Marian Consecration was a foreign concept to me until X months ago. A dear friend invited to participate in 33 Days to Morning Glory which is a sort of DIY Marian Consecration. I had only heard of the idea a few times, from people who I would consider "more Catholic than me" and had always dismissed it as something that I didn't understand and wasn't interested in learning more about. But I trusted my friend with my faith and decided to give a try. More than that, she ordered the book for me when I gave a tentative "yes" which meant at the very least, I had to read the book.
For those of you who were in "I Don't Know" boat, Marian Consecration is actually a really incredible way to help someone draw even closer to God. Mary's ultimate goal is and always has been to help us walk closer to her Son. Through Marian Consecration, we have an opportunity to consecrate our lives, all of our good, all of our bad is offered up to Mary. And then, through her, we are consecrate to Christ, her Son.
Living out a Marian Consecration looks different for everyone. St. Louis De Montfort was the first to write about the idea of a Marian Consecration. He believed that Mary and Jesus are so closely intertwined that to be consecrated to Mary is to be consecrated to her Son. But more than that, when we consecrate ourselves our Mary, she becomes our advocate and guiding light. Just as she supported and nurtured the Apostles, she does the same for us.
For myself, my Marian Consecration has been a gentle reminder that I have a bigger goal in life. I've been called to a vocation of marriage and motherhood, but beyond that, I'm called to honor Mary through my dedication and in doing so, I am pursuing her Son each day. I've tried to make the Rosary and other Marian devotions a part of my daily prayer life. I've also began leaning on Mary more as my son has grown. No one understands better than Mama Mary how difficult and frustrating (but also wonderful and perfect) a baby can be.
The biggest chance I've seen since my consecration though is how often I intercede to her in my heart. As I fold laundry, I reflect on the image of the Polish Madonna, hanging her son's clothes out to dry. When I don't know what else to do for my tired, grumpy son, I ask her for the patience and grace to give him what he needs. When I feel overwhelmed, tired, and small in my day-to-day tasks, I recall that Mary also served her family despite being the Immaculate Conception and the Mother of God. Buck up, LeAnn, you can wash these dishes. My consecration has made me intentional with my prayers and thoughts throughout the day, helping me stay focused on the greatest goal of Heaven with Christ.
Marian Consecration can be an intimidating concept, but if I've struck your fancy, I would highly recommend 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley. It's available on Amazon and in most Catholic bookstores. You can also find out more about it online, through a variety of Catholic resources including the USCCB.
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