beautiful! Thanks for posting it…can’t listen to it here but it reminded me I have this CD so I’m listening to it now!

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      • Beckita says:

        My God! My God! Heart piercing… Gutwrenching… Soulsearching… Hallowed interior… Dearest Stabat Mater Dolorosa, who can fathom… How do we thank you… We NEED you, your intercession, your maternal care… Forgive us O God for all our outrages, sacrileges and indifferences against You and against Your Mother, our Mother, the Highest Honor of our Race, O Purest Mother full of Grace, holding back with one hand the Justice of God and cradling with your other hand each of your children… O Mother of Mercy, who can fathom such Love…O pray for us…

        O People of Auschwitz, resting in God’s Peace, who can fathom… Please pray for us… O Martyrs of these days at the hands of terrorists, spurred on by 40-50 million abortions each year, connected by the same demons of death as they are, O Martyrs of these days, please pray for us…

        As soon and again we enter the mysteries of the Tridduum, there is a poignancy of solemnity as we move into the Storm’s depths and I ponder: “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8)

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        • patriciaacmg says:

          Your comment in the form of this prayer is exquisite. I copied and pasted in my email so I could copy. Touched the depth of my being; ‘mil gracias! Pat

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks, Pat. I experienced “touched the depth of my being” when I first listened and watched the video. I connected immediately with the past and the future… the past as I’ve been thinking again about what life was like in Europe just before the war blasted into hyercharge and terrorized so many lives… the past as I came home from my West African Peace Corps experience by way of Europe and visited Dachau, somehow this music evoked my ability to smell Dachau this afternoon and feel again the chills I experienced that day of the visit… the future as we enter the Storm, not with fear but with the sure and certain truth of Romans 14:8.

            Just last evening, I had meditated again on this passage from t33 Days to Merciful Love. It’s long but it is what we will be called to do, perhaps more than ever before in our lives, I do believe: Hope against hope.

            “Mary’s Trial of Faith

            Just as Abraham’s pilgrimage of faith met its ultimate test when he was called to sacrifice Isaac, so Mary’s pilgrimage of faith met a similar test. However, while Abraham ultimately did not have to go through with the sacrifice, Mary had to watch and be present during the torture and slaughter of her dearly beloved Son all the way to its agonizing end. She had to stand and consent to the immolation of the victim. She had to remain there in faith, hoping against hope.

            It was there on Calvary, there at the foot of the Cross, that we find in Mary the glorious perfection of faith. It was there, in the midst of the most terrible darkness, that we paradoxically see the luminous blessing of Elizabeth shine forth with ever-greater glory: “Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled!” Yes, blessed is she who believed at the foot of the Cross. Blessed is she who believed in the impossible. Blessed is she who believed “that God was able to raise men even from the dead” (Heb 11:19). That is faith. Again, that is the glorious perfection of faith. That is the greatest light of faith, which shines amid the deepest darkness.

            Now, ponder once again the words of the angel that Our Lady believed regarding her Son, Jesus:He will be great … and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end (Lk 1:32-33).

            And now, reflect on St. John Paul II’s reaction to and commentary on those words in view of Mary’s ultimate trial of faith:Standing at the foot of the Cross, Mary is the witness, humanly speaking, of the complete negation of these words. On the wood of the Cross her Son hangs in agony as one condemned. “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows … he was despised, and we esteemed him not”: as one destroyed (cf. Is 53:3-5). How great, how heroic then is the obedience of faith shown by Mary in the face of God’s “unsearchable judgments”! How completely she “abandons herself to God” without reserve, “offering the full assent of the intellect and the will” to him whose “ways are inscrutable” (cf. Rom 11:33)! And how powerful too is the action of grace in her soul, how all-pervading is the influence of the Holy Spirit and of his light and power!

            Wow. That’s a lot of exclamation marks from a pope. Three in a row! Why all the enthusiasm? It’s because, again, we’ve arrived at the perfection of faith. We’ve arrived at the moment when we see “how great, how heroic” is Mary’s faith, the moment when we see “how completely she ‘abandons herself to God’ without reserve.” We’ve arrived at the moment when Elizabeth’s words of blessing, as John Paul puts it, “seem to re-echo with supreme eloquence, and the power contained within them becomes something penetrating.”23 And it’s probably becoming clear now as to why that blessing penetrates.

            It penetrates because we need that blessing.

            All of us will go through times when our faith is severely tested. We’ll experience times of excruciating darkness and even agony, and we’ll wonder, “Where is God?” We’ll not understand his ways. We’ll feel as if all is lost, that God no longer loves us, that he has abandoned us. And then we’ll remember — I hope we’ll remember — Mary’s example of faith at the foot of the Cross. We’ll recall that she, too, did not fully understand. She, too, stood in darkness. She, too, had a heart that was bleeding and broken. We’ll also remember that she didn’t give in to the darkness, that she clung to God with the light of faith.

            And then — I hope — we’ll remember the blessing. We’ll remember Elizabeth’s words: “Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” And I hope that “the power contained within [that blessing] will become something penetrating” for us. In other words, I hope we’ll see how Elizabeth’s blessing can apply to us, that the following words can be spoken to us: “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

            And what was spoken to us? What’s the word of the Lord for us? It’s the word of the Cross. It’s the word of love spoken through Christ’s death on the Cross, the word of love that Mary intimately shared in on Calvary. It’s the word from Scripture: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13). It’s the truth that God loves us, that God loves you, no matter what. I hope that by holding on in faith to that greatest expression of love in the midst of our own trials and darkness, we’ll find peace, and even joy — and maybe even sing a song of praise.”

            Blessed be God forever! Ave Maria Eternally!

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        • LukeMichael says:

          Truly beautiful Beckita!

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      • YD, this is stunning, and gut wrenching at the same time. Thank you for posting it.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        One thing leads to another… now I’m listening to Miserere and I have both Gorecki and The Tallis Scholars- Allegri (i like that one better) if I knew how to post the YouTube video of it I would! So beautiful.

