Intimate Gift of Self: Consecration Retreat Day 4


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:

The outpouring of love and contentment that fills my heart when spending an afternoon with mom is embodied in her warm embrace as we part ways. We both delight in the moments we spend conversing about the details of our lives and her imparting her wisdom on rectifying my latest woe. How much more than our heavenly mother must relish in our giving of ourselves to her. From the vantage point of our heavenly mother she savors our calls to her and eagerly prepares for the day we come home. Welcoming us home with an embrace we longed to know all our lives.

To Ponder:

What does it mean to me to “give myself more intimately” to Mary, my heavenly mother?

Let Us Pray:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for this time to share and reflect more deeply on my relationship with Mary and her role as mother. Jesus help me to relish in her presence and delight in her embrace. Amen

Copyright 2015 Gina Felter


About Author

Gina Felter, wife, mother of five, adventurer and techie. She enjoys sharing her zeal for technology and has served at both the national and local levels in support of Catholic social media endeavors. Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems she embraces the intentional use of technology while being informed of potential vulnerabilities. Gina nurtures her soul in nature with an active prayer life enjoying outdoor adventures such as cycling, running and hiking. She invites you to learn more about her adventures at and welcomes your comments or inquiries at [email protected]


  1. Last summer when I was praying through “33 Days to Morning Glory,” I read my daily readings on my front porch every morning. Often, I imagined Our Blessed Mother sitting in the rocking chair next to me—conversing with me, showing me how to follow her Son, and just sharing life with me. I am grateful for how close she wants to be to us.

    • That’s beautiful Sarah. Talk about an intimate gift of self. Oh to be found in her presence! I am reminded of Mary’s presence when I see blue birds and hummingbirds. Mostly because these were my grandmother’s favorite birds and she was especially devoted to Mary.

  2. I was really struck by the reality that by completing this consecration I will be giving Mary even my virtues and merits and offered graces. That’s pretty intense stuff and requires immense trust. It’s the kind of trust an infant has in its mom. So for me, part of giving myself more intimately to Mary means embracing an intimate title for her. Instead of “Mary my mother”, reaching out to “mom” or “mamma”, not in a joking manner but in a sincere depth of feeling and relationship.

  3. I have renewed my daily recitation of the Rosary . I take a walk outside as I pray , so I am not distracted by the phone, housework or the lure of social media. I have never felt such a closeness to Mary that I do with this new practice, I now understand why the Rosary is often referred to as the School of Mary. After years of homeschooling my kids … Mary is now homeschooling me!!

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