As Catholics we do some pretty weird things. We eat flesh and blood as the central act of our worship. We venerate the body parts of Holy people. We walk around one day a year with ashes on our foreheads.
But the thing that most non-Catholics do not get is our love for Mary. Mary, Queen of Heaven, immaculately conceived. Mary, Queen of all Hearts.
Why is Mary so special and why should she be an important part of our spiritual lives? To answer this, I’m going to call on St. Louis de Montfort. I owe my newfound love and knowledge of Mary to this guy, who the Holy Spirit led me to over the last year. He wrote a few books, but the most famous details the True Devotion to Mary. Montfort boldly claims that Mary is the easiest and best way to Christ. Therefore he was inspired to formulate a consecration to Jesus through Mary. Before you close the computer for even reading such sacrilege, think this through logically. How did Jesus come into the world? Through Mary. God obviously did that for a reason and thought Mary was very special. I made this consecration a few months ago on The Feast of the Annunciation. Its effects and graces are slowly being revealed to me, but I truly believe asking Mary to walk with me has deepened my relationship with her Son.
Jesus chose to come into the world as a completely helpless baby. He had to rely completely and totally on Mary for nourishment. If he thought that was necessary, in our pride do we think we’re above that? Perhaps he wants us to rely on His mother as He did. Mary, who is full of Grace, always leads us to Jesus and God. Montfort makes this very clear distinction in his writing, so as to avoid any accusations of heresy. I like to think of it as Mary accompanying us to the throne of God. I imagine it’s very hard for Jesus to say no to His mom…
Here’s another random thought I had: Mary knew Jesus more intimately than any human. If we want to get to know Him wouldn’t it make sense to ask for her help?
Since this has been written about over and over, I’m not going to risk butchering Montfort’s devotion. A couple of weeks ago BadCatholic dared his readers to make this consecration. I would encourage you to take him up on that dare.
Recently, I discovered this college aged youtuber, SheIsCatholic. She is hilariously holy, unapologetically orthodox and has a great video on Mary(how convenient!):
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.