Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is more than a devotion, it is as St. Louis De Montfort says, True Devotion to Mary. True devotion to Mary is to have the devotion for Mary that God Our Father intended us to have when He created Her. Our Father gave Her to us for His own purpose in the Divine plan for our salvation and sanctification and it therefore makes sense that we would use Her to the full extent as the means that He gave us to make our return home to Him who made us and wants us to live in Him on earth and for all eternity in heaven.
Total Consecration is simply to give one’s all to Her, everything, our goods, both interior and exterior and even the merits of our actions past, present, and future. This means we depend on Her for everything in our physical and spiritual life. It means we now work for Her and for whatever Her intentions are for us in our lives; we are at Her full disposal that She may do with us what She wills. This is an act of complete abandonment to Her and trust in Her. When we say, “I am all thine and all I have is thine”, She says in return, “and all I have is thine.”
Many people might then ask, “if I give Her everything am I not giving up who I am, my individuality and independence?” Jesus said, “those who try to save themselves will lose themselves, and those who lose themselves for my sake find out who they really are.” This means that those who give themselves completely to God are made into the image of God that He created them to be in the first place, no matter what events have transpired in their lives that have malformed that image, even if it is not recognizable anymore as the image He made. And those who try to preserve their own idea of who they are will eventually lose who they truly are. Therefore, the only way to be that unique creation and retain a true and authentic individuality and be independent of the pressures of culture and media and relationships is to give oneself entirely to God without reserve. This way we allow Him to form us into the image that He made us to be.
Others may ask, “if I give away all my merits will I have a lesser place in heaven?” In giving to Her the value of all our merits, we place them in Her hands, and since She magnifies them by making them Her own and gives them to Her Son as if they were Her own, they come to Him with all the power of Her intercession. Therefore, they have infinite value and She does an immense amount of good with our little offerings. And Jesus, who is just, counts as our merit what She gave Him not what we gave Her. Therefore, we will have a greater place in heaven by our Consecration.
Still others may object, “if we work for Her only, will we neglect our own needs and our own good?” By making Her desires our desires and being concerned with Her interests alone, She will concern Herself with our interests and work on our behalf constantly and with great attentiveness. Therefore, by doing Her bidding we ensure that our needs and obligations are taken care of.
And even more people may ask, ”if I give Her the full right of using me as She wills, She might allow things in my life that I do not want or that I would not allow myself, and She may want me to suffer more than I can handle.” Unfortunately, what they are really saying is, what if She doesn’t really want my good or hurts me? Our Lady can only want our good, She has no will of Her own, She is united to God in a perfect way. And She wants us to be united to Him as well. Therefore, everything that is allowed in our lives is for that purpose, to form us be like Her Son, a true son of the Father and a true son of Mary. The more generously we give ourselves to Her the less our purification and healing will feel like pain to us. It is our resistance that causes pain because we are blocking the flow of grace in our lives, and the effect of that is that it feels like abuse. It is precisely because of the fear of abuse that a soul resists his own purification, but resisting is to do to oneself exactly what he is afraid will be done to him, not seek one’s own good and abuse oneself. It is like swimming against the current instead of going with the current.
A soul can not be more safe than placing himself in Mary’s hands completely and allowing Her to have full rights over him to do with as She pleases. She will make better choices than we would on our own and guide us to heaven our true home because She loves us infinitely more than we love ourselves. Any issues we have through woundedness tend us to make a priority of protecting our feelings over and above what our true good is. She will be respectful of our feelings yet not allow us to forsake our true good for them, which is something we do not do well on our own. She will not allow us to abandon God and will find the path for us that we can follow without feeling like we are betraying ourselves in our feelings.
Ultimately people are asking, “can I trust Her.” The real question though is, is She trustworthy? All people trust in someone here on earth. Why then can we not trust Her who is the Queen of heaven and can not ever will anything bad or make mistakes like men can? On earth She never sinned, so She was completely trustworthy even then. Now that She is in heaven and is the one through whom all graces flow and has been made the mercy of God, we should think that She is less trustworthy? No. We can trust Her because She is absolutely worthy of trust. There is every reason to consecrate ourselves to Mary in a total manner, and no reason not to.
Is it not a relief to say I actually have a "sinless" mother? Rather than apprehension this fills us with confidence that we actually have a real mother who cannot be overcome by sin or evil, who cannot become contaminated, infect or harm us; and in fact, the more we believe in this, our maternal bond with Her as Her child, we are filled with Her virtues and the impassible strength that accompanies them.
The fruitfulness of any apostolate comes from the interior life. Therefore, the primary concern is necessarily the living out of Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin in the daily, moment to moment struggle to offer oneself as a total self gift to the heart of Jesus, by giving all that one is and has, to She who is the co-redemptrix, mediatrix and advocate, and who can do nothing but offer us to Her Son.
