33 Days to Morning Glory
Mary is a great example for each of us to have complete trust and faith in God!
Day 1 Reflection
The real question is this: "Do we have a fire in our hearts as we begin our retreat?" Well, do we? Reconsider what may have been your motive to begin this retreat and contemplate total consecration to Jesus through Mary. Have you asked Mary to start a divine fire in your heart for Jesus? What obstacles might she find there that would interfere with beginning that burning desire to love Jesus? How will you overcome them?
Prayer for Day 1
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to make this retreat with generosity and zeal.
Day 2 Reflection
Saint Louis was a priest with great trust in God. When he found out that a huge monument he had helped to build for more than a year was suddenly to be destroyed, he said to the thousands who had gathered for the blessing, "Let us build it in our hearts. Blessed be God." What was your reaction to that story? Have you ever experienced a similar, severe disappointment with something that you thought to be pleasing to God? Where you able to bless God in spite of the disappointment?
Prayer for Day 2
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to give myself fully to living out this true and solid devotion.
Day 3 Reflection
If we were baptized as infants, our baptismal vows were made by others on our behalf. However, we renew our baptismal vows whenever the Easter season comes around. During such times, we're asked if we reject the devil and all his works and whether we believe in each of the statements of the Creed. How serious is a vow in today's world anyway? Reflect on the vow you made to God at your Baptism, and on the vows you made on your wedding day (if you are married). Do you know the date of your Baptism? Do you celebrate it?
Prayer for Day 3
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Give me the grace to reject Satan and follow Christ more closely.
Day 4 Reflection
One of the reasons we give ourselves to Mary is in imitation of Jesus, who gave himself to her! When we consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary, when we give everything to her, we deepen our relationship with her, a relationship of child to mother. In order to make us safe, secure, forgiven, blessed, and graced by Jesus, her Son, what might she decide for us? Are you anxious about letting her make decisions in certain areas of your life? How might you pray (talk to her) about those decisions?
Prayer for Day 4
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to give myself entirely to Jesus through Mary.
Day 5 Reflection
As we begin to contemplate the reality of giving Mary everything, let's remember the generosity of life practiced by priests, brothers, nuns, consecrated single persons, and the faithfully married, all of whom offer themselves to God according to their state in life. The generous giving of oneself is not just for us who are on this retreat. Everyone is called in some way to give everything to God. Marian consecration makes it easier, quicker, surer, more perfect....how?
Prayer for Day 5
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me be generous in giving all I am and have to Mary.
Day 6 Reflection
As we closed yesterday, we asked Mary's spouse, the Holy Spirit, to help us be generous in giving all to Mary. When in the past have we needed help in being generous or in giving gifts? One way to help someone be generous is to teach them how to be generous. As children, our parents and teachers taught us how to give gifts to others. How has God been teaching you to be generous? How have you taught others to be generous?
Prayer for Day 6
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to give great glory to God by giving all I am and have to Mary.
Day 7 Reflection
An essential part of growing in holiness involves dying to self. This is not an easy task. After all, self-preservation is deeply ingrained in all of us. To help us die to self, we are called to bear our daily crosses. Although we often complain about them, St. Louis says that crosses are "the greatest graces and favors of Heaven." And while Jesus says, 'Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple" (Lk 14:27), he also says, "Apart from me, you can do nothing" (Jn 15:5). We must depend on supernatural help for bearing our crosses in life. Do you have a short list of crosses or a long one? Write out a list of crosses and blessings. (Yes, as the saints remind us, crosses are also blessings.) How have you asked for supernatural help up to now (as you prepare for consecration)?
Prayer for Day 7
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to praise you for such a quick, easy, and secure path to holiness!
Day 8 Reflection
Purity of Soul and Body: St. Maximilian wanted both the white crown and the red crown: purity and martyrdom. Purity of soul and body prepared him for martyrdom. To grow in holiness - to grow in purity of soul and body - we need Mary's intercession. What ways can Mary's powerful intercession help you grow in holiness? Are you ready to ask her for her intercession and guidance in seeking holiness?
Prayer for Day 8
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Make me pure in body and spirit and help me to die to myself.
Day 9 Reflection
Was the idea of the Holy Spirit as the uncreated Immaculate Conception a surprise to you? As St. Maximilian understands it, this uncreated Immaculate (holy, sinless) Conception springs from the Father and the Son's relationship with each other. How does this relationship among the Persons of the Trinity shed light on how they relate to humanity?
Prayer for Day 9
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Unveil for me the meaning of the Immaculate Conception.
Day 10 Reflection
We prayed for the unveiling of the meaning of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. Why do we need the help of the Holy Spirit to understand the meaning of Mary's Immaculate Conception? Besides her being conceived sinless within St. Anne, what might it mean? (Remember to pray to the Holy Spirit as you meditate on this.)
Prayer for Day 10
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Unveil for me the meaning of the Immaculate Conception.
