Consecrate Your Family to Jesus through Mary
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Phoenix and the Jubilee Year of the Family, Bishop Olmsted invites you to consecrate your family to Jesus through Mary.
As we approach the end of the year, and if you have not already consecrated your family with your parish, please join us in making the final consecration of the year: Nov. 9 through Dec. 12, consecrating your family to Jesus through Mary on the feast of our patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Why Consecrate to Jesus Through Mary
“Consecrating ourselves to Mary means accepting her help to offer ourselves and the whole of mankind to him who is holy, infinitely holy; it means accepting her help—by having recourse to her motherly heart, which beneath the cross was opened to love for every human being, for the whole world—in order to offer the world, the individual human being, mankind as a whole, and all the nations to him who is infinitely holy.” – St. John Paul II, homily at Fatima (May 13, 1982)
What to Do
There are many ways to make a consecration to Jesus through Mary. The original was written by St. Louis de Montfort in the 18th century – “True Devotion to Mary.” He also wrote “Secret of the Rosary,” and his Mariology has influenced many saints and popes. The de Montfort consecration includes daily readings and prayers, and it can be found online here.
In 2011, Fr. Michael Gaitley, a Marian of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) priest, published an updated consecration that includes the Marian insights of three contemporary saints. 33 Days to Morning Glory represents “a new dawn, a brand new morning in one’s spiritual journey” after consecrating yourself or your family to Jesus through Mary, says Fr. Gaitley. This consecration includes a daily reading and brief reflection. It is optional, but recommended, to say a daily rosary as well. You can buy 33 Days to Morning Glory at your parish gift shop, local Catholic bookstore, or online retailers.