Have you made Saint Louis Marie de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary? I thought I had years ago when my husband and I were first married. Our parish priest did a beautiful consecration with our congregation after mass one Sunday. We all went to confession. Some of us did a General Confession where you confess all of the sins of your whole life. Whew! That was a long confession! But recently a very nice friend recommended that I do the Total Consecration. After a bit of investigation I realized I had not done the "official" Total Consecration because I have no memory of ever doing the 33 days of preparation. That is not unusual. Today while drawing my Moon flowers and Mary coloring page, I went to the kitchen five times to get a round object to trace for a halo for the Virgin Mary. Four times I came back with a piece of Mexican Monterrey Jack cheese (which tastes suspiciously like white cheddar). Finally I came back with the top of an old food chopper.
Oh, yes, I was talking about the Total Consecration. Well, because I never read instructions, I jumped right in and started the 33 days of preparation without seeing the chart in the front of the book.
The chart gives suggestions for start days so that you can finish on a Feast of the Virgin Mary. LOL! My preparation ended several days ago! But not to fear, I have decided to do the Total Consecration on Sunday which is a recommended day. Sunday, April 28, is the Feast of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. I couldn't be in better hands for consecrating myself to Jesus through Mary.
To celebrate, I have made a coloring page called Moon Flowers and Mary.
Recently I heard a priest explain that the moon (crescent-shaped or round) under Mary's feet means that as her Son, Jesus is like the sun, Mary is like the moon because she reflects His light. The moon reminded me of the moon flowers we used to grow. The huge white fragrant flowers open at night. The leaves are heart-shaped and they too remind me of Our Lady. The famous statue you see of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort kneeling before Mary is called the Mary Queen of Hearts statue. Before the scented moon flowers completely open, they look like stars. That reminds me of the passage from the Book of the Apocalypse Revelation 12:
And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.
3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days.
7 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels:
8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.
12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child:
14 And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
18 And he stood upon the sand of the sea.
(Bible verse taken from www.biblegateway.com)
Another excellent book for doing the Total Consecration is St. Louis de Montfort's is True Devotion To Mary. This book can be found for free on the EWTN website.