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33 Days Final Summary & Checklist…

A summary of these Marian Greats!

A summary of these Marian Greats!

Weekly Prayer : The Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed, because the Almighty has done great things for me and Holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant, Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy. the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.

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There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.

There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.

Three Words for this great saint: (1) Passion, (2) Baptism and (3) Gift.

Ask/Reflect: How can you reflect a Passion for the Faith?  How can uniting yourself with Mary help you to better reflect the Faith?

(1) PASSION: St. Louis de Montfort says (emphasis added):

When a soul unites himself to Mary, the Holy Spirit – the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, flies to that soul.  He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His spouse.

Have you fully opened yourself to Mary and to her intercessory help?

(2) BAPTISM: Do we not receive the Holy Spirit in our Christian Baptism: I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… It’s what makes us members of the Body of Christ:

Yes, it transforms us, making us into members of Christ’s Body – but there is more work to be done… After Baptism, we still have to grow in Christ, and it’s Mary’s job to oversee and nurture this growth, with the Spirit.

Hence the reason for this consecration! To bring us ever closer to Our Crucified Lord and transform us into the Children of God His death won for us. Which leads beautifully into the final word for this great Saint:

(3) GIFT: That is the gift of ourselves!

We give her our sinful selves, and she gives us her Immaculate Heart. We give her our own meager merits, and she … augments and purifies them… [giving] us greater merits and graces. We become empty after having given her all, and she fills us with the Spirit of God. (Gaitley, p109)

It is truly right to say that when we give ourselves over to the Mother of Our Lord Jesus we really do experience true freedom from our sinful natures as well as having the comfort to know that this is the “surest way to Jesus”.

To grow in holiness - that is to grow in the purity of the soul and the body - we NEED Mary's intercession.

To grow in holiness – that is to grow in the purity of the soul and the body – we NEED Mary’s intercessioKolbed the Second Week Begins…

For the great Saint Maximilian Kolbe we have: (1) Mystery, (2) Militia and (3) Love.  Each reflect around the great Mystery of the Incarnation. 

(1) MYSTERY: We know from Kolbe’s reflections that Mary’s Immaculate Conception was just one way that clearly demonstrates the AGAPE which IS God. And as Fr. Gaitley says:

While Kolbe gives us the key to the mystery, he doesn’t fully unlock it. Rather, he invites us to ponder ever more deeply the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit, a relationship that goes even deeper than that of marriage. (Gaitley, p110)

A reflection that is definitely worth revisiting as well as reflecting further on.

(2) Militia: definitely worth thinking in “army” terms, because that is what Kolbe wanted to do, establish an army for Our Lady who would then be able “to give God the greatest glory, through her, and as soon as possible.”

While the goal of Kolbe’s program is the conversion of the whole world, it begins with oneself. One must first give himself completely to the Immaculata as her possession and property and stay in union with her and totally dependent on her.

Which brings us to…

(3) LOVE: we need to be dependent on the Mother through a total “dependence of love” :

By relying on her powerful intercession, experiencing her tender car, speaking to her from out hearts, letting ourselves be led by her, having recourse to her in all tings, and trusting her completely… [Our] dear little, little Mother, the Immaculate Mary, can do anything for us. We are her children. Turn to her. She will overcome everything. (Gaitley, p111)

I said at the beginning of this section that the three words reflected around the Incarnation…did you see it? I didn’t at first, but I went back and re-read what was written and what I came up with is:

The greatest glory of God is Jesus, the Son of God, Who is the Word made flesh because Mary said YES!, a creature created by the Father who cooperated with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thus bringing the Greatest Glory to God!

Through the Immaculata we will attain the ultimate purpose of the [Militia Immaculata], that is, the greatest possible glory to God. ~St. Maximilian Kolbe

Blssd Mother Teresa, angel of the poor, pray for us!

Blssd Mother Teresa, angel of the poor, pray for us!

Blssd Mother Teresa, angel of the poor, pray for us!

Blessed Mother Teresa has: (1) Thirst, (2) Heart and (3) Covenant

(1) Thirst: As we know from Sacred Scripture that Jesus Thirsts for souls. He first uttered these words on the Cross as His Mother, St. John (the Evangelist), and St. Mary of Magdalen stood with her looking upon their Savior.  And that is the very point of Mary’s role:

Her role is to bring YOU face to face… with the love in the Heart of Jesus crucified. Before it was Our Lady pleasing with Mother [Teresa], now it is Mother in [Mary’s] name pleading with YOU – “listen to Jesus’ thirst”. (Gaitley, p113)

And when we join her at Calvary and look upon Our Crucified Jesus we will see that pain we have caused Him because of our own sins. Yet it is with Our Lady that we can best satiate His thirst and relieve His suffering by asking her to lend us her:

(2) Heart: It is in repeating that prayer of Blssd Mother Teresa…

Lend me your heart and keep me in your most pure heart.

