Mary's Comfort and Support: Consecration Retreat Day 17


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 reading we learn about Mother Teresa’s three visions she received in 1947 that better helped her understand Jesus’s mission for her in India. In all three she saw the masses–the innumerable people who were begging for her help. In the last vision she is a little girl and Our Lady is with her, facing the crowd and facing Jesus with her, her left hand on Mother Teresa’s left shoulder and her right hand supporting her arm.

In our own Calcutta, our homes, the needs that we need to meet can sometimes feel as overwhelming as Mother Teresa’s vision. And just like Mother Teresa needed Jesus and Mary to fulfill her mission, we need them as well.

To Ponder:

When I am struggling, do I imagine myself as a young child in need of Mary’s comfort and support? If not, why not?

Let Us Pray:

Mary, you are our most perfect mother, ever ready to console and encourage us in our attempts to answer your Son’s call for our lives. Please help us to remember that you are always near, as close as a mother is to her little child.

Copyright 2015 Meg Matenaer


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  1. Today’s reading hit me like a ton of bricks as I learned about Mary’s Fidelity (this word has been following me around lately) – how Mary played such a significant role in Mother Teresa’s life and work for Jesus. I realized without conscience effort, I have been turning to Our Lady more and more in my own prayers. Once a flounder’er at the rosary, a new found love (read urgent need lol) for 54 Day Rosary Novenas have me praying it daily as well as recitation of Mother Teresa’s own emergency novena of 9 Memorare in a row. That one sometimes gets multiple uses during my days. My prayers to Jesus since around June – have almost all come to Him through Our Lady – and now with hindsight and today’s readings, I AM beginning to recognize the true beauty of Jesus’ gift of HER to Us….

    Now Meg – I will look at how this all relates to my own Calcutta (love that take on today’s reflection!!)

      • Ha… I just had this vision of what my prayers might look like to Mary … “Ma, Mom, Mommy, Ma, Mom, Mom, Mama, Ma” … not a southpark fan but have seen this as a meme on FB. THANKFULLY she has the grace not to get as annoyed as I do when my kids do this. ha ha!! 🙂

  2. The last line in the book for today’s reflection on Mary’s role by Mother Teresa “to bring us face to face with the love in the heart of Jesus” got my attention. I was trying to explain this consecration and the whys of doing such to a friend recently. While I left that conversation with more questions than conviction to this consecration, I will be carrying this line with me as we continue the journey. I realize a consecration to Mary is different than praying and asking for her intercession. I think this is what weighs heaviest on my mind. You know those little jabs that come into our lives to derail our progress and add confusion?

    • I totally know what you mean about those derailments!!! Probably why St Paul refers to this spiritual journey thing as a marathon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts …they really resonated with me.

    • Hi, Gina! Yes, I totally know what you mean. (Jabs are such a great word for them!) I’ve found it helpful for me to think of the consecration as entering into a deeper relationship with my mom. Good for you for having that conversation with your friend!

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