The first day of this new year was one of the best days of my life because it was the beginning of a new life. For 33 days I had been preparing for this day and finally it was here. After Mass as I knelt before the tabernacle and poured out the words to the prayer…
I consecrated my whole self to Mary.
Consecration to Mary as Michael E. Gaitley puts it in his 33 Days to Morning Glory is “the surest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect means to becoming a saint” because we are saying “yes” to Mary in allowing her to help us become saints. When we give ourselves completely to Mary, she in return gives herself completely to us.
Why should we consecrate ourselves to Mary if we could just turn to God?
1. Satan can’t stand Mary
“Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little handmaid of God, and her humility humbles him more than divine power” (Fr. Michael E. Gaitley). When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, she becomes largely involved in our life. She doesn’t fully stop him because we still have free will to choose, but Mary stands as an obstacle for Satan in his attempts to trick us.
2. We are imitating Christ
Jesus Christ gave himself completely to Mary when he was conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, who is God, chose Mary a simple human girl to bear him, raise him, and care for him. When we give ourselves to Mary, we are following Christ’s example and isn’t that what we are called to do- follow Christ?
3. Mary makes the best of our prayers
The moment we enter into consecration, all our prayers are sent to and through Mary. When we send all our distracted and imperfect prayers through her, she transforms them. Mary molds our prayers into a pure and perfect rose, places them on a gold platter, presents it before her Son. Who better advocate than Mary for all our intentions?
4. Mary makes our hardships a little sweeter
Since we offer everything up to Mary with consecration, she can aid us in our struggles. She can help make our crosses lighter and sweeter. She does so much for us that the “path to holiness is ‘a path of roses and honey’ compared to when we aren’t consecrated to her” because she loves us. She is our mother and wants us to be happy one day with her in eternity.
5. Mary takes care of and provides for us
When we give our beloved Mother Mary our sinful hearts through consecration, she in return lets us live in her heart. She doesn’t just give us her heart, but surrounds our heart with hers. All that befalls us Mary becomes responsible for. She guides us to holiness and will provide for our physical and spiritual needs if we just give ourselves in trust.
6. Consecration is an initiation into the Militia Immaculata
What could be cooler than being part of a spiritual army for Mary? Mary is the one who will crush the head of Satan, who God will use to ultimately destroy His enemy. Mary calls us all to rise up and fight for our salvation and the salvation of our souls. With the rosary as our sword, Mary as our leader and Jesus as our King goodness will prevail. But it all begins with consecration.
Jesus gave us His mother to guide, protect, and care for us.
He gave us a mother to fight for us and give us strength for the battle.
Jesus loves His mother so much, we could never love her more than Jesus does. When we give ourselves to Mary she will be at our side helping us as we strive for holiness.
January 1, the feast of Mary, Mother of God, was one of the best days of my life, because all this happened to me. I was for Mary and she was for me. Peace filled my soul because I knew that the Mother of God was now fully my mother too.
Now that you know how incredibly amazing it is to consecrate yourself aren’t you are just dying to do it right now? 😀 I greatly encourage you to spend a personal 33 day retreat going through this book: 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley so to consecrate yourself to Mary. Typically you would choose a Marian feast day to end on and on that feast day attend Mass where you say the prayer of consecration.
I encourage you to share this post so to encourage others in this glorious consecration. Let’s build an army for Mary that desires to win the battle for sainthood. Also after you are consecrated, (because I know you want to 😉 ) share your story as well. Let’s not be afraid to share our testimony.
Are you already consecrated? How have you been effected by her? I’d love to hear your story and thoughts in the comments below!
If you haven’t done this, are you going to? If you do, come back and share, I would be overjoyed to hear of your decision!
May Mary be forever with you on your journey forward.