What is the Consecration to Mary?
Venerable Pope Pius XII tells us that the “Consecration to the Mother of God is a total gift of self, for the whole of life and for all eternity; and a gift which is not a mere formality or sentimentality, but effectual, comprising the full intensity of the Christian life – Marian life. This consecration tends essentially to a union with Jesus, under the guidance of Mary.”
By consecrating ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are promising to be reliant upon Her for all our spiritual and earthly needs and to direct our prayers and petitions to Our Lord through Mary. This we do with absolute confidence because, as our spiritual mother, She possesses more knowledge of our requirements than we ever can. As the Queen of Heaven, She has access to the treasury of infinite graces from the Kingdom of her Divine Son.
In recent times Pope John Paul II reflected his own ‘Consecration to Mary’ in his apostolic motto “Totus Tuus” meaning “Totally Yours“ and also taught the same message when he said “Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily.”
When the saints and the Church voice the same strong opinion on our Lady, it is a powerful sign that the Holy Spirit is sanctifying it’s children, through Mary, to bring them to Christ. Pope John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on the 1st of May 2011. Pope Benedict XVI has also voiced strong support for this wonderful Marian Consecration.
Why Consecrated Ourselves to Mary?
Numerous Saints have openly proclaimed that by following in the footsteps of Mary, we will be lead perfectly to Christ. Our Beloved Mary modeled herself so thoroughly upon her Son, that Pope Benedict XVI declared Mary to be the most “perfect disciple of Jesus” and is wholly the “Mother and model of the Church.” We encourage you also, to use Mary as a model and place her atop your pedestal above all musicians, celebrities, players, millionaires, fashion symbols or runaway styles. We ask you to place Mary first and allow her to lead you to Christ. We ask you to profess her as your example just as Saint Francis did in his ‘Intro to Devout Life’ when he said: “O Blessed Virgin Mother of God, you shall be my example, I will follow you with all reverence and respect.”
“Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and will surrender themselves to her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus.”
Mary’s Great Sorrow
Perseverance throughout this consecration will come primarily from Divine motivation. The fuel for this motivation is the sorrow of our Lady and our Lord. The flame that will keep your fuel burning is your reaction to this sorrow. Are you willing to walk in the footsteps of Mary when so many of them contain sorrow? This sorrow is revealed in the many teachings of the Saints:
“If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love.”
Mary in her life on earth sought after her Son in much weeping and sorrow. When the Child Jesus was lost for three days Luke 2:48 states “And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”
Origen, who lived in the 3rd century, was a priest, confessor and father of the Church, and in a sermon on this passage quotes “Let us beseech him, let us seek him in much laboring and with sorrow of spirit and then we shall be able to find him whom we seek. For not idly was it written “thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing”. He who seeks Jesus, let him not seek carelessly or casually, or for the passing moment, as many seek him and so cannot find him. Let us however say to him “we have sought thee sorrowing” and when have said this he will make answer to our laboring souls that has sought him with anguish and he will say “did you not know that I must be about my fathers business.”
Origen teaches us too seek the Lord in a spirit of sorrow like Mary. Can we truly love someone and not feel sorrow if they are threatened or in danger? This is why, even today, Our Lady continues with miraculous signs to remind us that the spiritual welfare of our souls, and those of our neighbors is an urgent priority.
Being aware of, and sharing in this sorrow, will offer great motivation when fervently and perseveringly undertaking the steps of the consecration to Mary. Have you ever felt like crying when you have seen your mother cry? Have you ever had that confidence of doing what ever it takes to comfort, console or even share her sorrow? What if you saw Mother Mary weeping, would you have the same tears and confidence to be willing to do whatever it takes to comfort, console and suffer with her? If your answer is yes, you have taken the first steps in following our Lady.