Being a Spiritual Mentor: Consecration Day 2


Welcome to our 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat as we prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

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Today’s Reflection:

As I read today’s reflection, I was moved by St. Louis de Montfort’s amazing trust in God. He set out to do God’s work by constructing a monument in honor of Christ’s Passion, only to see it destroyed upon its completion. What disappointment and heart break St. Louis and his co-workers must have felt, to see their tireless efforts demolished in the blink of an eye! But instead of complaining or protesting, St. Louis led his team in praise and thanksgiving!

St. Louis’ response helped to detach himself from his will and unite his heart to God’s will. This opened him up to even greater work for God. St. Louis’ preaching and teaching grew in popularity. And his method of consecration to Jesus through Mary has influenced saints, popes, and everyday Catholics for centuries.

It only takes one gesture of love and faith to make a difference. I wonder how many hearts were changed in that group of workers, as they witnessed their leader so heroically praising God in the midst of great disappointment. Before St. Louis gained recognition for his True Devotion to Mary, he was already acting as God’s instrument of transformation, inspiring the lives of ordinary souls.

Aren’t we all looking for a spiritual mentor to emulate? Someone whose words and actions inspire us to holiness? In turn, perhaps God is calling us to be that type of mentor for someone else. Are we ready to answer yes to God’s will?

To Ponder:

Who is a spiritual mentor to you? Spend a moment thanking God for that person today.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Lord, thank you for blessing me with saintly heroes, like St. Louis de Montfort, who show me how to tangibly live according to your will. Free my heart from attachment to worldly things, so I can love, trust and serve you more faithfully. Amen.

Copyright 2015 Sarah Damm.


About Author

Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, cooking meals and helping with homework. She and her husband Greg strive to weave the Catholic faith into their daily lives as well as into their family celebrations. Sarah blogs at In addition to, she also is a contributor for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.


  1. Beautiful reflection, Sarah! Today’s reading beautifully echoes the message in today’s Gospel reading as well (Luke 16:1-8). A good spiritual mentor is a person who is a good steward of the gifts he/she has been given. St. Louis de Montfort knew that the monument belonged to God, that the labor that went into it belonged to God, and that all of the men and women who worked to make it happen existed because of God. When we forget that all of our gifts are given to us on loan to be good stewards of, it’s easier to be generous in giving them in service to the call of God. As parents, it’s easy to forget that our children are not ours–even they are on loan. St. Louis de Montfort knew and lived all of this, and I am so grateful for his generous example for all of us to emulate. It makes me take pause and wonder….am I being a good steward of the gifts God has given me? Am I keeping them to myself? Am I using them how He’d like me to use them? When was the last time I asked Him?

  2. Giving heroic witness in the midst of disappointment is a true testament of faith. Even in my simplistic lil life I have been fortunate to have such faith-filled friends and family to be that heroic witness for me. I strive to give heroic witness especially within my marriage and with my children. My spiritual mentors are grandparents that have gone home to our Lord, but outwardly lived a life of serving others while here on earth. Their prayer lives were not hidden nor were they showy elaborate displays. Prayer was as much a part of knowing who they were as knowing their favorite dessert. They both were especially devoted to Mary and praying the Rosary. I loved this about them.

    • Thank you for sharing about your grandparents, Gina. What beautiful witnesses! I feel the same way about my grandma. She has been gone for a long time now, but I don’t think a week goes by when I don’t think about her.

  3. Great reflection today! I needed this reminder that the “fruits” of my work are not always what I desire them to be! As for mentors, I want to publicly thank our community at CatholicMom for being one of mine!! Our men and women who gather here daily to pray and share their gifts truly inspire me and draw me closer to Jesus!

  4. I immediately think of 2 amazing women who love the Lord with abandon even though both are severely physically afflicted, and according to the thinking of this world, could instead by angry with Him. They are faithful Mass attendees – daily Mass attendees. A practice I long to emulate, yet find a reason almost every morning to skip Mass. In knowing the power of the Sacraments to draw me closer to God, their example is one of true spiritual heroism!!

    Wonderful ponder for today Sarah!!

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