The Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Dear Family of Mary!
We are in the last two weeks of this Liturgical Year – 2019. The readings we are hearing at Mass deal with the last things, with death, judgement and eternity. This makes us grow increasingly aware of our own future. We all have a future. But what that future will be depends on how radically we have chosen to follow Jesus.
I hope to use these last two weeks as a time to reflect on what Our Lady has said to us about our own personal futures. She is not shy to talk about this reality. Maybe, with her help, we can reflect on this most important aspect of our lives.
In 1986, she said to us:
November 27, 1986 “Dear children! Again today I call you to consecrate your life to me with love, so I am able to guide you with love. I love you, dear children, with a special love and I desire to bring you all to Heaven unto God. I want you to realize that this life lasts briefly compared to the one in Heaven. Therefore, dear children, decide again today for God. Only that way will I be able to show how much you are dear to me and how much I desire all to be saved and to be with me in Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! Again today I call you to consecrate your life to me with love, so I am able to guide you with love…”
Our Lady begins this message by calling us to consecrate ourselves, our entire lives, all of our selves, to her. She wants to be able to guide us, with love. But she can’t do it without our consecration to her. It is easy to overlook this call to consecration. Most of us have done some kind of consecration to Mary in our past. But we may be forgetting it in our day to day lives.
We want to know what she has to say about Heaven. But we won’t get very far on our own steam with our own ideas. We have to surrender to Mary every day and let her lead us towards Heaven and unity with God. We have to make our consecration every day!!
So before we go any further, let’s pray this short consecration to Our Lady. Say it with simplicity and trust. It will prepare us to hear the rest of the message:
Act of Consecration to Mary
I think if we memorize this little consecration and pray it often throughout the day, we will begin to experience the power of living under Mary’s guidance.
“I love you, dear children, with a special love and I desire to bring you all to Heaven unto God…”
Once we have given ourselves to Our Lady, she will show us her special love. That love brings us to Heaven unto God! The fruit of our consecration to Mary will be an infilling of her love, which will change us. Her love will teach us what love really is, and we will begin to love as well. That love will help us to draw closer to the reality of Heaven.
As we grow in Our Mother’s school of love, we will begin to have her eternal perspective on our lives. We will begin to comprehend Heaven in all its glory, and what the word “forever” really means. We will be able to see our earthly lives in comparison to the “forever life” of Heaven, and we will loosen our tight grip on the present. In comparison to “forever” what are a few years on earth?
“Therefore, dear children, decide again today for God. Only that way will I be able to show how much you are dear to me and how much I desire all to be saved and to be with me in Heaven…”
The bottom line is that if we are living our lives in consecration to Our Lady, and we begin to see our lives on earth as only a short preparation for eternity, we will be ready each day to decide for God! We will want to live for God, because our Mother lives for God, and we want to follow her lead. Her desire for our salvation will be an impetus for our own change of heart. We will want what she wants. And she wants us to become holy and live with her in God. Once we have done that, we will fall in love with God ourselves, and that is of course, Heaven. We want to be with God in Heaven forever!!
So today, let’s consecrate ourselves to Mary, and see what happens. If we do it every day we will really see what happens!
©Mary TV 2019