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October 7th, 2011 – A Day I’ll Never Forget!

As I sat down to write this post, I fully intended to comment on the Gospel from today’s Mass (Lk 11:27-28).  Sometimes mistakenly interpreted as a put-down of Mary by Jesus, in reality it is an strong endorsement of Our Lady’s holiness.  In response to a woman praising Mary for being the earthly mother of Jesus, the Lord emphasizes what really makes the Blessed Mother special: her constant obedience to God’s will.  As I prepared to type my thoughts on this encounter, however, I felt the Holy Spirit moving me in a different direction. 

Yesterday, was one of the most important days of my life and I’d like to share some of the details.  As some of you know, for the past 33 days I’ve been preparing to consecrate my life to Jesus through Mary (according to the method popularized by St. Louis de Montfort).  I was able to rally a group of over 100 individuals to make this Total Consecration along with me.  As a way to encourage everyone, I’ve been reading the prayers and meditations on my nightly radio show and sending email blasts.  Yesterday, on the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, we made our consecration.  Responding to Jesus’ words spoken from the Cross (“Behold your mother”) in John 19:27, I took Mary into my home yesterday.  This morning we (“Mom” and I) went to Mass and received Our Lord together.  When my words fell short and I wasn’t able to adequately give Him the praise He deserved, I asked her to take over and love Him with her heart.  Although I was tired, groggy and still fighting the after effects of shingles, I felt peaceful.  Mom is with me now and she’s never going to leave.  She will help me to grow closer to her Son and, believe me, I need all the help I can get!

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard about the Montfort Consecration.  However, when I saw endorsements from Pope Pius IX, Pope Leo XIII, Pope St. Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Cardinal Justin Rigali, I realized that there was probably “something to this devotion”.  I decided to pursue it, figuring that these folks are a lot smarter than me, especially when it comes to the Catholic Faith.  I’m glad I did because I now see the power of Total Consecration!

So what changes for me?  On the surface, not a whole lot.  I’m still a husband, father, lay Catholic evangelist, author and radio host.  Internally, however, EVERYTHING has changed.  While I will still try to lead a good life and proclaim the “Good News” of the Catholic Faith, I’ll now do all of my actions by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary so that (according to St. Louis de Montfort) “we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus”.

Even though my lay apostolate (Following The Truth) has existed since 2008, yesterday marked a new beginning for me and for my work.  “Mom” is now on the Board of Directors and will be helping to direct my efforts.  She will help me to move in the direction most pleasing to Our Lord.  I am excited to see where the road leads.  As long as she’s with me, I know that road will lead me straight to Jesus!

Thank you, Mom, for coming to live with me.  I love you and, borrowing the motto from Blessed Pope John Paul II’s pontificate, I am “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours)!

Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.” (“I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart”) – St. Louis de Montfort

Waiting For Mom To Arrive!

I am very excited.  In 3 days, my Mom will be arriving and she’ll be staying with me for a LONG time.  We’re going to do lots of great things together and she will even be helping me to spread the “Good News” of the Catholic Faith through my Following The Truth apostolate.  Do you want to know the best news of all?  She has promised to be with me every time I speak to Jesus, especially when I receive Him in Holy Communion.  She will even help me when I get tongue-tied and don’t know what to say to the Lord.  What’s the big deal about that?  Did I mention that my Mom has never sinned and that her will is one with the will of Jesus!  She has the unique ability of being able to “clean up” my prayer requests and present them to Jesus in the way that pleases Him the most.  Now do you see why I’m excited?!!!

As many of you know, I have been deeply involved (along with 100+ others individuals) in the 33 day preparation period for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary which will take place on October 7th.  Sometimes referred to as the Montfort Consecration (named for St. Louis de Montfort, who is credited with formalizing this devotion), it is considered by many to be the quickest and surest way to grow closer to the Lord.  In August of this year, I decided  to make the Total Consecration.  I also resolved to encourage others to make the Consecration along with me.  In order to facilitate the process, I have devoted  all of my daily radio programs for the past month to preparing for this Consecration.  I’ve invited people to listen as I led the prayers and commented on the meditations.  Many of us have been corresponding by email and through a special Facebook group (Thanks, Katy!), as we traveled the road leading to Total Consecration.  For over a month, we’ve climbed hills and descended into valleys.  I have encountered obstacles ranging from apathy to a case of the shingles!   But, due to God’s grace and the help of each other, we persevered.  And I’m glad we did!

