Monday, August 5, 2013

Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

*As we prepare ourselves for the Consecration of our country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 15th August, we can also perhaps take on an individual Consecration to Our Lady.  One good book I just recently got a hold of on the Marian Consecration is called '33 Days of Morning Glory' by Fr. Michael Gaitley of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.  Fr. Michael speaks on this Consecration above and also below is a brief description on how Fr. Michael was inspired to write this great book.   The Marians of the Immaculate Conception also spread the Divine Mercy devotion throughout the world.  

A divine exclamation point to a passionate plea came in the form of an image of the Blessed Mother crashing to the floor. Last June, in a talk to Marian novices, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, confessed that his devotion to Mary Immaculate had gotten "dry" and needed a "jumpstart."

"The prayers of novices are powerful, so please pray for me," he requested. It had been a long day. He sensed that some of the novices were getting fidgety.

"Guys," he said, "this is serious." At that moment, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that had hung for years on a wall of the retreat house on Eden Hill where they were meeting, fell with a crash and broke. The novices gasped.

Point taken.

They must have dedicated many prayers for Fr. Michael's intentions because a month later, while attempting to take some much-needed days off, he woke up with a fully formed idea of how to inspire (as well as jumpstart) Marian devotion to a degree he had never imagined. He spent that entire day writing, the evening reading and researching, and slept very little. He spent the following nine days on an identical schedule.

The result is the new book by Marian Press titled 33 Days to Morning Glory.  

Above from and more on this go to: Marian.Org - 33 Days to Morning Glory

Website for group Consecration:  Hearts Afire (Parish Based Programme)

*If you wish to start this particular Consecration (33 Days to Morning Glory) or any other form of the 33 Days Marian Consecration, and wish to end coinciding with a Feast of Our Lady, the next one will begin tomorrow the 6th August which will end on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady's Birthday 8th September.  That date the 7th September is also the day the Legion of Mary was founded in Ireland.  It is not set in stone that one has to end the 33 days before a Feast to Our Lady but it is recommended and also helps keeps you focused. 

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