I made my consecration on December 8th at EWTN with three others and many employees. I have a first class St. Louis de Montfort relic which we had with us at the morning Mass and employee Mass. The next day, as I climbed the stairs of St. Paul's Cathedral on my way to Mass and directly under the Sacred Heart Statue, I fell down the stairs. I broke both feet and was in a wheelchair for a month. To me, this was a special grace to be offered up to our Lady.
My experience with the Consecration started at the prompting of a very holy friend of mine. I felt as though all of my problems in my life were weighing me down like a ton of bricks. I was desperate for relief from anxiety, worry and anger. After I finished the Consecration, I was hoping for a miraculous change in my life. It wasn't sudden, like I hoped for; the Blessed Mother became my "go to" saint for those late night desperate prayers. It seemed like when I cried out to her, she put my problems on the fast track to results. Not that my problems miraculously disappeared, but that she acquired the grace and the means for me to address the root of my problems. Most of all she has helped me to heal emotionally from a difficult childhood and a broken marriage. I love her very much. Now, it is my privilege to serve her every day, as her faithful daughter in Christ.
Thank you for the beautiful Mass of Consecration. The music was just beautiful. I felt so new in spirit as I went back to my seat with my brown scapular. It was as if the Blessed Mother wrapped her arms around me. I felt the Lord, the Holy Spirit so present in the Chapel that evening.
Since my consecration, I truly feel closer to Our Lady and the Lord. My family has become more prayerful, and I believe the whole parish as well. One person I know went to confession after many years’ absence and learned to pray the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I know that many of our parishioners are now making the Five First Saturday’s devotion. I also gained so many beautiful friendships during this process. I met a lovely woman who lives just around the corner. Her whole family made the Consecration. Our families have now prayed the Rosary together on these last two First Fridays. I also met other faithful parishioners who made the trip to the Blue Army Shrine with me in May to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It has been my great privilege to participate in the Consecration to Jesus through Mary with so many wonderful faith-filled people of my parish!
WOW, so this is what dying to self means, one step at a time, I will get there. It was just wonderful to have 33 days of private prayer, to begin to really change my life and give more of myself to Jesus. This will be a long private process but thank you for giving me the booklet. I could not be at the Consecration Mass but I will be there with you all next year with my family.
I was familiar with the Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I did this many years ago and still have the prayer booklet. I am thankful that it was introduced at St. James because it is something I believe must be repeated over and over as we grow in faith. For me, the preparation reflections, prayer and Consecration Mass seemed ‘new” as I was brought ever closer to Jesus and His blessed Mother. Thank you to the Rosarians and everyone for taking the time to give us this gift.
Funny, after the Consecration, which I made sort of on the fly and a wing and a prayer, and took shortcuts on prayers now and then, my "uniting to Jesus' cross through Mary more than I ever did" really took off. God took me at His word in His infinite mercy and great sense of humor and "socked it to me" with my Mother's health bump in the road! You know, be careful for what you pray for because you might get it? Oh boy, and HOW! I was so thrilled that we were invested in the Brown Scapular at our beautiful Mass! I was invested at my First Holy Communion pre-Vat II. I wear Scapulars out because I always wear one. OL of Mt. Carmel is my Patroness, Queen and Mother, above all. God bless you all!
Vatican II told us to place the Blessed Mother on a shelf; well it looks like she decided to come off that shelf and be present to us in St. James Chapel so that she could bring us closer to her son. Thank you Blessed Mother!
The desire to grow ever closer to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary brought me to "re-consecrate" myself to the Queen of heaven and earth. The continuity and perseverance led my husband and me into a deeper relationship not only with the Blessed Mother and her Son, but with each other as we did it together every evening right before dinner or after. We encouraged each other and grew together as a couple.
I believe we are in a very special time....we are being blessed and prompted. The Blessed Mother’s guiding hands are all over this.....we must continue to say yes…pray the Rosary and ask her to continue to guide us.
I just want to thank you so much for bringing me closer to really understanding Jesus. Through the Consecration. I began to truly learn the meaning of surrendering my life to Jesus. I know that it doesn't happen overnight, but it did make me start to be able to give up more and more everyday. My life is really changing and I feel very blessed that you love Jesus so much that you took the time and effort to bring Him to all of us. I just want to say thank you again and may God bless you and the Rosarians for all your hard work.
I am looking forward to the Mass next year.
The Consecration brought me to a deeper place in my prayer life. The meditations unearthed a richer understanding of where I stood in my relationship with Jesus and our Blessed Mother, confirming their unconditional love for me.
The Consecration to Jesus through Mary by St. Louis de Montfort has been shared with me by both family and friends for years. I was told that if you really want to grow deeper in your spirituality, this is the key. It is the fastest way to grow not only in the love for Mary but, also in the love for her son, Jesus Christ. I also have the book, True Devotion to Mary written by the same saint. In all its goodness, however, the busyness of life distracted me over time. I never picked up on it. I kept putting it off for years...until one day; I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Consecration is being promoted at St. James! It was an answer to my prayers. As my family participated every night in the preparation for Consecration, I could see the graces that flow among us. I saw good changes in our relationship with one another. All the 33 days of preparation along with praying the rosary definitely deepened our relationship with the Lord. The beautiful prayers and meditations that we say every night were edifying. I am truly grateful to the courageous women who listened to God's call in bringing the devotion to the parish and I am looking forward to renewing our Consecration next year!
I grew up praying the Rosary every evening. After Vatican II, my devotion to the Blessed Mother was placed in the background of my heart and mind. Journeying through the 33 days of preparation and the Mass of Consecration led me to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and it has brought me back to reciting the Rosary to our Blessed Mother and Our Father. I feel like this is the beginning of something wonderful for us all. I appreciate what Father has done for our Community, and his wisdom and courage in always opening up new doors for us!