When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.John 19:26-27
A Glorious New Morning on the First of the Year
In a few of my previous blog posts, I mentioned that I was working on the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration. I’m blessed that I finally completed it on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1st, 2020.
I began this new year in a beautiful way by consecrating myself to my Blessed Mother. Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, who wrote 33 Days to Morning Glory and spoke at SLS 20, said that when we consecrate ourselves to Mary, our consecration day will feel like “a glorious new morning,” and mine truly did. After going to confession, going to Mass wearing one of my new chapel veils, and receiving the Eucharist, I prayed my consecration prayer on the first morning of 2020. I felt wonderful on that morning as I gave everything to my Blessed Mother and asked her to use all that I am and all that I have to give glory to her Son.
About Marian Consecration
Fr. Gaitley referred to Marian Consecration as the surest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect way to become a Saint. In all that Mary does, she gives glory to Jesus, so consecration to Mary is actually consecration to Jesus; we just go through Mary because her mission as our Heavenly Mother is to bring her children to her Son. She does the will of God perfectly and she has an unlimited amount of grace to distribute to us, so Mary helps us to grow in holiness and become Saints.
Several of the greatest Saints, like St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II consecrated themselves to Mary and encouraged others to do the same. Marian Consecration renews our baptismal vows to reject Satan and to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as closely as possible. It also allows us to entrust Mary with all of our merits. She takes our prayers and perfects them for God. Our Blessed Mother cannot be outdone in generosity. She generously uses our prayers to help those in need, and she takes great care of our loved ones.
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Mary as our Heavenly Mother
During his Passion on the Cross, Jesus entrusted his mother to us. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his mother to behold her son, who in this case, is John, the beloved disciple next to her. He also tells his beloved disciple to behold his mother. This loving command still applies to us today.
As Jesus’ beloved disciples, we still welcome Mary into our homes and share our lives with her. We turn to her to help us grow closer to her Son and love him more deeply and beautifully. As followers of Christ, it is our duty to love Mary as our own mother because Jesus entrusted her to us. In return, our Heavenly Mother takes care of us. When we draw close to her, she brings us closer to her Son. I’m overjoyed that I finally completed my Marian Consecration, and I’m excited to see what I’ll do for Mary and what she’ll do for me. I’m grateful to have her as my Blessed Mother who keeps me in her most Immaculate Heart and graciously helps me draw nearer to Jesus Christ.
If you haven’t made your Marian Consecration yet, I highly encourage you to do so! You’ll grow so much closer to Jesus and Mary and you’ll constantly feel yourself growing in holiness. If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I’ll happily tell you more!