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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mary TV: Day 6 Consecration


Holy family         
Take the Saints as an example.   
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J.M.J.
July 18, 2013
Consecration Day 6

Dear Family of Mary!

Today our preparation moves from the contemplation of the greatness of God, to a consideration of the dedication and struggles of His saints. We remember how they chose God over all else, often making huge sacrifices in order to serve the Lord with their lives. We often hear about the life of a saint in its condensed form, for instance before the Mass on their feast day. It can sound like they did nothing but suffer, and were always being persecuted and hated. But their lives were not condensed. They lived, one day at a time, just like we do, and for sure there was much good interspersed with the bad. The saints were people like us. But they found a way to turn their whole lives over to God, without reserve. And in that way they became examples for us, as we struggle to do the same.

Imitation of Christ: Book 1, Chapter 18  
On the Example of the Holy Fathers
Look upon the lively examples of the holy Fathers in whom shone real perfection and the religious life, and you will see how little it is, and almost nothing that we do. Alas, what is our life when we compare it with theirs? Saints and friends of Christ, they served our Lord in hunger and in thirst, in cold, in nakedness, in labor and in weariness, in watching, in fasting, prayers and holy meditations, and in frequent persecutions and reproaches. Oh, how many grievous tribulations did the Apostles suffer and the Martyrs and Confessors and Virgins, and all the rest who resolved to follow the steps of Christ! For they hated their lives in this world, that they might keep them in life everlasting. Oh what a strict and self-renouncing life the holy Fathers of the desert led! What long and grievous temptations did they bear! How often were they harassed by the enemy, what frequent and fervent prayers did they offer up to God, what rigorous abstinence did they practice!


What a valiant contest waged they to subdue their imperfections! What purity and straightforwardness of purpose kept they towards God! By day they labored, and much of the night they spent in prayer; though while they labored, they were far from leaving off mental prayer. They spent all their time profitably. Every hour seemed short to spend with God; and even their necessary bodily refreshment was forgotten in the great sweetness of contemplation. They renounced all riches, dignities, honors and kindred; they hardly took what was necessary for life. It grieved them to serve the body even in its necessity. Accordingly, they were poor in earthly things, but very rich in grace and virtues.

Our Lady has often called us to contemplate the lives of the saints, in order to take them as examples in our lives:

"Dear children! I am with you and I rejoice today because the Most High has granted me to be with you and to teach you and to guide you on the path of perfection. Little children, I wish you to be a beautiful bouquet of flowers which I wish to present to God for the day of All Saints. I invite you to open yourselves and to live, taking the saints as an example. Mother Church has chosen them that they may be an impulse for your daily life. Thank you for having responded to my call!" (October 25, 1994)


Our Lady wants our lives to be beautiful! She knows that such beauty comes from our choice to love, to love God and to love each other. And so she invites us to learn from the people who have already become beautiful, indeed those who shine with the beauty of love. Their example for us is not to be fanciful, an impossible goal. Their example is to inform our daily life, in all its mundane reality. The example of the saints should help us be better people, right where we are, in our present state of life.

"Dear children! This is a time of grace for the family and, therefore, I call you to renew prayer. May Jesus be in the heart of your family. In prayer, learn to love everything that is holy. Imitate the lives of saints so that they may be an incentive and teachers on the way of holiness. May every family become a witness of love in this world without prayer and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call." (October 25, 2004)


The lives of the saints are meant to help us learn how to be good families. That is a high priority to Our Lady. She wants our family life to become an oasis of peace, a place of prayer, an opportunity for mutual service. Our families can become the protected gardens from which we will emerge as the beautiful flowers she desires to present to God. Holiness in the family is Our Lady's expertise. Didn't she live in The Holy Family?

So rather than get dejected by the scary lives of the saints, with their suffering and persecution, we should put into practice the ways of love that the saints knew so well, and let those ways turn our families into oases of peace!!

Veni Creator Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, 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.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Ave Maris Stella
Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one. Amen.

Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever. 

Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

PS. We will be praying these prayers together during the Daily Rosary on our web page : www.marytv.tv You can join us live at 10:00 am EDT, every day. Or join us in the archives later in the day. We will do the consecration prayers in the very beginning of the Daily Rosary, in case you can't stay for the whole hour.

Thanks again for joining us in this exciting prayer!

PPS. You can find all these prayers and meditations at the following website. It is beautifully laid out, and easy to follow! http://totalconsecration.ageofmary.com/preparation-01.html



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