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Total Consecration

I saw the following status update on facebook today:

Cheers to all my friends who have officially begun their 33-day spiritual preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary in August! I began yesterday myself! †Ad Jesum per Mariam†

I asked him to explain what this was, and he pointed me to an essay explaining the practice.  http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=48156972164 The essay begins:

Total Consecration of oneself to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary is quite simply the greatest devotion there is. It is a total self-giving of ones will to Jesus through His Mother Mary. The idea is that your will is no longer your own but that of Mary and her’s, of course, is totally united with the will of God… No one should ever do one of these consecrations without proper preparation and prayer. There is nothing worse than someone who promises themselves to Mary only for them to neglect and abandon Her.

So we see that Mary’s will is the will of God. The author then quotes Roman Catholic “Saints” in support of this:

“The most perfect and most profitable of all devotions to the Blessed Virgin consists in consecrating ourselves entirely to her, and to Jesus through her, as their slaves. It involves consecrating to her completely and for all eternity our body and soul, our possessions both spiritual and material, the atoning value and the merits of our good actions and our right to dispose of them. In short, it involves the offering of all we have acquired in the past, all we actually possess at the moment, and all we will acquire in the future.”

“This devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary.”

“As all perfection consists in our being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus it naturally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms, unites, and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. Now of all God’s creatures Mary is the most conformed to Jesus. It therefore follows that, of all devotions, devotion to her makes for the most effective consecration and conformity to him. The more one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus. That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin, which is the devotion I teach; or in other words, it is the perfect renewal of the vows and promises of holy baptism.”

–Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

He then quotes Popes commending this practice:

“This is the best and most acceptable form of devotion to our Blessed Lady.”
-Blessed Pope Pius IX

“Reading this book was a deceive turning point in my life. This perfect devotion is indispensable to anyone who means to give himself without reserve to Christ and to the work of redemption.”
-Pope John Paul II

He then concludes:

The Necessity of devotion to Our Lady in Attaining Salvation

“All the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary.”
-Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop, d. 667 AD

“With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary.
-Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop, d. 667 AD

“Without the Blessed Virgin, a person travels along the road to damnation.”
-Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop, d. 667 AD

“No one will ever be the servant of the Son without serving the Mother.”
-Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop, d. 667 AD

“Devotion to you, O Blessed Virgin, is a means of salvation which God gives to those whom he wishes to save.”
-Saint John Damascene, Father and Doctor of the Church, 676-787 AD

”There is no one, O Most Holy Mary, who can know God except through thee; no one who can be saved or redeemed but through thee, O Mother of God; no one who can be delivered from dangers but through thee, O Virgin Mother; no one who obtains mercy but through thee, O Filled-With-All-Grace!”

-Saint Germanus of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople, d. 733 AD

I had no idea Mary worship was this serious and I have no idea how any person can believe anything written above if they have ever read the New Testament.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 3:10 “None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Mary was a wicked sinner who was saved by the blood of the spotless lamb! Apart from the blood of Christ, God would have damned her for eternity. Woe to the man who puts his faith in her!

Mary Worship, Mary Ann Collins (PDF)

The Parallel of Mary to Jesus, Richard Bennett (MP3)

The Occult and Roman Superstitions, Timothy Kauffman (MP3)

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  1. Coemgen
    March 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Dear brother,

    How can anyone dare call the mother of Jesus Christ, who is GOD, a “wicked sinner”, when God’s holy angel Gabriel lovingly called her “full of grace”? Would Jesus be pleased with anyone calling his mother “wicked”, when the Scriptures clearly state that “all generations shall call her blessed”? We should all call her “blessed”, or else ignore the Word of God.
    We Catholics do not worship Mary. We simply love her with a great love.. only because of the greatness of He whom she gave birth to. If we are commanded by Jesus even to love our enemies, how much more should we love and honor the mother of our Saviour who God himself chose of all the billions who’ve ever lived?

    I wouldn’t expect a hard-line Baptist to embrace devotion to Mary, but she should at least be addressed with respect and honor. Believe me, to have even the slightest tone of disrespect toward her is far more dangerous than paying her too much homage. Not to love our neighbor is to insult God. Not to love Mary is something far worse.

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    • March 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Apparently your concern is that I called someone wicked? You think that is unloving? It is simply accurate. We are all wicked sinners. Mary was not sinless. She was wicked apart from the blood of Christ, as am I.

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  2. June 28, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Brandon,

    Catholics believe — for it is the very truth of God — that Mary was redeemed at the moment of her conception by the precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ “out of time” and in anticipation of the Sacrifice of the Cross. That is why the HOLY BIBLE affirms that Mary was FULL OF GRACE even before the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God in her spotless womb. Mary was most surely NOT a “wicked sinner” like you and me. To suggest that she was is not only inaccurate, it is a blasphemy against the GOD who purified and made her spotless in body and soul.

    You would do well to stick to your intra-protestant disputes and leave the Holy Catholic Faith to those who actually know something about it.

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    • June 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

      Why was Mary in need of grace if she was sinless? She was an offspring of Adam just like everyone else. She was a fallen, wicked sinner in need of God’s grace.

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      • June 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

        Mary was preserved from sin at the moment of her conception through a special grace communicated by Almighty God. It is fitting that such grace would be communicated to the Mother of Our Lord.

        I’m sorry that you are resolved to persist in your heresy and blasphemy. However, it’s not my place to convert you. I will pray for you.

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