On Friday, July 13, 2007 I began a 33-day preparation for consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. My consecration day was Wednesday, August 15, 2007 – the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What led up to it was a whirlwind of “coincidences” and promptings that could not be ignored.
A person who genuinely and sincerely consecrates himself/herself to Mary is promised particular graces, but the consecrated one also has requirements to fulfill and promises to keep. One of those promises is to make Mary’s heart more known, and right now I am in retreat-mode, in order to better discern how I may do just that. In “Bogoroditza”, Catherine Doherty wrote:
“There is no denying it, being consecrated to Mary gives me ideas; thousands of new ideas that come tumbling down into my mind, my soul, my heart, and fill them to overflowing until they spill all over the place…”
I have not forgotten JohnT’s questions and comments from discussions of Mary in previous posts, but I haven’t yet decided how best to explore them, whether here or on a dedicated site. I’m leaning towards the latter, though.
So my retreat is continuing. It’s all because I heard a Woman’s voice, and I have promises to keep.
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