Posted by: Thomas Richard | December 17, 2011

The Immaculate Conception and Consecration to Jesus through Mary

The place and role of Mary in salvation history continues to unfold in the mind and heart of the Church. St. Louis de Montfort sees this development as headed to a great blossoming, or even explosion, of “true devotion” as the days approach the Last Days. These two presentations are a tiny offering toward the hope of appropriate, authentic true devotion to Jesus through Mary.

Thomas and Deborah

These were two presentations to our Parish in an Advent Morning of Prayer in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.


Responses

  1. Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for posting this. There were persons in our parish (and others living at a distance) who were unable to be with us that Morning, and this will give them an opportunity to hear all the beautiful work God has done in Mary, our Mother and Model. May we continue to ponder the Infinite Love of God Who calls us all to holiness and has shown us in Mary, all that we are called to be.

  2. This was really awesome, and so informative. I really hope there will be more video posts, especially reflecting on such important matters as this one. I learned so much!
    Pray of us Immaculata, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
    Blessed Advent to you all!
    P.S. I’ve always found Revelations to be captivating. A verse that is very near and dear to me is Ch 22 vs. 14 ” Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.”

    • Dear Vickie,

      Thanks so much for your reply. I am happy that you learned from our videos. Mary is very important to us, as the Catechism teaches in paragraph 971 : “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is intrinsic to Christian worship”.

      The word “intrinsic” is significant. We simply cannot do without Mary. God’s Plan has set her apart to be our Mother and Model. God chose to send His Son to be born of her. The words of Jesus from the cross to St. John, are words that need to be heard deep down into our hearts, and be kept, “Behold Your Mother”.

  3. Dear Dr. Richard, Deborah, and family. I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas with the following words.

    “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
    For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
    For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
    For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
    And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
    He has shown strength with His arm:
    He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
    He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
    and exalted those of low degree.
    He has filled the hungry with good things;
    and the rich He has sent empty away.
    He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
    As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.”

    Glory to you, O Lord our God, Your love called this family in a special manner. By the sharing of their many and diverse gifts, permit them to
    share in your mission tirelessly.

    Nourish them by your word and sacraments continually so they may continue to reflect the image of Jesus. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, and with your grace, may they keep on healing the wounded with your Word. That they continue to be instruments of love, justice, and peace, and send them to proclaim your saving work. RENEW us, Lord, that the face of the earth be renewed. Amen.

    Gene

  4. Dear Deborah and Thomas,

    I have listened to each of your videos, they are excellent. Because of my devotion to Mary since childhood, this video presentation is my favorite.

    The way the True Devotion was explained I cannot understand why anyone would regard Her as a rival to Jesus.

    It’s never been Mary or, but Mary and.

    Gene

    • Dear Gene,

      Thank you so much for your prayer for us and for all our family, which includes yourself and all those God has brought into our lives in a very special way. Yes, may we all be nourished, as you have prayed, that we may continue to reflect on the Face of Christ as Mary did. May the Lord renew each of us that we may work with Him fully in His renewal of all.

      I agree also that it is never a matter of “Mary or” but rather, “Mary and” for she was the white dawn bringing to us the perfect Light of Christ, and she continues to bring Him Who is Life for all.

      O Jesus, living in Mary, I am all Yours, and all that I have is Yours. Keep me. Guard me, as Your property and possession.

  5. Dear Deborah and Thomas,

    Oh my, you folks have such a beautiful way of expressing yourselves, at time I am embarrassed to respond. But, you will have to accept me as I am, Gaby does…. 😉

    I always had some reservation concerning the consecration to Mary, even though I have been reciting this prayer daily for years. In my heart it meant that I was committed myself to suffering and it’s something that was accepted, somewhat reluctantly, but all for the greater glory of God.

    Both yourself and Thomas are the first to make me understand the real meaning of the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Saint La-Marie Grignion de Montfort! Thank you so much.

    In Jesus and Mary,

    Gene

    • Dear Gene,

      God can use any means, and often chooses surprising ones, to convey His Grace to us. I’m so happy that Thomas and I have helped you to understand this beautiful Act of Consecration. It is a grace that God will build upon, grace upon grace, if we continue to give ourselves totally to Him, as Mary and all the saints learned to do.

      Gaby, your wife, is also a means of grace for you. Thomas and I have learned also how God works such miracles in marriages! Husbands and wives are part of the Infinite Mystery of God’s Love for His Church. As one grows, we all grow in God’s Love. Please never feel embarrassed to respond. You are a unique gift from God, and we are always happy to receive your comments!

  6. Dear Deborah and Thomas,

    These are beautiful videos. I waited until now to listen to them because I wanted to be able to have the time to give them my full attention without distractions or hurry.
    Thank you for posting theses videos of your talks. I felt (almost) as if I were present with you.
    Have a blessed 2012.

    Barbara

    • Dear Barbara,

      Thank you so much for your reply. I felt (almost) as if I were present to you in reading your comment!!! You have always been such an encouragement to us.

      Please let us continue to pray for one another, for the Church, and for all those in most need of His Mercy, especially by uniting ourselves to Jesus through Mary.

  7. Dear Thomas and Deborah,

    I hope to view more videos at this site… Your presentations concerning Catholic Teaching is excellent because it is based on true and tested
    lives of saintly writers. As many excellent priests have suggested, if you
    wish to become saints, read about them. If you immitate them, you have
    a reliable compass, one which will always direct you on the right path.

    In Jesus and Mary,

    Gene


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