Consecration and Louis de Monfort

I decided this year to consecrate myself and my family to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph – I am using the Catholic Familyland consecration which not only includes the writings from Louis de Monfort but from various encyclicals, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and more. Additionally, Catholic Familyland has the daily readings available as audio program so you can listen rather than read. Because the Montfort readings are so beautiful, I wanted to share the snippets that particularly struck me.

Day 1

Mary lived in obscurity during most of her life. Her humility was so great that she desired to hide, not only from all other creatures, but even from herself, so that only God should know her. She asked Him to conceal her, and to make her poor and humble. God delighted to hide her; in her conception, in her birth, in her mysteries, in her resurrection and assumption.

Mary is God’s masterpiece whose full splendor He has reserved for Himself.

Day 2

She is the sealed fountain, the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is the sanctuary, the resting place of the Trinity. God dwells in her more wonderfully, more divinely, than anywhere else in the universe, including the regions occupied by the angelic hosts. And no creature, however pure, is admitted to that sanctuary except through a great privilege.

Day 3

This devotion consists in giving oneself entirely to Our Lady, so that we may belong entirely to Jesus through her.We must give her our body, with all its senses and members; our soul, with all its faculties; our goods or riches and all we shall acquire; and all our inner assets, such as merits, virtues, and the good works we have done or may do. We must give all we have, in the order of nature and the order of grace; and all that may come to us even in the order of glory.We must reserve nothing, be it a penny, a hair, or the least good deed. And we must do this for eternity, without expecting or claiming any other reward than the honor of belonging to Jesus through and in Mary.

Day 4

St. Augustine surpasses himself-and me-when he says that all the chosen ones are hidden in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, during this life, to be made into the image of the Son of God. There the good mother keeps them, nourishes them, cherishes them, and makes them grow until she bears them into glory after death-which is really their birthday, as the Church calls the death of the just.

Day 5

If Mary, the tree of life, is well tended in your soul, she will bear her fruit in due time. And this fruit is Jesus. So many seek Jesus, one way or another. But though they try hard they do not find Him. They have labored much in their quest, but gained, perhaps, only a glimpse of Him.

St. Augustine calls Our Lady “the mold of God.” He who is cast into this mold is soon molded into Jesus Christ; and Jesus Christ is molded in him. At little cost, in little time, he will become God! Has he not been cast into the very mold that formed God?

Only what is melted may be cast in a mold. You must melt the old Adam in you to become the new Adam in Mary.

Day 6

It is the throne of His glory for His Father, because it is in Mary that Jesus perfectly soothed His Father, irritated against mankind. It is in Mary He perfectly restored the glory that sin had stolen from Him. It is in Mary that, by sacrificing His will, He gave more glory to His Father than had been rendered by all the sacrifices made under the Old Law. It is in Mary that He offered His Father the first infinite glory given Him by man.

Day 7

Earth vies with heaven to glorify her.Yet we must say with the Holy Spirit, “All the glory of the King’s daughter is within.” The glory given her by angels and men is as nothing compared to that which she receives from her Maker. This glory the little creatures do not know. Who can penetrate the secret of secrets of the King?

Day 8

What great glory we give God when, to please Him and to imitate Jesus, our supreme Model, we too submit to Mary!

Christ willed to begin His miracles by Mary. He sanctified John the Baptist in the womb of Elizabeth through the words of Mary. No sooner had she spoken than the unborn babe was made holy.

Day 9

Mary, wonder of God! You cannot help but work wonders in the souls who agree to lose themselves in you! Because by this practice, a soul regards its own thoughts and actions as nothing and relies entirely on the dispositions of Mary—even to speak to her Son—it reaches deeper into the virtue of humility than it would relying on itself.

Day 10

Therefore the more clearly He sees Mary, His dear inseparable spouse, living in a soul, the more mightily He works to bring forth Jesus in that soul, and that soul in Jesus! We do not mean to say that the Blessed Virgin makes the Holy Spirit fruitful. Being God, He is, equally with the Father and the Son, infinitely fruitful. What I want to say is that the Holy Spirit deigns to use the Blessed Virgin to produce His fruits-though, absolutely speaking, He does not need to do so.

