If you browse through Pinterest as often as I do, you may have come across the following pin (from AlwaysRooney):
I love this pin because it tells a great truth. The woman who believes in the Word of God will be blessed. But even moreso, I love seeing this pin because I know that the woman the Holy Spirit is speaking about here in Scripture is Mary.
Not only is Mary blessed, but as we read in a few verses prior, she is the most blessed among all women, because she believed in and said YES to the will of God.
Today my husband and I are beginning the 33 day preparation for total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort. Devotion to Mary is lauded as the quickest, easiest, and most secure path to union with Jesus.
As Saint Louis de Montfort writes in True Devotion:
“As all perfection consists in our being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus it naturally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms, unites, and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. Now of all God’s creatures Mary is the most conformed to Jesus. It therefore follows that, of all devotions, devotion to her makes for the most effective consecration and conformity to him. The more one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus…
…She enriches our good works by adorning them with her own merits and virtues. It is as if a poor peasant, wishing to win the friendship and favor of the king, were to go the queen and give her an apple – his only possession – for her to offer it to the king. The queen, accepting the peasant’s humble gift, puts it on a beautiful golden dish and presents it to the king on behalf of the peasant. The apple in itself would not be a gift worthy of a king, but presented by the queen in person on a dish of gold, it becomes fit for any king.
Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if she were our last end, but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her, we are giving it to Jesus. Whenever we praise and glorify her, she sings today as she did on the day Elizabeth praised her, “My soul glorifies the Lord.”
Tyler and I ask that you keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this consecration over the next 33 days.