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CSD Book Club – 33 Days to Morning Glory (Week 7 of 7)

June 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mary, Total Consecration, Vicki Burbach

After the Consecration…

Because of the greatness of this gift, we should strive all the more to unite ourselves with Mary and aim to do everything through her, with her, and in her.  At least out of gratitude, we should make it our aim to have an attitude of growing the-good-portion-picturemindfulness of and dependence on her.  Yet there should be more at work here than just trying to be grateful to Mary.  For the more we belong to her, the more she can use us to accomplish God’s most perfect will.  Indeed, the more the more we unite ourselves to Mary the more she can bring us into the deepest possible intimacy with Jesus.  This is a mystery that she herself will teach us, a lesson we’ll learn more from the experience of her loving care than from studying it in books. – 33 Days to Morning Glory, p. 129 (Last paragraph of AFTER CONSECRATION: Attitude)

I promised to keep it short and sweet this week, so we have plenty of time and space to “chat” about our consecration.  I guess that means I shouldn’t go into a long diatribe about how the Evil One tried to come between Mary and Me on the Feast of the Visitation.  How I woke before dawn with little children crawling on my bed, begging for my attention and ran all day between family and outside obligations (Fridays tend to be busy).  And I won’t bore you with the details of racing through my crazy day, searching frantically for small crevices of uninterrupted time wherein I could make my consecration.

I had the “best-laid” plan.  I would light a fragrant candle, sit prayerfully in my armchair and contemplate the past 33 days.  After much silence and reflection – at least an hour – I would take a deep breath and calmly say the prayer of consecration while resting in a perfectly meditative state – completely enveloped in the moment.

Well we all know what happens to the best-laid plans…why don’t I just jump to the moment when I collapsed (exhausted) into bed, only to leap back out as soon as I closed my eyes because by God’s grace it occurred to me that I’d not yet made my consecration!  As I knelt by my bed, I glanced at the clock, devastated to realize that it was now 12:10am, the day AFTER the Feast of the Visitation.

For a moment, I thought I’d missed my chance.  It occurred to me that now I had to re-read the book over the next 33 days, so I could do this “right.”  Thankfully, I regained some semblance of common sense, rationalizing that I could just wait until next week and make my consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart.  But I pushed that thought away, too, telling myself, in all humility, that Mary probably wouldn’t hold a grudge over 10 minutes.  Try as I might, I couldn’t imagine her saying, “No, Vicki.  This will not do.  Get it right, or forget about it.”  That sounded a lot more like something I would say.

So I began with all my apologies and guilt-ridden excuses.  Then I slowed down…calmed down…and gave Mary everything.

Thus far, all is well.  Since Friday-ish/Saturday, I’m often reminded of Mary’s presence.  Guiding me through hectic moments as well as the not-so-hectic ones.  Looking back, the circumstances of my consecration don’t seem to matter much now.  Life feels different.  More complete.  Mary is Here.

As a gesture of love and gratitude (and perhaps a tad bit of perfectionism) I still plan to find a candle and a quiet moment to do this again (the RIGHT way) on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart.  But for now – it’s all good.  What about you?

For Discussion:

Share, share, share!!!!  What do you think?  If you haven’t made a consecration before, how did it go?  Was it what you expected?  Has anything changed for you?  If you were concerned before we started, are you comfortable now?  If you’ve made a consecration before, how did this compare – both with respect to the preparation and the prayers?

Reading Assignment:  NONE – Next week, we begin The Screwtape Letters!

Read more: Previous Book Club Posts

For More Information on the Book Club:  http://spiritualdirection.com/blog/csd-book-club

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages three to fifteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the CSD book club so she could embark with likeminded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. In addition to moderating the book club and managing family activities, Vicki also cooks, does laundry, cleans, does laundry, and, every once in a while, finds time to write and speak on topics such as marriage and spiritual reading - of course, these endeavors take place only between her many loads of laundry.

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  • Aunt Lois

    Hi Vicki,
    Although I didn’t follow along with your reading of 33 Days to Morning Glory, I’d like to share my experience. Beginning last November, my husband and I offered this program in our home, using the text, workbook and Fr. Gaitley’s DVDs. Six of us made our consecration on New Year’s Day, the Feast of the Mother of God.