Day 11

The city around which men will circle at the end of the world, to be converted and to satisfy their hunger for justice, is Mary, “the city of God.”

Day 12

And He came without losing
anything of His divinity. Therefore it is through Mary that we little ones must, perfectly and divinely, and without fear, ascend to Him. God, Who cannot be held or limited, let Himself be perfectly surrounded and contained by the little Mary; and without losing anything of His immensity. So we must let the little Mary perfectly contain and form us-and this without any reserve on our part. The Untouchable God drew near to us, united Himself closely, perfectly, and even personally, to our humanity, through Mary. And He did so without losing anything of His majesty and awe.

Day 13

REDEMPTOR HOMINIS (REDEEMER OF MAN)
by Pope John Paul II

10. Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This, as has already been said, is why Christ the Redeemer “fully reveals man to himself”.

“In man himself many elements wrestle with one another. Thus, on the one hand, as a creature he experiences his limitations in a multitude of ways. On the other, he feels himself to be boundless in his desires and summoned to a higher life. Pulled by manifold attractions, he is constantly forced to choose among them and to renounce some. Indeed, as a weak and sinful being, he often does what he would not, and fails to do what he would. Hence he suffers from internal divisions, and from these flow so many and such great discords in society” (Gaudium et

Of all the texts I might bring to your attention let me quote only the words of St. John Damascene: “To be devout to thee, O Blessed Virgin,

Ask for the graces to humble yourself as a spiritual child of Mary and ask her to help you to renounce your own will and to realize that God has a plan for your life, one that is better than you could ever imagine. Whether it be in sickness or health, you just need to strive to know and accomplish God’s Will. Our Lord said in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Mary is the perfect model for doing God’s Will. She will form you into His image and likeness if you let her. Your most precious Mother will protect you if you let go of your self-will and let her take possession of you.

is a weapon of salvation God gives to those He wants to save.” Spes, 10).

Day 14

We must remember, I repeat again and again, that our good works, passing through the hands of Mary, take on an increase of purity, and therefore of meritorious value. Consequently they become much more capable of relieving those in purgatory or of bringing sinners back to God. The little we give Our Lady unselfishly and with true charity becomes powerful enough to soften the anger of God and obtain His mercy.

Day 15

If the grain of wheat falling into the earth does not die it will not bear fruit. If we do not die to ourselves, and if our holiest devotions do not lead us to this necessary and fruitful death, we will bear no worthwhile fruits and our devotions will be worthless.

We must choose, among all the devotions to Mary, the one that will most certainly lead us to this death to self. That devotion will be the best for us, the most sanctifying.

Day 16

Then they will see this lovely Star of the Sea as clearly as their faith permits; and she will guide them into a safe harbor despite all perils.

They will realize she is the shortest, safest, straightest, easiest route to Jesus; the perfect route. They will deliver themselves to Mary, body and soul, without any reserve, that they may belong in the same manner to her Son.

Day 17

God the Father gathered all the waters together and called it the sea. (The Latin word for sea is Mare.) He gathered all His graces together and called it Mary. (The Latin is Maria.) He has a treasury, a storehouse full of riches. There He has enclosed all He holds most beautiful, striking, rare, and precious, including His own Son. This immense treasury is none but Mary. The saints called her the “treasury of God.”

God the Son imparted to His Mother all the infinite merits and virtues He acquired through His life and death. He made her the treasurer of all the riches He inherited from His Father. Through her He showers on the members of His Mystical Body all His merits, graces, and virtues. She is the mysterious channel, the gentle and generous stream, the gracious aqueduct through which His mercies flow. God the Holy Spirit enriched His faithful spouse with gifts undreamed of. And He selected her to distribute all that is His, as she wills, when she wills, as much as she wills, to whom she wills. No heavenly gift comes to earth that does not pass through her virginal hands. This is the will of God; that whatever we receive we receive through Mary. Thus does the Trinity enrich, elevate, and honor her who made herself poor, humble, and hidden; who reduced herself into nothingness through her profound humility.

