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Consecration To Our Lady

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I made mine today!!

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[quote name='the171' timestamp='1345086908' post='2468424']
I made mine today!!
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*hears screaming through the phone* "I MADE MY CONSECRATION TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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[quote name='emmaberry' timestamp='1345086783' post='2468423']
If I do the consecration now (as in before entrance), do I have to wait a full year to renew, or can I renew/etc whenever the Sisters do?? Thanks for your help!
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I was consecrated to Our Lady before my entrance. Egidio is right,you can always renew your consecration every.

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[quote name='Egidio' timestamp='1344999640' post='2467741']
ALLELUIA!!

If it is the first time that you are doing the consecration, get ready for your life to change (obviously for the better :).

I , unworthy as i am, have a vow of unlimited consecration to Our Lady, renewed everyday! :w00t:

AVE MARIA and HAPPY SOLEMNITY!!!!!!!
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Your greetings reminds me of the Franciscans! Ave Maria!

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[quote name='emmaberry' timestamp='1345086783' post='2468423']
If I do the consecration now (as in before entrance), do I have to wait a full year to renew, or can I renew/etc whenever the Sisters do?? Thanks for your help!
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Consecrate yourself now, and do it again tomorrow, and the next day, etc, etc, etc.

Our Blessed Mother never gets tired of hearing that you love Her, and trust Her with your life. The preparation is a great thing to do, but Our Lady is no lawyer, the preparation is for YOU, She just wants you to let Her lead you to Her Son.

So to change the quote of Padre Pio slightly :Consecrate yourself, hope, and don't worry!!!!

AVE MARIA!

[quote name='dymphnamaria' timestamp='1345091623' post='2468485']
Your greetings reminds me of the Franciscans! Ave Maria!
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There's a good reason for that, check out my profile :hehe2:

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Egidio: You got right to the heart of it! My dad is a lawyer, and that was my chosen profession before venturing into religious life. We love our calendars and schedules! I will begin my consecration 33 day devotions soon. Thank you, and Ave Maria. :)

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[quote name='Egidio' timestamp='1345093089' post='2468500']
Our Blessed Mother never gets tired of hearing that you love Her, and trust Her with your life. The preparation is a great thing to do, but Our Lady is no lawyer, the preparation is for YOU, She just wants you to let Her lead you to Her Son.

So to change the quote of Padre Pio slightly :Consecrate yourself, hope, and don't worry!!!!
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I'm really, really glad that the Holy Spirit led you to say this, Egidio. I consecrated myself today (Totus Tuus, Maria!), and I followed the 33 day preparation guide, but there were a few days where I failed to do the daily meditations (but I made them up the next day..so it was just like two meditations per day, or something..) and today I was unable to go to Confession as the guide suggests we "should" do before making the consecration, so I was feeling kind of lame, but asked Jesus to grant me the graces to make the consecration regardless of my imperfect preparations. I believe my consecration is still fully valid and graciously accepted by our Lord even though my preparatory period was flawed. So thank you for reminding us that we should not be legalistic about it! :)

Ave Maria!

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[quote name='ToJesusMyHeart' timestamp='1345098191' post='2468532']
I'm really, really glad that the Holy Spirit led you to say this, Egidio. I consecrated myself today (Totus Tuus, Maria!), and I followed the 33 day preparation guide, but there were a few days where I failed to do the daily meditations (but I made them up the next day..so it was just like two meditations per day, or something..) and today I was unable to go to Confession as the guide suggests we "should" do before making the consecration, so I was feeling kind of lame, but asked Jesus to grant me the graces to make the consecration regardless of my imperfect preparations. I believe my consecration is still fully valid and graciously accepted by our Lord even though my preparatory period was flawed. So thank you for reminding us that we should not be legalistic about it! :)

Ave Maria!
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When I made my Total Consecration, I didn't follow any such formula or novena for several days beforehand. This is why I choose the one by St. Max Kolbe. I often forget days during the novena and never finish it. All I did was attend Confession and then write out the full prayer of Consecration to recite in front of a Marian statue on the day of my choice. Like I said before, I usually do it on December 8th but opted to renew early this year on the Feast of the Visitation because of how important it is to me. :)

Our Lady doesn't require us to do preparation a month beforehand. I know it helps others, but I feel I got so much out of it even though I didn't prepare the normal way.

