e in Me, and I in you. … Without Me, you can do nothing." (Jn. 15:4
-5); "You areall one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:28).
Consecration: "You are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world" (Jn. 15:19);"Be you also as living stones, built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritualsacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Pe. 2:5).Therefore, the most perfect devotion is that which most perfectly conforms, unites, andconsecrates us to Jesus Christ. St. Paul told the Christians: "be followers of me as I also am of Christ"(1 Cor 11:1). To follow in the footsteps of those conformed to Christ is to conform to Christ Himself.Since Mary is the creature that is the most conformed, united, and consecrated to Jesus, the moresomeone is conformed, united, and consecrated to Mary, the more he is conformed, united, andconsecrated to Christ.
Giving All to Mary
The devotion St. Louis promotes consists in giving everything
one’s body, soul, exterior goods,
one’s virtues and the merits of his good works –
to Jesus through Mary. Other acts of
devotion do an immense good, the first among those is Our Lady’s Rosary. Even that does not, in and
of itself, impose an obligation to give everything one has, does, and is
to theBlessed Virgin. Once the act of consecration that St. Louis proposes is made, one has given everythought, word, deed, and suffering to Mary, without reserve, unless there is an intentional retraction.This should give comfort to the Christian. It is like the parable of the talents. (Mt. 25:14-30) Youand I are the Christians who are, perhaps, given fewer talents, and perhaps are weak and liable tobury them in the sand. The Blessed Virgin is certainly the one who gained the most talents, being
"Blessed amongst women" (Lk. 1:42). What this consecration does is it gives the talents of one’s life
to the one who has gained many to invest for us. Perhaps from the merits of our life, the Master wouldbe dissatisfied with us. But by giving them to Mary, surely the wise and faithful Servant (the Blessed
Virgin), who reaped the interest, will look after us. When Christ comes to us as Judge, there’s no one
we would rather see at our defense than His Mother.
To Jesus through Mary
The perfect gift of self to Mary helps us to conform to Jesus. This is because we are only imitatingHim, Who "emptied Himself" (Php. 2:7), and was obedient and subject to Mary, and relied upon Herfor everything in His first years. This devotion unites us to Jesus, Who said, "I seek not My own glory"
(Jn. 8:50), but sought His Father’s glory "by finishing the work which Thou gavest Me to do" (Jn.
17:4). This devotion to Mary unites us with Him in glorifying the Trinity by giving that by which weglorify God and the merits for our works to Our Lady, who can render God the greatest glory with oursmall gifts.Through this devotion, we are consecrated to Jesus, by our being set aside for Him by Our Lady.Just as Jacob received the blessing from his father Isaac only by being prepared for it by his motherRebecca (cf. Gen. 27:1-40), we are set aside for consecration to Jesus most efficaciously by beingprepared by the Blessed Virgin Mary.We can often ruin our good works by having a motive that is mixed together with self-love. Nowyou can understand how much merit slips through our fingers. But if Our Lady presents these meritsto God, He will not refuse them. Our Lady will purify any stain of self-love or self-interest.
On Personal Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
In an extract of Father Paul Trinchard’s book,
The Awesome Fatima Consecrations
(See RelatedArticles,"Your Awesome Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary"), the author reflects onthe very important personal Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in light of theprophetic Fatima Message. These inspiring reflections demonstrate how truly awesome this Act of