Quick and Easy Path to Holiness: Consecration Day 7


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:

Quick and easy? Holiness? Seriously?!

And yet here we are on Day 7 and I’m still waking up every morning with a yearning in my heart to spend my retreat time with all of you along this 33 day path to give our lives fully to Jesus Christ through Mary.

So when Fr. Gaitley wrote these words in today’s retreat reflection, I nodded and smiled:

“Mary is the mold that forms us most perfectly, quickly and easily into other images of Christ.”

Does this ease mean that we’ll have fewer crosses and burdens to bear? Not necessarily.

But as we read today, St. Louis de Montfort helps us to submit these crosses fully to our Blessed Mother. In our union with Mary and the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to bear their weight alone. This past week, when I’ve encountered tiny “crosses” in my path, it’s been a total gift to bear them lovingly to Jesus through Mary and to realize that no “Lisa power” is involved in fixing whatever’s broken. This doesn’t mean that I give up caring or praying for the situation at hand. But there is ease in realizing that Our Lady has her hand and heart on these intentions, that she is alongside me lifting them up to God.

The quickness and ease comes in fully realizing that I am being perfectly formed for whatever lies ahead. If I allow myself to be…

To Ponder:

Does this path to holiness of participating in this 33 day retreat feel “quick and easy” for you? If not, what challenges are you facing? If so, what burdens have been lifted from you?

Let Us Pray:

Mother Mary, help me allow myself to be fully molded and perfected in holiness by and through your love!

Copyright 2015  Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. oh Lisa, I had the same reaction to the “quick and easy” line — ha, ha! Thank you for this. And the metaphor of the sculptor and the mold jumped out at me as well. what an image! Today I’m pondering about what specific thing or area I am trying to hammer away — rather than offer, surrender, to Mary. Thank you for your words!

  2. Right now I’m reading Nancy Carpenter Brown’s “The Woman who was Chesterton” about GK Chesterton’s wife, Francis. In it, Francis received a letter from a priest friend regarding her struggle with health as well as dealing with several deaths in her family. He tells her: “You are carrying the Cross, and whether you want another to help you or not, you are distressed you are not carrying it well, nobly, gracefully. That is the Cross within the Cross, to find that there is no knack not deftness of handling which will make it less cumbersome, that one must stagger, and even fall…” I haven’t looked at the experience of carrying the Cross in this light. Then, coupled with the Marian consecration, this imagry explains to me better how Mary helps us. Our Crosses are not taken away. Instead, Mary helps us to hear the Cross within the Cross, helping us to bear the weight with more grace.

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