Newsletter #27

Newsletter 13. April 2020
Dear Friends and Benefactors,

So far in my 12 newsletters I have spoken to you about the devotion of reparation to the immaculate Heart of Mary. Now I would like to start a series of newsletters about the manner and living of the Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary according to the spirit of St. Louis de Montfort and according to the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

At Fatima the Mother of God revealed the great project of Jesus Christ for us. “The Merciful Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you”, said The Angel of Fatima. And Our Lady told: “JESUS WISHES TO ESTABLISH IN THE WORLD DEVOTION TO MY IMMACULATE HEART.”
In the person of Lucia Our Lady addressed to each one of us: “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me better known and loved.” “God wishes that His Holy Mother should be at present more known, more loved and more honored than she has ever been; this will happen,” says St. Louis de Montfort, “if people enter into the interior and perfect practice of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” (True Devotion – 55)
Every one of us is called to work upon this project! By our Consecration and Devotion of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Jesus wants to prepare us for His “Plan of Grace”, the “Apostolate of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
“These Apostles of the latter times”, says St. Louis de Montfort “will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as her subjects and slaves of love …. And they will give themselves to Mary body and soul without reserve, that they may thus belong entirely to Jesus Christ.” (True Devotion – 55)
Accordingly, the call of Our Lady at Fatima must be answered urgently by the traditional Catholics by their own Total Consecration and Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This is the most powerful means of co-operation with our Blessed Mother to crush the head of Satan and rout the errors of modernism inside the Church and throughout the world.
The Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to St. Louis de Montfort, consists in giving ourselves entirely to the Most Blessed Virgin, that through Her we may belong entirely to Jesus Christ.
To make the total consecration fruitfully, we should prepare ourselves truly and seriously for 33 days. These 33 days, signifying the 33 days of Our Lord’s lifetime on earth, are 33 days of spiritual exercises according to the Spirit of St. Louis de Montfort.
And together with this preparation there are some exterior and interior practices proposed by St. Louis de Montfort – which will enable us to continue living the Consecration throughout our life.
It is one thing to make an “Act of Consecration” to Jesus through Mary; but it is another thing entirely to live out that consecration. And it must be lived out, otherwise it is not a true “consecration”. A consecration implies that we dedicate ourselves totally to the service of God, and so it demands that the whole of our life, and every aspect of it, should be affected by that dedication. St Louis Marie de Montfort recognized that this is a difficult thing to achieve; he said: “It is not enough to give ourselves just once as a slave to Jesus through Mary; nor is it enough to renew that consecration once a month or once a week. That alone would make it just a passing devotion and would not raise the soul to the level of holiness which it can reach. …. The chief difficulty is to enter into its spirit, which requires an interior dependence on Mary, and effectively becoming her slaves and the slaves of Jesus through her.” (Secret of Mary, 44)

From the quotation above, it can be seen that, in the thinking of St. Louis Marie, the essential thing about “living” total consecration lies in what he calls its “interior practices” – that is, not in external things, however praiseworthy, such as prayers, devotional practices, performing external actions; but rather in the attitudes and dispositions of the mind and heart. It means that we rely on Mary, rather than on ourselves and our own talents or strength, to do all that we do. It means also that we must be led by the spirit of Mary in making our choices in everyday life, and not by any spirit of ambition, self-glorification, self-seeking, that we may find in ourselves.

Let us become slaves of Mary, that we may become great saints!

Fr. Pancras Raja
Spiritual Director
April 1, 2020

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