Day 18

She is not only the treasurer of God’s treasures, she is the only dispenser of them. She can ennoble, exalt, and enrich whom she wills. She can lead them into the narrow way to heaven. She can conduct them through the narrow door of life, in spite of all obstacles. And she can give them the throne, the scepter, and the kingly crown!

Day 19

The mother of fair love will rid your heart of all scruples and silly fears. She will so widen it that you may run, with the holy freedom of the children of God, along the ways of her Son’s commandments. She will fill it with her treasure, pure love; so you will be governed not so much by the fear of God as by the love of Him. She will make you see God as your Father, and you will try at all times to please Him.

Day 20

One must abandon himself in her, like a stone that is cast into the sea. This is done simply, in a moment, by a single act of the mind, a small exertion of the will, by a few words-“I give myself to you, Mary, Mother of God, my mother.”

One may not feel any happiness in this act of union. But it is none the less a real act of union. It is as real as if one were to say.God forbid.”I give myself to the devil.” Although one might say this, and feel no inward change whatsoever, he would truly belong to the devil.

Day 21

Chosen soul, this devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary.

We should choose a special feast day on which to give ourselves. Then willingly and lovingly and under no constraint, we 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.

Day 21

Chosen soul, this devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary.

We should choose a special feast day on which to give ourselves. Then willingly and lovingly and under no constraint, we 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.

Day 22
It is tender, and as trustful as a child is toward his mother. It prompts one to seek her in all his needs of body and spirit, and to ask her help in all things, everywhere and always. It beseeches her to banish his doubts, correct his errors, and keep him on the right path. It implores her protection against temptations. It begs for her strength in moments of weakness. It cries to her to lift her child up when he has fallen. It impels one to rush to her for encouragement when despair confronts him; and to be freed from scruples and consoled in pain and woe. It inspires one to hasten to her in all spiritual weathers, and that without the least fear of annoying her or displeasing her Son, God.

A true lover of Mary is not a changeling. He is not glum, not scrupulous, nor afraid. Oh, he sometimes falls. He sometimes is less ardent than at other times. But if he falls, he gets up again and stretches out his hand to his mother. And if he loses the taste and the “feeling” he has known, he is not at all affected thereby; for he lives on his faith in Jesus and Mary and not on the feelings of his body.

The true lover does not love her because she is good to him or because he expects some good from her. He loves her because she is so superbly lovable. He serves her faithfully, in dryness and boredom as in sweetness and fervor. He loves her as much at Calvary as at Cana.

Day 23

Before Communion you must (a) humble yourself profoundly before God; (b) renounce your corrupted nature and your dispositions, however good your self-love makes them seem; (c) renew your consecration, saying: “I am all Thine, and all I have is Thine, Lord Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother”; (d) ask Mary to lend you her heart that you may receive Jesus there, and with her dispositions. Tell her the glory of her Son is at stake. He should not be placed in so corrupt and inconsistent a heart as yours. It might lessen His glory, or even destroy it. Tell her that, because of the dominion she has over the hearts of men, she can come into your heart—such as it is—and receive Jesus there. Then there will be no danger of His being unworthily received.

And implore her to give you her heart, using these tender words: “I receive you as my all; give me your heart.”

Day 24

The road of Mary is gentle, and more peaceful. One finds there, it is true, great difficulties and fierce battles. But our mother is ever near, to light the darkness, to clear away doubts, to give strength, to banish fear, to help in every way.… It is my belief that anyone who wishes to live truly in Christ, and carry his cross daily, can never carry a heavy cross—or bear one joyfully to the end—without a tender devotion to Our Lady.

Day 25

Our Lady will give you a share in her faith, which was greater than that of all the patriarchs, prophets, and saints. In heaven she does not need faith, for she sees all things in God through the light of glory.

Yet God permitted that she should keep her faith, that she might give it to the Chuch Militant. The more Mary loves you, the more surely you will act by faith. Yours will become a faith so pure you will scarcely bother about the extraordinary favors God sometimes gives His beloved, such as ecstasies, for instance.

