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LIVING THE CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY (III): THROUGH MARY

(After making the solemn Act of Consecration (see previous posts), Louis de Montford definitizes that we are henceforth to work and serve as never before, whilst living with Mary, in Mary, through Mary and for Mary to glorify her Divine Son Jesus.)

III. THROUGH MARY

Does a man enter the home of a friend through the window or through an opened door? Does he climb over a wall, or go through an opened gate?
Mary is the Gate of Heaven. Through her the Lord of Heaven came to us; through her He wishes us to return to Him.
It is true we can speak to God directly. Must prayers of love and praise and thanksgiving go through her too, as must prayers of petition?
MUST they? The question rather should be: “Can it be that the peerless Queen herself will speak for me? Will she take my rude, uncouth efforts and present them before His Majesty in a way suited to His magnificence and glory?”
Mary knows His ways: she is His daughter, His Mother, His spouse. She is the Queen of Heaven.

WHAT A PRIVILEGE THAT MARY WILL TAKE OUR CLUMSY EFFORTS AND MAKE THEM WORTHY TO BE SPOKEN TO THE LORD OF HOSTS!

So with all our good works – the Queen enhances and beautifies them before she presents them to the King. We are like children. How many a little boy treasures strange odds and ends, which to his elders are so much rubbish, and would be no suitable present at all! How many a little girl loves devotedly a ragged and nondescript doll that would never belong in the cradle of a prince! If she parted with her treasure to give it to him, it would be a great act of love indeed, but how much better it would be if someone would fix it all up for her like new before it was presented!
That is just what Our Lady does with all the prayers and good works that we send to the Lord our God through her. She purifies them all from the stain of self-love, and of that imperceptible attachment to created things which slips unnoticed into our best actions. As soon as they are in her most pure and fruitful hands, she embellishes our works, adorning them with her own merits and virtues. It is as if a peasant, wishing to gain the friendship and benevolence of the king, went to the queen and presented her with a fruit which was his whole revenue, in order that she might present it to the king. The queen, having accepted the poor little offering from the peasant, would place the fruit on a large and beautiful dish of gold, and so, on the peasant’s behalf, would present it to the king. Then the fruit, however unworthy in itself to be a king’s present, would become worthy of his majesty, because of the dish of gold on which it rested and the person who presented it.”

What an inestimable privilege and blessing! Who can boast that his prayers and good works are perfect? No self-seeking therein, no self-satisfaction, no hidden motives not clear to him but clear to God? If we constantly see people who have faults they never suspect, must we not be apprehensive that the same may be true of us, especially in the eyes of God?
Do we feel ourselves as worthy as Mary to appear before the splendour of His Sanctity and Majesty? Then what should ever hold us back from going TO GOD THROUGH MARY, always and in everything?
– Fr N. A. Norman

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LIVING THE CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY (II): IN MARY

(After making the solemn Act of Consecration (see previous posts), St Louis de Montfort definitizes that we are henceforth to work and serve as never before, whilst living with Mary, in Mary, through Mary and for Mary to glorify her Divine Son Jesus.)

II. IN MARY

We have to get along in life with our own eyes, our own ears, our own tongue, our own mind and understanding. If we could borrow these from great men, as one draws books from a library, what wonders could we not perform!

OUR MATERIAL SENSES WE CANNOT BORROW, BUT SPIRITUAL ONES WE CAN, BY EFFORT AND BY GRACE.

Grace gives us something of the vision of the eyes of Mary, if we want it, the hearing of her ears, the understanding of her mind, the love of her heart. It is up to us to work along with the gift, to develop it to the full. If we really desire it, we shall increase the power of seeing things as she sees them, looking at the things she would look at, scorning at the things she scorns; listening to likes to hear, shutting our ears to the rest, judging as she judges, and loving more and more with the love with which she loves. This is TO LIVE IN MARY.
‘Ask and and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.’ (Matt 7:7)
– Fr N. A. Norman

 

LIVING THE CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY (I): WITH MARY

(After making the solemn Act of Consecration (see previous posts), St Louis de Montfort definitizes that we are henceforth to work and serve as never before, whilst living with Mary, in Mary, through Mary and for Mary to glorify her Divine Son Jesus.)

I. WITH MARY

The one who has made the Act of Consecration will align himself completely with Mary’s will, which is God’s Will. He will be the unresistng implement in her hand for the accomplishment of the Divine Will that no one else knows so well as she, the brush in the hand of Mary the painter, the chisel in the hand of Mary the sculptor.

COMPLETE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OF GOD – THAT IS PERFECT SANCTITY.

Nature affords no more beautiful picture of the calm and peace that is man’s heritage than a quiet, lonely, pine-fringed lake at sunset. During the day there may have been breezes that stirred the waters, but as evening comes on, the waters begin to still, and long, vague reflections appear, until at sunset, the wind having died down and the waters stilled, they present a perfect picture below of all that is above.

