How many of my readers have made a consecration to Jesus through Mary? I do one at least once a year as a requirement of being a member of the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests. We start ours this August 15. It’s a 33-day consecration based on St. Louis de Monfort’s Preparation for Total Consecration. We will make our consecration on the day marking Our Lady of Sorrows.
Bishop Lopes is calling for the priests of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to join him in consecrating the Ordinariate on Sunday, Oct. 15. It might be nice for our parishes to make 33-day consecrations together using the St. Louis de Montfort method, or 33 Days to Morning Glory, the first one I used that I highly recommend for those who have never done a consecration before. My friends Dennis and Angelina Girard have also developed a nine-day Marian Consecration for Little Souls, using cartoon characters and the stories of the Marian apparitions at Gaudalupe, Lourdes and Fatima to prepare for consecration. They call it “apparition evangelism.” This would be good for doing in families or in a Sunday school. It’s in EWTN’s catalogue.
As you all well know, this year we celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.
Earlier in May, I arrived in Fatima to join the first few days of
a pilgrimage of parishioners from our Cathedral Parish of Our
Lady of Walsingham. Being half Portuguese myself, Fatima
has always held a special place in my heart.…
The message of Fatima is one of peace in the midst of
the bloodiest century in human history, of penitence in the
midst of rising secularism and hedonism, and of conversion in
the midst of totalitarian and godless quests for power. In our
own day, this message is all the more powerful and necessary.
Also at the core of the Fatima message is consecration to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, precisely as the means for
achieving peace, penitence, and conversion. As we celebrate
the 100th anniversary of these apparitions, I would like to
invite you to make this Marian consecration part of the
spiritual growth of your Ordinariate community.
[Here follows] the text of the Prayer of Consecration
of the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, composed by Pope
Saint John Paul II. Marian devotion was at the center of his
spirituality, and devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was a
particular expression of that devotion. It was with her in mind
that he offered this prayer of consecration to the whole Church
in the year 1982, exactly one year after the assassination
attempt on his life on May 13, 1981, the liturgical Feast of Our
Lady of Fatima. He knew that, without the virtues of Mary’s
Immaculate Heart, the modern world would be fraught with as
many dangers as the developments it promised.
Between now and October, consider praying this
prayer of consecration on the 13th of each month for the
intentions of our Ordinariate and the faithful entrusted to your
care. On Sunday, October 15, I invite you to join me in
consecrating our Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter to
Mary’s Immaculate Heart by praying the prayer publicly at the
conclusion of Sunday Mass. May the virtues of her heart be
born in each of us for the greater glory of God, the building up
of the Church, and the spread of the Gospel!
With every good wish,
+Steven J. Lopes
St. John Paul II Consecration to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary
We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God.”
Oh Mother of individuals and peoples, you who “know all their
Sufferings and their hopes,” you who have a mother’s awareness of
all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness,
which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, as though
moved by the Holy Spirit, addressdirectly to your Heart.
Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid, this human
world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are fullof
disquiet for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.
In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals
and nations which particularly need to be entrusted and consecrated.
“We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God.” Reject not
the prayers we send up to you in our necessities. Reject them not!
Accept our humble trust — and our act of entrusting!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
It was precisely by reason of this love that the Son of God consecrated
himself for all mankind: “And for their sake I consecrate myself,
that they also may be consecrated in truth”(Jn 17:19). By reason of
that consecration the disciples of all ages are called to spend
themselves for the salvation of the world, and to supplement Christ’s
afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the Church (cf. 2 Cor 12:15;
Before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, we today,
together with the whole Church, unite ourselves with our Redeemer in
this his consecration for the world and for people, which only in his
divine Heart has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation.
The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all
individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the
spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in
our times, in the heart of man and in his history.
Oh, how deeply we feel the need for consecration on the part of
humanity and of the world—our modern world—in union with Christ
himself! The redeeming work of Christ, in fact, must be shared in by
the world by means of the Church.
Oh, how pained we are by all the things in the Church and in each one
of us that are opposed to holiness and consecration! How pained we
are that the invitation to repentance, to conversion, to prayer, has not
met with the acceptance that it should have received! How pained we
are that many share so coldly in Christ’s work of Redemption! That
“what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” is so insufficiently completed
in our flesh.And so, blessed be all those souls that obey the call of
eternal Love! Blessed be all those who, day after day, with
undiminished generosity accept your invitation, O Mother, to do what
your Jesus tells them (cf. Jn 2:5) and give the Church and the world a
serene testimony of lives inspired by the Gospel.
Above all blessed be you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest
way obey the divine call!
Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of
your Son! Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along
the paths of faith, of hope and love! Help us to live with the whole
truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family
of the modern world.
In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples,
we also entrust to you the consecration itself, for the world’s sake,
placing it in your motherly Heart.
Oh, Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which
so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose
immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and
seem to block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction,
from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of
God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and
international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all
individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world your
infinite power of merciful Love. May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope. Amen
I’m in! How about you?