by Jayson M. Brunelle
While it may not be a very well-known fact, today, January 23, marks the commemoration of the espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Joseph. It is this author’s suggestion that Catholic Christians who have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially those individuals who have made an act of total consecration to Mary, reconsider the significance of this day in light of the concept of Marian Consecration.
Many devout Catholics are well aware of the long-standing tradition and devotion of consecration to Mary. St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe, in particular, stand out as two of the greatest advocates of this devotion. De Montfort explains in his famed treatise on “True Devotion to Mary” that consecration to Mary is the easiest, quickest, shortest, most secure and most perfect way of attaining union with the Sacred Heart of Christ and conformity to His image. In short, de Montfort explains that as Christians, we are called to imitate Christ in all things. Thus, we are called to imitate Christ in the mysteries of his Incarnation and divine infancy by spiritually becoming little children and entrusting ourselves entirely to the care of our Spiritual Mother Mary. For, how can Mary, as Spiritual Mother, nourish a child who puts up resistance to her? We must become docile in her arms, and allow her to nourish us with the milk of divine grace or spiritual life. (more…)