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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day 34: Day of Consecration

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through MaryDAY THIRTY FOUR - CONSECRATION DAY - TOTAL CONSECRATION - 19 NOV 2018

Day 34 – Day of Consecration

On the day of consecration, either fast, give alms, or offer a votive candle for the good of another (or all of the above);  do some spiritual penance and approach consecration in the spirit of mortification.
Now go to Confession (or, if that is not possible, go during the 8 days prior) and then receive Communion with the intention of giving yourself to Jesus, as a slave of love, by the hands of Mary.
Now pray the words of the consecration.   Copy them and have them with you at church, read them after the Mass (in front of the tabernacle would be nice) and sign your copy of the Act of Consecration.

The words of consecration are:

O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom!   O sweetest and most adorable Jes  us! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father and of Mary, always virgin!   I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendours of Your Father during eternity and I adore You also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Your most worthy Mother, in the time of Your incarnation.

I give You thanks for that You have annihilated Yourself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil.   I praise and glorify You for that You have been pleased to submit Yourself to Mary, Your holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Your faithful slave through her.   But, alas!   Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to You in my Baptism;  I have not fulfilled my obligations;  I do not deserve to be called Your child, nor yet Your slave and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Your anger and Your repulse, I dare not come by myself before Your most holy and august Majesty.   It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Your most holy Mother, whom You have given me for a mediatrix with You.   It is through her that I hope to obtain of Your contrition, the pardon of my sins and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men!   Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God.   Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one.   Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom and for that end, receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to you.

I, N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands the vows of my Baptism, I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.   In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose you this day for my Mother and Mistress.   I deliver and consecrate you, as your slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future, leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.

Receive, O holy Virgin, this little offering of my service, in honour of and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to your maternity, in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favoured you.   I declare that I wish henceforth, as your true slave, to seek your honour and to obey you in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by you, by you He may receive me!   O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God and for that end, receive me among those whom you love and teach whom you lead, nourish and protect as your children and your slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ your Son, that I may attain, by your intercession and by your example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

Sign your name here



After Consecration

Once you have consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary, live that consecration. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort recommended the following:

• Keep praying to develop a “great contempt” for the spirit of this world.
• Maintain a special devotion to the Mystery of the Incarnation (e.g., through meditation; spiritual reading; focusing on Feasts centring around the Incarnation, such as the Annunciation and the Nativity, etc.)
• Frequently recite the Ave Maria, Rosary and the Magnificat.
• Do everything through, with, in and for Mary for the sake of Jesus, with the prayer, “I am all yours Immaculate One, with all that I have, in time and in eternity” in your heart and on your lips.
• Associate yourself with Mary in a special way before, during and after Communion.
• Wear a little iron chain (around the neck, arm, waist, or ankle) as an outward sign and reminder of holy service. This practice is optional, but very recommended by St Louis. The appearance of this chain is not further specified.
• Renew the consecration once a year on the same date chosen above and by following the same 33-day period of exercises.   If desired, also renew the consecration monthly with the prayer, “I am all Yours and all I have is Yours, O dear Jesus, through Mary, Your holy Mother.”
Optional:  Join the Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts –
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Our Morning Offering – 19 November – Feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence

Our Morning Offering – 19 November – Feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Divine Providence

Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of Divine Providence,
protect our life and sanctify us with the gift of grace.
Obtain for us from the Father of mercy
and the God of consolation, pardon for our sins,
reconciliation with our brothers and sisters
and comfort in the midst of afflictions.
Renew our hearts,
that they may be come worthy dwelling places
of your Divine Son, Jesus.
Help us in our struggles against mediocrity,
self-seeking and pride,
so we can generously serve our neighbour.
We entrust ourselves to you, o Mary,
in our pilgrimage in this world.
We invoke you as our guide
and our defence against dangers.
In the present tribulations, give us secure refuge.
O sweet Mother of Divine Providence,
turn your eyes toward us,
you who are our hope on earth.
Grant that we may have you as our Mother
in the glory of heaven.
Amenprayer to mary mother of divine providence - fest day 19 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 19 November – St Raphael of St Joseph Kalinowski O.C.D. (1835-1907)

