What is a Marian Consecration?
Total Consecration Jesus is an absolutely beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. The basic premise set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is simply that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that for us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go through Mary.
~ Total Consecration Explained (via New Evangelizers)
A New Book
The first wonderful blessing of this particular Marian Consecration was receiving a new book from Sophia Institute Press with which to make this journey with. Disclaimer: I was sent the book from Sophia for a fair and honest review. I will allow the fact that I went ahead an purchased a copy as a gift and my hubby downloaded the eBook on his Kindle (meaning we bought the book AGAIN), as evidence to how I felt about Fr. Ed Broom’s Total Consecration through the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Another favorite came from my decision to add more Eucharistic encounters to my 33 day preparation; attending many more Masses than usual as well as adding on a few extra Adoration hours! I discovered a rush of grace flowed from these sweet moments with my Lord. It helped tremendously with bringing peace during some struggles, losses and strains experienced this Summer.
Is Your Life not More than Food
While entering my thoughts from my reading each day, I also kept a food log. This may seem completely unrelated, however, the blessing came in finally having the grace to fast from some of my favorite foods and beverages. The list sadly and surprisingly included peanut butter, WINE (this is the saddest one to be honest), eggs, even watermelon and pineapple!! The fast became the center of my sacrifice and offering for this consecration – and the blessings magnified from there. Including learning about the 16:8 Intermittent Fast (more on this soon), which I have adopted as my new way of consuming calories each day.
“Why could we not drive it out?” And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”] ~ Mt 17:19-21
Prayed the Rosary WAY More than Usual
Aside from the fact that I will absolutely never pray the Rosary the same again after mediating for 5 weeks on the mysteries in light of this Consecration, I am also overjoyed to have a reminder of the 7 Sorrows of Mary. Somewhere in my ‘cool Catholic stuff’ drawer is a special 7 decade long Rosary on which to pray the Sorrows. I am on hunt for it – St. Anthony, St. Anthony – I am open for your assistance!
The illustrations were also conducive to meditation and reflection. Next time I use Fr. Broom’s book to renew my Consecration, I am also going to COLOR each illustration as I ponder the daily readings or conduct my colloquy!!