It is by consecration to Our Lady that She means to fulfill the prophecy of Genesis and crush the head of the serpent and bring us into the era of peace that She foretold at Fatima, and is stated in the book of Revelation and explained in the Catechism. The goal is a simple one; if each and every person gives themselves in total abandonment to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and perseveres in it, She will conform them most perfectly to Her Son and they will become most perfectly united to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. They will then indeed be true sons and daughters of the Father. If all souls are perfectly united to Jesus, then they have all become saints, and there is no more sin in the world and we have an era of peace the world has never known before.
Uniqueness of Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
Living our consecration is the principle way of spreading it. Our total self-gift enables Our Lady to obtain the grace of others offering themselves totally. It is a spiritual work of mercy. Teaching others the way of Total Consecration is a corporal work of mercy. Religious institutes have been founded on either spiritual or corporal works of mercy since the beginning of the Church, filling the needs of the Church. As the mystical body of Christ, the state of grace of one member effects the state of the Church as a whole. By seeking personal sanctification by means of Total Consecration, so to speak, we seek to lift up the whole body of Christ and immerse it in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by offering it to the Immaculata, knowing that She can only make of her (the Church) an offering united to Her own Immaculate Heart, that same offering She made at Calvary. Total Consecration for the whole Church prepares the bride of Christ to welcome her Bridegroom for the great wedding feast of the Lamb.
Fills a Need in the Church
The Church needs more authentic evangelization, by means of the pure contemplative life and the contemplative/active life. She needs more religious communities that embrace the charism of Total Consecration. She needs more instruction on true devotion to Mary. She needs her people to properly understand Total Consecration. She needs the faithful to give themselves generously as a total self-gift to the One who created them for Himself.
As a Spirituality for the Laity
When one consecrates oneself entirely to Our Lady, one's sanctity is found in the every day moment to moment living out of their consecration in the environment of the family home.
Their primary responsibility is being good husbands and fathers, mothers and wives; therefore, they ought not to put ministry in the church above family duties.
As parents are the head of their domestic church, they can not leave their place of sanctification in order to serve God, and expect to grow in union with God, which is to grow in holiness. The vocation is where one denies himself, takes up his cross, and follows Christ. When the Church proclaims a Saint they are said to have lived heroic virtue, and heroic virtue is defined as fulfilling the duties of one's state of life with perfection. Ministries and Apostolates ought to be born out of this growth in holiness in one's state of life.
When one consecrates everything to Our Lady, all his actions fulfilling his state of life and their merits are in Her hands and She will sanctify him and bring more people to Total Consecration through this.
Behold I Come To Do Your Will, O God
"Sacrifices and oblations and holocausts for sins you want not, neither are they pleasing to you. ...but a body you have prepared for me, ...behold I come to do your will, o God." Suffering and obedience go together. In having our will opposed we suffer, and that is normal. Our Lord's and Our Lady's obedience led to extreme suffering, but that suffering gained salvation and redemption for us. Our obedience brings us to the Cross as well, and our cross unites with The Cross, and the fruitfulness of the Cross is always new life, as it is forever patterned after His own. Consequently, our perpetual embrace of the cross of obedience constantly renews our souls, by experiencing the death of our selfish self-will and any disordered self-love, which is not true love of self, and in turn receive new life of greater union of our souls with God.
In Imitation of Mary, Perfect Disciple
Total Consecration means Total Consecration to Jesus Thorough Mary, as is understood by St. Louis De Montfort and St. Maximillian Kolbe. This entails total self-gift and entrusting of oneself to Mary. This means everything now belongs to Her and She has the full right to do with me as She wills. All that I am and all that I have is now at Her full disposal; I freely and willingly choose out of love for God and for Mary to be Her slave. But as St. Louis says "a slave of love." Which is not slavery at all as we think of it, but a conscious choice to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, to trust in His love for us so explicitly that we give over our will to Her, that we can best use the means that He gave us to be united to Him. Through my consecration to Her, everything is offered to Her, even the merits of all my prayers and actions, and the fruits thereof as well, and even the natural effect of seeing the fruits of my labors in my spiritual life and my apostolate. I do this out of gratitude for who She is to me and what She has done for me. But even more than that I do this out of the love for souls that She has put in my soul and heart. Since Her mission is to bring as many souls to Her Son as possible, it becomes the mission of Her children, as She imbues Her children with all Her virtues, principally being: Her profound humility, lively faith, blind obedience, continual mental prayer, mortification in all things, ardent charity, heroic patience, angelic sweetness, divine wisdom, divine purity. This should be the attitude of those who give themselves entirely to Her, and if not, at least it should be what they want to be like, and She will bring them there. She can not fail in Her mission, for it is God Himself who makes use of Her. Those who give themselves generously will accept a share of the Cross. She will take them through their own purification to true holiness and union with Christ, and at the same time make use of their offering to obtain more souls for Her Son.