I still have some last-minute “house cleaning” to do so that everything is ready when Mom arrives on Friday.  Even though I’ve spoken to her in the past and read about her life, our relationship has been lacking.  Unfortunately, the blame lies with me.  She’s always been there to help me, but I haven’t taken the time to get to know her and invite her into my life.  That changes on Friday, which just happens to be the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.  On that day, along with over 100 others, I will turn my life over to the Blessed Mother, holding nothing back!  Our Lord offered us a gift 2,000 years ago as He was dying on the Cross.  Speaking to the beloved disciple (St. John), He uttered the words “Behold your mother” and John “took her into his home” (Jn 19:27).  On October 7th, 2011, myself and over 100 others will also accept the Lord’s offer and take Mary into our homes and our lives and we will never be the same.

I can’t wait until you get here, Mom…I love you!!!

The Total Consecration Formula

As we prepare to make our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on Oct 7th, I thought it would be a good idea to publish the actual statement of Consecration.  I’m just putting it out here right now (without comments), but please send along your comments/questions/concerns so we can discuss.

Consecration of oneself to Jesus Christ, Wisdom incarnate, through the hands of Mary

Eternal and incarnate Wisdom, most lovable and adorable Jesus, true God and true man, only Son of the eternal Father and of Mary always Virgin, I adore you profoundly, dwelling in the splendor of your Father from all eternity, and in the virginal womb of Mary, your most worthy Mother, at the time of your Incarnation.

I thank you for having emptied yourself in assuming the condition of a slave to set me free from the cruel slavery of the evil one.

I praise and glorify you for having willingly chosen to obey Mary, your holy Mother, in all things, so that through her I may be your faithful slave of love.

But I must confess that I have not kept the vows and promises which I made to you so solemnly at my baptism. I have not fulfilled my obligations, and I do not deserve to be called your child or even your slave.

Since I cannot lay claim to anything except what merits your rejection and displeasure, I dare no longer approach the holiness of your majesty on my own. That is why I turn to the intercession and the mercy of your holy Mother, whom you yourself have given me to mediate with you. Through her I hope to obtain from you contrition and pardon for my sins, and that Wisdom whom I desire to dwell in me always.

I turn to you, then, Mary Immaculate, living tabernacle of God, in whom Eternal wisdom willed to receive the adoration of both men and angels.

I greet you as Queen of heaven and earth, for all that is under God has been made subject to your sovereignty.

I call upon you, the unfailing refuge of sinners, confident in your mercy that has never forsaken anyone.

Grant my desire for divine Wisdom and, in support of my petition, accept the promises and the offering of myself which I now make, conscious of my unworthiness.

I, an unfaithful sinner, renew and ratify today through you my baptismal promises. I renounce forever Satan, his empty promises, and his evil designs, and I give myself completely to Jesus Christ, the incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him for the rest of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have been till now.

This day, with the whole court of heaven as witness, I choose you, Mary, as my Mother and Queen. I surrender and consecrate myself to you, body and soul, as your slave, with all that I possess, both spiritual and material, even including the value of all my good actions, past, present, and to come. I give you the full right to dispose of me and all that belongs to me, without any reservations, in whatever way you please, for the greater glory of God in time and throughout eternity.

Accept, gracious Virgin, this little offering of my slavery to honor and imitate the obedience which Eternal Wisdom willingly chose to have towards you, his Mother. I wish to acknowledge the authority which both of you have over this pitiful sinner. By it, I wish also to thank God for the privileges bestowed on you by the Blessed Trinity. I declare that for the future, I will try to honor and obey you in all things, as your true slave of love.

O admirable Mother, present me to your dear Son as His slave, now and for always, so that He who redeemed me through you, will now receive me through you.

Mother of mercy, grant me the favor of obtaining the true Wisdom of God, and so make me one of those whom you love, teach and guide, whom you nourish and protect as your children and slaves.