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      • jaykay says:

        YD, thank you so much for putting up the Gorecki! It is truly beautiful. Confession (heh😏): I’ve known of that piece for over 20 years, when it was first “popularised” on the then-new UK radio station “Classic FM”, in a performance by the soprano Dawn Upshaw. It was no. 1 in their “classic hit parade” for over a year, coinciding in fact with the release of the film “Schindler’s List”. How much more suitable it would have been as the title track, given the story behind its composition. Auschwitz/Oswieczim and the Godless horrors therewith and therein. It’s available on the Naxos label, if that’s in the US? But you can download it as well. It was composed in 1976, in which year (not, I think, entirely un-coincidentally) the same year in which the then Archbishop of Krakow warned the world about the approach of the conflict we’re now in, when he was in the US. 13th August, 1976. I have Mark Mallett to thank for that information: he often refers to it on his blog.

        And thanks to Dan for all the treasures made available here, by Charlie. And thanks to all you friends here, as ever.

        p.s. news from Ireland: after our election the parties are still struggling to form a government, nevertheless the relentlessly pro-death “Labour” Party were destroyed and, in general, pro-life candidates had a good showing. Very much remains to be done, of course, but… they got a good kicking, hopefully preventing the advancement of their filthy plans… for the present. That creature is still prowling, of course, as St. Peter warned, so we can’t relax a bit. And we won’t. Still, a good bit of encouragement, in fact a Battle of Britain feeling for us over here in the pro-life movement, truth be told. Yes, much blood, sweat and tears are still on the horizon but in the end, we know, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

        St. Patrick and, two days later, St. Joseph, pray for us. Zion hears the watchman, I dare to hope. Bless youse all. J.

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        • jlynnbyrd says:

          Jaykay, please know that you and your lovely country (and the whole world) are in my prayers to trust, do and love. With our cooperation and God’s Grace we may live to usher in Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

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        • Beckita says:

          Praise God for this update, JK! Loved the “Bless youse all.” Very Northwest Iowa of you. Prayers for you and all.

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        • Mick says:

          Jaykay, thanks for the update on the elections in Ireland. Glad to hear that things turned out better than expected.

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      • Fran says:

        Thank you for sharing this YongDuk. It deeply touched my soul.

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  4. Jeff Bernard says:

    We overcomplicate this relationship with the Holy Family. This article, as well written as it is, makes proof to the point. We are adopted Sons and Daughters of the living God! When we are mature enough to realize the power of that bond, we look to shore up our bonds through consecration to Jesus through Mary. It’s that simple. Trust in Mary to be our guide and mother. We begin by learning to stay humble like good children looking for the next opportunity to say “yes” to the Will of God. Get in the “box” (Confessional), get close to the Eucharist in Adoration and pray your Rosary. Make the consecration to draw a line in the sand that we will not return to sin (intentionally). It really can be that simple. Let God be God. He will speak often without much effort on our part. He is aching for His children to return.

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  5. Beckita says:

    Thank you, Daniel! This is inspiring and I’m in. Praying for you intentions as well.

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  6. Snowy Owl says:

    I have decided to add re-reading (for probably the 20th time) ‘The Little Flowers of St. Francis’ along with my Consecration for Lent this year. If this little book were the only book a person ever read, the sweetness and spirituality of it could convert the hardest sinner and send him straight to Heaven! 🙂
    https://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/flowers.htm

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    • Snowy, just today, St Francis ‘came’ to me, and when he does, it is always to tell me to Quieten Down, Listen Up. So, seeing his name at Mass today, I asked, What is it that you wish to say to me?
      It turns out to be this little book, The Little Flowers of St. Francis. I’ve never heard of it. But I believe he came earlier today to lead me to this book. Thanks for the link, Snowy.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Caitlynne, that’s wonderful. My book that I’ve had for the past 30 years is literally falling apart so a few weeks ago I started looking for a new copy and could not find one anywhere! I was heart broken ( I love the 1958 version) anyway I said a prayer and forgot about it. Then I went to this old book store and they had one copy left- in perfect condition! I was overjoyed! It’s at the top top top of the list of my favorite books!
        Wait until you get to the part with Brother Juniper who takes everything and gives it to the poor and upsets all the other Friars! So funny! 🙂

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        • Snowy, I haven’t begun on it yet, but reading your story, I already love it. I must say that as I went through the various sections of it, I was thrilled to see it had one on Brother Juniper. I have had a fondness for him since I read about him going ‘missing’ one day, and being found playing with children. So, yes, I do look forwards to reading more on him. Again, Snowy, thank you, and may you be blessed for this.

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    • I found that book years ago at a library book sale on the Throw Out Day. I snapped it up. 😀

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  7. pattyami says:

    Thank you Daniel for putting this all together! You are certainly in my prayers! God bless your good work!

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  8. lynnfiat says:

    Thank you so much for posting this article from Daniel O’Connor and making people aware of the importance of praying the Hours of the Passion. Saint Annibale di Francia said this about these Hours: “…the Hours of the Passion are not just a reading, and not even a devotion, but a formation of life: the interior life of Jesus. In this way, day after day, we will feel more and more that Jesus is truly living in us – not just in our life, but with His very Divine Life.”

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  9. totustous says:

    I have just read Daniel’s article and was riveted. I have a question, I loaned my 33 days consecration to a Priest friend last year and got it back in Feb. I felt compelled to do the consecration again starting at the next available date. In my ignorance , not realising the 25th was Good Friday , I started the 33 days to finish on the 25th March, I felt very strongly the need to do it then but am now confused. Is it the right thing to finish on Good Friday? I “feel” that I should continue on my way through the days and consecrate myself on Good Friday, I am not in sync with everyone else doing the 33 days and am concerned that I am intruding on a very special day and yet it feel it’s right for me to continue and really give myself to Mary at the foot of the Cross and be with Her totally in Her suffering. Does anyone? Charlie? Daniel ? have some insight for me as to go forward in my consecration. I want to obtain as much Grace as I can not just for myself but for the souls entrusted to my care, Thank you in anticipation

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have always found it a special grace to finish something like this on an important date. If I am wrong on this occasion, someone please correct me.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Nope, that was St. Louis’ intent. That way you have a clear yearly anniversary celebrating with the Church.

