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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATED 9/13/11 – Here 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)