Saint of the Day – 19 November – St Raphael of St Joseph Kalinowski O.C.D. (1835-1907) – Carmelite Friar and Priest, Teacher, Engineer, Prisoner of war, Royal tutor, Spiritual Director, founder of many Carmelite monasteries in Poland.   St Raphael was born on 1 September 1835 at Vilna, Russian Poland (modern Vilnius, Lithuania) as Joseph Kalinowski and died on 15 November 1907 at Wadowice, Malopolskie, Poland of natural causes.St.-Raphael-of-St.-Joseph

Father Raphael of Saint Joseph Kalinowski, was born at Vilna and at baptism received the name Joseph.   Under the teaching of his father Andrew, at the Institute for Nobles at Vilna, he progressed so well that he received the maximum distinction in his studies.   He then went for two years (1851-1852) to the school of Agriculture at Hory-Horky.   During the years 1853-1857, he continued his studies at the Academy of Military Engineering at St Petersburg, obtaining his degree in Engineering and the rank of Lieutenant. Immediately afterwards he was named Lecturer in Mathematics at the same Academy.  In 1859, he took part in the designing of the Kursk-Kiev-Odessa raphael young

In 1863 the Polish insurrection against their Russian oppressors broke out.   He resigned from the Russian forces and accepted the post of Minister of War for the region of Vilna, in the rebel army.   On 24 March 1864, he was arrested and condemned to death, a penalty that was mitigated to 10 years hard labour in Siberia.   With an admirable strength of spirit, patience and love for his fellow exiles, he knew how to instil into them the spirit of prayer, serenity and hope and to give material help, together with a word of encouragement.raphael officer

Repatriated in 1874, he accepted the post of tutor to the Venerable Servant of God, Prince Augusto Czartoryski (1858-1893) (now Blessed- he was Beatified in 2004), living mostly in Paris.   His influence on the young prince was such, that Augusto discovered his true vocation as priest and religious.   He was received into the Salesians by their founder, Saint John Bosco, in 1887.   On the other hand, Joseph Kalinowski entered the Discalced Carmelites at Graz in Austria and received the religious name of Brother Raphael of Saint Joseph.   He studied theology in Hungary and was ordained Priest at Czerna near Krakow, on 15 January 1882.ST Raphael kalinowski

Afire with apostolic zeal, he did not spare himself in helping the faithful and assisting his Carmelite brothers and sisters and many others in the ascent of the mountain of raphael - WadowicePainting

In the sacrament of Reconciliation, he lifted up many from the mire of sin.   He did his utmost for the work of reunification of the Church and bequeathed this mission to his Carmelite brothers and sisters.   His superiors entrusted him with many important offices, which he carried out perfectly, right until the time of his death.St._Raphael_1

Overcome by fatigue and suffering and held in great respect by all the people, he gave his soul to God, on 15 November 1907, at Wadowice in the monastery founded by himself.   He was buried in the monastery cemetery, at Czerna, near Krakow.

During his life and after death, he enjoyed a remarkable fame for sanctity, even on the part of the most noble and illustrious of people, such as the Cardinals Dunajewski, Puzyna, Kakowski and Gotti.   The Ordinary Process for his eventual beatification, was set in motion in the Curia of Krakow during the years 1934-1938 and later taken to Rome where in 1943 was issued the Decree concerning his writings.   His cause was introduced in 1952.   From 1953-1956 the Apostolic Process was carried out and the Congregation proceeded to the discussion on his virtues.

Pope John Paul II, on 11 October 1980, promulgated the Decree on the heroism his virtues.   After the approval of the miraculous healing of the Reverend Mis, the Holy Father Beatified Father Raphael Kalinowski at Krakow on 22 June 1983.

As the fame of his miracles was increasing, the Curia of Krakow in 1989, set in motion the Canonical Process to investigate the extraordinary healing of a young child.   The discussions of the doctors, theologians and cardinals, were brought to a happy conclusion.   On 10 July 1990, the Holy Father St John Paul II, approved the miracle for the Canonisation.ST Raphael kalinowski.2

In the Consistory of 26th November 1990, Pope John Paul together with the Cardinals, decided to Canonise Blessed Raphael Kalinowski.   They set the ceremony for Sunday, 17 November 1991.
St Pope John Paul II, today Canonises him and presents him as a model to all Christians in the universal Church… 17 November 1991.

