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Preparation for Total Consecration to the Immaculate According to Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“I wish to know You, O Immaculate, because I wish to love You and thank You for all that You are. I wish to give myself to You totally and entirely—with my soul, my body, my all—so as to express my thankfulness to You for what You are for me.”

Preparation for Total Consecration to the Immaculate: According to Saint Maximilian M. Kolbe (Page 2)

So, my sisters have been trying to get me to consecrate myself to our Blessed Mother for years. Being the stubborn and lazy girl that I am, I always put it off because having to read, pray, and meditate on theological matters, however cool and beautiful they are, for a set period of time, intimidated me.

So, this past December when my sisters brought up total consecration to Mary again, I was ready to give my usual excuses. But then they showed me how short the book is and told me that, GabiAfterHours, a Catholic YouTuber they watch, would lead a read/pray-along video series for the book.

I didn’t fight it this time, and I’m really glad I listened to them (finally)! This is my first consecration to Mary, and it couldn’t have been more perfect for me.

First, this book is tiny—not even 100 pages! If you’ve read my Short but Powerful Spiritual Reading blog, you know that’s right up my alley. Each day is less than 3 pages long and the daily prayers are just 2 short ones, so each day takes barely 5-7 minutes to complete.

But don’t let the small size fool you! This preparation is far from rushed or shallow. Wisdom, encouragement, and hope permeate every page, and St. Maximilian Kolbe’s love for Mary is contagious. Each day I was inspired to surrender everything to her, confident that doing so is the fastest, surest way to complete restoration in Jesus and eternity with Him.

“Wherever She enters, She obtains the grace of conversion and sanctification. The more you belong to Her, the greater will be the work of sanctification that She accomplishes in you.”

(Page 22)

I was also repeatedly amazed by how cool our Blessed Mother is.

“At every Holy Communion you receive, it is quite correct to say that there is a holy, sweet and mysterious presence of Mary, inseparably and totally united with Jesus in the Host.”

(Page 42)

I have many books about Mary and her Rosary in my TBR, but I always manage to make excuses and haven’t read them, so despite my devotion to her Rosary, I’m sad to say that I don’t know our Blessed Mother well. But through this preparation the gap between us (completely on my part) shrank. I feel closer to my Heavenly Mother, I am much closer to her, and I’m looking forward to deepening our relationship going forward.

Because I think I still had some unconscious reservations about loving Mary, about giving myself to her. I know that she only leads us to her Son, and I know that, as St. Maximilian Kolbe himself said, “no one can love Mary as much as Jesus does” but I think I was still overanalyzing how to love her.

I can love Mary as my mother with all my heart and surrender everything to her because doing so is the same as surrendering to God Himself and loving Him with all my heart.

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Thanks to this preparation now I know I can just love her.

I can love Mary as my mother with all my heart and surrender everything to her because doing so is the same as surrendering to God Himself and loving Him with all my heart. I can call on her in times of trouble with the confidence that it’s like I’m calling on God, because our Blessed Mother is never without her Son, and she will always bring us to Him.

“When you pray, it is under Her guidance that you do so—and because you belong to Her, you can pray directly to the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit…You can do so not only without the least scruple, but with all the greater confidence, because you are always praying with Her and in Her. You are a member of a loving family in which there is no jealousy.”

(Page 62-23)

Lastly, I highly recommend that you do follow along with Gabriel’s videos (which you can find on his second channel here) because he gives great reflections and encouraging tips for living out our consecration after the readings of the day. For the most part his videos are less than 15 minutes long, but even those that are closer to 20 minutes are full of wisdom and motivation. Also, it’s just more fun and supportive to prepare for a consecration with others.

You don’t even need to purchase a copy of the book either because Gabriel puts a PDF of the pages for viewers to read along in the video, but if you do want to purchase a physical copy of this preparation, you can find it here from the Academy of the Immaculate.

This is truly a beautiful preparation for total consecration to the Immaculate, and I can’t recommend it enough!

About Author

Citlalin Ossio is an avid fantasy writer and reader, whose work is heavily inspired by her Catholic faith, her Mexican heritage, and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda. Her fantasy short stories have been featured in various anthologies, and one, She Has No Voice, won second place in the Prose category for Rehumanize International’s 2021 Create | Encounter. She is a joyful single living in Texas with her family and enjoys creating art, playing video games, and watching anime and Korean dramas. When she’s not writing or spending time with her loved ones she’s on Instagram @citlalinossio, or dreaming about raising a panda army.

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