Over on Catholicmom.com we are up to something WONDERFUL: A 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat to prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy (beginning Dec. 8th - yippee!!). Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.
Don't have the book or waiting for it to come in?? May I suggest listening to it on Mary Graham's Living Witnesses Podcast !!
Today I am revisiting my contribution to the 33 Day Marian Consecration Retreat from last week on Catholicmom.com - Renewing Our Baptismal Promises... DAILY!!
DAY 3 Reflection:
During Pope Francis’ General Audience on January 8, 2014, he assigned homework to the faithful. He encouraged each of us to find out the date of our Baptism. A date according to Pope Francis, that is even more important than our birthday because “it is a feast day.” Fr. Gaitley refers to our Baptism as, “the most significant in each of our lives.” Baptism is that moment each of us is adopted into God’s family –“made daughters and sons of the almighty God.”
Today in our reading we will be asked a very difficult question. Do we keep our Baptismal promises to reject Satan and give ourselves completely over to Christ? We all have to admit to an occasional falling short of these vows. We all sin. Yet, this news should not discourage us because we have been given the gift of Our Blessed Mother. Why is she so powerful against the wickedness and snares of the devil? Louis de Monfort shares in his True Devotion writings,
“Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little and humble handmaid of God and her humility humbles him more than the divine power.”
How can I incorporate my Baptismal promises into my daily prayers?
Let Us Pray:
Blessed Mother, help me daily to renew my vows to reject Satan and all his pomps and works. May I accept the abundant grace available to give myself entirely to your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Copyright 2015 Allison Gingras
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