"If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes, and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so easily into danger and offense. It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of fervor, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn." These words from "The Imitation of Christ" are arguably the best advice one can give or receive. Cadel Evans of Australia clinched victory in the Tour De France today and the tears he shed in this awesome accomplishment showed just how humble a man he is. Cadel raced steady during the three weeks never in the lead until the end and although a favorite to win he showed up every day and raced with humility. So it is with total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. You show up every day and be humbled by God's grace, never feeling worthy of His love yet continuing on the journey as Mary did so many years ago. It is a walk of faith in which Thomas Merton would say, "I don't know if I do God's will but wanting to do His will is enough." God takes our humble efforts and perfects them beyond what we can understand. Ask the Blessed Mother in all humility to bring you to the throne of grace with all humility.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We are already consecrated to the Lord through our baptism. At the moment of baptism we are born again and made new. For many this act that happened as an infant seems lost in our everyday lives. For St. Louis DeMontfort salvation is a daily struggle, the struggle to grow closer to Jesus. The Incarnation is God touching man but it is a two way interaction as man touched God for the first time in history. What better way to draw closer to Christ than through the very person who brought him into the world, his Blessed Mother!!! If you begin the preparation for consecration today (visit MyConsecration.org), the consecration will take place on the feast of the Queenship of Mary. The first consequence of this spiritual exercise is Mary's Queenship as St. Louis DeMontfort writes, "Mary is Queen of Heaven and earth by grace, as Jesus is the King of them by nature and by conquest. Now, as the kingdom of Jesus Christ consist principally in the heart or the interior of man - according to the words, "The kingdom of God is within you"(Lk 17:21) - in a like manner the kingdom of the Blessed Lady is principally in the interior of man; that is to say, his soul. And it is principally in souls that she is more glorified with her Son than in all visible creatures, and so we can call her, as the saints do, the Queen of All Hearts."
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I do enjoy making and giving away rosaries. It is in a way an emptying of myself for others and I don't know why I do it and can't explain the full meaning it has to me. Some would say that it is the Holy Spirit working within me, again I don't know. What I can say is the fruits of the labor are evident. The last rosary give away has put me in contact with MyConsecration.org, whose mission is: " please visit their web site as it contains (without cost) how to make your Consecration. It seems so fitting that I blog this today on my 49th birthday which is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel my original Consecration. Since I have not renewed my consecration in many years it seams right that I go through the Consecration again starting July 20 and making my renewal Consecration on August 22 on the feast of The Queenship of Mary. I will share some of my thoughts along the 34 days and don't forget, IF YOU NEED A ROSARY PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I'LL SEND IT TO YOU FOR FREE!!!! Christ came to earth to touch man and opened the way for man to touch God. In our search it is comforting to remember that He seeks us first and it is our response that determines if we find Him, "If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ, and to provide an easy secure means for finding Jesus Christ." St. Louis De Montfort