Why Mary wants us consecrated to her

By Barb Ernster –

St. Louis de Montfort waited expectantly for the coming of an age when the true disciples of Jesus Christ would be “like sharp arrows in the hand of the powerful” Mary to pierce her enemies (Ps 126:4). He developed the spirituality and theology of true devotion to Mary and called on people to consecrate themselves to Jesus through her. Just as Mary preceded the coming of Jesus the first time, in this “latter” time Mary would precede his second coming, he predicted.

Mary began to appear on earth with some frequency beginning in 1830 to St. Catherine LaBouré, at the Rue de Bac in Paris. The apparitions at LaSalette and Lourdes in France closely followed this. These apparitions imparted greater knowledge and devotion to Mary and affirmed Church teachings about her. Mary also requested prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners.

When she appeared to the three children at Fatima in 1917, she revealed Jesus’ desire to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart (June 13, 1917). She requested certain spiritual practices related to the devotion, including the Five First Saturdays devotion in reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart and (by virtue of the vision of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on October 13) the wearing the brown scapular of Mt. Carmel as a sign of entrustment to her. The World Apostolate of Fatima/Blue Army has spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart worldwide since 1947.

In recent decades, there has been an explosion of people consecrating themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, using de Montfort’s True Devotion program and Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory. This beautiful practice is a sign of your love and devotion to Mary, to be used by her for the good of the Kingdom of God and for the good of others. You are accepting that you are her spiritual child and she your spiritual mother as Jesus ordained at the foot of the cross, when He gave her over to all of us just before He expired.

Here’s what de Montfort had to say of these “apostles” of Mary in our times:

The power of Mary over all the devils will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lay his snares against her heel: that is to say, her humble slaves and her poor children, whom she will raise up to make war against him. They shall be little and poor in the world’s esteem, and abased before all like the heel, trodden underfoot and persecuted as the heel is by the other members of the body. But in return for this they shall be rich in the grace of God, which Mary shall distribute to them abundantly. They shall be great and exalted before God in sanctity, superior to all other creatures by their lively zeal, and so well sustained with God’s assistance that, with the humility of their heel, in union with Mary, they shall crush the head of the devil and cause Jesus Christ to triumph.

They will know the grandeurs of that Queen, and will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as subjects and slaves of love. They will experience her sweetness and her maternal goodness, and they will love her tenderly like well-beloved children. They will know the mercies of which she is full, and the need they have of her help; and they will have recourse to her in all things, as to their dear advocate and Mediatrix with Jesus Christ. They will know that is the surest, the easiest, the shortest and the most perfect means of going to Jesus Christ; and they will give themselves to Mary, body and soul, without reserve, that they may thus belong entirely to Jesus Christ.

They shall be the true apostles of the latter times, to whom the Lord of Hosts shall give the word and the might to work marvels and to carry off with glory the spoils of His enemies.

They shall be true disciples of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of His poverty, humility, contempt of the world, charity; teaching the narrow way of God in pure truth, according to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world; troubling themselves about nothing.

They shall carry on their shoulders the bloody standard of the Cross, the Crucifix in their right hand and the Rosary in their left, the sacred names of Jesus and Mary in their hearts, and the modesty and mortification of Jesus Christ in their behavior.

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph, and may we, her children, triumph with her.

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4 Comments
  1. thank you for these writings. Ihave been trying to find the book TRUE DEVOTION to the Blessed Virgin. can you help me? thank you

  2. How will love Mary more and more. Easy way to love Mary more

  3. For those who are consecrated to Jesus through Mary and suffer persecution from unexpected people or institutions, remember this beatitude Mt 5:11-12.

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