All of Me: Consecration Day 14

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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:

In today’s reflection, Fr. Gaitley breaks down for us the three parts of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s prayer of consecration. I like this “piece by piece” didactic approach. It helps me to look closely at the individual phrases and their deeper meaning so that I don’t fall into the trap of wrote recitation.

I’m ashamed to admit that this happens to me sometimes… that in my rush to “say my prayers”, I say them without truly feeling them.

“Now, and at the hour of our death…” especially when recited fifty times in a row, runs the risk of becoming yet another item crossed off of my to do list, instead of a plea for my Mother to remember me and my loved ones to her Son.

“Thy will be done…” sometimes on those busiest days isn’t really a total giving over of my life and will to God. It’s lip service.

And I don’t want my consecration prayer to be that way. I want the fullness of heart and totality of self-giving the St. Louis and St. Maximilian intended when they penned their consecration prayers. That’s why today’s study of these words and the days yet to come on this Retreat are so crucial. I want to give all of me, fully informed, full committed, fully alive.

To Ponder:

What value have you found today in the studying of St. Maximilian’s form of the prayer of consecration? How will this make a difference as you pray your way through what remains of this retreat?

Let Us Pray:

St. Maximilian Kolbe, founder of the Militia Immaculata, grasp my hand and lead me into deeper relationship with our Blessed Mother Mary, and with her son Jesus Christ.

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.

4 Comments

  1. I became acutely aware of that ‘lip service’ effect of my prayers this morning as I read this chapter in 33 Days to Morning Glory. I am a “book writer in-ner” and when I read books multiple times to keep the reflections straight I use different color ink. Today as I underlined in purple teh words I have already underlined in blue and red, I realized.. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I am actually reading them!! First time they are sinking in — wow!! When I slow down and allow God’s Grace to filter my reading, light bulbs flash left and right!!

    Today the verse I was left pondering: “let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands…”

  2. Beautiful Allison! I have to think for me, much of the fruit that’s being born is that I know I’m praying this retreat in the company of beloved family members here. Even though we can’t “meet” in person, I come here to the site each morning for this wonderful retreat and it’s as though you are here with me. Crazy? Maybe… but it’s so good to be on this path together. And as for being a “fit instrument” that goes so well with today’s gospel passage from Luke 19.

  3. I really enjoyed how things were “broken down” today. I love to read and I’ve always been a fast reader. That’s all well and good for novels but not for something like this. I absorb the highlights but don’t spend enough time digging beneath the surface, since I’m excited to see what happens next. Slowing down, really reading – even re-reading, is a challenge but such a fruitful one. I have to keep telling myself, it’s not a race.

  4. All of you morning people, bear with me! I do read the reflection in the morning (although I confess I start much later than you all!) but I don’t come to our website until later in the day. In a sense, it makes me chew on the words all day, the line or phrase that jumped out at me. The other day I even took a dry erase marker and wrote the words on my refrigerator! since I work out of a home office, it makes me “pay attention” over and over again… so, thanks for this reflection (and comments) on paying attention to words!

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