The soul tossed by anxiety and care of the earth mirrors but poorly the glory of God, but as personal desires lessen, the reflection of Heaven in the soul begins to appear, until at last, the desires all stilled, God is perfectly mirrored, as far as He can be, in the image He has made.

Everyone made by God who reverts to this calm and beautiful reflection of the infinitely beautiful Creator has performed a sublime act of reparation, an act of repairing the nature deformed by sin, and restoring in it one at least, to its pristine beauty.

To make ourselves decrease, that He may increase, and to do this with the aid of Mary, and to help her achieve the same goal in others – this is TO LIVE WITH MARY.
– Fr N. A. Norman

 

LIVING THE CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY IN DAILY LIFE

By making the Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary (see the two previous posts), Mary’s loyal child takes upon himself the slavery that bears no stigma and enters into the inner circle of her court. Once there, it is not enough to rest and be served.

IT IS TIME TO WORK AND TO SERVE AS NEVER BEFORE.

Thereafter he will do everything she desires, everything that she has made known that there is to do. Mary has so often called men to say the Rosary; that her devoted page will surely do. Atonement and penance – her request at Lourdes, her demand at Fatima – her courtier in this will try to anticipate the wishes of his Queen and give her more than she seeks, with her loving smile his greatest reward. The Scapular, the Miraculous Medal, anything certain and approved, he will make his own, for all his thoughts are for his Queen. St Louis further definitizes the mode of procedure for the knight of Mary: he will act WITH MARY, IN MARY, THROUGH MARY, and FOR MARY.
– Fr N. A. Norman

 

ABOUT ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT

Louis Grignion was born at Montfort, France, on January 31, 1673, of well-to-do, influential parents. From his father, who was of the old, austere patriarchal type, whose word was absolute law, he inherited a stubborn determination, which however he used entirely to advance the reign of Jesus and Mary. He spurned the comforts and advantages of his inherited station in life, and offered himself to God completely in the priesthood. He was ordained in 1690, and so utterly did he break with his former world that he dropped his family name, and called himself simply “Louis of Montfort”.
The going was rough for him all the days of his priesthood. In that powdered and perfumed age, he ignored the fastidious conventions of deportment and attire to such an extent that he alienated practically everyone who knew him. His times could not understand such complete detachment. His contemporaries lauded the Saints for similar lives, but when the reality was brought before their very eyes, it was a different matter. He was rejected, despised, contemned, and condemned with an insistence that would have broken a lesser spirit. St Paul speaks of those who were “…in want, distressed, afflicted; of whom the world was not worthy…” (Heb. 11:37-38). Louis of Montford was one of these. But now, as the great mills of God grind on, slowly, but exceedingly fine, Louis stands forth as St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, a Saint, a canonized Saint.
He bequeathed to the world a treasury of gold and jewels, set in the casket of his treatise: ‘True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary’. Let Father Faber, the great English spiritual writer, speak of that sublime work:
“If I may dare to say so, there is a growing feeling of something inspired and supernatural about it, as we go on studying it; and with that we cannot help experiencing, after repeated readings of it, that its novelty never seems to wear off, nor its fullness to be diminished, nor the fresh fragrance and sensible fire of its unction ever to abate.”
One may imagine the fury of the Evil One as this book was being written. He does his utmost to cloud men’s minds to its glories and truths, as he clouded the minds of the Scribes and Pharisees. The Saint prophesied this attack and foretold that his work would be lost awhile, as indeed it was, being rediscovered only in 1842.
St Louis died at St Laurent-sur-Sevre on April 28, 1716. On May 12, 1853, his doctrines were pronounced free from error. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1888, and canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 20, 1947. (Fr N. A. Norman)

 

THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY BY ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT

(“All our perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ; and therefore the most perfect of all devotions is, without any doubt, that which the most perfectly conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus Christ. Now, Mary being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ, it follows that of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to His holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus.
Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration to Jesus Christ is nothing else but a perfect and entire consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin, and this is the devotion which I teach; or, in other words, a perfect renewal of the vows and promises of holy Baptism.” – from: ‘True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary’, by St Louis de Montfort)

This is the formula whose making and living has opened the heavens for so many favoured
souls:

THE ACT OF CONSECRATION

O Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore thee profoundly in the bosom and splendours of thy Father during eternity; and I adore thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, thy most worthy Mother, in the time of thine Incarnation.

I give thee thanks for that thou hast annihilated thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify thee for that thou hast been pleased to submit thyself to Mary, thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called thy child, nor yet thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit thine anger and thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before thy holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of thy most holy Mother, whom thou hast given me for a mediatrix with thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O Immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure Refuge of Sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.

I, (mention your name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress, I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honour of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity, in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favoured thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honour and to obey thee in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

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