Mary, Unveil for Me: Consecration Day 10


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:

Today, I’m going to start with a little confession. I’ve tried on numerous occasions to pray my way through this book and the Marian Consecration. The dates I’ve written in the margins of my book’s pages are a history of sorts. They marks “attempts” made over the years. Some of the pages are marked all the way through to the end. But those dates get thinner around Days 9 and 10 of the retreat. So when we prayed yesterday with Charisse on Day 9, I did a little mental “Hooray!” happy dance. “Thank you God,” I prayed, “For gifting me with this group of fellow retreatants along this 33 day journey because they will hold my hand and lead me closer to our Blessed Mother and to you.”

When I set out to write today’s reflection, I realized why I’ve been a Consecration “drop out” in the past. My simple mind begins to cloud over when I try to wrap my brain around understanding such incredibly complex concepts as the Holy Spirit or the Immaculate Conception. Often in the past, I read the words of Days 9 and 10, tried to understand their deeper layers of meaning but, in a way that troubled me, my heart was left cold.

Today, I do not feel that coldness. Today, in the company of whoever is “out there” in the Internet praying with us, I feel companionship along a journey. And I feel the tangible presence of Our Lady and the Holy Spirit coaxing me forward through my virtual fellowship with all of you. In a few lines today at the end of his reflection, Fr. Gaitley blesses me when he says,

Third, if you get only one point from this challenging passage, may it be this: Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

The first time I read the line, I shook my head again. “I still don’t get it, Lord,” I whined.

And then I read the words of the consecration prayer for today, “Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary…unveil for me the meaning of the Immaculate Conception.”

“Unveil for me…”

I don’t have to “get it”. My role in this retreat is simply to let the workings of the Holy Spirit take root in my life, and to be open to that unveiling. God has a perfect plan. My role in this is to persist, despite the fact that I may not perfectly understand. My role is to be present for the unveiling–which in truth may not ever happen fully during my earthly journey. My role is to trust, to persist despite my simplicity, and to give my “Yes” as Mary did. Surely, there was much that she likely couldn’t fully understand as the Holy Spirit, her spouse, moved within her.

My role is to love.

To Ponder:

How do you persist in prayer and faith when your intellectual nature causes you to question or doubt?

Let Us Pray:

Holy Spirit, spouse of our Blessed Mother, use me today to accomplish your divine and perfect will.

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of 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 for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Faith like a child. That is how I persist. I try to remember that as a child there was much I didn’t understand but trusted my parents had it cover (ex: food on the table, roof over my head, heat in the winter). This is how I try to approach heavenly things – not blind faith but with hindsight faith. I trust God because He has shown me time and time again that He is trustworthy (though he is God and I am not, and he doesn’t OWE me that privilege out of great love for me — HE GIVES it!! wow, right!)

    The idea of Mary as spouse of Holy Spirit was illuminated in a special way was I prayed my 54 rosary novena in this little prayer booklet sweetly given to me by an elderly woman last month. On one of the days its says, “Mary is the perfect adorer of God. She is beloved Daughter to the Father; Mother to the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit” #MindBlown While I can’t comprehend HOW that is …. I can certainly be moved that it is!

    My thoughts, says the Lord are not your thoughts. My thoughts are higher. Isaiah 55:7-8 … that is how I trust and accept these teachings, AND persist on to allow God to unveil even more. For the glimmers – and mind blown moments. This was probably one of my FAVORITE reflections in 33 Days so far!!!

  2. Great post! When I saw this writing project I told God I’d do it – but not days 9 and 10 because they were beyond my comprehension. Thank you for sharing and may we all grow in trust and may our ‘yes’ bring grace and peace into our hearts

  3. Lisa, like you, I soooooo need his companionship. Thank you for using CM to bless so many this way.

    And I love these days. As someone who only reluctantly took my husband’s name originally and now identify more with it than my maiden name, this whole thing speaks to me in a special way.

  4. Hi Lisa, On a similar vein, I have read and heard for years about needing to have a closer relationship with Mary and how others have, through prayer and experiences, grown closer to her and found such peace and patience in their lives. I want that as well, so I’m with you on this journey desiring to finish it completely and find a new and fresh relationship and appreciation of our beloved Heavenly Mother.

  5. I really liked the imagery of “unveiling”. It also reminded me of the metaphor of peeling the layers of the onion. We can keep going deeper, learning more. I think it was Aquinas…maybe Anselm or Augustine (one of those A guys) that said the more questions we ask, the more we will learn and understand, and the more knowledge we acquire, the more questions we will ask. That is how I am able to keep the faith when i have doubts. I’m questioning, which means I’m trying to dive deeper

  6. AMEN to that, sister! I loved this “extra entry” you got, and I love you and your honesty 🙂 Yes, unveil in me… and AMEN to that, too! by the way, I’m doing my best to keep up — even when I don’t get to the computer to share a comment… so, just know that I, too, need the companionship here and am walking with you all!

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