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:
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:
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:
How can I keep up with news or updates during the devotion? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com