    We attended Mass together, then gathered at the altar of Our Lady of Grace. Our parish priest led us in the consecration, blessed us, and each of us presented a rose to Our Lady. The event was quiet, dignified, and seemingly uneventful, but the result has been profound.

    My relationship with the Blessed Mother, my prayer, and even my confessions have been transformed. Our relationship as husband and wife has deepened, and we now pray a Rosary together everyday. We knew peace before, but this is deeper. Faith is stronger – solid, like a rock. I sense the presence of Our Lady with us and feel called to prayer frequently.

    For our consecration, I had made chaplets to the Immaculate Conception. Marge and I made “business cards” with Bl. Pope John Paul’s Totus Tuus prayer juxtaposed against it. All of us pray this chaplet everyday. Every one of us has faced serious challenges during these last five months, and each has been graced by God-given strength and peace. This consecration has been a blessing beyond anything we could have imagined.

    Congratulations and blessings to you all!
    Lois

    Totus Tuus Chaplet to the Immaculate Conception (St. John Berchmann, S. J.) –
    (3 sets of 4 Aves separated by Paters)

    In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother. Our Father…
    Live in me, act in me. Hail Mary…
    Speak in me and through me. Hail Mary…
    Love through my heart. Hail Mary…
    Think your thoughts in my mind. Hail Mary…
    Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother. Our Father…
    Give me your dispositions and feelings. Hail Mary…
    Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus. Hail Mary…
    Correct, enlighten, and expand my thoughts and behavior. Hail Mary…
    Possess my soul. Hail Mary…
    Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother. Our Father…
    Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself. Hail Mary…
    Incline me to constant adoration. Hail Mary…
    Pray in me and through me. Hail Mary…
    Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. Hail Mary… Glory Be…
    In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    • Vicki

      Thank you so much for sharing the story of your consecration! It is beautiful and inspiring. You reminded me and I should have noted that I did, in fact, go to confession on Thursday and attended mass on Friday. The intentions were there – but I hope when I renew, the experience can be even half as lovely as was yours. That said – I suppose it’s kind of like a wedding. The event is one day – it’s the commitment that counts:). Thank you also for sharing the Totus Tuus Chaplet to the Immaculate Conception – I’ll be sure to print this off Saturday.

      • LizEst

        …and did you notice that chaplet was from St. John Berchmann, one of Blessed John XXIII’s favorite saints from his “Journal of a Soul”?

        • Vicki

          No, I didn’t; but I can see why he favored him – what a beautiful prayer!

    • Alexandra Arias

      This is a beautiful Chaplet – thanks for sharing!

    • LizEst

      Thank you, Aunt Lois. By the way, I loved your miracle penance prayer on Dr. Marshall’s blog as well. God bless you.

      ps. For those who might be interested, that miracle penance prayer and the story behind it can be found here: http://www.taylormarshall.com/2013/05/10-reasons-why-its-hard-to-become.html#comment-887055593

    • A. Crawford

      I consecrated myself to Mary a year ago in February, using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book. When I saw this Totus Tuus chaplet, I really liked it and contacted a lady I came to know through her shop on Etsy to see if she’d make me a custom chaplet. She was immediately enthusiastic about the idea and quickly put together a beautiful chaplet, made especially for the prayer that Lois has offered here. I wanted it to help me remember to frequently renew my consecration to Mary.

      If anyone else would like such a chaplet, you can contact Holly through her shop on Etsy (go to http://www.Etsy.com) and search for her shop, which is called “foodforthesoul.” You will love her beautiful work! For my chaplet, she used a Miraculous Medal with the famous MM prayer in Latin–which I had never seen before.

      • LizEst

        I did check out the chaplet. It’s beautiful. Thanks A. Crawford.

        • A. Crawford

          You’re welcome! Holly customized mine a little from the one she has on her site–the roses for the Pater beads are blue, which adds a special touch. The chaplets are extremely well made and will last a lifetime, I’m sure.

  • LizEst

    Hmmm…I’ve made the consecration before using the de Montfort materials. But, it’s been a while. This was much easier to do, I think. The de Montfort is more intense. I liked the comprehensiveness of Fr. Gaitley’s approach, covering four great Marian saints/blesseds. And, I also appreciate his extensive compilation of Marian reference materials, including the list of Marian feast days. I was just thinking recently that I should do that and, lo and behold, Fr. Gaitley did that for me! God bless him…and God bless you, Vicki. I look forward to our next selection. Thanks for the break in the homework!

