Newsletter n° 47 (16 March 2017)
Having read the last newsletter, one of our friends, who is a religious, pointed out to us: « You’re right to emphasise that one can quite legitimately speak of “consecration to the Holy Virgin” and that many saints and popes have done this. However, it seems to me that it could be said that the term “consecration” or “consecrate oneself” does not have the same sense for God as it does for a saint. It is analogous. Only God can totally possess our person. We give ourselves to Mary so that She can give us to God. » Our warm thanks to the honourable reader for making this clear and allowing us to rectify an omission due largely to the indispensable concision of these newsletters.
The point was remarkably developed by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort in his Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. For example, in n°115, he recommends « beginning, carrying out and completing our actions through her, in her, with her and for her in order to do them through Jesus, in Jesus, with Jesus, and for Jesus, our last end. » And a little further on, in n°120, he specifies:
Mary being 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. This is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin, which is the devotion I teach.
Thus, the ultimate goal of consecration to Our Lady is to move closer to Her Son. Moreover, this is the teaching of Our Lady at Fatima. On the 13th of June 1917, She said to little Lucia: « My Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God. »
The fruits of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Even if the point of this consecration is to move more surely towards God, in order to encourage us to do this, it is, without doubt, useful to remind ourselves of the fruits of consecration. The first fruit is a particularly precious help in attaining our salvation, as consecration is part of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady spoke of this when she said: « To whomsoever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation. » (see newsletter n°5)
Read more: The fruits of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary