Learning to Love the Immaculata: Consecration Day 13


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:

St. Maximillian Kolbe loved Mary and knew that by uniting himself to her as his spiritual mother, he could live out his life for Christ. We may not be called to actual physical martyrdom, but we are called to a martyrdom of self. We can die to ourselves by becoming, as St. Maximilian says, “a fit instrument in your (Mary’s) immaculate and merciful hands.” If we give ourselves to our mother Mary, she will guide us in the right direction – toward her Son. She is a powerful intercessor and model of perfect faith. Our world is in need of an army of saints and each of us can become a saint by uniting ourselves to the Immaculta and becoming an instrument of God’s love, grace and mercy.

To Ponder:

What must be martyred in myself so that I can become a “fit instrument in Mary’s hands”?

Let Us Pray:

Mother Mary, be with me today as I ask the Holy Spirit to rid myself of what holds me back from becoming a saint. I desire to be your instrument and grow closer to Christ. Amen.

Copyright 2015, Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. Deanna has been married for over 30 years and raised two wonderful adults. She is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, she serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com and contributed to our latest Catholic Mom title, A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.


  1. Wow Deanna – Your question to ponder cut right to my heart (in a good way – when that good way is asking a tough thing of me lol). What NEEDS to be martyred in myself ?? I have never thought of it that way. I know I am called to die to self – but when I am willing doing so for Christ, for the LOVE OF Christ, it is a martyrdom!

    For me it is all boils down to what we discussed earlier in the retreat – purity of intention. Who and why do I do what I do for God. Those lines get blurred when your ‘career’ is your faith – but it shouldn’t. The career part should be what I worry LESS about – the part I put in the Immaculata’s hands and trust she’s got.


  2. Thank you Deanna, what a powerful day today. I was struck by the widely different images of Mary that came to mind. One one hand, she is the warrior general, commanding her army. But on the other she is our “little mother” our mamma. I think I tend to lean on the little mother side of things. I think I need to spend some more time with the more militant Mary. I know how it feels to be curled up in her arms, I don’t really know what it feels like to be under her authority, to practice obedience to her.

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