St. Louis Marie de Montfort promoted a total consecration to Jesus through Mary in his book “True Devotion To The Blessed Virgin Mary”. In it he taught that we should give all our action and merits to Our Lady to be used as she wished, and she would then offer them to Jesus her Son.
O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.
I give Thee thanks for that Thou (Jesus) hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.
Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.
I, N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.
Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.
O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.
O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.
Consecration to Mary Immaculata by St. Maximilian Kolbe says the same thing: “Take me (Mary), with all that I am and have wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.”
In 350 AD a wealthy couple in Rome had no heirs, so they decided to give all their possessions to Our Lady. They discussed this with Pope Liberius (352-366) who agreed with them. Both the couple and Pope Liberius had a vision or dream that Mary was very pleased with the plan and that she would indicate where she would like them to use their wealth to build a church in her honor.
During the night of August 5th, the hottest time in Rome, snow fell on the Esquiline Hill as the miraculous sign from Mary as to where she wanted them to build her church. This Basilica is called Saint Mary of the Snow. From this we have the devotion to Our Lady of the Snow. Today this Basilica is better known as Mary Major.
From these total consecration to Jesus through Mary, we see the sacrificial offering of the faculties of our souls, our bodies and all our worldly possessions being given to Jesus through Mary. We also see how Mary was pleased by this couple’s generosity of giving their property to her for the greater glory of God.
Every thing we have, our soul, (which was purchase by Jesus’ precious blood on the cross), our bodies, our lives, our children, our spouses, our money, our property, our businesses and all our possessions really belong to God. Anyway, who can take it with them into death? What ever is given away here to God through Mary remains with us for all eternity. What ever we do for the poor in honor of Jesus and Mary go to heaven too.
So why not now, give all that you possess to Jesus through Mary? It will take some adjusting too because we like to be the prideful owner of our so called money and possessions. We like to be richer than others, to be superior to others. But once you give everything away to God through Mary, it is no longer yours to brag about or to feel proud about. Everyday we need to remind ourselves that what we have is no longer ours, but Jesus’ and Mary’s.
It will change the way we use our soul, body, family, money, businesses, homes, land and possessions. As Jesus says, we are only stewards of God’s possessions.
Jesus was born in an animal’s pen. Jesus was stripped naked and died totally poor on the cross. Mary and Joseph live with Jesus in a small house in Nazareth. Duck Duck Go (don’t google in protest) and see the small size of the House of Loreto or the small house from which Mary was assumed into heaven from, the house at Ephesus.
2) A life lived to serve God and others.
3) From a loving family.
5) A clean conscience.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and not attached to the things of this world. May we use all we have for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.