Allison Gingras introduces the focus for the first twelve days of the Catholic Mom Consecration to Jesus through Mary.
St. Louis de Monfort instructed the faithful to prepare for the consecration to Jesus through Mary with specific exercises, which may be lengthened or shortened according to our life circumstances. Wise man. While he offered a particular format, he did not see it as required to prepare our hearts to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus through His (and our) Most Blessed Mother.
The purpose of this time of preparation, according to de Montfort, was for the faithful to work on removing the spirit of the world so to take on the Spirit of Christ. The exercises de Montfort suggested included three periods of prayer and reflection:
- Renouncement of the world
- Knowledge of Self
- Knowledge of the Blessed Virgin
- Knowledge of Jesus Christ
Over the next twelve days, we'll begin by contemplating how we allow the world—the busyness of our lives and even the doubts that can creep into our thoughts, to keep us from believing more fully in Christ. During this introductory period, as you reflect on each day's quote, consider taking time also to make an examination of conscience; then conclude one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.
Use this time to discover what keeps your heart from embracing all the grace, blessings, and love Jesus has for you. Ask the Blessed Mother to walk these 33 days with you, especially through the praying of the Rosary.
If you wish to take this spiritual journey together as a family, consider using your time in the car, during meals, or at bedtime to discuss the quote, share ideas on how we can draw closer to Jesus, and to recite the prayers together.
Please visit Catholic Mom Community on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, each day to find the quotes for daily reflection. If you are not on social media, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your heart to the words—from the Scriptures, saints, or prayers—that would guide you closer to Christ.
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About the Author
Allison Gingras works for Family Rosary, Catholic Mom and the Diocese of Fall River as a social media and digital specialist. She is the author of Encountering Signs of Faith (Fall 2022, Ave Maria Press). Allison developed the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women series including her volumes—The Gift of Invitation and Seeking Peace (OSV). Podcast host of A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras and a co-host of Catholic Momcast.