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        • docallanw says:

          Mine is on the Solemnity of the Assumption, YD. I agree that it is both DeMontfort’s intent to link the consecration with a Marian feast and also that it is a grace-filled reminder to renew it each subsequent year. What a life-changer it was for me…Glory be to God and Our dear Lady!

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    • victura98 says:

      Stick to your plan, and finish on Good Friday. March 25 is the Annunciation, and its movement into April is a once-in-a-decade liturgical rarity. In the early Church, it was believed that March 25 was the very calendar date of the original Good Friday. What a terrific day to renew your consecration! 🙂

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    • littleone says:

      I, too, felt the very strong desire to renew my consecration starting Feb 21 (due to leap year). I thought of standing at the foot of the Cross in full union with Our Blessed Mother. I also recall how She anticipated grace befire…and so felt confident to proceed. I also received the new Gaitley book on merciful love that same time. Let us trust God in this timing for us individually. And, of course, we know God is not bound by our timing… only by our “will.”

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    • Daniel O'Connor says:

      Ending it on the 25th is also a great date! I would say, stay the course you are on 🙂 Even though we are not liturgically celebrating the Annunciation on that day this year, the simple fact remains that it is the day that is 9 months before Christmas, so in a very real sense it is still the Annunciation.

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      • docallanw says:

        Mine is on the Solemnity of the Assumption, YD. I agree that it is both DeMontfort’s intent to link the consecration with a Marian feast and also that it is a grace-filled reminder to renew it each subsequent year. What a life-changer it was for me…Glory be to God and Our dear Lady!

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      • docallanw says:

        Also March 25 is the 40th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of Peoples and Nations to Servant of God Maria Esperanza at Finca Betania!

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        • Beckita says:

          That it is, Docallan, and this Servant of God’s photograph sits on my prayer altar at home. May she continue to pray for us. God bless you and all here.

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          • docallanw says:

            Maria Esperanzx is my spiritual mother and I cherish her and her beautiful husband, Geo and family.

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          • Beckita says:

            Beautiful, Docallan! We are spiritual siblings. After several encounters with Maria she offered to be a spiritual mother to me as well. Much like her mentor and spiritual director, St. Padre Pio, Maria’s love is expansive. May we all be so generous with our love and concern for those God places on our paths. What would really be amazing is if you and I had happened to be in Betania at the same time. Perhaps we can better make these discoveries should we both meet up at Mt. Meeker. God bless you!

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  10. johnmcfarm says:

    I know I personally am being “tested” with the things of the world right now. My Mt Meeker is my farm and I have begun planting my vegetables in the green house for this summers crops. I am also getting things set for chickens, ducks and turkeys…not to mention rabbits. I think I will hunker down for a while limiting my world view through television and internet. Focusing more on this Lent season and on my worship. I told a friend recently who is overwhelmed with anger over the present election…”all we have to do to get away from this turmoil is to turn off the tv and the internet” all is good locally in our rural area. Local problems to be sure, but little of the turmoil the world is under at present. Not that we will not suffer great turmoil, but why enter it before it is here?

    I am so happy that you have Mt Meeker and the cabin for refuge Charlie, I cannot imagine the weight and temptations of the world that you are under. God bless you!

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  11. zeniazenia says:

    Good morning! Consecration Day 6!! We do nothing unless God give us His grace. More Grace please –and more Mercy!! We adore Thee Oh Christ and we bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me what You will. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Dear Jesus, by the merits of your passion and cross, we present to you all our petitions. St. Veronica and St. Colette- pray for us.

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  12. janet333 says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful I find this 33 day consecration.
    Thank you so much Daniel. 🙂

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  13. Mary Anne says:

    A few days ago I began Fr. Gaitleys new book, “33 DAYS TO MERCIFUL LOVE”. A sequel to 33 Days to Morning Glory. It is happening on a national level so all can be Consecrated on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY!!! Go!… http://www.marianweb.net/_e/emails/2016/offer_dmsgsdvd33dml.html

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  14. Boots on says:

    I am blown away by this culmination of events– imagining how it plays out in the spiritual realm , a reality we will not see until we enter eternity. Our Lady is calling up Her troops and Angels are assembling at battle fronts. I am immediately aware of my weaknesses but am strengthened by the knowledge of the precious warriors fighting beside me–all of you. May our Blessed Mother strengthen our resolve to commit to these devotions and to get up again and never retreat. It is a privilege to be a part of the Queen’s army. Know that I will be praying for us all and the Divine Will.

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  15. There is a problem with the links.

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  16. Matthew says:

    It is certainly thorough.
    I admit Piccaretta’s writings are, for me, a slog. They are obviously written by a lat 19th / early 20th century Italian peasant woman with all that this implies about literary style and saccharine spirituality. I know that this is all a matter of taste. I will probably try to do some of this and just consider it ALL to be penitential. I additionally have some theological qualms with some of her turns of phrase. Again, my take.
    Matthew

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    • Beckita says:

      Initially the volumes were a slog experience for me as well, Matthew. I just prayed to the Lord that if He wanted me to proceed (and I was very motivated to do so) I would obviously need help. Two things were presented to me: 1. A translation of the volumes done by a scholar who speaks the exact same dialect as the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. This made a huge difference in understanding for me. 2. An opportunity to participate in prayer groups offered online by an outstanding priest teacher.

      I wish I could share from whence the Marina translations can be purchased but I don’t know. I also wish I could invite people to the online prayer group but it’s not my place to do so. My point is for anyone who is interested in moving forward in studying this spirituality, pray for guidance and help with doors to open. God knows our desires and answers our prayers.

