Total Consecration

Monday, November 03, 2008

+AMDG

Hello all, 
It has been a while since I have written concerning a vocation, but I have been very busy with nursing school. I enjoy reading all of your posts, and I pray for you all daily. I will keep this post short and sweet- I was wondering if anyone here had done St. Louis de Montforts Total Consecration to the Blessed Mother? I know one of the starting dates is coming up and I would like to delve in, but I am aware that it is not to be taken lightly. (how appropriate for one discerning a vocation to give ones self entirely to the Blessed Mother!) I was looking for a little feedback if you had any! 
With prayers, 
Roberta

12 comments:

Nun2Be Monday, November 3, 2008 at 8:32:00 PM PST  

+JMJ

Hey Roberta!

The next date for the Consecration is December 8th [Immaculate Conception :)] which means that the starting date is Nov 5th this wends...I know this because I will be making my Consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception :D...a site that I like about the Total Consecration is http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html I hope this helps!

Pax!
Kate

Mark Monday, November 3, 2008 at 10:19:00 PM PST  

Roberta:

I've done it. It certainly isn't to be taken lightly. But it has great rewards.

The main thing as well is that you are consecrateing yourself to Jesus through Mary; at the same time all your merit becomes Mary's to do with as she wills. No more indulgences for you, if you know what I mean...

Mark Monday, November 3, 2008 at 10:20:00 PM PST  

P.S. If you read John Paul II's writings, he would indicate this type of consecration and devotion to be absolutely necessary for vocational discernment.

Do you also wear a scapular?

vidimusdominum Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 3:17:00 AM PST  

Roberta,

Write to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They will send you a information packet along with the 'Manual for the Total Consecration to Mary' (A 173 page book that contains al the 'rules', prayers and preperatory texts). I've started the preperations and will be making my consecration on the Feast of the Imaculate Conception.

God bless!

vidimusdominum Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 3:18:00 AM PST  

Here is their website:

http://www.saintbenedict.com/

Totus Tuus Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 5:48:00 AM PST  

Roberta,
I went through Total Consecration, and, like Mark said, it's not to be taken lightly, but it will change your life for the better and is totally worth all the grueling effort required.

Anonymous,  Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 10:31:00 AM PST  

Roberta, I have been considering the act of total consecration as well. I was planning on beginning the preparation this week, but the more I have read about it the more I think I am be hasty. This is truly something not to be taken lightly, and I feel I need to work on improving the basics in my life such as prayer and discipline so that I am not one of those that St. Louis labels as "Inconstant devotees" of Our Lady. I hope that I will be able to truly comprehend this consecration in order to make it on the Annunciation, which is the Feast that St. Louis recommends most of all. As a young man struggling in life and confused with a possible vocation, I agree with you that this consecration is most appropriate for one discerning a vocation as it gives oneself entirely to the Blessed Mother. I will continue to pray for all those struggling with considering the religious life, and please, everyone, add this particular intention to your prayers!

Mark of the Vineyard Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 8:52:00 PM PST  

How much do the Sisters charge for the packet? Do you ask for it via their website or e-mail?

Vidimusdominum Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 8:55:00 PM PST  

Roberta, Anon. is right. E-mail the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Manual, read through it prayerfully then select a date to prepare for it. St. Montfort denined his first Daughter of Wisdom from making the Consecration for several months so as to ensure that she was a worthy slave of Jesus through the Mary.

Mark, the packet is free.

Mary Pedry Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 9:14:00 PM PST  

I read through through the book called "True Devotion to Mary" by DeMontefort - this previous to making the consecration. I am glad I did it that way and took time. RE: vocation - you mentioned nursing school - have you heard of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan? they are a truly unique order; very genuine, orthodox...and well, look them up, you might find something in common! :-)
God Bless.

Maria,  Friday, November 7, 2008 at 11:50:00 AM PST  

I agree with the need to adequately prepare since consecration is such a deep mystery - flowing out of and perfecting our baptismal consecration. I would suggest the following for both those preparing and those who have already made it. "Mary, Model and Model of Consecrated LIfe; a Marian synthesis of the theology of consecrated life based on the teachings of John Paul II" byFidelis Stockl, ORC. this is invaluagle - arranged systematically for use in novitiates on what consecration is, etc. all from John Paul. (available from Institute of Religious life (www.religiouslife.com) or Amazon. also Mr. Jerome Coniker has a marvelous set on consecration done with Cardinal Chiapi, OP, the papal theologian for 50 years. available from Family Consecration (www.familyland.org) "Totus Tuus, JPII's program of Marian Consecration and Entrustment" by Msgr. Calkins (www.marymediatrix.com) If you are seeking to deepen your consecration try Fr. Dominic de Domenico's book on Consecration or True Devotion to St. Joseph (available from Dominican New Hope Publications) this last one is a Thomistic explanation of how consecration to St. Joseph perfects our Total Consecration to Mary.

Phantom of the Opera Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 12:47:00 PM PST  

Hi Roberta!

I was just surfing the net when I saw your name on one of your posts and I thought, could it be the same Roberta I know? Reading your posts, I believe it's you!! Wow, what a small world on the Internet!!! lol I honestly don't know much about the consecration thing, but I just wanted to say hi b/c I haven't seen you since the Christmas concert! Hope junior year is going well, and I want you to know I admire you a lot! :)
Love,
Kathy S.

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