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I did my Consecration for the first time on the Feast of the Annunciation this year. It has changed my life for the better in various different ways. Our Lady really does take you under her wing and you can really sense extra protection from her and God, will never regret doing this :cloud9:

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Sorry, but could someone please give me a thorough explanation of what this consecration is, and what purpose it serves, and how it's different from just loving Our Lady before the consecration? I've heard of this before, but never really understood it. I mean, what changes?

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[quote name='curiousing' timestamp='1345256152' post='2469481']
Sorry, but could someone please give me a thorough explanation of what this consecration is, and what purpose it serves, and how it's different from just loving Our Lady before the consecration? I've heard of this before, but never really understood it. I mean, what changes?
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The consecration I am most familiar with is the one popularized by St Louis de Montfort, where you 'forward' every good work and every offering that you could possibly give to God to Mary instead, so she can give them to Him. The Saint says that Mary will gain for us far more mercy and reward from God than we could ever obtain for ourselves. He uses the example of a peasant bringing a king an apple, versus a peasant giving the apple to the Queen, who presents it to the King on her special golden tray.

I am not sure if this is the 'mainstream' consecration this thread speak of, though.

Edit: I think, for me, the thing that separates the consecration from ordinary devotion or love for Our Lady is simply the fact that you put forth the effort and time to do it...kind of like the scapular and other very simple Marian devotions. I know too many people who don't bother to wear the scapular because they "already love Mary." Well, then show her and wear her scapular! Not saying you don't love Mary if you don't do the consecration/wear the scapular, just that it is a small act that shows that love for her, and as many on this thread state, they do feel a renewed intimacy and protection from Mary following the consecration. Edited by emmaberry

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[quote name='curiousing' timestamp='1345256152' post='2469481']
Sorry, but could someone please give me a thorough explanation of what this consecration is, and what purpose it serves, and how it's different from just loving Our Lady before the consecration? I've heard of this before, but never really understood it. I mean, what changes?
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To consecrate means to make sacred, or rather, to set aside for an exclusive use. For example, a chalice is consecrated, or set aside, for the exclusive use of holding the Precious Blood; the priest is consecrated, or set aside, exclusively for service of God and His people.

When someone consecrates themselves to the Blessed Virgin, it is not just another 'devotion', but a real 'setting aside' of one self for 'use' by the Immaculate.

BUT WHY WOULD WE DO THIS????

I actually wanted to start a new thread to answer this, but i might as well do it here in a condensed form . There are indeed many reasons why consecration to the Immaculate is profitable for the soul and fitting within the context of giving the greatest Glory to God...But the number one reason why you should consecrate yourself to Mary is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BECAUSE JESUS DID!!!!!!!!!

I once heard it said that devotion to Our Lady is like walking hand in hand with Her, while consecration is being carried in Her Arms. I want to be in Her arms with Jesus!

I might still start another thread enumerating all the reasons for consecration and devotion to Our Blessed Mother...But I need to find a little time first.

HAPPY and HOLY SUNDAY!!

AVE MARIA!!!

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[quote name='emmaberry' timestamp='1345261522' post='2469560']
The consecration I am most familiar with is the one popularized by St Louis de Montfort, where you 'forward' every good work and every offering that you could possibly give to God to Mary instead, so she can give them to Him. The Saint says that Mary will gain for us far more mercy and reward from God than we could ever obtain for ourselves. He uses the example of a peasant bringing a king an apple, versus a peasant giving the apple to the Queen, who presents it to the King on her special golden tray.

I am not sure if this is the 'mainstream' consecration this thread speak of, though.
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I think the "Total Consecration" is the most popular consecration but there are others, obviously some more popular than others. I think St. Maximilian Kolbe had one that is fairly popular. And there are some for Our Lady under different titles so if you have a devotion to a particular apparition or title you can consecrate to her under that title - for example I have a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, so I make a consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows.

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I made my consecration for the first time on Mothers day 2011 and renewed it on the same day this year. For anyone who is even considering it dont wait just do it you will not regret it. Like many others I also missed a few days and didn't complete the preparation exactly the way it is recommeded. But Jesus and Mary both know where my heart is and that my intentions were to give them honor and glory. As long as they understand this nothing else matters.

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