      Many of the volumes posted on the web are unapproved translations and it’s my understanding, after speaking to a priest just a few days ago who is very steeped in Divine WIll spirituality, the Vatican has just released their officially approved editions of the first ten volumes.

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      • Snowy Owl says:

        Beckita, can you explain what ‘slog’ means in the way you are using this term? When I looked it up….is it because she wrote so much (eg. She keeps plugging away at her dissertation)?

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        • Beckita says:

          Hi Snowy! Slog meaning a great effort, hard work. It has been with the better translation and expansive teaching that the volumes have come alive, searing the soul with joy and setting the heart on fire.

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      • EllenChris says:

        To the best of my knowledge, Marina’s translations cannot be purchased. No one is selling them. If you know someone who has access to them, they may be given to you, but it is not a public thing at all.

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      • lynnfiat says:

        Beckita, I also believe that Marina’s translations cannot be purchased. I got them through a friend and was personally told by Fr. Bucci (through a translator) that they are the “best” translations to read right now as Marina is from the same area as Luisa and spoke her dialect. But, that being said, I am so very thankful to Our Lord for the group who went to the Vatican and came back with copies of Luisa’s volumes or we would not have had the knowledge’s until recently (via Marina) – even if they seem “a slog”. They did their very best to translate them into English, and I am very blessed to have both of the translations. (Thank you Jesus!)
        Regarding the 10 volumes that the “Vatican just released”, it is my understanding that the critical edition of the volumes are presently being worked on, a few completed, but they are not available to the public as yet. Am I wrong about this? We all eagerly await the critical edition of the volumes! God bless you.

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        • Beckita says:

          Hi Lynn! Yes, I was aware that Marina is the Italian scholar who speaks Luisa’s dialect. I just texted my priest friend, who is on his way tomorrow to another Divine Will retreat, for clarification concerning the volumes and I misspoke. He said the Vatican’s authoritative critical edition of the earlier volumes will be first published in Italian. They will probably be released later this year with hopes of getting the English translation out early next year. Work continues on additional volumes. It *will* be a great blessing when the Vatican’s edition is available.

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          • lynnfiat says:

            Is that Priest perhaps Fr. Joseph?

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          • Beckita says:

            No, not Fr. Joseph, Lynn. This priest is one I first met when he was a seminarian and he’s been very involved with a European teacher of DW. Whenever said teacher comes to the U.S. for retreats, my friend is the priest on board for the weekend. The invitation to the online prayer group for which I am so grateful came after making pilgrimage to a Shrine of Our Lady. It turns out one of the priests in our group was in the handful of teachers allowed to speak/teach during the time of the moratorium on conferences, writings, etc. related to Luisa. From this prayer group, so much understanding, inspiration and encouragement has come. For several years, another priest who had diligently worked on the cause for canonization of Luisa resided in our diocese as well. It is a great grace to see the gift flourish in the hearts and souls of so many clergy and laity. God bless you, Lynn!

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    • Daniel O'Connor says:

      This might or might not be useful to you, but I did address some of the more common theological qualms on pages 50-75 of this: https://danieloconnor.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/the-crown-and-completion-of-all-sanctity.pdf

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  17. I had to read this three times before I started to grasp the plan. I’ve got the books, I think I’l have to plan it all out in my bullet journal so I can wrap my hear around it some more.

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    • Beckita says:

      Good for you, Briana. There’s a lot packed in Daniel’s plan but it seems one can work at it and hit a stride of doability. See, I keep thinking of how we’re headed into the intensity of the Storm and so many souls will have a magnificent opportunity to be rescued and, as Daniel stresses, here’s our opportunity to be part of the Rescue via the prayer. I see it as a plan to strengthen us as individuals as well as a net cast to gather souls.

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      • I think part of my confusion was that I have *no* idea who Louisa is, or how her puzzle piece fits into the whole. I’ve spent some hours reading this afternoon, but I’m still not putting it all together.

        Catholic Mystics are new to me. I know few, and even less about them, (St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy being the only one, really, and not much more than the Holy Day and the novena ). So as to how they all fit into the continuum, or the Great Conversation that they’re having, I am utterly ignorant.

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  18. dproctor50 says:

    Maybe you have addressed the situation where images were projected on the Vatican this last Devember 8th, I  beleive. I have a friend who is a former Catholic asking the question. I know that there was an apology of sorts from the Vatican, but this was an expensive production and seemingly inappropriate at the Iconic Vatican St Peters. Thank you for your thoughts, David Proctor

    Sent from my Sprint Phone.

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  19. Matthew says:

    Alright, I tried the reading for March 4th. I would suggest that any love that seeks to “test” the beloved is, in fact, NOT love but rather some sort of game. Perhaps if I read more at length and had greater context the idea of “testing” the one you love would make more sense.
    Second, upon further consideration, another flag went up when Daniel used the expression:
    “We, as the true special forces of the Church Militant, must do likewise.”
    The claim to self-nomination to special status seems a little problematic. St. Louis de Montfort is clear that God and Our Lady will raise up great saints at the appointed time. THEY will raise up whom they choose. It is not up to us to nominate ourselves for this task. There seems an appeal to spiritual pride here which can be dangerous. I suppose, like Therese, I do not long to be one of the great lilies in the Heavenly Garden but rather a “little flower”. My commitment is to live the life of God ( the life of grace ) here and now at every moment, as best I can, deeply aware that even this desire is an effect of grace and my ability to effectively live this is also grace. It is what I love about Charlie’s message – no “special forces” just “the next right step”.
    As a tertiary note, I have personally grown increasingly uncomfortable with the language of “spiritual slavery” – perhaps it’s the “Islamic” shadow the phrase casts. Our Lord in the Gospels explicitly rejects such language – “I no longer call you slaves but FRIENDS.” (Jn 15:15) It is curious that de Montfort is not sensitive to this. I am glad that both Kolbe and John Paul II have picked up other language. I made my first de Montfort consecration more than 20yrs ago when I was in college (at Notre Dame, no less) and have renewed it regularly since then. I do wear a chain on my right wrist with a Miraculous Medal attached as well as a ring on my left ring finger that has a chain incorporated into the design. I see the chain not as a sign of ‘slavery’ but rather as a symbol of the unbreakable bond between me and my MOTHER. My commitment is to beg the grace to be a faithful son of Mary that I might more readily be formed into a faithful son of God.
    Just my own two cents.
    PAX,
    Matthew

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Matthew. Even when the best is intended, language is fragile – so we must always be mindful of our duty to be precise…or at least to do our best to make sure that our authentic intentions are conveyed. Failure to do that has sometimes led outsiders to think we “worship” saints.

