Daily Archives: August 10, 2012

Consecration to Jesus through Mary


Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort: Consecration to Jesus through Mary

I, , unfaithful and sinful as I am,

today take Your hands in mine to renew and ratify my baptismal promises.

I renounce forever Satan, all his seductions and works.

I make a total donation of myself to Jesus Christ, Incarnate Wisdom,

with the intention of carrying the cross in His footsteps, all the days of my life,

and of being more faithful to Him than I have been until now.

Today, with the whole court of heaven to witness,

I choose you for my Mother and Queen.

As your slave, I deliver up and dedicate to You my body and soul.

all my spiritual and temporal possessions, including the rewards of

any good action of mine, past, present or future, with the right to make

use of me and what is mine, without exception, as you think best

for the greater honor and glory of God in time and eternity. Amen.

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Sin


I often see sin and getting stuck in bad behavior as a sea, loaded with fish hooks. So numerous are the hooks, line and bait that you can barely see the water your swimming through because the hooks that seek to grab you are so thick with every type of bait, its impossible to swim through them all without at least one catching you from time to time. The bait is always the same. Sex, lust, greed, envy, drugs, money, vanity and so on. They appeal to us at times when we feel we are unloved, unforgivable, and sometimes when our resistance is completely down. Its when we haven’t seen “Holiness” in our hearts yet, that they are completely invisible and we don’t even realize we have become human pin cushions, loaded with them, that they pose the greatest threat.

We always hear about the Apostles tossing out their nets and catching fish. We never hear about them using a fishing pole with bait. With the exception of Matthew 17:27 – I can only ponder this having to do with the supremacy of our Lord and how He owns each and every one of us, therefore is in no need for bait to catch us on a single hook. Rather he brings us all to the surface together, some He sees in need of doctoring and removing all the hooks, applying medicine to our wounds and then sometimes tossing us back into the water through His mercy, to heal and grow larger in the faith. He is always there for us. When we do grow in the faith we then see the hooks that made us sick in the first place, and avoid them as best we can. He gave us the sacrament of Reconciliation, to make it through the sea, doing His will, bringing forth more life, to give the glory to Him and not continuing to be hooked on the things that made us sick, in which we die and sink to the depths where we are forgotten. A dead fish goes with the flow. A live fish swims against the current, to promote life in Christ.

My hope is that I am not a dead fish, but seriously wounded and I may be used to catch a much larger fish for my Lord Jesus Christ. I trust in His mercy and forgiveness.

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