Note:  Attending the Canonisation rite, were delegations from the Carmelite Order, from Russia, Byelorussa, Ukraine and especially from Poland and Lithuania, with their cardinals and bishops.   And in the places of honour knelt Lech Walesa, president of liberated Poland, and Vytautas Landsbergis, president of the Supreme Council of the Lithuanian Republic.

Proud to do honour to this new saint who was both Pole and Lithuanian and who reached out towards the Eastern Churches as well, they must have responded warmly when the pope cried out:  “Rejoice, O Mother Poland … Rejoice, O Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Mother of all peoples!”

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Feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence and Memorials of the Saints – 19 November

Our Lady of Divine Providence:  The title of “Mary, Mother of Divine Providence” is often traced to her intervention at the wedding in Cana. Christ’s first public miracle was occasioned in part by the intercession of his mother.   She helped through her foresight and concern to avoid an embarrassing situation for the newlywed couple.   Our Lady of Providence is sometimes also identified as Queen of the Home.
Devotion to Our Lady of Divine Providence originated in Italy and spread to France and Spain.   The devotion was brought to Puerto Rico in the early 1850s by the Servite Fathers. According to tradition, Philip Benizi (1233 – 1285) prayed to Mary for help in providing food for his friars and subsequently found several baskets of provisions left at the door of the convent.   Our Lady of Providence was declared the patroness of Puerto Rico by Pope Paul VI on 19 November 1969. Her feast day is celebrated in many immigrant Puerto Rican communities.
Around 1580, the Italian painter Scipione Pulzone created a work titled “Mater Divinae Providentiae,” which depicted the Blessed Mother cradling the Infant Jesus.   Devotion to Mary, Mother of Divine Providence in the first house of the Congregation of the Clerics Regular of St Paul (Barnabites) in Rome at San Carlo ai Catinari church began around year 1611, when one of the clerics travelled to Loreto to pray for assistance in finding the financial resources to complete the Church of San Carlo.   Upon his return, they received the necessary assistance and the Barnabites began to promote devotion to Our Lady of Providence.
Pulzone’s painting was given to the Barnabites in 1663.   It was placed on the altar of a chapel on the first floor of the Saint Charles rectory behind the main altar.   In 1732, a copy of the painting was placed in a location adjacent to the main altar of the church of San Carlo ai Catinari in Rome, where it drew many faithful visitors.
In 1774, Pope Benedict XIV authorised the Confraternity of Our Lady of Providence, a lay organisation created for the purpose of promoting special works of Christian charity or piety.   Pope Gregory XVI elevated it to an Archconfraternity in 1839. In 1888, Pope Leo XIII ordered the solemn crowning of the “Miraculous Lady” and approved the Mass and Office of Mary, Mother of Divine Providence.   On 5 August 1896, Superior General of the Barnabites, Father Benedict Nisser decreed that every Barnabite have a copy of the painting in their home.
Our Lady of Providence is the patroness of the Barnabite Order.
Our Lady of Providence is the patroness of Indiana and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. The chapel of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts is dedicated to Our Lady of Providence.
Our Lady of Divine Providence is the patroness of St Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas.
Our Lady of Divine Providence is also the patroness of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

Bl Alexandre Planas Saurí
St Atto of Tordino
St Azas of Isauria
St Barlaam of Antioch
St Ebbe of Minster-of-Thanet
Bl Eliseo García y García
Bl James Benefatti
St James of Sasseau
St Maximus of Caesarea
St Maximus of Rome
St Mechtilde of Helfta
St Medana
St Nerses the Great
Obadiah the Prophet
St Pope Pontian
St Raphael Kalinowski, O.C.D. (1835-1907)
St Tuto

Martyrs of Heraclea

Martyrs of Vienne: – 3 saints
St Exuperius
St Felicianus
St Severinus