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    • YongDuk says:

      Matthew, if you read St. Maximilian, he states clearly with regards to the intention of his own consecration to the Immaculata that he did not think St. Louis went far enough in the radicalness of St Louis’ language of slave.

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    • Daniel O'Connor says:

      Hello Matthew,

      You are right that I suffer from much temptation to the sin of pride. Please pray for my humility.

      But what it really seems is that you take issue with the very magnanimity of which St. Therese was the example par excellence. You seem to miss that the little flowers *are* the greatest saints, and we are supposed to aspire to that, while always acknowledging that only God can *cause* it.

      Furthermore I am not sure where you came up with the idea that a test is contrary to love. *All* creatures, without exception, are tested by God before confirmation in grace. Even the angels were tested instantaneously upon their creation, before being admitted to the Beatific Vision, and one third of them rebelled. All of us right now, now are being tested as to whether we will obey or rebel against God.

      “Thus one aspect of the drama of prayer appears from the
      beginning: the test of faith in the fidelity of God.”
      -Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2570

      As for whether we call ourselves “slaves” or “militia,” I do not care, for I do not like debates over semantics. But I will defer to the soon-to-be Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “To be a saint means…I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.”

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        Doesn’t it say that Jesus renounced his divinity as something to be grasped and emptying Himself, took the form of a slave?
        If so, I will imitate my Lord.
        Hook me up oh divine chain!

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      • EllenChris says:

        You can’t really possess or develop or grow humility. Humility happens when you just forget about yourself entirely in loving the Other and others first, last and always. 🙂

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      • LukeMichael says:

        [5] For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

        [6] Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. [8] He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. [9] For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: [10] That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

        [11] And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

        This was the text that came to mind as I read this discussion. The first time I read it it was translated “taking the form of a slave”.

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  20. Joj says:

    There is going to be a total lunar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017. If you search for it you will find maps of where it is going to be visible. It will start in Oregon and cross the US down to Florida, a rather unusual event! I see that this will be the fifth anniversary of the day you finished your post-pilgrimage retreat on Mt. Meeker, Mr. Johnston.

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  21. totustous says:

    Thank you everyone for your helpful insights and encouragement. I will continue to Good Friday. you are in my prayers family and can’t wait to meet you all in Heaven !! God’s richest Blessings on you all as we finish the walk to Easter

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh yes! And we won’t even have to look for one another, God will have a “special” squirrel-proof, sound-proof room set aside in Heaven for His Squirrelly kid containment! We are unruly, can’t keep quiet or stop laughing and being silly! Our only hope is that Mother Mary hid a key and will let us sneak out! 🙂

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  22. sharon pello says:

    Thank you again Charlie,
    I wondered if you were inspired and re-energized by your time spent at Mt. Meeker..and were you able to visit “The Chapel on the Rock’?

    This article by ‘Daniel O’Connor’ was a mericful sharing of Heaven’s graces , from Our Heavenly family, by Daniel..from you to us! Thank you both for reminding us of God’s mercy and how much He loves us and that we still have opportunities for awesome graces!
    God Bless you,
    Sharon Pello

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  23. Gina F says:

    Hello everybody.
    I have a question, I did my consecration last year, finished on MamaMarys birthday September the 8th, so do I have to do it again? Thanks for your help. Gina F

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  24. Homehelper says:

    Dear Daniel O’Connor
    Help! I want to do this but after having paged through one day of reading so am overwhelmed! I have already done my Marian consecration..I wear my chain around my neck. What if I were to do the other readings, the rosary and chaplet and omit the consecration readings?

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  25. Charlie, when this is all over, and Our Lady has rescued us, will we stop feeling as if we’re on the washing machine spin cycle as far as time is concerned? I’m sure it’s God’s mercy that it seems that time is flying, but will the wringerness of it all go away? I really do just want to be a good Hobbit.

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  26. Josh in IN says:

    Daniel (or someone familiar with these devotions) – In “Our Lord promised that He will grant the salvation of a soul for every word of these Hours we prayerfully read,” what exactly does “grant the salvation of a soul” mean? Does this refer to releasing a soul from purgatory or that someone who otherwise would not achieve salvation/go to heaven will do so? Or something else? I am confused by this. Thanks.

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    • lynnfiat says:

      Josh, Jesus told Luisa this: “My daughter, as a recompense for having written the Hours of my Passion, for every world that you have written, I will give you a kiss, a soul.” Luisa replied, “My Love, this is for me. What will you give, instead, to those who shall make them?” Jesus: “If they shall make them together with Me and with my own Will, for every word that they make, I shall give them a soul, because the greater or lesser efficacy of these Hours of my Passion is determined by the greater or lesser union they have with Me. And by making these Hours with my Will, the creature therein hides himself, whereby, my Will doing the acting, I am thus able to do all the good I want, even through the use of a single word. And I shall do this every time they make them.”
      I believe in His Words are the answer to your question.
      Also, I would like to quote you this from Saint Annibale Di Francia regarding the Hours of the Passion:
      “…the Hours of the Passion are not just a reading, and NOT EVEN A DEVOTION, but a formation of life: the interior life of Jesus. In this way, day after day, we will feel more and more that Jesus is truly living in us – not just in our life, but with His very Divine Life.”

