Children of Mary,
We enter into the Womb of Mary! Thank you Father William Fickel, SSS
Preparatory Meditation Page 8
"LET US BE IN SHORT, BUT MARY'S SHADOW."
"A sacrifice anticipated makes us reason, and reasoning diminishes its merit; but those that we accept generously without premeditation or deliberation are of more value. God wants to surprise us. "Hold thyself in readiness!"
Let us never loose the opportunity to sacrifice; all that is necessary is to be generous."
Let us offer all her actions, all her merits, all her virtues to our Lord. We have only to have recourse to Mary and to say to Jesus: "I offer Thee the riches that my good Mother has acquired for me" -and our Lord will be very much pleased with us." St. Peter Julian Eymard Library Vol. 7 pg. 8
To be in Mary's shadow we must emulate her ways. To be ready for sacrifice we must do what She does.
Mary's ways are God's ways, Her readiness for sacrifice was the Divine union She maintained throughout Her life.
" My ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
As we enter into the consecration days we are emptying thyself to let the Holy Spirit overshadow us as that same spirit overshadowed our Blessed Mother. In this relationship with the Holy Spirit of God's Love we prepare for prayer. The Consecration is a prayer, a time with our Mother to grab hold of Her hand through our lives. There are many different ways to prayer, let the Holy Spirit guide you through this True Devotion to ultimately find Our Lord truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. We do this with a conscious effort to not only recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread but enter into His Divine Love. This is the life Mary lived, it permeated through Her life. She was ready for all sacrifice, the ultimate in standing in the shadow of the Cross of Her Son. Mary would never have had this readiness of spirit if She was not beheld in The Promise of the Father.
Please recite the Veni Creator:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (make the sign of the Cross.)
We offer this prayer to you O Lord with the specific intention to empty thyself.
COME, O Creator Spirit blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O fount of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God's hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts over flow with love;
With patience firm and virtues high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy true peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
And, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the Eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Spirit, eternally. Amen.
Mother of Love, pray for us, Laura