The Choice to Return: Consecration Day 11


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:

All of nature returns to its Creator, even without trying. Yet for us, our fallen human nature places so many obstacles in the path of our return to God. To return to our Creator and Savior takes a daily battle, a constant choice to do what He wants, whether it is to take up our ordinary duties for love of Him, or to step up to the Cross He offers. Yet we can turn to Our Mother, place that daily choice in her hands, and ask that she fill us with her own perfect will.

To Ponder:

Even when her Son was led to the awful death of His Crucifixion, Mary was perfectly at peace, because her will was united to the Father’s.

Let Us Pray:

Mother, lend me your strength to turn away from my own will, and choose every day to return to Christ.

Copyright 2015 Rebecca Willen


About Author

Rebecca is an alumna of Christendom College and works as an Associate Editor at Our Sunday Visitor. She is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, amateur baker, and musician. Follow @NerdCornerBooks on Instagram for book recommendations!


  1. In reading today’s reflection my thought went to the St Catherine of Siena’s words, “be who God has intended you to be and you will set the world ablaze”. In reflecting on that, I wondered – what am I to be. The simple answer is like Mary and offer my whole self to God but through in free will and the answer is not as simple. Today I will spend, especially during Mass, asking God to help me more clearly see who HE created me to be. To follow that most straight path back to Him, as I was created to do.

  2. After today’s prayer over the gospel, I wrote the word “intentionality” in my prayer journal. I told myself, if only God knows when the time is coming, intentionally know God. Your retreat reflection here Rebecca doubly blessed me by reminding me of the beautiful companion I have on that intentional journey: our Blessed Mother. Thank you for leading me in a fruitful prayer time today! United with all of our friends who are making this consecration retreat.

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