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      • Josh in IN says:

        Thanks for the reply, lynnfiat. I follow the “greater or lesser efficacy… is determined by the greater or lesser union they have with Me” part. That seems applicable to any prayer. I’m still confused by “I shall give them a soul” or “grant the salvation of a soul” when used as a consequence of someone saying a prayer, or uniting themselves to more to Jesus through a devotion, or even participating in a “formation of life,” because those all conflict–in my head at least–with my understanding (maybe assumption?) that ultimately we all arrive at our eternal destination because we chose or rejected God and did or did not love. There are, of course, many influences along the way, our prayers and love help others choose God and live in love, etc., but in the end no one in hell will be able to say “I would not be here had ______ done _______” and no one in heaven will be able to say “I would not be here had _____ not done ______.” Which is to say, to borrow a phrase, our prayers and love lead people to water but they don’t make them drink. But I don’t attribute that way of thinking to Piccaretta or to the language you or Daniel use. I’m assuming the difference is a hermeneutical one and, being a non-adept, I’m missing the knowledge needed to interpret it correctly. Sort of like how non-Catholics can misinterpret Catholics praying to the saints as idolatry because they don’t have the knowledge of what Catholics mean by “prayer” and assume that because they only pray to God that Catholics must think saints are Gods because Catholics pray to them.

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        • lynnfiat says:

          Josh in IN, I was in Adoration this afternoon, I believe Jesus answered your question regarding “I shall give them a soul…” :

          “I was in the midst of many souls who were saying to me – they seemed to be purging souls and Saints, and were mentioning one person known to me, who died not too long ago – and they were saying to me: ‘He feels as though happy in seeing that there is not one soul who enters Purgatory without carrying the mark of the Hours of the Passion; and surrounded by the cortege of these Hours and helped by them, souls take a safe place. And there is not one soul who flies into Heaven without being accompanied by these Hours of the Passion. These Hours make a continuous dew rain down from Heaven to earth, into Purgatory, and even into Heaven.’

          On hearing this, I said to myself: ‘Maybe my beloved Jesus, in order to keep the word He had given – that for each word of the Hours of the Passion He would give a soul – there is not one soul whom He saves who does not benefit from these Hours.’

          Afterwards, I returned into myself, and as I found my sweet Jesus, I asked Him whether that was true. And He: “These Hours are the order of the universe; they put Heaven and earth in harmony, and hold Me back from sending the world to ruin. I feel my Blood, my wounds, my love, and everything I did, being placed in circulation; and they flow over all in order to save all. And as souls do these Hours of the Passion, I feel my Blood, my wounds, my yearnings to save souls, being put on the way, and I feel my Life being repeated. How could creatures obtain any good if not by means of these Hours? Why do you doubt? This thing is not yours, but mine. You have been the strained and weak instrument.”

          It is nothing we do – Jesus does it all, and there is no time with God – all is present. I hope this answers your question. God bless you. Lynne

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          • Beckita says:

            Awesome passage, Lynn! Thanks for sharing it.

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          • Josh in IN says:

            Thank you for following up, Lynne. That is very kind. There seems to be a mystical logic/language in play here that I’m not at all familiar with, so I still don’t really follow it, but that’s ok. If this is something God wants me to pursue further, He’ll make it known and provide the understanding. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness!

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  27. MariPer says:

    I have a question that I hope someone here can answer. What is that status of Luisa Piccarreta’s writings, in standard Italian? Are all or any of those versions subject to a moratorium, or can they be read? I understand that she originally wrote her books in her dialect, but there are print and online versions in Italian, and I would like to read them. However, there is not much information available in Italian regarding whether or not they can be read, and most of what I found published in English seemed to refer to the English translations of her writings. I would prefer to read the Italian versions of her works, assuming that they are not under some kind of ban…

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    • charliej373 says:

      I will leave this for Daniel or Ellen to explain. Some mistranslations were disapproved a few decades ago, but the Vatican did not disapprove Piccarreta. It has since authorized new, more accurate translations. Not all the material has been redone, but those that have have been approved.

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  28. zeniazenia says:

    Fatima Morning Offering
    O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady of Fatima — pray for us, Saints Perpetua and Felicity — pray for us on consecration day 7. 🙂

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  29. George says:

    Dan et al. – I started on March 6, which puts me completing it after April 4……on April 7. In terms of timing or not timing it in conjunction with a major Marian date, what do you think I should do? ……………this is kinda indicative of my life 🙂

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  30. docallanw says:

    Gina F, no, you don’t have to redo your consecration–you GET to do it again and again! St Louis recommends a three-day preparation prior to the anniversary of your consecration. I very simply renew mine daily as part of my morning offering. Let Our Mother lead you. May God bless you!

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  31. jayman92 says:

    I want to do this, but it’s a little overwhelming. I re-read the article, but I still don’t have an understanding of what is to be done. Since I am starting late, do I begin with today’s regimen or do I begin on day 1 and catch myself up? Are the reflections said at the appointed hour (ex. 5pm hour said during the 5pm hour?) I am sorry if I am embarrassing myself with my ignorance on this. I want to give it the understanding, propriety and reverence that it deserves.

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  32. Diane says:

    I know of some, who were so overwhelmed by these Consecration instructions, didn’t know how to begin, aren’t doing any of them. I think one has to discern, what they are called to. I do the Annunciation Consecration each year and had already added the Divine Mercy 33 day one. Every year, the priest who does it, says anyone who didn’t prepare for it, consider staying with us and Consecrating yourself to Mary. Also, Jesus told St. Bridget of Sweden, 700 years ago upon giving her the 15 prayers, “Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for 30 years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the INTENTION to recite these Prayers, the Lord will forgive all his sins”. I fear and know people can be discouraged and feel alienated, in not comprehending so many devotions, consecrations and the like. Jesus also accepts, a heart of Mercy and contrition, and acts of Love to others. Be encouraged, Jesus said ” I desire Mercy, not sacrifice “.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, I know, Diane. I have deep regard for much of the work some like Daniel O’Connor and Anthony Mullen do. Yet I am completely devoted to simplicity. I urge people not to take on more than you can reasonably deal with while living your daily duties – and never neglect the much-neglected prayer of doing. I largely stick to the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – and I have a taste for certain Novenas during certain seasons. The thing is, God gives us many devotions because different things appeal to different people’s hearts, just as different foods appeal to different tastes. Take some devotions that speak to you and live them well. It is not the number of devotions or the complexity of them that leads you to closer unity with God, but the deep love with which you live those you choose.

