Newsletter #29

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

We have now stared to speak 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.

“Mary will produce the greatest things that there will be in the latter times. The formation and education of the great saints, who shall come at the end of the world, are reserved for her.” (TD. 35)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Seminary and Convent in Boston Kentucky has been dedicated to Our Blessed Mother for this formation and education of the great saints, who shall come at the end of times.
In both True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and The Secret of Mary St. Louis De Montfort summarizes the “interior” practice or set of practices, by saying that one who has made a total consecration to Jesus through Mary, should strive to do all that they do “through Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary, so as to be able to do it all “through, with, in and for Jesus”. These four words, “through”, “with”, “in” and “for”, require some further explanation.

To do all that we do “through” Mary 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, and self-seeking, that we may find in ourselves.

To do all that we do “with” Mary means that we should try to let Mary accompany us in all that we do, showing us the way, guiding our actions. Or, as St. Louis Marie says in The Secret of Mary, 45, “we must take her as the accomplished model for all that we have to do.”

To do all that we do “for” Mary indicates that we do everything for the honour and glory of Mary, as her true slaves; not that we do not do this for the honour and glory of God himself, but in the assurance that Mary will lead us to God.
To do all that we do “in” Mary is a little harder to understand; and so, will form the topic of as “Living in Mary”.

Living in Mary

The phrase “Living in Mary” sums up the interior attitude of one who has mastered the art of living to the full the total consecration of oneself to Jesus through Mary. It is the putting into practice of the fourth of the “interior practices” of true devotion to Mary, doing all that we do in Mary.

St. Louis Marie recognizes Mary as the “dwelling place of God”, the “paradise” of God, since she received him in her womb and (more importantly) in her heart. And we are trying to enter into the heart of Mary, resting there, relying on her, hiding within her and abandoning ourselves to her care. This is something of a “mystical” notion, and it is not everyone who will be able to achieve this. In fact, St. Louis Marie stresses that it is only by a special grace of the Holy Ghost, that we can enter thus into the heart of Mary: “The unfortunate children of Adam and Eve driven from the earthly paradise, can enter this new paradise only by a special grace of the Holy Ghost which they have to merit (TD 263).

We should, however, if we are serious about living our total consecration to Jesus through Mary, try to attain this sense of “living in Mary.” It is a question of an intimate union between Mary and ourselves so that, in whatever we do, we try to be as united with Mary’s motives and dispositions as it is possible to be.

The apostles of the end times thus educated and formed are the necessary instruments for the realization of God’s plan the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In my next newsletter I will explain the condition, activity, and spirituality of these APOSTLES OF THE END TIMES.
Let us become slaves of Mary, that we may become great saints!

Fr. Pancras Raja
Spiritual Director
May 1, 2020

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