Day 11 Reflection
The union of Mary, the created Immaculate Conception, and the Holy Spirit, the uncreated Immaculate Conception, results in Mary's doing God's will always and perfectly! Nice for her, but not for her alone: God wills for us to be perfect ("as your heavenly Father is perfect," Mt 5:48), and he wants her to lead us to perfection in his will. How will Marian consecration change how you perceive - and do! - the will of God?
Prayer for Day 11
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Renew the face of the earth, so that all creation may return to God.
Day 12 Reflection
Mary is often invoked as "Mediatrix of Grace." In other words, through her fervent prayers, which are inspired by her motherly love for us, God is pleased to give us so many graces. It didn't have to be this way, but it was God's good pleasure to give us a spiritual mother through whose hands we receive grace. Mary's motherly care for us in the order of grace is depicted in the Miraculous Medal shown first to St. Catherine Laboure, where rays of grace flow to the world through her hands. Which graces do you desire to come from her hands to you, to your family and friends, to your country?
Prayer for Day 12
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Unite my will to the will of the Immaculata, which is one with your will.
Day 13 Reflection
Love and trust are always partners. Learning to love the Immaculata takes a great deal of trust, which involves dependence on her intercession, letting ourselves be led by her, accepting her direction, speaking our prayers to her directly from our hearts. What experiences with trust, becoming dependent on someone and taking direction from him or her, have you had in the past? Do you look forward to these experiences of dependence on Mary?
Prayer for Day 13
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to be a fit instrument in the hands of the Immaculata.
Day 14 Reflection
Kolbe expresses Marian consecration not as a gift of self for the sake of achieving "the greater glory of God" (as does de Montfort) but rather as becoming an instrument in the hands of Mary for the purpose of "extending the Kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus." Thus, his focus is this: Mary's love of Jesus and her desire to lead all men and women to the Merciful Heart of her Son. How much do you want to be renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit, through Mary's powerful intercession, for the sake of the kingdom? How much do you hesitate?
Prayer for Day 14
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to give all to the Immaculata for the sake of the Kingdom.
Day 15 Reflection
Mother Teresa experienced "terrible darkness" and loneliness after saying "yes" to Jesus. She eventually discerned it to be a sharing in Jesus' suffering and thirst on the Cross. Participating in the suffering of Jesus' Passion and Death is a common theme among many saints' writings. What about this is attractive to you? What about it is difficult or even frightening for you?
Prayer for Day 15
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to find the love of the Heart of Jesus hidden in the darkness.
Day 16 Reflection
What is it about you personally that Jesus thirsts for? Mother Teresa insists that this is crucial to know Jesus' will for you and what he wants to be for you. After you muse on this for a few moments, record some thoughts.
Prayer for Day 16
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to listen to Jesus' thirst.
Day 17 Reflection
Why does Mary say, "Fear not" to Mother Teresa? Would this simple two-word sentence be comforting to you, coming from Mary? Why or why not? What could she say to you to allay your fears?
Prayer for Day 17
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Bring me face to face with the love in the Heart of Jesus crucified.
Day 18 Reflection
Praying to Mary with Mother Teresa's words, "Keep me in your most pure heart," focuses you on being set apart for love through Mary. Your mission becomes loving with Mary's Heart, being set apart for her, for pleasing Jesus through her. What obstacles do you perceive in your inner life that would prevent you from earnestly praying for this? How do you think Mary will overcome these obstacles for you?
Prayer for Day 18
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Keep me in her most pure and Immaculate Heart.
Day 19 Reflection
An examen is basically a list. We make lists all the time: grocery, errands, Christmas and birthday gift lists, books to read, appointments to keep. Make a new list right now: life blessings you live with each day, prayers answered recently, family and friends praying for you, and other instances that have brought God's grace and direction to you.
Prayer for Day 19
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to recognize and ponder in my heart all the good you do for me.
Day 20 Reflection
The seriousness of the consecration is compared, indeed almost equated with, the idea of covenant. Giving your word is giving yourself, in Mother Teresa's explanation. Covenant, in biblical terms, makes you a member of the person's family relationships. Imagine yourself living with Mary in Nazareth. What would you talk about? How would you relate to Jesus, her son? What would change in your behavior, your demeanor? How would your thoughts change?
Prayer for Day 20
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to ardently make a Covenant of Consecration with Mary.
Day 21 Reflection
Mother Teresa urges you to "be the one" to console Jesus who thirsts for the love of the souls he so desires to save. Mary is the one who best understands this thirst and the need to comfort Jesus. Ask Mary, Mother Teresa says, to help you understand. What might Mary say to you to help you better understand Jesus' thirst?
Prayer for Day 21
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to "be the one" to console Jesus with Mary.
Day 22 Reflection
The first apparition at Fatima and the shooting of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square both occurred on May 13th at 5 p.m. John Paul II did not consider this a coincidence. What is a coincidence anyway? Have you experienced any coincidences in your life? Do you believe, as John Paul II did, that "in the designs of Providence, there are no mere coincidences"? If so, what do you believe God is saying through such "God-incidences" in your life? If not, what explanation do you give to others of the two instances being similar in time, circumstance, or outcome?
