As as Our Merciful Father gives me the grace to wake up, the first thought which comes to my mind is that of say a dear hello to my heavenly Mummy, Mary! How beautiful it is for me to wake up and consecrate my day to her.
Still in bed I open my cell phone and start to pray to Her the following consecration:
I, (Name), a faithless sinner –
renew and ratify today in thy hands,
O Immaculate Mother,
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 thee this day,
for my Mother and Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee,
as thy 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 thee the entire
and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God,
in time and in eternity. Amen.
The peace I feel when I pray this prayer is really incredible. Immediately I feel that Heaven has not only just opened its gates for me but has really come into my heart. Instantaneously I start singing that beautiful refrain from a wonderful song by Graham Kendrick, Heaven is in my heart.
I often wondered: “But why, when I pray my daily consecration to Mary as soon as I wake up, I feel God’s kingdom and the presence of his majesty in my heart? Why, thanks to this wonderful consecration, the presence of His majesty makes my heart feast with that abounding joy? Why do I feel surrounded by the light of His holiness?”
The radio message of Pope Pius XII to the faithful of Brittany who were gathered at the Shrine of Saint Anne of Auray on Saturday 17 July 1954, presents to me a compelling and a convincing reason to keep pray this powerful consecration daily and with much love, faith, hope and determination.
Whoever has consecrated himself to Mary belongs to her in a special way. He has become like a shrine to the Blessed Virgin.
The image of Mary helps him to energetically reject all evil thoughts. The love of Mary gives him the courage to undertake great things, to overcome human respect, to shake off selfishness, to serve and obey patiently. With his gaze fixed inwardly on her, he becomes attached to the purity, compassion, and charity with which the Virgin’s soul was radiant. He hates sin, he fights it within himself and opposes it with all his strength.
When he sees the Immaculate Virgin trampling the infernal serpent underfoot, when he contemplates the Mother of God who raises her divine Son, his will can no longer have any complacency for evil: on the contrary, he is proud to belong to Jesus and Mary, and he knows that Mary urges him to do everything that Jesus commands or desires.
How sweet are the great fruits of our consecration to Mary indeed! And how blessed and wise are we if we access to them daily by starting our day praying our consecration to her Motherly Heart!
Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap