In my latest post at Austin CNM, I focus on an unapologeticly Catholic topic, Marian Consecration.
In the fall of 2006, a friend introduced me to a book called True Devotion to Mary by St Louis de Montfort, and I can confidently say that there has never been a book that had a greater impact in my spiritual life.
I was blessed to be raised a cradle Catholic, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I truly encountered Jesus and truly made Him Lord of my life. In many ways, just like Jesus, Mary was familiar, but it would take even more years before I encountered her love and truly became a son of the Blessed Mother.
Even though I read True Devotion to Mary and became convinced that Total Consecration to Mary was something important to do in my faith life, I hesitated and let many personal fears and insecurities get in the way of committing to the process. It took me another 5 years to finally realize how silly it was for me to hold back because I felt so unworthy to give myself to such an extent to the purest and most holy Virgin Mary. I believed the lies of my unworthiness, and even worse, that she wouldn’t love me, and that I should try it on my own before going through her.
On March 25, 2011, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, and the graces I have received through it have been nothing short of incredible. I have passively gone through the renewal each Lent since, but I made a commitment to take my renewal to a new level this year, and I have in awe of how much more the Holy Spirit has revealed to me and inspired me with an ever increasing love and devotion to Our Lady. Most beautifully, it has taken my understanding of the cross to a more intimate level this lent.