Virgin most faithful, make me in everything so committed a disciple, imitator, and slave of Jesus, your Son, incarnate Wisdom, that I may become, through your intercession and example, fully mature with the fullness which Jesus possessed on earth, and with the fullness of His glory in heaven. Amen.

Any questions?  Post a comment or email me at gary@followingthetruth.com

Mary: The Key To Unlocking The Eucharist!

Let’s face it, what Christian doesn’t want to get closer to Jesus?  Those of us who are Catholic are especially blessed because we get to encounter the Lord in most intimate way possible – by receiving Him in Holy Communion.  Because we are human, however, we often take this miraculous encounter for granted.  How many times do we receive Our Lord into our very body, while are minds are a thousand miles away?  Oh sure, we may mutter a few quick prayers after Communion, but are we really treating Jesus with the respect He deserves?  Do we pay Him the homage and adoration fiiting for the King of King and Lord of Lords?  Do we ask to receive all of the graces possible from this powerful sacrament?  If you’re like me, you could probably do a better job – at least some of the time.   

The good news is that there is an answer to this dilemma.  There is a person that can help you to get closer to Jesus at every moment, especially after receiving Him in Holy Communion.  The “even better” news is that this person is ready to help you TODAY and all you have to do is ask.  As you’ve probably determined, that person is Our Blessed Mother Mary and she is standing by, waiting to take you by the hand and lead you closer to Jesus!

Not sure what to say?  It can be as simple as, “Mary, please  lead me closer to Jesus” or “Mother, magnify and perfect my prayers so that they are pleasing to your Son”.  If you’d prefer something more formal, you can try this prayer composed by St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

Powerful, sovereign Queen, come to our aid.  Speak for us to Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Who can do it better than you who conversed with Him so intimately here on earth, and now so fully possesses Him in heaven?  Speak to your Son for us.  He cannot refuse you anything.  Ask for us a great love of God, perseverance in His holy grace, and the happiness of dying in His friendship that we may see you and thank you with Him eternally.  Amen.

Will asking for Mary’s intercession suddenly make all of your distractions go away?  Not necessarily, but they will decrease.  And on those days when you still find yourself empty and at a loss for words, Mary can fill in the gaps and perfect your feeble prayers, making them worthy for the Savior of the world.  Let’s look at a prayer from an old prayer book (Mary My Hope, Catholic Book Publishing Company) that can be recited before receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion.  It ackowleges the fact that we are imperfect and often don’t receive Jesus with the respect He deserves.  Instead of simply making us feel guilty, this prayer asks Mary for her assistance and acknowledge the fact that we can only get so far on our own.  We need help in order to get as close to Jesus as possible. 

Mary, my Mother, I am now about to become the sanctuary of Jesus.  But what a poor dwelling that I offer to the King of heaven!  Receive Him in me and be to Him a dwelling place.  He finds His pleasure and delight wherever you are; even the stable of Bethlehem was delightful to Him because of your presence.  Then He will also be pleased to take up His abode in my soul, if He finds His dear Mother there.

Come, dearest Mother, give me your pure, loving heart in place of mine, so cold and guilty.  Adorn me with your virtues and merits, and Jesus will find in my soul the perfect preparation which your soul offered Him at the moment of His incarnation, and which He found there also after His ascension, when you received Him in Holy Communion.  What happiness for me to be able to give you Jesus, the same gift the Heavenly Father gave you on the day of the incarnation.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you Jesus, your Son, the King of angels and of men.  Through Jesus and in Jesus I wish to honor, love and thank you worthily for the many graces you have shown me during life.  Mary, lend me your heart, help me to love my God.  Help me to prepare my poor heart to receive Jesus.  Amen.