Day 26

Mary, made by the hands of the Most High, is, we all acknowledge, merely a creature. Compared with God’s infinite majesty she is less than an atom. We might say she is as nothing. God alone is “He Who Is.” He does not depend on anyone. He is sufficient unto Himself. He did not, and still does not, have any absolute need of Mary to accomplish His will and to manifest His glory. To do all things, He has only to will them. But He did will to begin and end His greatest works through her. We may well believe He will not change. He is God and does not change either His sentiments or His conduct.

Day 27

Jesus Christ, our Savior, true God and true Man, must be the aim and end of all our devotions, otherwise they would be false. Christ to us is the beginning and end of all things; or, as scholars say, using the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, He is our Alpha and Omega. Our sole work, the Apostle reminds us, is to make every man perfect in Jesus Christ; because in Him is all the fullness of divinity, all graces, all virtues, all perfections. Christ alone is our Master, our Lord, our Head, our Model, our Physician, our Shepherd. He is the Way we must follow, the Truth we must believe, the Life that gives us life. He is our All in all things. He alone is enough. No other name under heaven has been given for our salvation than the name of Jesus. God has given us no other foundation for our redemption, our perfection, our glory…

If, then, we wish to establish a strong true devotion to Mary, it is only that we may the better establish a perfect devotion to her Son. We wish only, through Mary, to find a sure and easy way of finding Jesus. If devotion to Mary could in any way lessen devotion to her Son we should have to reject it. But the contrary is true, as I have shown, and as I will show more clearly. Devotion to Mary is vital if we should discover, know, love, and faithfully serve Jesus Christ.

Day 28

If, then, we wish to establish a strong true devotion to Mary, it is only that we may the better establish a perfect devotion to her Son. We wish only, through Mary, to find a sure and easy way of finding Jesus. If devotion to Mary could in any way lessen devotion to her Son we should have to reject it. But the contrary is true, as I have shown, and as I will show more clearly. Devotion to Mary is vital if we should discover, know, love, and faithfully serve Jesus Christ.

Day 29

There He came the first time. There He will come once more. The Holy Spirit also speaks of Mary as the sanctuary of the Divinity, the resting place of the Trinity, the throne of God, the city of God the  altar of God, the temple of God, and the world of God. What a privilege, what a glory, what a joy what a rich blessing to be able to enter this new Garden of Eden-to dwell in Mary, where the Most High has placed His throne!

The miserable children of Adam and Eve, driven out of the old paradise, cannot enter this one except through permission of the Holy Spirit, a very special grace, which they must earn. When one has succeeded, through his faithfulness, in obtaining this permission, this grace beyond compare, he must remain in the garden, in happiness, in peace, in trust, and in complete assurance. He must here abandon himself without reserve. In the fair interior of Mary the soul will be fed on the milk of her grace and mercy. It will be freed from all its anxieties, fears, and scruples; it will be held safe from its enemies, the world, the devil, and the flesh. These enemies never had any entrance here. That is why Mary says that those who work in her will not sin. “He who lives by me will do no wrong.” (Eccl. 24, 30.) Those who dwell in Our Lady in spirit will not commit any grievous sin. In Mary the soul may be formed in Jesus, and Jesus in the soul. Her womb is, as the ancient Fathers say, the chamber of the sacraments of God, where Christ and all the elect were formed.

Day 30

Depending on the protection of his august sovereign Lady-he must dare and do great things for her. He must defend her rights when they are disputed, and fight for her glory when it is assailed. He must attract the whole world to her service, if he can. He must lift his voice to denounce those who abuse her and outrage her Son. He must do everything in his power to spread true devotion. And he must ask nothing of her, as a reward for what little he accomplishes, except the honor of belonging absolutely to her; and the joy of being united by her to Jesus, never to be separated from Him.

Day 31

Day 32

The saints tell us that when we have once found Mary, and through Mary, Jesus, and through Jesus, God the Father, we have found all good.

Day 33

It all comes to this, then: that you should find an easy means for obtaining from God the grace necessary to make you holy; and this means I wish to make known to you. Now, I say that to find this grace of God, we must find Mary.

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