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33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael E. Gaitley

“If we really love God, if we truly long to work for his kingdom, then we should find the quickest and easiest way to become saints, and thereby return to him. Now the quickest and easiest way to do this…is through the Marian Consecration.” – Michael E. Gaitley on St. Maximilian Kolbe’s desire to be an instrument for Mary

Grey links wrapped around people’s ankles and wrists, or medals clinked from their necklaces. What did these chains mean? Why were they so popular? Walking through the airport back to our gate, a FOCUS missionary explained it to me. The Marian Consecration. 

Catholicism’s reverence to Mary had been a mystery to me before the consecration. Now, I have a better understanding of her essential role, not only through serving as the mother of Jesus, but in the ways she intercedes to bring us closer to Him. 

33 Days to Morning Glory brings readers through the ways Mary has impacted saints on their mission, while teaching us about who she is. 

St. Louis de Montfort

“Mary makes the good things we give her more perfect…Mary is never outdone in her generosity.” 

She perfects our prayers and directs them wisely. St. Louis de Montfort’s section taught me that through the consecration, Mary polishes my prayers and distributes them wherever they are needed. St. Louis uses the analogy of someone who desires to give fruit to the king. When the fruit is brought to the queen first, she polishes it and puts it on a gold platter to hand to the king. In the same way, Mary takes our prayers and refines them before handing them to her Son. Author Michael E. Gaitley assures readers that this does not mean our own prayers will never be answered. She distributes our prayers for others and takes care of the things we pray for. According to Gaitley, “Because of her vantage point from heaven, and on account of her most intimate communion with her Divine Son, Mary can determine best which people are in most need of our prayers.”

St. Mother Teresa 

“In the third vision, the same great crowd was there again, but they were covered in darkness. Despite this, Teresa could see them. Within this scene, Jesus hung on the cross, and our Lady was a little distance away. Teresa, as a little child, was just in front of Mary. Mary’s left hand rested on Teresa’s left shoulder and her right hand held Teresa’s right arm.” 

She holds us. Just as any mother loves their child wholeheartedly and vows to protect them, Mary raised Jesus, so close to Him that she is called the first Tabernacle. She stands in the darkness of His passion, her gaze never leaving the face of her Son, the Son of God. The description of St. Mother Teresa’s vision struck me the most in realizing the gravity and importance of Mary’s character and role. She’s a spiritual mother who guides and stands beside us.  

St. Pope John Paul II

“Another essential element of Mary’s maternal task is found in her words to the servants: ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ The Mother of Christ presents herself as the spokeswoman of her Son’s will, pointing out those things which must be done so that the salvific power of the Messiah may be manifested. At Cana, thanks to the intercession of Mary and the obedience of the servants, Jesus begins ‘his hour.’ At Cana Mary appears as believing in Jesus. Her faith evokes his first ‘sign’ and helps kindle the faith of the disciples.” 

She points us to Jesus. She trusts in His power and knows only His will is enough to satisfy our souls. Her fiat is a perfect example. Her confidence in Jesus urges Him to begin His ministry, which introduces everyone to the person of Christ in His miracles, teachings, and heart for the world.

Love, 

Rachel

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