…that we can relieve Jesus’ thirst. For Our Blessed Mother loves totally and completely with full humility and purity:

What better way to love Jesus than with the perfect, humble, immaculate heart of His mother? … Mother Teresa found the secret to living…to the full: “Mary, lend me your Immaculate Heart”. (Gaitely, p113)

And still it goes even deeper than that. We do not simply ask the Mother of God to lend us her heart but also to immerse us in her Immaculate Heart, and the only way that is accomplished is through:

(3) COVENANT: Remember, a covenant is not just an agreement – like a contract. No, it’s far more than that.  It is a solemn promise to adhere to the terms of AGAPE as covenants are made only through the Love that is God (AGAPE!).  The best way to live out a covenant with the Creator is to adhere to a covenant that joins us to His Mother, Mary. Part of Blessd Mother Teresa’s consecration prayer states:

Moved by an ardent desire to live in the closest union with you [Mary] possible in this life, so as to more surely and fully arrive at union with your Son; I hereby pledge to live in the spirit and terms of the following Covenant of Consecration as faithfully and generously as I am able. (Gaitely, 114)

We ask for Our Mother’s Immaculate Heart and immerse our own hearts into hers giving us a complete union with the Sacred Heart of her Son’s Who is “one in being” with the Father by the unitive power of the Holy Spirit, Spouse of the Immaculate Heart and Third Person of the Holy Trinity. Any questions?

All for Mary! ... All for the Glory of God!

All for Mary! … All for the Glory of God!

All for Mary! … All for the Glory of God!

Which brings us to the final element and reflexive words of St. John Paul II: (1) Mother, (2) Entrust-acration and (3) Mercy. The connection here is so complete it’s uncanny.

(1) MOTHER: What was reflected on just up above? She is our Mother and the Mother of God which means she brings us into total union with the Godhead – the Holy Trinity.

It’s pointing to Mary’s maternal mediation. It’s saying she’s our mother in the order of grace. It’s proclaiming the Good News that God has given us a spiritual mother who prayerfully, lovingly attends to our growth in grace and holiness. (Gaitely, p115)

Which means we can fully entrust ourselves to this mother chosen for us by God Himself. Or as St. John Paul the Great calls it:

(2) ENTRUST-ACRATION: The taking of Our Blessed Mother “into our homes” or in other words:

We’re to take her into our inner life, into all that concerns us. We are to let her into our joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, plans and activities. When we let Mary into our lives, when we entrust ourselves to her care, she intercedes for us, consoles us, and give us courage and strength to unite ourselves more fully to Jesus’ own consecration of Himself for the life of the world… [that is] the Cross of Jesus… (Gaitely, p116)

And what was God’s action on the Cross all about??? I think we can safely say its about…

(3) MERCY:

Marian consecration leads us to the pierced Heart of Jesus, the Fountain of Mercy… Jesus wants to extend veneration and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because she leads us most perfectly to Him and helps us to receive the infinite mercy of His Heart. (Gaitley, pp116-117)

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

Thus in uniting ourselves with the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will unite ourselves with the Sacred Heart of her Son; which in turn will also unite us in a very profound way with the Father and Holy Spirit.  Giving us a perfect (in as much as can be obtained this side of Heaven) life in the practice of Holiness = living the Will of the Father to the best of our abilities which is joined with the reality of the holiness of Our Mother.

This to me seems like a “Win-Win” situation! Having lived this “Win-Win” since 2004, I can attest that it is (indeed) all that it’s cracked up to be. 🙂

As you make ready for your consecration day take to heart the final reflections offered in the last days of your book/pamphlet. If you are Catholic – You must make it to Confession, and make the confession sincere.  If you are not Catholic, reflect well on your past sins and truly seek God’s healing grace. Again, you won’t have the power of the Sacrament, but at least its a beginning. 🙂

The Check List:

  • Read and reflected on main points of our Four Marian Greats
  • Made a good Confession with your parish priest OR for our Protestant Brethren, with your pastor
  • On your consecration day, hopefully in church and preferably before the Blessed Sacrament (desired by not required), YOU must repeat the consecration prayer on the last page of the pamphlet, sign, and date it and commit yourself to living all for Jesus with the direct assistance of His Mother, Mary.

Then, after your done and some time has passed, maybe you’ll reach out to your friends and family and interest them in doing the 33 Days to Morning Glory.  Everything is just a CLICK away from a firm hold on your soul’s salvation won by the Precious Blood of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Then every year on your Marian feast repeat the process adding another date (not signature) to affirm your commitment for the forthcoming year.  If you’re Catholic, again make it to Confession and  receive the Eucharist to add further graces to go with your consecration renewal. If you’re not Catholic, though the graces obtained will not be exactly the same in efficacious might, do  try to attend a worship service and renew your commitment to live for Jesus with the help of His Mother.

FINALLY… WELCOME ABOARD THE NEW ARK!!!

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