Marian Consecration and the Servers of Cana

Marian Consecration and the Servers of Cana

When making a Marian Consecration, we often say we go “to Jesus through Mary.”  Why do we need to go to Jesus through Mary?  Can’t we approach Jesus ourselves?  He is our Lord and Creator, the mediator between us and the Father.  Why do we need yet another mediator in the form of His mother, herself a human creature?

For me, the answer lies in the beautiful miracle at the wedding feast of Cana.

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Mary and the Gift of Life after Miscarriage

Mary and the Gift of Life after Miscarriage

My husband and I have always taken our marriage vows seriously, including the vow to accept children from the Lord.  We practiced Natural Family Planning, and getting pregnant was never a struggle with our first three children. In fact, it seemed that as soon as we mentioned having a baby, I’d be pregnant.

After my third was two years old, I started to desire having another child, but I feared how hard it might be having a larger family.  I read the book Walking with Purpose by Lisa Brenninkmeyer in the fall of 2014 and felt a peace in just letting go and trusting the Lord.  If He willed us to have more children, it would be a great blessing.

Soon thereafter I was pregnant with my fourth child.  This child, however, was lost through an early miscarriage.  This was such a devastating time for me. It was a heartbreaking loss, something I didn’t expect to happen, but who expects such a tragedy to occur?  I felt empty and lost, and I was missing a child that I had already begun to love.

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A Consecration Journey: from Fear to an Adventure of the Heart

A Consecration Journey: from Fear to an Adventure of the Heart

I was born into a parish named Our Lady of the Assumption.  My parents wisely saw it fitting to have me baptized when I was one-month old on the feast of Our Lady of the Assumption.  On that day, my earthly godfather stood next to my parents as I was baptized, and I imagine my godmother, who my parents selected to be the Virgin Mother, came from heaven to join the invisible miracle of me being adopted as the daughter of God. 

I wish I could say that from that moment on my life with Mary, the Mother of God, was special and amazing, but it was not.  As a child, I saw her image as Our Lady of Fatima in my Portuguese home.  Every night, I prayed a Portuguese Rosary with my parents, but many times it was a foreign language to me, and I just followed the chant without really praying the words or even understanding what I was doing. 

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Why Mary? Why the Consecration? Why Now?

Why Mary?  Why the Consecration?  Why Now?

“The life of the Church in the Third Millennium will certainly not be lacking in new and surprising manifestations of “the feminine genius.” (St. John Paul II, “Letter to Women”)

If you are like me online or on social media, you regularly seek out Catholic resources for inspiration and renewal.  Right now, the resources available to Catholic women, by Catholic women, contain a contagious energy and spirit. 

Maybe you listen to the Abiding Together podcast. Maybe you read the Blessed Is She blog or their daily devotions, or maybe you’ve studied the resources of Endow Ministries.  Maybe you read the many inspirational books written by Catholic women.  Or maybe you are a member of The Daughters of Mary and are currently in the middle of the Discovering Our Dignity or Opening Your Heart Bible studies from Walking with Purpose.

In all these resources, women are being called to get their hearts, identities, and souls in order, because the Church needs us.  The Church-in-crisis, the wounded-Church, needs what women offer—what only women offer. 

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Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Prior to dying on the cross, Jesus gave Mary to us to be our Heavenly Mother: 

"Woman, behold, your son... Behold, your mother." (John 19: 26-27 NAB)  

This means her mission and desire are to get each of us closer to her Son—and ultimately to Heaven.  In True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort said that Mary is "the surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means" to becoming a saint.  This doesn't only apply to us adults, but also to our children.

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