27 April 2017

There's at Least One

As part of my preparation for total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the St. Louis de Montfort method, I'm using an excellent book from Angelus Press as the basis of daily meditations: Consecration to Mary, by Fr. Helmuts Libietis.

I had read at times in the past that Marian devotion was ordained by God to grow, and to become especially important in the latter days of time.  God, Who loves the Virgin for her humility and desire to be hidden, desires that she be acknowledged and loved by all, and to be given honor.  St. Louis de Montfort is not alone in predicting that Mary's devoted children will rise to be the great saints of those times. 

Mary is the instrument, not because is bound by nature to do so, but because He has willed that Mary be the Mediatrix of All Graces. God gave Mary the choice to become Mother of the God Man; Mary brought forth Christ into the world; Mary brought Him to St. John the Baptist and it was her words that caused him to "leap in the womb", working the first removal of original sin in a fallen human creature; she brought Him to the Temple to fulfill the law and prophecy of the Messias; the first of His public miracles was performed in response to her intercession; she offered Him for our salvation, and it was Mary that He chose to be the Mother of all Christians; she was the mother of the Church's Head, and thus of His Body, being present at the Church's birth on Pentecost. Why is it any wonder that she should be instrumental in the last coming of that same Son of hers?

When Mary has struck her roots in a soul, she produces there marvels of grace, which she alone can produce, because she alone is the fruitful Virgin who never has had and never will have, her equal in purity and in fruitfulness. Mary has produced, together with the Holy Ghost, the greatest thing which has been or ever will be-- a God Man; and she will consequently produce the greatest saints that there will be in the end of time. The formation and education of the great saints, who shall come at the end of the world, are reserved for her. For it is only that singular and miraculous Virgin who can produce, in union with the Holy Ghost, singular and extraordinary things.

In another passage, St. Louis explains his devotion to Mary is one which is unknown to many and practiced by few-- consisting in surrendering oneself to Mary, and to Jesus through her, without any possible reserve, giving her everything and performing all our actions with, in, through and for her.   

There was a particular claim that struck me when I meditated on it, and my wife pointed out a fact that just blew me away. 

We willingly and lovingly and under no constraint, consecrate and sacrifice to her unreservedly our body and soul. We give to her our material possessions, such as house, family, income, and even the inner possessions of our soul, namely, our merits, graces, virtues and atonements.

Notice that, in this devotion, we sacrifice to Jesus through Mary all that is most dear to us, that is, the right to dispose of ourselves, of the value of our prayers and alms, of our acts of self-denial and atonements. This is a sacrifice which no religious order would require of its members. We leave everything to the free disposal of Our Lady, for her to use as she wills for the greater glory of God, of which she alone is perfectly aware (emphasis added).

That phrase-- a sacrifice which no religious order would require of its members-- is what struck me, and independently also my wife. But it was she who told me why. While not canonically a religious order, and I cannot speak to whether this is a question of strict obedience, there is one society whose members daily consecrate themselves in this spirit to Mary: The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

In its daily consecration, which I have previously posted here, each member consecrates everything to Mary every single day-- the Institute, their family, persons, good actions, etc., leaving to Mary "the entire and full right of disposing of us and all that belongs to us."

This Institute, canonically founded in 1990, consecrated to Mary in Her Immaculate Conception, has performed so much good, and been shepherded through all the tumults of the Church in these "latter days", that when my wife mentioned this consecration to me, in light of all de Montfort said, I could at last clearly see the reason for their good works and vitality. Of course, it took me long enough to grasp this, when any Institute priest would have, and has, credited her for years.

So, I guess there is at least one order who requires this devotion. Why this never struck me in this way before I cannot say.

May Mary continue to protect the Institute and all of us in time and eternity.



PMKD said...

"We also consecrate to thee the value of our good actions, past, present, and future, leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of us and all that belongs to us. "

Those were some of my first thoughts during the Shrine fire...

Jeannie Holler said...

Wow ...how beautiful this is to read.
The Institute ...and their consecration to Mary Immaculate daily..I forgot about this myself until your post.
I must start again today to pray this daily prayer.
Thank you and God Bless !