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.
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