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  33. Carmel says:

    Homehelper and Gina, I too renewed my consecration in recent months so I am not repeating it. Instead, I bought Fr Gaitley’s new book, Consecration to Mercy, in the kindle edition and am doing that. I had already begun Luisa Picaretta’s 24 hours of the Passion, so those plus the angelus, divine mercy chaplet, Mass, and rosary are about as much as I can manage in a prayerful way.

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  34. Joe says:

    What a powerful article. I kept thinking of the magnificate. Does not our works and prayers get multiplied or increased in the hands of Mary? Also I noticed (and someone correct me if I am wrong) that this will be the 17th Divine Mercy Sunday since it being approved by St. John Paul II? Is not 17 the number of complete victory? The addition of 7 representing Spiritual perfection and 10 representing ordinary perfection. In my opinion God is doing something very powerful this lent and Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s a little overwhelming to think about.

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  35. Lil'Wild Rose says:

    Hi Dear Friends,
    I have made my consecrations twice: once in college and once when during my marriage ceremony while the priest held the host aloft. He held it up until we were finished with the prayer. Such a beautiful way to start our marriage.

    But now I am like “Homehelper” the shear volume is just to much for my sleep deprived mommy brain. I am often a bumbling fumbling fool and do not have the brain power nor the uninterrupted time to give to such an endeavor especially starting 7 days late! I completely rely on the Mercy of our Lord to make up for the deficiencies and my inability to pray with the big boys (and girls).

    For now I will just pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and hope it covers for all of my inadequacies. Maybe those of us in the same situation can pray that in solidarity. Let us just give this, such a small effort, done in just 7 minutes or so and trust that the Merciful Lord will accept it along with the dishes and laundry of life.
    Any other ideas?
    Thanks,

    PS. I’m with you Matthew. I have never felt ok with the word “slave”. I could however understand that there were differences in time and language and I graciously gave St.Louie a pass. But for me the word slave means forced against one’s will with denial of basic human rights. I know Mother Theresa placed “willing” in front of the word “slave”. But I want Our Lord to know that: I with all my will choose to submit (though sometimes begrudgingly…sigh someday I will be in perfect union) to Him. That with my free will, I beg Mary to be my dearest mother. That my Lord want’s me to have the rights endowed by Him, my Creator. And should those rights be taken away by man or injury or illness, that does not matter because my Father wants me to have them and will restore them here on earth or in heaven. And while this child fails miserably time and time again, my heavenly parents, pick me up and dust me off. That I may be Their child, that I might honor Them with every fiber of my being, and when I fall and fail, that They may set me right, with a hug and a kiss to try again. So if slave is the word for what I just described, I’ll be a slave. If the world calls that a fool, I’ll be a fool. If only I could be worthy to be a child of the Most High, that is what I want most!

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  36. JuJu123 says:

    For those of you who find these readings overwhelming, I suggest you separate them so you can mediate throughout your day on the devotion.
    I renewed my Marion consecration “To Jesus through Mary” on Dec.8, 2015 in preparation for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In the past I would use St. Louis de Montfort book, but for the last 2 years I used Fr. Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory” which I preferred.
    This Lent I will concentrate on God’s Mercy by reading Fr. Gaitley’s new book “33 days to Merciful Love”, ” The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen (recommended by our diocese) and also Louisa’s Piccaretta’s ” The Twenty-four Hours of the Passion.” Reading the Passion of Our Lord makes me more aware of God’s Mercy for sinners.

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  37. Pater0325 says:

    A sign of hope in Silicon Valley, 8000 Marian consecration over the last two years at our parish Shrine. I heartily recommend the consecration to Jesus through Mary. I have for years, Our religious order even uses it as a fourth vow. These last two years even I was overwhelmed by the response of our parishioners and Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California. We had 8000 sign up for the consecration to Jesus through Mary. No doubt many did it twice. I see the fruits of this tremendous outpouring here in that many parishioners are prayer warriors for the world, others are obtaining spiritual eyes to see the spiritual warfare around them. Many, many, women especially have told me they feel a great darkness, depression upon. I tell them this is the darkness of Good Friday before the victory of Christ calling the world to repent.

    As regards public testimony we have many processions here. The last two years we had special expositions on Marian images from many nations of the world. Recently, we made initial inquiries about creating a 100 foot tall 3D projected image of Our Lady of peace (we now have a 32 foot steel image). We might do this presentation for a week. This would fulfill Msgr. Sweeney’s original inspiration to build a 100 ft statue. We want to use the technology of Silicon Valley to good use. Pray that this succeeds.

    Ad Jesum per Mariam

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh, that’s wonderful, Pater0325! 8000 people, wow! Amen. I love what you say about the darkness of Good Friday before the Resurrection!

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    • Doug says:

      Wonderful Pater. I was out in San Jose in the valley working all last week. It is beautiful out there; especially this time of year when the grass on the hills is so green. Topping this off with a tall statue will be icing on the cake.

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    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, Pater0325!!! Taking the intention for blessings upon all these holy endeavors to prayer at Adoration. Prayers rising for you in your servie to the Lord.

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  38. Julia says:

    Thank you Daniel for a great informative article. I started 10th February, Ash Wednesday the 24 hours of the Passion of Our Lord, and finished on the 4th March. I was amazed at the coincidence of the finish date. This was also the day for 24 hours of prayer requested by Holy Father.

    I read on this thread that 4th March is date Luisa Piccarreta entered eternity. The same date of my own baptism as an infant, and also the date of my earthly fathers entry in to eternity many years ago. The connection with Luisa moved me and has made this date even more special.