    • Vicki

      This break wasn’t planned in advance, but it works out nicely for me – we have my daughter’s birthday party and my sister’s wedding this week – whew:)!

      • LizEst

        Best wishes to your daughter and your sister!

        • Vicki

          Thank you!

  • AntonetteTherese

    I had never made a consecration before this, and though I’m a cradle Catholic, I just didn’t understand the importance of a relationship with Mary. My son was diagnosed with leukemia last July, and was in remission for many months. On April 27, while we still thought he was in remission, I was hit with a wave of grief that almost paralyzed me. I was so puzzled and surprised: why all the grief now? and for what purpose? I was unable to function, which has never ever happened to me. As I laid in bed, I turned to Mary in a way I never had before, because I needed a mom. I later came to realize that I was being allowed for the first time to feel the full weight of my grief, that Mary had carried most of my cross all those months.

    On April 28, I started the retreat, and on May 1, we found out the cancer has returned. Through all this, I have kept up the retreat, though I felt Mary was calling me to consecrate myself to her just a few days in. Last week, we were told that even though he hadn’t reached a remission, there was nothing more that conventional treatment had offered him, that the only thing left was experimental. (And, I must add, an abundance of prayers.) We head to the National Cancer Institute to start that next week.

    This is indeed a great unknown we are facing. But I should say – I have a constant awareness that the Blessed Mother is carrying my grief for me. I pray at least one Rosary a day to her, often times several. She also arranges things so I get the care I need. In about a month’s time, with reading 33 Days and prayer and Mary calling me through our suffering, I have gone from feeling lukewarm to Mary to seeking her help in everything. Because the prayers I pray with Sam have changed, I see him opening up to Mary too – he now wears a Miraculous Medal. I have also developed a greater tenderness to those she loves (everyone).

    I am so thankful, Vicki, that you chose 33 Days to Morning Glory. I had asked Mary for a greater devotion to her and she provided it through this book.

    • LizEst

      This is beautiful testimony, Antonette. So sorry the health issues have continued. My prayers for you, your son and all your family. God bless you. Are you praying your rosary on your great-grandmother’s rosary, which you told us about earlier?

      • AntonetteTherese

        You have a good memory! Yes, I am using her rosary, though gingery now as a link broke and I haven’t had a change to fix it. When her rosary is too cumbersome to use (when I’m driving for example), I tend to use a new one-decade one given to me by a secular Carmelite, or my fingers if I have nothing else.

        • LizEst

          …not as good a memory as you think. It’s all in the posted comments! The old rosaries are a treasure! I have quite a number of rosaries from my mother.

    • Alexandra Arias

      My prayers are with you and your son. Mary will help you get through this – God bless!

    • http://clinmarjo.blogspot.com/ Maryellen Jones

      My husband and I have been praying about your son’s health situation since I first learned of it, and will continue to remember you and all your family for as long as necessary. It’s so difficult to have a child suffer, and that’s the way Mother Mary feels about your suffering. I’ve become much more dependent on Mary during this 33 day retreat also. May we all continue to cling to our loving Mother and give thanks for the new relationship between her and Sam. She is happy to see him wearing the Miraculous Medal.

      • Jeanette

        Antonette, I have continued with my prayers for you and your family and son since you first told us about your situation. I left a prayer intention to that effect yesterday when I was at the Maranatha Springs and Shrine. Mary will provide! God bless you!

    • Vicki

      Antonette, It is amazing to see God’s work through this book club. I’m so glad this book has been a source of grace for you during this heart wrenching time. You’ve been in my prayers since you mentioned your son’s situation. Glory be to God that Mary is working in his life too – the Miraculous Medal is such a precious gift to us!

  • Marg

    I had never made a consecration before Vicki. I had never really heard of a consecration to Mary. I feel blessed having read 33 days and enjoyed the story of the four Saints. I certainly have grown in my relationship with Mary. I made my consecration to Mary on Friday, and so felt Mary’s presense with me this past week-end. The knowledge of Mary’s love for us and Her intercession for us to her son brought me peace this week-end. It is interesting the way God works in our lifes ,. I knew Friday was going to be a difficult day for me, I made my consecration to Mary in the morning and spent a fair bit of time in prayer to Mary. Well not long after my prayer, God put it on my heart to make a phone call to try and get into a retreat for the week-end. The fact that even having a spot open for me with virtually little notice was to me ,a divine intervention. As a result of reading the book and making my consecration to Mary I feel definitely closer to my Mother Mary. When I pray to Mary now I pray from the heart with a closeness and love for our Mother Mary. Thanks again Vicki !

    • LizEst

      It is wonderful to see you have grown in your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother. God bless you, Marg.

      • Marg

        Thank you Liz! and God bless you, day 3 and all is well! your prayers are working Liz! I’m grateful!

        • LizEst

          I will certainly keep praying for you, Marg…as I did in my morning offering intentions this morning. All for the glory of God and His holy will! God bless you, too.

          • Marg

            Liz thank you for your kindness and Prayers! Bless you!

  • Alexandra Arias

    For me this was a re-consecration.
    I attended Mass in a beautiful chapel at a Carmelite Monastery. The Mass intentions were for my Consecration. The Carmelite Sisters sing beautifully, they sound like angels. After Mass there was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, that’s when I prayed my Consecration prayer, in front of a statue of Our Lady of Mount. Carmel. There was a beautiful scent of roses -even though there weren’t any fresh roses in the chapel, only silk ones! It was a glorious morning! I’m looking forward to living out my “Entrust-acration” everyday. These past few days since my re-consecration I have a sense of Mary being very close to me, it’s very beautiful! God bless you all!

  • Jan

    I made the 33 day retreat and did my consecration to Mary on the feast of the Visitation. Though I have always considered Mary a part of my spiritual life, Christ has been more the center for me. This could be because I had a difficult relationship with my mother and just relate to Jesus more easily than to Mary. So I had some difficulty with the consecration as far as giving Everything to Jesus through Mary. I made it anyway, but I do not have the feelings to go along with it. I still have doubts about doing everything in and through Mary. I am holding on to the hope that my faith in the consecration and in Our Blessed Mother will grow and mature with time as I pray it daily. Any thoughts from anyone?

    • Alexandra Arias

      I had a difficult relationship with my mother as well, we were never really that close, but for me I was able to bond and love Mary that much more because of the “emotional distance” between my natural mother and I. I’ve always felt so much closer to my spiritual Mother Mary than my natural mother. Let yourself be loved by Mary, open your heart to her, she’s such a beautiful, loving tender mother. Just like Jesus yearns for our love, Mary yearns for our love as well, and she loves each one of us particularly, as if we were the only one! Ask the Holy Spirit who lives in Mary for the grace to open your heart wide to Mary — God bless you!

    • Vicki

      Jan – Your honesty is much appreciated. And I can certainly understand your hesitation. At first, I had a difficult time with Mary, too. When I first prayed a rosary, it was because I’d read that it was a good thing to do. There is not enough space here to share all the moments over the past several years that Mary has stepped into my life. I have literally felt that she was seeking me out – that she wanted a relationship with ME. At first, I “put up” with her. But because of her patience and loving care, I’ve grown very close to her. It has taken many years, and I’m sure I have only brushed the surface of the possible depths to which our relationship can reach. But if that’s the case, I’m hoping she continues to work on me – I truly see at this point that her “call” is to form me into another Christ. I see her working in so many areas of my life – but her work never takes me away from her Son. It only draws me closer. My advice to you is to follow your plan. In your prayers, ask Mary to open your heart so that you can be completely open to giving everything to Jesus through her. You will not be sorry that you did. In an earlier post, I recommended to someone a book called Saint Louis de Montfort by Mary Fabyan Windeatt. If might have been you; but if not, I highly recommend it – it’s an easy read and really helped me to understand the notion of consecrating everything to Mary. It reads like a novel and I found it very enjoyable. I’ll offer my rosary for you tomorrow.
      In Christ, Vicki

      • Jan

        Thank you, Vicki, for your response. Strangely, I had already begun praying to Mary to form me into the likeness of her son. Being a mother of eight myself and realizing what a beautiful job she had done as the mother of Jesus, it seemed fairly natural to make that prayer and it has proved to be a good starting place for me with Mary. Thank you, too, for the recommended reading. I will order that book. And a big thank you for praying for me. God knows we all need each other’s prayers.

  • http://clinmarjo.blogspot.com/ Maryellen Jones

    Our parish made the 33 day retreat together, and made our consecration together on May 31st. We had a Holy Hour, the Rosary and Divine Chaplet.

