Several saints have urged us to make an act of total consecration to Mary. Here is the prayer of consecration to the Immaculata, “the Immaculate One,” composed by St. Maximillian Kolbe.
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Refuge of Sinners and
our most loving mother: God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and prop- erty. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head” (see Gn 3:15) and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.”
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for intro- ducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
- Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin
- Give me strength against your enemies. Amen.
IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .
What would it mean for me to give Mary all that I am and have, to become wholly her “possession and property”? Is there at least one aspect of my life that I can give to her wholly today?
From a prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas: Most blessed and most sweet Virgin Mary, full of mercy, to your compassion I entrust my soul and body, my thoughts and actions, my life and death.
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