Prayer for Day 22
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Day 23 Reflection
Mediators "stand between" persons or parties to bring unity and agreement. They speak to each side, clarify issues, seek concessions, and urge acceptance from each. With whom and in which relationships do you act as a mediator? Or do you avoid such a role, and if so, why? Are you successful in these attempts to bring unity to two friends, co-workers, or family members? What role does mercy or charity play in your mediation?
Prayer for Day 23
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Fill my heart with praise to God for giving Mary as my spiritual mother.
Day 24 Reflection
As Pope John Paul II teaches, God the Father was the first to entrust himself to Mary, giving her his own Son in the mystery of the Incarnation. What humility! The creator entrusts himself to his creature. And so, we, too, imitate the Son by humbly entrusting ourselves to the care of the Mother of God. What is true humility? How humble are you? What instances in your life can you cite as opportunities for the practice of humility? Were you aware at the time that you needed to exercise humility?
Prayer for Day 24
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to be faithful to heart-pounding prayer, as was Mary.
Day 25 Reflection
Mary is "the spokeswoman of her Son's will," John Paul II writes. By your consecration, you will enjoy an even deeper intimacy with Mary. So, after your consecration, what situation or concern of yours will you ask Mary about first regarding Jesus' will for you?
Prayer for Day 25
Come. Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Remind me to ask for Mary's powerful intercession in my times of need.
Day 26 Reflection
According to John Paul II, the "new motherhood" of Mary "came to definitive maturity" at the foot of the Cross, at that moment when she burns with love for all those for whom Jesus suffered and died. What will be the grace that you need - what needs to be conquered in you - for you to walk with Mary to Calvary and love more fully all the souls that Jesus wants to save as he suffers? When will you ask for this grace? Now? On Consecration Day?
Prayer for Day 26
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Thank you for the gift of my loving Mother, Mary.
Day 27 Reflection
Where does Jesus ask us to take Mary in? You live in a physical house that has certain characteristics. You have an inner "house" of heart and soul and prayer. And you have family relationships that are a sort of "house" in which you live. How will Mary enter more deeply into these houses through your upcoming consecration? By your consecration, you're inviting her to move into all those places.
Prayer for Day 27
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to entrust myself completely to Mary so she can bring me closer to Christ.
Day 28 Reflection
"Divine Love placing a limit on evil" is how Pope John Paul II defines the mercy of God. Everyone carries around past and present evils in his life, from physical limits to mental worries to sins of flesh and spirit. What limits on those evils (and the accompanying hope) do you recognize as Divine Mercy in your life?
Prayer for Day 28
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Draw me in, with, and through Mary to the Fountain of Mercy.
Day 29 Reflection
Three words summarize what we learned from St. Louis de Montfort: Passion, Baptism, and Gift. Spend the day pondering de Montfort's Marian teaching as it is summarized by these three words: Passion, Baptism, and Gift.
Prayer for Day 29
St. Louis de Montfort, Pray for us.
Day 30 Reflection
Three words summarize what we learned from St. Maximilian Kolbe: Mystery, Militia, and Love. Spend the day pondering Kolbe's Marian teaching as it is summarized by these three words: Mystery, Militia, and Love.
Prayer for Day 30
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pray for us.
Day 31 Reflection
Three words summarize what we learned from St. Mother Teresa: Thirst, Heart, and Covenant. Spend the day pondering Teresa's Marian teaching as it is summarized by these three words: Thirst, Heart, and Covenant.
Prayer for Day 31
St. Mother Teresa, Pray for us.
Day 32 Reflection
Three words summarize what we learned from St. John Paul II: Mother, Entrust-acration, and Mercy. Spend the day pondering John Paul's Marian teaching as it is summarized by these three words: Mother, Entrust-acration, and Mercy.
Prayer for Day 32
St. John Paul II, Pray for us.
Day 33 Reflection
Reflect on the words of the Morning Glory Consecration Prayer, or one from one of the saints, or even write your own prayer of consecration. Savor the words. Ponder their meaning in your heart. Ask Mary to prepare you for the consecration. Write down your thoughts on this last full day of preparation.
Prayer for Day 33
I, , a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before.
Mary, I give you my heart. Please set it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure Heart that I may love Jesus and the members of his Body with your own perfect love.
Mary, I entrust myself totally to you: my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions. Please make of me, of all that I am and have, whatever most pleases you. Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus.
Wash me in the blood and water that flow from his pierced side, and help me never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.
With you, O Immaculate Mother - you who always do the will of God - I unite myself to the perfect consecration of Jesus as he offers himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of the world. Amen.
Another simple way to make this consecration is to pray this prayer daily as a Family for 33 days!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.
Please receive the humble offering of myself, use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race.
Please, accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as your wish, to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, rule over me, and teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me, as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen