(via Catholic Stand)
Consecration to Jesus through Mary: does the notion pique your interest? Does it sound spiritually powerful, or does it raise questions? Many people have consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary over the years. Others have considered it, but not completed it. This year, starting on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, 2019, a Coast-to-Coast Total Consecration will begin in the United States. On that day, interested faithful will have the opportunity to begin to prepare for what often is referred to simply as “Marian Consecration.”
The Flame of Love Movement, dedicated to spreading the good news of the signal grace Flame of Love of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, is the driving force behind this Coast-to-Coast Consecration. Lori Brown is a leader in the Flame of Love Movement. She tells of how the group’s national advisory panel discussed a group consecration or re-consecration during a recent phone call. That idea grew quickly into one of broader scope, resulting in the Coast-to-Coast project. Many of the group then traveled on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. While there, they, “handed out hundreds of cards to pilgrims from around the world,” promoting the Consecration. Other associations of the faithful are beginning to promote this as well. Because of this, Brown believes that the Coast-to-Coast Consecration will actually become global in scope.
For one thing, Jesus tells us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20). On top of that, though, Brown talks of the “great outpouring of graces that will result.” She tells us that, “A huge army of praying warriors will be making this consecration together,” resulting in a torrent of graces. And do we ever need access to an abundance of grace in these times! Just take a look at the daily news to see how rampant evil is in every aspect of modern life. As Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, says, “In times of unprecedented evil, God wants to give us unprecedented grace.” Thousands upon thousands of souls setting themselves aside for Jesus through Mary can open up the pipeline to that grace.
The Consecration will follow the 33-day format suggested by St. Louis de Montfort in True to Devotion to Mary. Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, in his book 33 Days to Morning Glory, uses a 33-day schedule as well. There are brief meditations and a few prayers to recite each day during this time. Not to worry, though—this does not require a huge daily time commitment. Anyone, even busy laity, can fit this consecration into their schedules quite easily. At the end of the period, on the date of Consecration, organizers anticipate two separate live streams. These live streams will allow individuals, regardless of location, to participate via the web with thousands of others at the same time who are making the consecration together.
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