    Last Sunday 6th March, I attended our Monthly Divine Mercy prayer group with Eucharistic adoration. And because a new Priest has been appointed at that parish who is keenly supportive of Divine Mercy devotion. Offered to Consecrate all of us present that day to Divine Mercy. How lovely. He lead the prayer of Consecration and we followed line by line. then he blessed each of us with Holy water. Then he blessed each of us individually with dear Jesus in the Monstrance.

    That was only the third time in my life to be blessed in this way. How good is our God.

    I plan to start re Consecration to Jesus through Mary on 10 April to complete for 13th May.

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    • janet333 says:

      “And because a new Priest has been appointed at that parish who is keenly supportive of Divine Mercy devotion. Offered to Consecrate all of us present that day to Divine Mercy. How lovely. He lead the prayer of Consecration and we followed line by line. then he blessed each of us with Holy water. Then he blessed each of us individually with dear Jesus in the Monstrance.”

      Ah how very blessed you are. Praise God for your Priest.

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  40. lynnfiat says:

    A reminder for those who are praying the Hours of the Passion (and for those who are not praying the Hours, you may want to consider praying them).
    ” When I hear these Hours of my Passion, I hear my own voice, my own prayers. In that soul I see my Will – that is, wanting the good of all and repairing for all – and I feel drawn to dwell in her, to be able to do what she herself does within her. Oh, how I would love that even one single soul for each town did these Hours of my Passion! I would hear Myself in each town, and my Justice, greatly indignant during these times, would be placated in part.”

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  41. Bob says:

    Here is the link to the hours of the Passion. I had a bit of trouble tracking it down. With Good Friday soon approaching:
    http://www.quies.org/hours_of_passion.pdf

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  42. Fera Henri says:

    As we are about to start the Month of May : a whole month dedicated to Mary. What is more fitting than to consecrate ourselves along with our families to Jesus through Mary. Tomorrow April 28, is the first day of 33 days preparations towards the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary so that the day of the Total Consecration falls on May 31 and that is the Feast of The Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary. (The day of Total Consecration should always fall on a Marian Feast Day). According to St. Louis Marie de Montfort whom the Church celebrate his Feast today, The Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a secret and this is what he says:

    . Predestinate soul here is a secret the Most High has taught me, which I have not been able to find in any book old or new. I confide it to you, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, on condition:

    1. That you communicate it only to those who deserve it by their prayers, their almsdeeds and mortifications, by the persecutions they suffer, by their detachment from the world and their zeal for the salvation of the souls.

    2. That you make use of it for your personal sanctification and salvation ; for this secret works its effect in a soul only in proportion to the use made of it. Beware, then, of remaining inactive while possessing my secret ; it would turn into a poison and be your condemnation.

    3. That you thank God all the days of your life, for the grace He has given you to know a secret you do not deserve to know.
    As you go on making use of this secret in the ordinary actions of your life, you will comprehend its value and its excellence which at first you will not fully understand because of your many and grievous sins and because of your secret attachment to self….

    Not long before becoming pope, Our Holy Father Pope Francis (as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) urged the world to look towards Mary and the Holy Family with fervor for defense and protection. He promoted St. John Bosco’s famous dream asserting: “Devotion to Mary, along with the Eucharist, are the immovable anchors that will guide the Church on the path to Heaven.” As Cardinal, Pope Francis professed “The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, can completely become a Magnificat.”
    So too, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI urged us to be vigilant. He stated: “Whoever thinks the prophetic mission of Fatima is over is deceived.” Our Lord stated to Sister Lucia of Fatima: “I want my whole Church to acknowledge that Consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary…so that it may…put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart”. (from myconsecration.org)

    Here are videos of testimonies of Cardinal Rigali and faithful lay persons who made the Consecration to Jesus through Mary and talk about how their lives has changed since then.
    http://www.myconsecration.org/videos/

    There are several books that one can choose from:

    1. Preparation for Total Consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort
    by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM
    http://www.montfortpublications.com/product_p/b-18.htm
    and also on Amazon

    2. True Devotion to Mary and Preparation for Total Consecration
    (TAN Classics)
    http://www.amazon.com/True-Devotion-Mary-Preparation-Consecration/dp/0895551543

    3. 33 days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley
    http://www.shopmercy.org/33-Days-to-Morning-Glory/33DAY/itm/07170081/MARIAN-NEWS

    4. Short version of the Consecration to Jesus through Mary following the plan of St. Louis de Montfort.
    (suitable for a busy person)
    http://www.myconsecration.org/

    Books that explain the Devotion of Jesus through Mary:
    . The Reign of Jesus through Mary by Gabriel Denis, s.m.m.
    . True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis Marie de Montfort.
    . The Secret of Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

    Finally this Devotion is a life changing devotion. It is the shortest way to heaven.
    To consecrate ourselves thus to Jesus through Mary is to place in Mary’s hands our good actions, which , although they may appear to us to be good, are often very imperfect and unworthy of the sight and the acceptance of God, before whom even the stars are not pure. Ah! Let us pray, then, to our dear Mother and Queen, that having received our poor present, she may purify it, sanctify it, embellish it, and thus render it worthy of God. All that our soul possesses is of less value before God, the heavenly Householder, when it comes to winning His friendship and favor, than a worm-eaten apple presented to the king by a poor farmer in payment of the rent of his farm.
    But what would such a farmer do if he were wise, and if he were well liked by the queen? Would he not give his apple to the queen? And would she not out of kindness to the poor man, as also out of respect for the king, remove from the apple all that is worm-eaten or spoiled, and then place it in a gold dish and surround it with flowers? Would the king refuse to accept the apple then? Or would he not rather receive it with joy from the hands of the queen who favors that poor man? “if you wish to present something to God, no matter how small it may be” says St. Bernard, “place it in Mary’s hands, if you do not wish to be refused.” (from the secret of Mary)

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