Ad Jesum per Mariam! (To Jesus through Mary)

How Is The Total Consecration Changing Your Life? UPDATED 9/13/11

Over the past couple of days, I’ve received the following comments from some of you who are participating in the 33 day preparation period leading up to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on October 7, 2011:

“I am so glad that the Holy Spirit moved you to offer this Consecration to our Holy Mother. It is even more special doing this in a group of people seeking to love our Lord even more.  In this fourth day I find myself having a more conscious connection and awareness of the love Jesus has for us. I am saddened at the end of the day many times when I have separated myself from God.  I have noticed that theses spaces have decreased as graces have increased or at least have been noticed by me.  How wonderful it is!  May God continue to bless your and all of us as we grow closer to Him through His beautiful mother. As you said, our Lord chose Mary,  gave us to Her and it makes perfect sense that we in turn reach out for Mary’s love for us.” (Michael R.)

“Thanks so much for encouraging us to do this! I am already reaping the blessings and benefits of this devotion.” (Peggy B.)

Even though we are only 4 days into the 33 day preparation period, people are already starting to experience changes in their lives.  That doesn’s surprise me, as I’ve heard that it will happen.  I am personally becoming more aware of my earthly attachments and trying to focus more on heavenly treasures.

I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog post that will act as a journal for those of us who are making the Total Consecration.  I invite you to comment on the changes that you are seeing in your life as the devotion progresses.  This will act as a great evangelization tool for others who may be thinking about making the Total Consecration in the future.  Don’t ever underesimate how the Lord can work through you to touch others.  Your comments may be the cause of someone else deciding to consecrate their life to Jesus through Mary!

Please comment as many times as you’d like, throughout and even after your consecration is made.  No matter how small the change, how is your life being changed by making the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?

If you are contemplating making this powerful devotion yourself, look at the comments from others who have already taken this bold step and see the fruit that Total Consecration can produce in your life. 

Please contact me with any questions at gary@followingthetruth.com

UPDATED 9/13/11Here are a few more comments that I received after Day 9:

My name is Rosario and I have been doing the Consecration to Jesus Through Mary with you. It could not have come at a better time for me, I am going through a very difficult time in my life. I love hearing the readings doing the prayers and knowing that there are many of us out there joined in the same prayer at for the same reason through  our blessed mother it’s just so great. When I heard you in the radio that you were going to do this I just knew that I had to join in.  Thank you so much. (Rosario)

Dear Gary,  Thank you so much for offering the Consecration online.  I have made it several times, but had to discontinue because of sight loss.  I heard your invitation via radio, and was able to follow along because of special computer software.  So far, so good.  Have read The Imitation since childhood, so was unprepared to find how much I liked the new version.  Have read your articles on New Advent with much interest, so am happy to see that I can perhaps find my way around your site.  Thanks again. Forgot to say that if anyone has a visually impaired friend, they might suggest this mode of Consecration to them. (Joan)

Gary,I try not to skip ahead and preview the reading for the day. I have noticed this last week such an increase of personal temptations.  Maybe I just realized these temptations because I had been given increase graces to oppose them when before I might have given in without a thought.  It was the perfect time to read this reading and know that the Lord has me on the right path to Him through His Mother.   Increased and more powerful temptations/roadblocks must mean I am opposing the snares of the serpent of lies and am keeping him busy.  I will keep trying to resist and will lean on our Holy Mother’s intercession.  Keep the Faith.  I sure am grateful to be a part of this group, for where two are three are gathered in my name…. (Michael)

Who Needs Mary?

“It may be objected: ‘Our Lord is enough for me.  I have no need of her (Mary).’  But He needed her, whether we do or not.”  (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from The World’s First Love)

As 90 of us journey through the 33 day preparation period before making our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, I’ll be periodically blogging about the importance of Marian devotion.  One of the most common questions that I hear (and have asked myself) is “Why do I need Mary if I have Jesus?”  It’s a valid question and one that should definitely be pursued if we take our Catholic faith seriously.

As he did so often, the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen really hit the nail on the head with the above quote.  One of the first steps  to understanding Marian devotion is to look at the role she played in the salvation of mankind.  Out of all the ways that Jesus could have saved us, He chose to become flesh and enter the world through the cooperation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If you’re struggling to see the importance of Mary in your spiritual life, I recommend that you begin by spending some time thinking about why God sent us His Son through Mary.  There has to be a reason she was chosen, don’t you think?  After all, there are countless other ways in which Jesus could have arrived.  If Mary played such an important role in delivering the Savior of the world, isn’t it highly probable that there is something really special about her?

