Totally Consecrated

Guess what I’m doing right now? I’ll tell you: The Total Consecration To Jesus Christ Through Mary, which I am currently in the business of renewing. It is a method of Consecration to Christ written by Louis de Montfort, a 17th century Saint, which claims Mary the Mother of God as the surest way to her Son. I aim to renew my promise to be her slave.

“Woah now,” I hear the understandably misunderstanding voices cry. “Slave?” Yes, and in the only context which makes moral sense – in that I will it.

Why? Well, Saint Louis de Montfort wrote a whole book on ‘why’, but the reason I desire to submit myself entirely to her is summed up by him here:

Our good Master stooped to enclose himself in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, a captive but loving slave, and to make himself subject to her for thirty years. As I said earlier, the human mind is bewildered when it reflects seriously upon this conduct of Incarnate Wisdom. He did not choose to give himself in a direct manner to the human race though he could easily have done so. He chose to come through the Virgin Mary. Thus he did not come into the world independently of others in the flower of his manhood, but he came as a frail little child dependent on the care and attention of his Mother. Consumed with the desire to give glory to God, his Father, and save the human race, he saw no better or shorter way to do so than by submitting completely to Mary.

He did this not just for the first eight, ten or fifteen years of his life like other children, but for thirty years. He gave more glory to God, his Father, during all those years of submission and dependence than he would have given by spending them working miracles, preaching far and wide, and converting all mankind. Otherwise he would have done all these things.

What immeasurable glory then do we give to God when, following the example of Jesus, we submit to Mary! With such a convincing and well- known example before us, can we be so foolish as to believe that there is a better and shorter way of giving God glory than by submitting ourselves to Mary, as Jesus did?

The Consecration is intense. 12 days of renouncing the world, a week seeking greater knowledge of self, a week seeking greater knowledge of Mary, a week seeking greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then the Consecration itself. By consecrating ourselves to Jesus Christ through Mary, we give her full power over all “Our body with its senses and members; Our soul with its faculties; Our present material possessions and all we shall acquire in the future; Our interior and spiritual possessions, that is, our merits, virtues and good actions of the past, the present and the future.” The basic idea is this:

You, Holy Mother of Christ, know best what pleases Christ. Therefore replace my heart with your own, that He may find and love in me what He finds and loves in you.

I urge any that feel called to Consecrate themselves in a like manner to do so. It’s a definite move into Catholic badassery. The effects are wonderful. Louis de Montfort speaks on those Consecrated to Jesus Christ Through Mary:

They will be ministers of the Lord who, like a flaming fire, will enkindle everywhere the fires of divine love. They will become, in Mary’s powerful hands, like sharp arrows, with which she will transfix her enemies.

They will be as the children of Levi, thoroughly purified by the fire of great tribulations and closely joined to God. They will carry the gold of love in their heart, the frankincense of prayer in their mind and the myrrh of mortification in their body. They will bring to the poor and lowly everywhere the sweet fragrance of Jesus, but they will bring the odour of death to the great, the rich and the proud of this world.

They will be like thunder-clouds flying through the air at the slightest breath of the Holy Spirit. Attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, troubled at nothing, they will shower down the rain of God’s word and of eternal life. They will thunder against sin, they will storm against the world, they will strike down the devil and his followers and for life and for death, they will pierce through and through with the two-edged sword of God’s word all those against whom they are sent by Almighty God.

They will be true apostles of the latter times to whom the Lord of Hosts will give eloquence and strength to work wonders and carry off glorious spoils from his enemies. They will sleep without gold or silver and, more important still, without concern in the midst of other priests, ecclesiastics and clerics. Yet they will have the silver wings of the dove enabling them to go wherever the Holy Spirit calls them, filled as they are with the resolve to seek the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Wherever they preach, they will leave behind them nothing but the gold of love, which is the fulfilment of the whole law.

Lastly, we know they will be true disciples of Jesus Christ, imitating his poverty, his humility, his contempt of the world and his love. They will point out the narrow way to God in pure truth according to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world. Their hearts will not be troubled, nor will they show favour to anyone; they will not spare or heed or fear any man, however powerful he may be. They will have the two-edged sword of the word of God in their mouths and the blood-stained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart. The simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus will be reflected in their whole behaviour.

Our Mother brings us to her Son. Do it.

  • Lordshadowblade

    YEEEEEEAAAH! Join the party! :D I did it with a friend of mine last year, though we were aiming for the Feast of the Annunciation as our consecration day. You doing it on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord then?

  • Quid est veritas?

    I didn’t know you could renew the consecration. Thanks for the heads up. Does it count if you do it privately?

    • Ampaxx

      From what I understand, you are supposed to renew your consecration once a year. And yes, I would say that renewing privately would certainly count.

  • Karyn

    I started Nov.5, too. Here’s to the Communion of the Saints!

  • Christy Hampton

    I consecrated myself to Mary about 4 years ago, and every year I would forget to renew if it weren’t for my loving mother hitting me over the head with a frying pan this time of year. I’m on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception – which started last week – and for which she kept reminding me but I kept being “busy”. Yea…I’m sorry Momma!

  • Brandon Vogt

    Over the last few months there has been a fresh movement to help people make the Consecration here:

  • Fabi Garza

    A couple of hours ago a my boss presented me with a picture of the Blessed Mother telling me that it belonged to her husband’s grandparents and since they are no longer practicing asked me if I might want it. YES! I said and I think it is a very clear sign that I will begin reading St. Louis in hopes of starting my own consecration when I’m done :)

  • Karyn

    I just had my consecration day last Sunday! I’m so happy to see your post.

  • Jay E.

    “It’s a definite move into Catholic badassery”. It is the truth. I did mine this year for the feast of the Annunciation.

    It seems a lot of people I know are either renewing or making the consecration right about now. I guess I’d better join in.

  • John Guise

    Currently in the middle of this now so I can consecrate myself on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Loving it!

  • Taylor Wilkerson

    I had forgotten about this consecration! Very well-written reminder. If only all people would recognize the power Mary has to bring people to her Son…

  • Maggie Rochester

    “They will storm against the world.” Totally epic sounding! I’m completing my consecration on the Feast of Our Ladies Presentation. :D

    • Anonymous

      me too!

  • Orenjd

    I’m doing it for the first time right now. :)

  • Tomsblk

    I am a thunderhead forming in the East. In these last days of the West, as the darkness deepens, hope is preserved. I just consecrated on October the 7th, Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.

  • Sarah

    Awesome. There is a group of students I’m with here at Indiana University preparing for the Total Consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    I did it 25 years ago, and it remains the singular grace of my life (not counting baptism and ordination, of course…)

  • Schmidtcaters

    on our Lady of Lourds

  • Roz

    I’m not ready for the Consecration, but I’m very glad I came across your post which I found very spiritually moving. May God move my heart toward whatever he pleases.

  • jeni

    thank you so much for blogging. you’re awesome.

  • guest

    Heeey! I just started this! I was going to do it this last summer but instead I chose the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Tomorrow is my last day in the preparatory period. So far it is awesome!