    Also our Priest heard confessions.

    It was a small group of about 15 people from our small parish of 600 families. I was totally ready, having the extra benefit of sharing the retreat here online in addition to the videos of the author at our parish meetings. A few days ago, I read he has another parish program about the “One thing is three” which promises to revolutionize our Faith Life with the Trinity. Oh how rich we are!

  • Theresa Ostendorf

    Hi Vicki – Loved your Consecration story!! I’m a Servant Leader for Fr. Gaitley’s Hearts Afire program – which includes The 33 Days to Morning Glory. (I’d be more than happy to assist anyone who would like to get a small group together – to help others make their Consecration to Jesus through Mary… my e-mail is: do4himwithlove@gmail.com.

    And with all of the laundry that you do… I really think you will like this CD: Praying the Rosary like Never Before – Dr. Edward Sri http://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/store/title/praying-the-rosary-like-never-before?promoCode=43482

    • Vicki

      Theresa – Thanks so much for the suggestion! I’ll make sure to order it right away!

  • Jeanette

    This was my second re-consecration made along with 33 Days to Morning Glory and I said my consecration on the Feast of the Visitation last Friday. I was blessed to be able to go to Maranatha Spring and Shrine in Ohio from Sunday until last night (Tuesday). Wonderful things happened but I will just tell you one. Just before leaving the Shrine yesterday, we went to pay a last visit to Our Lady of Grace statue (which is a pure-white statue). We knelt and prayed to our Blessed Mother asking for her intercession. We had done this more than a few times during our stay there. I looked at the face of the statue and saw that her face was now flesh-toned (the rest of the statue remained white). I told my friend and she also saw this wonderful sight. We both were so thankful for this supernatural favour. We have been truly blessed and I thank my Mother Mary for obtaining for me so many blessings from this re-consecration and from my pilgrimage. I am still feeling peace and serenity this morning. I am feeling much closer to Mother now. Thank you Vicki for this opportunity for re-consecration to Jesus through Mary.

    • LizEst

      Jeanette – I looked up Maranatha Spring and Shrine. This is part of “Holy Love Ministries”. In 2009, the Bishop of Cleveland issued a decree and letter against it. Sorry to be the bearer of disconcerting news but it’s important to be correctly informed so that you can follow what Holy Mother Church has instructed (please understand no one is saying you knowingly disobeyed). The bishop “admonished the faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland [and by canon law, this includes any who may be visiting and/or traveling within the diocese] to cease gathering for any religious, liturgical, spiritual or devotional purpose on the site of Holy Love Ministries” pursuant to canon 212, sections 1 and 3, and canon 213. Since this site (RCSD) is faithful to the Magisterium, we must follow the teaching the Bishop in this regard. I know you mean well…and perhaps you did not know about this before. But, now that you have this information, for future purposes, you are advised to follow the bishop’s decree. Here is a link to both his letter and the decree: http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=343:decree-holy-love-ministries-decreto-ministerios-del-santo-amor-&catid=67

      “Holy Love Ministries” aside, I’m glad you had a beautiful re-consecration. God bless you, Jeanette.

      • Jeanette

        I didn’t know about the decree of the bishop about the faithful not visiting the site. Thank you for the information.

        • LizEst

          Hi Jeanette – You are not to be faulted for not knowing. I would be the one at fault if I had not said anything. I didn’t recognize the name of the place at first except that it sounded vaguely familiar. When I looked it up, I knew at once! God bless you for receiving this information with an open heart. I prayed for you at Mass this morning.

          • Jeanette

            At this point in time, I would rather be obedient to a Church decree…it is a much safer path. Thank you.

          • LizEst

            You’re welcome, glory to the Lord! You are wise indeed, Jeanette, a true daughter of the Church. God bless you!

  • Alexandra Arias

    After my re-consecration I planted Morning Glories in my Marian prayer garden! Flowers always remind me of our beautiful Blessed Mother…

    • LizEst

      Ooh, ooh, ooh! How beautiful! It goes hand in hand with the title of the book. God bless you, Alexandra.

      • Alexandra Arias

        Have a blessed feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! How very abundantly blessed we are in the Catholic Church to have all of these beautiful feast days! So much to celebrate! God bless you too LizEst!

        • LizEst

          Blessed Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary tomorrow to you as well, Alexandra.