Stay tuned…

Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary Has Begun!

Today at 2 PM on my Following The Truth radio show, I officially kicked off the much anticipated 33 day preparation period for the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary that I’ll be making along with 80+ other individuals.  In case you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the podcast here.

In the initial show, I did my best to explain the devotion, as designed by St. Louis de Montfort.  In the remaining 32 shows before we do the actual consecration, I plan to spend the 1st 10-15 minutes of each show reading the actual prayers and meditations followed by some reflection and supplemental information.

If you have any questions about the consecration process (how to listen to my show, how to obtain written materials, etc.), please check out my previous blog post on the subject.  As always, don’t hesitate to contact me (gary@followingthetruth.com) if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to make the process easier.

Ad Jesum per Mariam (To Jesus through Mary),
Gary

 

Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary Begins On September 4th!

Are you ready?

Thanks to all of you who signed up to do the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary beginning on September 4th.  As I discussed previously, I will be devoting my Following The Truth radio show to this devotion for the next 34 days.  While you certainly don’t have to listen to my show in order to make the devotion (I know that some of you just breathed a sigh of relief!), I thought that it might make it easier to listen to me lead the prayers each night.  I have received a lot of questions about the process, so let’s try to answer some of them:

What is Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary?  It is a devotion established by St. Louis de Montfort, an 18th century French priest, which allows you to dedicate your entire life to Jesus through Mary.

What is the process?  We will say daily prayers for 33 days, followed by the actual consecration on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is also recommended that you go to Confession and Holy Communion as close as possible to your consecration.

Am I taking permanent vows or making an unbreakable promise?  Not at all.  All you’re doing is saying that you’re going to try to better live out your baptismal vows with the help of the Blessed Mother.  In other words, you’re going to try to be more Christlike.  If you don’t complete the 34 day devotion, you are not sinning or doing anything wrong.

How does making this consecration affect my daily duties?  It doesn’t.  After the consecration is made, you’ll still work at your job, take care of your children or do what you do each day.  Making this consecration simply enriches your existing vocation.

I’m not convinced.  I still want to learn more about the Total Consecration before I commit.  Visit the website http://myconsecration.org for some excellent resources, including a video presentation from Cardinal Justin Rigali. 

How much time will the daily prayers take?  During the 33 day preparation period, the prayers take 10-15 minutes each day. 

What happens if I miss a day of prayers?  No big deal.  All you do is try to make them up the next day.  Although the prayers are an important part of this process, St. Louis de Montfort did say that they aren’t absolutely necessary in order to make the consecration.   

How can I listen to your radio show?  My Internet radio show, Following The Truth, airs every Monday-Friday from 8 to 8:30 PM Eastern on BlogTalkRadio.  For the duration of this Consecration, I will also be doing a 15 minute show on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM Eastern.  You can listen to the show on the Internet by going to the following link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gzimak 

What happens if I can’t listen to your radio show live?  No problem…you can listen to it at any time on the Internet.  After the show airs, the podcast is available on the BlogTalkRadio archives (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gzimak) on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/following-the-truth-gary-zimak/id417156319) and I will also post it on my Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Catholic-Truth/86942558870)

What if I don’t want to listen to your radio show?  Can I say the prayers myself?  Absolutely!  As hard as it is to believe that anyone wouldn’t want to listen to the sound of my voice 🙂 , you can say the prayers on your own.   The prayers for each day are available at the following site created by the Diocese of Harrisburg:

http://www.hbgdiocese.org/Default.aspx?PageID=bcb38c5a-4b5e-4e6d-b3e1-d49225407245

On that site, you can also watch and listen to Bishop Joseph McFadden lead the prayers for each day of the devotion.

How can I obtain the book that you are using for the devotion?  Although it won’t get to you in time for Sunday, the My Consecration apostolate will send you the materials free of charge (although they appreciate donations).  They can be found on the Internet at:

http://myconsecration.org

How can I keep up with news or updates during the devotion?  Send me an email at gary@followingthetruth.com and put “Mary” as the subject.  This will tell me that you’re making the consecration and I’ll add you to the mailing list.  This will enable me to get the word out in case I have to modify or cancel any radio shows.  Otherwise, you’ll probably only receive a few emails during the period (mainly for encouragement).  I assure you that I won’t share your email addresses or clog up your inboxes.  I’ll also be sure to post any updates on this blog, Facebook and Twitter.

What if I still have questions?  Feel free to email me at gary@followingthetruth.com

Get ready to start on Sunday, September 4th!

Reminder: Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary Begins September 4th!

“The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may the more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.” (St. Louis de Montfort)

I just wanted to remind everyone that our Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary (using the St. Louis de Montfort method) begins on September 4th.  In order to better prepare, I am cancelling this week’s Following The Truth radio show on BlogTalkRadio.  I’ll return with a special “Consecration kickoff edition” on September 4th at 2 PM.

I’ve received notice from several people indicated that they will be making the consecration along with me.  If you’d like to participate, please send me an email (gary@followingthetruth.com with “Mary” as the subject).  It costs you nothing and there is no obligation.  All you’re saying is that you’ll consecrate your life to Jesus by trying to do a better job (with Mary’s help) in living out your baptismal vows.  The process involves 33 days of prayer (10 – 15 minutes per day and we’ll do them together on the radio show), followed by the formal consecration on the 34th day.  If you start and decide that it’s too much, you can quit…it’s not a sin and you’re not breaking any promises.  In my opinion, it’s a lot better to try and fail than never to try at all.  By agreeing to give it a try, you’re telling the Lord that you want to be a better Christian.  What could be bad about that? 🙂

Take a look at my previous blog post for more details about the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, including how to obtain your free consecration packet.  If you have any questions, please email me at gary@followingthetruth.com .

I’m looking  forward to getting started on September 4th and I hope you are too!

Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary – Are You Interested?

“At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to St. Louis de Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric; indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption.” (Blessed Pope John Paul II, Crossing The Threshold of Hope)

It is with great pleasure that I finally get to reveal the BIG announcement. I’m going to get right to the point and then I’ll fill in some of the details.

On September 4, 2011 I will begin the 33 day period of preparation which will result in consecrating myself to Jesus through Mary on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Often referred to as the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration, this Church approved devotion has the ability to transform your life. As a result, I am inviting as many of you as possible to make this consecration along with me.

In order to make it easier, I will be devoting all of my Following The Truth radio programs during this period to the necessary preparation prayers. While you can say them on your own, you can simply listen to the program on BlogTalkRadio each night at 8 PM Eastern (or download the podcast from the BTR archives or iTunes) and we’ll do it together!

The Total Consecration is divided into themes:

Days 1-12: The Spirit of the World,

Days 13-19: Knowledge of Self,

Days 20-26: Knowledge of Mary,

Days 27-33: Knowledge of Jesus,

Day 34: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

How did this come about, you ask? While I was at the CMN Trade Show a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Mooney, the National Coordinator of Parish Consecrations for the My Consecration apostolate. This group is dedicated to promoting the advancement of St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus though Mary. Although I have made this consecration in the past, I’ve been wanting to renew it for some time. Additionally, I was thinking about a way that I’d be able to invite as many of you as possible to participate. After meeting Ray and watching his video presentation, I made the decision to use the resources of my Following The Truth apostolate to facilitate this process.

If you’re interested, send me an email at gary@followingthetruth.com (no message is necessary, just put the word “Mary” in the subject line) so that I’ll have an idea of how many of you will be doing this with me. Please share this invitation with as many people as you can. There is no cost and no vows are involved. You’re simply expressing the desire to become a better person and taking advantage of Mary’s help. It’s a great deal!

Please take a few minutes to watch the following video presentation featuring Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia. I also invite you to click on the banner at the bottom of this page if you wish to find out more information about the devotion or to receive your own devotion book and DVD, totally free of charge (although the group does appreciate donations).

Still not sure if this is for you? Listen to the Following The Truth radio program tonight at 8 PM Eastern (or download the podcast from iTunes or the BlogTalkRadio archives). I’ll also be blogging more throughout the week.

I promise you that this devotion will change your life. Order your materials and get ready…we begin on September 4th!

Order your free consecration materials to make the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Jesus through Mary