All for Mary - Preparing Ourselves Before Holy Communion
While adoring our exposed Lord this morning in the Chapel, it became clear to me that even though I have consecrated myself to His blessed Mother, I have failed in my promise to give my all to Jesus through Mary. I recognize that all the worries and anxieties that assault my peace of mind is a direct result of this failure to put my complete trust in Jesus and Mary.
I think that is why St. Louis de Montfort recommended that we renew our consecration with the proper preparation, once a year and especially during the anniversary of the date we originally consecrated ourselves.
The following is from his True Devotion to Mary.
"1. You must humble yourself most profoundly before God.
2. You must renounce your corrupt interior and your dispositions, however good your self-love may make them look.
3. You must renew your consecration by saying: I am all thine, my dear Mistress, with all that I have."
4. You must implore that good Mother to lend you her heart, that you may receive her son there with the same dispositions as her own. You will explain to her that it touches her Son's glory to be put into a heart so sullied and so inconstant as yours, which would not fail either to lessen His glory or to destroy it. But if she will come and dwell with you, in order to receive her her Son, she can do so by the dominion which she has over all hearts; and her Son will be well received by her without stain, without danger of being outraged or unnoticed. 'God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved.' (Ps. 45:6). You will tell her confidently that all you have given her of your good is little enough to honor her; but that by Holy Communion you wish to make her the same present as the Eternal Father gave her, and that you will honor her more that than if you gave her all the goods in the world; and finally, that Jesus, who loves her in a most special manner, still desires to take His pleasure and repose in her, even in your soul, though it be far filthier and poorer than the stable where He did not hesitate to come, simply because she was there. You will ask her for her heart, by these tender words: 'I take thee for my all. Give me thy heart, O Mary."
For those of you who would like to consecrate yourselves to Mary or who would like to renew your consecration, please be sure to visit Total Consecration. Or you can order True Devotion to Mary from Tan Books.