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Authentic devotion must have proper foundation

By Sean Martin
John Paul II Generation

What is Marian Consecration?

Totus Tuus, I am all yours, was Pope John Paul II’s papal motto taken from St. Louis De Montfort’s book True Devotion to Mary and also alluding to the Scriptural text “I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3). Pope John Paul II encouraged the universal Church to give of themselves entirely to Jesus Christ the King by giving themselves entirely to Mary our Queen Mother. He encouraged Marian consecration like no other pope in the history of the Church. Since Pope John Paul II’s pontifical reign the faithful have been responding to his call to Marian entrustment. This is evident in the many ministries and organizations forming within the Church devoted to Marian consecration. “I would like to recall, among the many witnesses and teachers of this spirituality, the figure of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments. I am pleased to note that in our own time too new manifestations of this spirituality and devotion are not lacking” (Pope John Paul II Redemptoris Mater 48).

How do we know Marian Consecration is ok to practice?

All authentic Catholic devotion must have a proper theological foundation and be rooted in the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The theological basis for Marian consecration is understood in light of the doctrine of Mary’s universal maternal mediation. Mary is the Mother of God and the Spiritual Mother to all humanity in the order of grace.

Mary participates and shares uniquely in the one mediation of Christ by virtue of her Divine Motherhood. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is the one mediator between God the Father and humanity. Jesus’ one mediation does not exclude a participation and sharing in his mediation. Rather, Christ’s one mediation allows and calls for a sharing and participation.

Mary uniquely cooperated with the work of redemption of Christ. She participated in the suffering and sorrows of her son, our Lord Jesus. Mary merited all graces for humanity based on the rights springing from her motherhood, de congruo, what Jesus merited for humanity based on the rights of strict justice, de condigno (Garrigou-LaGrange The Mother of The Saviour and Our Interior Life 181). Therefore, it belongs to Mary to the dispenser of all graces. Pope Leo XIII called her, the "treasurer of our peace with God and dispensatrix of heavenly graces" (Miravalle Theological Foundations 287). In his 1904 encyclical letter, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, Pope Pius X offers a summary of the above “As the result of this participation between Mary and Christ in the sorrows and the will, she deserved most worthily to be made the restorer of the lost world, and so the dispenser of all the gifts which Jesus procured for us by His death and blood. . . . Since she excels all in sanctity, and by her union with Christ and by her adoption by Christ for the work of man's salvation, she merited for us de congruo, as they say, what Christ merited de condigno, and is the first minister of the graces to be bestowed (Miravalle Theological Foundations 361).

What Consecration should I pray?

Any consecrations (short or long) to Jesus through Mary are good to pray. The two most prominent formal Marian consecrations were written by St. Louis Marie Grignion De Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe.

hn Paul II’s papal motto taken from St. Louis De Montfort’s book True Devotion to Mary and also alluding to the Scriptural text “I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3). Pope John Paul II encouraged the universal Church to give of themselves entirely to Jesus Christ the King by giving themselves entirely to Mary our Queen Mother. He encouraged Marian consecration like no other pope in the history of the Church. Since Pope John Paul II’s pontifical reign the faithful have been responding to his call to Marian entrustment. This is evident in the many ministries and organizations forming within the Church devoted to Marian consecration. “I would like to recall, among the many witnesses and teachers of this spirituality, the figure of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments. I am pleased to note that in our own time too new manifestations of this spirituality and devotion are not lacking” (Pope John Paul II Redemptoris Mater 48).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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