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Mary Knows the Way

Why do Catholics make such a big deal out of Mary if she’s only mentioned in the Bible a few times?

It may seem like Mary only appears in the Bible a handful of times, but if you go looking for her, you may be surprised to see her all throughout scripture!

But first, there is need to understand how Christians have historically read the Bible, particularly the practical of typology, which in Christian theology is the practice of seeing predictive events, persons or statements in the Old Testament that would be fulfilled in the New Testament.

St. Paul gives us an example when he calls Adam a type of Christ: “But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come,” (Rom. 5:14). Just as sin and death entered into humanity through Adam, so grace and life restored humanity through Christ.

The early Christians also saw a parallel between Eve and Mary. The Church Father, St. Iranaeus (d. 202), explains, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. The knot of which the virgin Eve tied by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary opened by her belief.”

Want to learn more?

Mary Jane and Deacon Tom Fox discussed Mary – her life, her love for Jesus, and her role in the Church.

Related resource:

Mary Undoer of Knots Website

 

True Devotion to Mary and Preparation for Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

What is Total Consecration?

St. Louis de Montfort left a wonderful gift to those of us who wish to better serve Jesus and the Holy Trinity. His gift is the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary because it is giving oneself, fully and completely to God, without conditions, without strings, without reservation. We are giving back to God, freely of our own will, the very gift of our life. It is truly our ultimate possession which we recognize fully as a gift from God, our Father. We in turn return this gift, in total surrender to the will of our Father, to be used daily for His purpose. This also includes the surrendering of all of our sufferings, thoughts, words and deeds to Mary so she may take them, care for them and distribute them in accordance with the will of her Son and for His greater glory.

The devotion, Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, has been practiced for centuries. It involves 33 days of preparation, with the Total Consecration made on the 34th day.

The day of Total Consecration (i.e. the 34th day) should be a Marian feast day. Schedules for the preparation and Total Consecration are included in the resource materials provided free through MyConsecration.org. There are more than 20 34-day schedules that fall throughout the year for those wishing to make the Total Consecration. According to St. Louis de Montfort, the 33 days of preparation include 12 days of “emptying oneself of the spirit of the world” followed by 21 days of “imbuing oneself with the Spirit of Jesus through the Blessed Virgin.” The Total Consecration that follows this preparation is a perfect renewal of one’s baptismal vows.

Total Consecration is divided into themes:

Days 1-12: The Spirit of the World,

Days 13-19: Knowledge of Self,

Days 20-26: Knowledge of Mary,

Days 27-33: Knowledge of Jesus,

Day 34: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

How Can I Learn More?

Obtain from any Catholic bookstore (or online without cost at MyConsecration.org) the guide to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, by St. Louis de Montfort. Your local parish or priest may be able to help you in finding resources on Total Consecration, as well.

Take the leap of faith and tell our Lord that you’re ready to live your life for Him!

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St Joseph of Nazareth

On Devotion to St. Joseph (Quamquam Pluries)

“On Devotion to St. Joseph (Quamquam Pluries)” encyclical by Pope Leo XIII

“In Joseph, faith is not separated from action,” said Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. For centuries, the model of St. Joseph has quietly resided in the hearts of Christians. Many popes have called his example out of the quiet, so that we would gain from friendship and devotion to him – towards a stronger faith in Christ.

Pope Leo XIII was one of these popes. His encyclical demonstrates why St. Joseph is so special, and why we should look to him for prayerful help, protection and guidance in following the Lord. At the end of the encyclical, he also mentions a special prayer to St. Joseph that we should especially include during our Rosaries for the month of October:

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Perhaps your parish office would print a copy for you in exchange for a small donation, as well.

Purchase this book at your local Catholic bookstore or online. Don’t forget – if you shop on Amazon, make sure to start at Smile.Amazon.com and request that Pilgrim Center of Hope receive a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for your much-needed support of this ministry.