My Heart, Mary's Home: Consecration Retreat Day 27


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:

My mom was old-school Southern, and hospitality was her gift. Everyone who came to our home felt welcome. She always had a smile and some sweet tea to offer. I remember the well stuffed, multi-color couch that was designated for “visiting” and how my mom’s accent would rise and fall like a song as she chatted.

In today’s reading, John Paul the Great describes entrusting Mary as taking her “into one’s own home.” At the beginning of this consecration journey, I struggled to find a place for Mary in my faith life. Giving so much to her seemed weird and misplaced, when just offering my whole self to Christ is a constant tug-of-war. How could I find room in my heart for Mary, too? Would I be able to welcome her with the same enthusiasm my mother had for company in our home?

Gradually, I’ve been able to offer more to Mary, to begin creating a space for her in my heart, knowing she is magnifying my love for Jesus. In the words of my teen, “It’s like Mary is the best wi-fi router ever.” Who better to direct my prayers and petitions in heaven? She wants to bring me closer to her Son; I just need to invite her to the comfy couch and give her reason to linger.

To Ponder:

Jesus entrusted himself to Mary at the Incarnation. Can I imitate Christ by entrusting myself to Mary, too?

Let Us Pray:

Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to create a welcoming place for Mary so that she can bring me closer to her Son.

Copyright 2015 Dawn Wright


About Author

Dawn Wright is an enthusiastic convert, wife, homeschooler, catechist, writer, reader, knitter, and rising graduate theology student. She deeply loves her three children, two here on earth and one in heaven. Trusting prayer, the sacraments, and the love of her community, she blogs at to reach friends, family and other bereaved parents with the hope her faith. You can also find her on Twitter @luvteach2, and on Instagram at catholic_nerd.

1 Comment

  1. Dawn, I absolutely loved the imagery you painted of your Mother’s Southern hospitality. I wanted to take a seat on that visiting couch and sip sweet tea!!!! I will try today to imagine Our Blessed Mother in the same welcoming, charming, loving way you have described your mother – and engage in a chat in hopes of building my bond of trust (of entrustment really) with her!!

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