Book Club

 

 

 

Hello Ladies and welcome to our May Book Club! This month we are reading and discussing, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr Michael E Gaitley, MIC.

 

 

The two questions I asked in the vlog were

1. Have you made your Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
2. How do we live passionate, heroic lives for Jesus through Mary?

I look forward to our discussion in the comments. Feel free to add any thoughts or reflections you had as you have begun reading 33 Days to Morning Glory..

 

 

In His Heart

Hi there, I’m Jenny. I’ve been married to Chris for 21 years. I homeschool our seven children–teen to toddler and I’m also the author of The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible©. My life; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure. I can also be found at The Littlest Way sharing favorite quotes and God’s grace captured.

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17 Comments

  1. I have had the St Louis De Montfort book for a year or so and read through bits and pieces of it. I am making my total consecration this coming Sunday ~ Our Lady of Fatima using some of de Montforts’ readings, and also the 33 Days to Morning Glory readings. I am loving the book, and the cover is beautiful.
    Thanks for suggesting this book for book club!

  2. Elizabeth

    I have been wanting to do this for years especially after having my son. I bought the book about a month ago and then ran into the website. I began reading last night. I hope to do it this month if not I wanted to be consecrated on Sept 8th my moms b-day may she rest in peace.

  3. God is funny!
    I have been meaning to make my consecration for the past 7 years. Hasn’t happened. I have good intentions; follow through – not so much.
    This year, I pulled my book out (not this one) and realized the next day was perfect to start and make my consecration on May 31st. Using the whole month of Mary to do this. Nice! And I have managed to do the readings and praying every night so far. God is good!

    I might have to get this book as well!

    blessings
    Karen

  4. Kerie

    I just ordered the book. Is it too late to join the discussion?

  5. Emily

    I keep thinking I’m GOING to make the consecration and then it falls thought…I have read deMontfort’s book. My Lay Dominican chapter does the consecration every year and I keep missing it. Next year. Guarantee. :)

  6. Marcie

    Like Alex I have only heard about this a few years ago. But never tried or understood. I to am a convert. I was raised mormon, so I am continually learning, So I happy you have suggested this for the month of May..
    God Bless you all

  7. I have recently in the past few years become a Catholic, and had never heard of the consecration to Mary until this book. Even after reading the introduction to the book I still don’t quite understand the what, or why. What does it mean to be consecrated to Mary, and why does one do it? I would love to hear some responses to why you chose to consecrate yourself to Mary.

    On a side note, what is a scapular?

    • Good Morning Alex. Great questions. Let me start with the easier of the two. Here is an explaination of the scapular, http://www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html
      “A scapular is a sacramental that looks like two small pieces of wool cloth connected by string that is worn over the neck, either under or over one’s clothing (typically under the clothing), such that one piece of cloth hangs over the chest, and the second piece of cloth hangs over the back (see picture below). They derive from the scapulars which make up part of monastics’ religious habits”

    • “Consecration to Mary” is the means by which one formally makes an act of trust in Mary as Queen Mother, in her power as intercessor for us with King Jesus, and in the perfection of her will to bring all souls to her Son. One consciously and formally, with outward signs, places oneself under the mantle of her motherly protection.

      http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecration.html

      I will say, it took me a couple of years to make my Total Consecration. I wonder “why” and just felt uncomfortable with the idea that from now on, all my prayers and works would go through Mary.

      It was not until I read this analogy that it became very clear to me.

      Say a poor farmer owes a debt to the King. One day he humbly brings all he has, an apple. But the apple is bruised and has some flaws. The poor farmer gives the apple to the Queen to present to the King on his behalf. The kind and loving Queen takes the bruised apple and peels the bad spots off, cuts the apple and arranges it beautifully on a serving platter to present to the King. The King, because of His great love for the Queen would never refuse anything She asks; not only because it is Her asking, but also because she knows how to ask.

      This story changed how I viewed “going to or through Mary.” It made even more sense when I read somewhere that in ancient times, the Queen of the Kingdom was sometimes the mother of the King, not the King’s wife.

      As a mother, I realize that many times the children may want something but don’t always know the right time or way to ask daddy. But as their mother, as the queen of my home, I have a better understanding of the “how” and “when”.

      None of this means we bypass Jesus. Quite the contrary, we follow His lead. He left His Mother to be our own as He died on the cross. His first miracle was performed at Mary’s request.

    • Alex…I have a post on the scapular that may help as well: http://desertofmyheart.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/something-about-mary-the-scapular/

      As to the why…I have the same thoughts as Jenny. In a way, it releases the *burden* of who I have to pray for and who and what I am offering up for someone. When consecrated, I give everything with any merit to Mary, *to pass through her hands* so to speak, and use those graces for what it is most needed for. When someone asks me to pray for them, I know they are immediately commended to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

      Mary, as a mother, knows our deepest intentions. It doesn’t mean we stop praying for a specific person or intention but as Jenny said, Mary then presents what *is most needed and pleasing* to the Lord to do with as He wishes.

      Before I put my scapular on, I kiss it with these words to Mary…”I am yours and everything I have is yours.”

      I hope that made some sense?

      • Thanks so much. I am looking forward to learning more about this as we read through the book.

  8. Michelle

    I started de Montfort’s way, but gave up soon after. God had me in mind when he thought of this book for sure. My parents were catholic, but not devout in my youth. After my father found AA, we were introduced to the Rosary. It saved my life and eventually brought me back full blown. I have always had a special devotion to Mary.

    You have reminded me that I don’t have to be like anyone but who I am. And how I pray and worship might not look at all like someone else, so long as I am passionate.

  9. rebecca

    I made my consecration according to the de Montfort method in 1996 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I have to admit that I made it quite blindly. I had never heard of it before and this woman was telling me about it and handed me this book and since I truly wanted to develop a devotion to the Blessed Mother – I took the book and did the preparation and made my consecration. I have since faithfully renewed the consecration every year and have repeated the 33 days of preparation. Every year I glean more from the this practice. I have since, like Theresa, embraced the Secular Carmelite vocation and have consecrated myself to Mary through her order. I was clothed with the Scapular on the Feast of the Annunciation – my “fiat”. As for living passionately…I think it is more important to have a burning fire that a darting flame. So the fire or passion for the Lord needs to be continually fed to keep the fire burning. The heroic part, well that would be for me doing the ordinary well and with great love, and for this I have the Blessed Mother for a model.

    • Rebecca…I had to go look up my date. I thought it was the same day as yours but it was December 8, 1997. I am glad I still have it and was able to find it : )

  10. I made my consecration so long ago…I think it was probably about 15 years ago. I still have the handwritten consecration tucked away with the date and a remembrance. I made it on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception using St. Louis de Montfort’s book.

    Since I have been professed as a Secular Carmelite, I am consecrated to Mary through her Order of Carmel. Wearing the scapular is a sign of that consecration, so I look upon that as my personal consecration to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

    I think living out passionate and heroic lives will look different for each person. For myself, it is the acceptance of what God brings into my life daily with an embrace…maybe even a smile always combating those negative tendencies. Not a *well I guess if this is the way it has to be, fine* kind of attitude but an unwavering acceptance of His Holy Will in everything through the guidance of Mary, who is the perfect example of saying *Fiat* in everything.

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