Discussion in 'Consecration to Mary' started by PotatoSack, Apr 10, 2016.
IN! Thank you for reminding me! I had wanted to do a renewal and completely forgot!
Potato Sack, I'm not sure if I'm replying on the right thread, but please count me in.
Many thanks to you and Julia.
HI Inis sounds great, I will add you. I started the thread called December consecration for the con secretion going on now.
Sorry to pull this thread to the top but I need some advise on the 33 day consecration. I did do it about 5 years ago or so and it was a blessing, I even asked for a sign at the end if I accomplished it to Mary's satisfaction and was overwhelmed with the smell of flowers when I enter my car shortly after.
I was called to confession just over a week ago (after waiting too long) which was one of the best confessions I've had in recent memory. Soon after I was called to start the 33 Days To Morning Glory Consecration again.
I am on day 4. Although not lining up with Marian feast days it will conclude on Divine Mercy Sunday which seems fitting. The part I struggle with and did the first time is offering all graces and merits to Mary to depose of how she see fit. I understand it to mean I am no longer praying for specific people, something I've done my entire life and am now leaving it up to her.
The last time I managed to go a long time doing this and trusting in her intercession for friends, family and others I would normally specifically pray for. But slowly as time when on I switched back to praying specifically for people. I have my brother and a close friend out of work and needing divine help. Help I know they won't be asking for themselves. So do I stop praying for them and just trust?
Is this an element of the consecration not all follow? Or do some see it as an integral part of it? How does one pray so generally when we see people close to us in need?
Any advise will be a great help.
I pray for others specifically even though I consecrated myself to Mary and gave her everything. I then remind her that she has everything but I really need her to help so and so. I think she would be ok with that in my opinion.
I gratefully gave Mary any graces that I may have earned. I am also a mother, sister, daughter, etc. and I remind Her of those who depend upon me for prayer and then I leave it up to Her. She is the Queen of Heaven and She knows far better than I who might be in immediate need of grace.
When I find myself trying to direct the universe according to my ideas, I believe my guardian angel reminds me that there is one far wiser than me with infinitely more power than I will ever possess, the Mediatrix of All Graces.
I don't know if you are watching the videos that go along with Fr. Gaitley's book but they explain all of this. Perhaps it's on the website as well I am not sure. The "problem" you are worried about is the one that most people have with the consecration. Yes you do give up your "right" to pray for specific people, but it is really a gain. I believe that it is not that you cannot pray for specific people anymore, it's just that if Our Lady sees that your prayers would be more helpful somewhere else She can apply them there instead. As Fr. Gaitley says though, Our Lady will not be outdone in generosity. Do not be worried. Entrust those you care about to Her Immaculate Heart and she will take care of them better than you ever could.
MMM, I have done just what you describe. First I stopped praying for everyone and just said 'Blessed Mother, take care of everyone.'
Then I got pangs of maybe God will think I have forgotten to pray for this one or that one, and have accumulated a load of people who I think I should mention in prayer again.
The thing is, Blessed Mother is asking us to pray for conversions in her messages. How do we do that if we don't ask in our prayers.
What a great question. And I believe it comes down to trust...actually radical trust. It is radical, and some might even consider reckless, to trust so much in our blessed mother. But I believe it is the best thing we can ever do. It might be the hardest part of the consecration for most to wrap their arms, head, and heart around, but as you accept it and grow in trust your worries will melt.
For me personally, as soon as I consecrated myself the first time I think 4 or 5 years ago now I stopped praying for particular people or intentions. It was difficult at first, but I just did it and continued to do it. It was a relief to not have to worry about an always growing prayer intention list. She knows what is in my heart and my worries and my family and their spiritual states (from what I can see, all very bad except for my mom). Over Thanksgiving however, after a conversation with a family member regarding abortion that was brought up due to the Trump election and victory, I realized she was much worse than I even thought regarding her support for abortion and the killing of innocent life. This propelled me to pray for her specifically and then I thought about another family member so far from God, and a friend in serious trouble. So, I put together a small list of about 5 prayer intentions that I pray a rosary for through Mary and ask her to choose which on the list needs it the most. So, I don't know if this is "allowed", but it is only after my daily rosary for our lady's intentions. I do my rosary for her, and then I do a second rosary for those intentions and let her choose which needs it most. A small part of me still thinks it is lack of trust on my part, but at the same time it got me from 1 rosary a day to 2, so that can't be a bad thing.
I guess the only other exception is I am doing the Nineveh 90 day challenge, so I am nearly done with a 54 day novena for those specific intentions as well as a few personal intentions I added. But in a few weeks I will be back to a rosary for our lady's intentions, and a second for the small list when I have time to pray 2 rosaries. I have managed to not give in to the temptation to pray for myself, as I have been without a career job for almost 9 years now and can't support myself. But she knows this and I am in her hands. That dream job will come at the right time. I am her girl after all, she will take care of me and not let me down
Mary is our Mom.
While we were growing up, we told our Moms about everything we needed but we really didn't have to. She already had it covered and we trusted in that.
Thanks very much for the help and advise.
Your just now liking this post which I made on Thursday, 4/14/16, is proving to be providential. I was asked to speak to the RCIA class this coming Sunday on how to prepare for their baptism at the upcoming Easter Vigil. I was considering how to share that their baptism will not be a once-in-their-lifetime event, but rather ever-living and ever-giving. Now I see your like and "Lo and behold!" Even after my talk, they will once more see this prayer for themselves on May 9th of this year. What a marvelous foundation this holy coincidence provides for my talk! Thank you! Alleluia!
All Praise to our Sovereign Liege!
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