Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Total consecration is the perfect renewal of our baptismal vows with and through Mary, and should be taken very sincerely.
According to Saint Pope John Paul II, 'reading this book was to be a turning point in his life'- that this Marian devotion has been an integral part of his interior life.
According to St.Louis de Montfort - It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
...Mary has been unknown up till now, and that that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as he should be.
If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary. She who first gave him to the world will establish his kingdom in the world.
St.Louis de Montfort proposes that believers 'should spent at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus. They would then spend three weeks immersing themselves with the spirit of Jesus through the most blessed Virgin. Total Consecration is like a retreat for 33 days, with the Consecration on the 34th day. The Total Consecration retreat is divided into four parts:
Part 1 - 12 days - The spirit of the world
Part 2 - 7 days - Knowledge of self
Part 3 - 7 days - Knowledge of Our Lady
Part 4 - 7 days - Knowledge of Jesus
Day 34 - is the day of Consecration, usually on a Marian feast day.
Believers who would like to take their prayer life to a whole new level are invited to participate in this Total Consecration retreat to experience the joy of having a heavenly Mother on their side, who draws each one ever so gently, as only a mother can, to her beloved son, Jesus.This retreat when taken seriously draws the believer one step closer to the Mother and thereby one step closer to Jesus.
The Totally Yours app allows the user to sign up for a retreat using the 'Recommended Start Dates' (Preferred option), or the user can choose to start the retreat on any given date. Each of the four parts contain a daily reflection and specific prayers. Also included is a journal for the user to jot down anything that touched them that day.The daily learning tab allows the user to specifically identify up to 3 areas that they'd like to be reminded of throughout the day.
During the 33 day retreat, users are invited to light a candle offering for a personal intention or for a special cause. The lit candle will burn for 9 days, during which time the user can share the lit candle and prayer with the person they are praying for, to encourage them and let them know that they are being prayed for. The candle once lit will also appear on the world candles view, where the user can receive prayers from other users or can tap a candle and pray for someone else - as a sign of our Christian unity, as the body of Christ.
Just as our Holy Father recently consecrated the whole world to Mary, why not join in and consecrate yourself and your family to Mary. You and your family will surely be blessed.