The day has arrived! Beginning today, I’ll be leading 1,300 participants (you read that correctly…a new record!) through the preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on my daily BlogTalkRadio show. As most of you know, I’ll be using the acclaimed book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael Gaitley as the basis for our 33 day preparation. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the My Consecration website to order your FREE Total Consecration kit, which includes a copy of the book that we’ll be using. Obviously, if you’re ordering the book now you won’t receive it in time to begin our preparation, but don’t panic. Although it’s recommended that you have a copy of the book, it’s not mandatory. I will be reading the daily material on my radio show, so you can just listen along.
If you haven’t yet signed up for our email mailing list, you can do so HERE. Signing up for the list will ensure that you get my weekly email summaries. I’ll also use these emails to address common questions or areas of confusion. Rest assured that I will not share your email address with anyone.
What Is Total Consecration?
According to Fr. Gaitley, Marian consecration means “giving Mary our full permission to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs”. The preparation period will involve 33 days of meditation and prayer, based on the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed Pope John Paul II. After making our way through the preparation phase we will then make (or renew) or Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
As we journey through the 33 day preparation process, I encourage you to email me with ANY questions or concerns that you may have. We are on this journey together and I am available seven days a week to assist you in any way I can. My ministry is a full time occupation and I am honored to help you in any way I can. Since we have such a large number of participants, however, I will be dealing with numerous email requests. I ask for your patience, as it may take a day or two to respond to you questions.
How Can I Listen To Your Radio Show?
The Following The Truth Radio Show airs Monday – Friday at 8 PM Eastern and (for the duration of the Total Consecration preparation period) every Saturday – Sunday at 2 PM Eastern. You can also listen to or download the podcast from the BlogTalkRadio archives (immediately after the program airs) or from iTunes (the day after the program airs). To listen to the nightly show or download the podcasts, visit the Following TheTruth BlogTalkRadio page. Additionally, you can listen to the last 5 podcasts directly from my website.
How Does The Retreat Work?
The format of the retreat is simple. Each day, I’ll present the daily material during the first 30 minutes of my radio show. During the second half of the show, I’ll read and discuss the daily Mass readings as well as various Marian topics. Although I’d strongly encourage you to listen to the entire program (because I’ll tie the readings to the daily Consecration material), I’m placing the Total Consecration material at the beginning for the sake of those who don’t have the time to listen to the entire show.
Need More Information?
For the past 2 days, I have devoted my entire 60 minute show to the subject of Total Consecration. On Monday’s show (click HERE to listen), I explained more about Total Consecration. On Tuesday’s show (click HERE to listen), I discussed common questions and pitfalls associated with the process. I strongly recommend that you listen to those podcasts for more information.