I would also like to wish a very "Happy Consecration Anniversary" to a group of my Marian Sisters in Christ to whom I wholeheartedly credit my True Devotion journey, that includes our renewal this past Advent. I am eternally grateful for each of their inspiring lives even though I have never met some of them on our Yahoo Group. One of my dear friends has been a constant companion as we have made pilgrimages to Our Lady on many occasions. Joan's faith and friendship continues to be a light in my life. Another friend is an awesome Catholic blogger who has been a steadfast support and authentic Catholic witness. Lena and her family truly live the faith that continues to inspire me and so many others through her blog. Thank you to all of my dear sisters..."All For!"(All For Jesus, through Mary)
On this Solemnity of The Annunciation of The Lord, our family is renewing our
And we are honoring Our Lady for her profound "Yes" to God's will for her life, turning the key to salvation history. If that's not a hallelujah moment, I don't know what is.
~We made this Annunciation Blueberry Oatmeal Coffee Cake to celebrate...It was one yummy Yes~
Be sure to check out my post over at Catholic Cuisine for easy instructions.
I got a crack up out of this moment...
I couldn't figure out why little Miss was loudly insisting on having something to stick on top of her coffee cake!? She was having a bit of a "cow," to put things politely.
Then it dawned on me that maybe I had created a
She grabbed herself a flag out of the drawer and was one happy camper!
Hmmm what have I gotten myself into?
All I can do is proclaim "All For!"
And speaking of that All For, I just can't resist making another plug for this Lenten retreat "Consoling The Heart of Jesus" that I am making. It's just too good to keep to myself! As I read in my Magnificat today: "Treasure of every kind, material or not, is a gift from God, given to be shared and not hoarded. Trust in God rather than a stockpile of personal resources is the source of our salvation. Wickedness is not always overt: the neglect of simple kindness, great or small, kills as surely as open violence." OK, so I'm sharing this little treasure! For me, this retreat has been that next turn in my faith journey, Praise God for continued conversion. It's one of those books that just changes or gives you a whole new perspective. It sure is doing that for me, at least. Let's just say that I'm having many "WOW" moments and I'm loving it. It is written in conversational style and is simple to follow...Perfect for my simple brain and the smallness of my soul. Praise God for giving us spiritual leaders, like this author Fr. Michael Gaitley, to guide us back and form us unto God's will. It's just the perfect read for Lent!I wanted to share this excerpt from the book that is so pertinent for this feast and also for those who desire to make a consecration or have already consecrated themselves to Jesus, through His most Holy Mother:
"One of the greatest aspects of being consecrated to Mary is that she's such a gentle Mother. She makes the lessons of the Cross into something sweet, and she pours her motherly love and solace into our every wound. Going to her and giving her permission to do her job truly is the surest, easiest, shortest and the most perfect means to becoming a saint. What joy it is to be consecrated to Jesus through Mary!" The author goes on to state that every human being is invited to rest in the womb of Mary and be transformed there, by the power of the Holy Spirit, more perfectly into Christ's own image. And how do we do this? The same way Mary did. We just say yes.
~God Bless your Feast Day and may your Yes's outweigh your No's~
Lord who had been kind enough to take the human body from the virgin, unite us all in your peace.
Unite us all with your grace. Fill us with your love so that we can share this love with you and others among us. Make us worthy to praise thee with your blessed Mother and all the saints.
Peace be unto thee, Mother of the Sun of righteousness.
Peace be unto thee, the palace of holiness,
Peace be unto thee the ship full of blessings,
the fruit of your virginity is blessed,
Holy Mother please pray for us,
so that we would also be holy like you in our lives.
Lord have mercy on us.
A Few Helpful Links:
Everything you need for your Consecration can be found in these 2 books!
True Devotion on Podcast via Rosary Army
A sermon and more information~Age of Mary
Free PDF Files of Consecration from Catholic Familyland
Request a free consecration package from 2 heartsnetwork
True Devotion explained by Catholic Culture