I’ve been tweeting and posting on facebook for the last month about how I’m renewing my Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I renew it once a year and it is an incredible journey deepening my relationship with Christ and his Mother every time. The first time around was profoundly life changing and with every renewal it continues to be.
I can’t encourage people to make this beautiful consecration enough! For some people the effects aren’t dramatic or immediate but I’ve never met someone who wasn’t in someway changed or moved by making this consecration.
The most common way to make the consecration is the Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.
Fish Eaters offers St. Louis de Montfort’s preparation for Consecration online It also gives some great information about making the consecration.
A new guide for making your Total Consecration is with a book called 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley who I had the pleasure of meeting and going to confession with (it was one of the most incredible experiences of confession I’ve ever had) last month at the Catholic Family Conference in Ontario, California where we were both speakers. In this book Fr. Michael includes writings and marian devotions from St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II…. all who had enviable (in a holy way) devotions to Our Blessed Mother!
The most popular date to make your Total Consecration is March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation. But there are several marian feast days that you can choose to make your consecration day. If you want to start immediately you can begin today: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 and make your consecration September 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
If you scroll down on this website to Step 2, Choose a day for the Consecration you’ll find a chart with different dates to start and what marian feast they end on.
A couple weeks ago at a Mass and meeting for Catholic artists in the entertainment industry Fr. Don Woznicki offered to help guide artist’s wanting to make their Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory. Fr. Don will begin the next Total Consecration preparation on September 2nd with the consecration taking place on October 7th the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (my name day!) If you’re an artist in the entertainment industry and are interested in taking Fr. Don up on his generous offer you can contact him at frdon [at] new-ethos [dot] org
“De Maria Nunquam Satis!”
(Translation) “With Mary there is never enough”
-St. Louis De Montfort