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Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. (Revelation 11: 19)

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

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Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is more than a devotion, it is as St. Louis De Montfort says, True Devotion to Mary.  True devotion to Mary is to have the devotion for Mary that God Our Father intended us to have when He created Her.  Our Father gave Her to us for His own purpose in the Divine plan for our salvation and sanctification and it therefore makes sense that we should use Her to the full extent as the means He gave us to make our return home to Him who made us and wants us to live in Him on earth and for all eternity in heaven. 

Total Consecration is simply to give one’s all to Her, everything, our goods both interior and exterior and even the merits of our actions past, present, and future. This means we depend on Her for everything in our physical and spiritual life.  It means we now work for Her and for whatever Her intentions are for us in our lives; we are at Her full disposal that She may do with us what She wills.  This is an act of complete abandonment to Her and trust in Her.  When we say, “I am all thine and all I have is thine”, She says in return,  “and all I have is thine.”

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Many people might then ask, “if I give Her everything am I not giving up who I am, my individuality and independence?”  Jesus said, “those who try to save themselves will lose themselves, and those who lose themselves for my sake find out who they really are.”  This means that those who give themselves completely to God are made into the image of God that He created them to be in the first place, no matter what events have transpired in their lives that have malformed that image, even if it is not recognizable anymore as the image He made.

And those who try to preserve their own idea of who they are will eventually lose who they really are.  Therefore, the only way to be that unique creation and retain a true and authentic individuality and be independent of the pressures of culture and media and relationships is to give oneself entirely to God without reserve.  This way we allow Him to form us into the image He made us to be.

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Others may ask, “if I give away all my merits will I have a lesser place in heaven?”  In giving to Her the value of all our merits, we place them in Her hands, and since She magnifies them by making them Her own and gives them to Her Son as if they were Her own, they come to Him with all the power of Her intercession.  Therefore they have infinite value and She does an immense amount of good with our little offerings.  And Jesus, who is just, counts as our merit what She gave Him not what we gave Her.  Therefore, we will have a greater place in heaven by our Consecration. 

Still others may object, “if we work for Her only, will we neglect our own needs and our own good?”  By making Her desires our desires and being concerned with Her interests alone, She will concern Herself with our interests and work on our behalf constantly and with great attentiveness.  Therefore, by doing Her bidding we ensure that our needs and obligations are taken care of.   We have the beautiful example of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego.  She asked Juan to come to Tepeyac the next day, but when he went home he found his uncle dying and decided to skip his  appointment with Our Lady to get a priest to give last rites to his uncle.

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 He went another route so as to avoid seeing Her, but She met him on the path he was on and told him to go to Tepeyac to do Her bidding, and not to worry about his uncle because at that very

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moment He was healed and would not need his intervention to get help anymore.  St. Juan Diego attended to Her desires and She took care of his obligation to his uncle.  She will not do less for us.

And even more people may ask, ”if I give Her the full right of using me as She wills, She might allow things in my life that I do not want or that I would not allow myself, and She may want me to suffer more than I can handle.”    Unfortunately what they are really saying is, what if She doesn’t really want my good or hurts me?  Our Lady can only want our good, She has no will of Her own, She is united to God in a perfect way.  And She wants us to be united to Him as well.  Therefore everything that is allowed in our lives is for that purpose, to form us be like Her Son, a true son of the Father and a true son of Mary.  The more generously we give ourselves to Her the less our purification and healing will feel like pain to us.  It is our resistance that causes pain because we are blocking the flow of grace in our lives, and the effect of that is that it feels like abuse.  It is precisely because of the fear of abuse that a soul resists his own purification, but resisting is to do to oneself exactly what he is afraid will be done to him, not seek one’s own good and abuse oneself.  It is like swimming against the current instead of going with the current.

A soul can not be more safe than placing himself in Mary’s hands completely and allowing Her to have full rights over him to do with as She pleases.  She will make better choices than we would on our own and guide us to heaven our true home because She loves us infinitely more than we love ourselves.  Any issues we have through woundedness tend us to make a priority of protecting our feelings over and above what our true good is.  She will be respectful of our feelings yet not allow us to forsake our true good for them, which is something we do not do well on our own.  She will not allow us to abandon God and will find the path for us that we can follow without feeling like we are betraying ourselves in our feelings.

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Ultimately people are asking, “can I trust Her.”  The real question though is, is She trustworthy?  All people trust in someone here on earth.  Why then can we not trust Her who is the Queen of heaven and can not ever will anything bad or make mistakes like men can?   On earth She never sinned, so She was completely trustworthy even then.  Now that She is in heaven and is the one through whom all graces flow and has been made the mercy of God, we should think that She is less trustworthy?  No.  We can trust Her because She is absolutely worthy of trust.  There is every reason to consecrate ourselves to Mary in a total manner, and no reason not to.

Is it not a relief to say I actually have a "sinless" mother? Rather than apprehension this fills us with confidence that we actually have a real mother who cannot be overcome by sin or evil, who cannot become contaminated, infect or harm us; and in fact, the more we believe in this our maternal bond with Her as Her child fills us with Her virtues and the impassible strength that accompanies them.

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.   (Revelation  12: 1 - 6, 10)

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