Signs that we are closer to this time foretold by Our Lady are revealed almost daily and in order to properly discern them we must all be rooted in the Sacraments and, like the Holy Father - Totus Tuus - totally dedicated to the Mother of God as He would want us to be. That is why the Consecration of Louis de Montfort is so vital in these times. And these times are getting desperate as the persecutions intensify. If you don't think so, just read the headlines in today's paper or the articles in our News & Views section where we see the Guatamalan bishop was killed, where countless Mexican women are being coerced to accept sterilization, where China continues to remain obstinate about allowing the bishops loyal to Rome to attend the Asian Synod currently underway at the Vatican, and where Catholic Croats are being pelted and attacked by radical Serbs in Bosnia. Then there is the unrest in Northern Ireland where two Catholics were killed by Protestant rebels this past weekend as the British Isles looks warily to a May vote on the proposed Peace Agreement. Besides this the deteriorating situation in Chiapas, Mexico and various provinces in Africa from Sudan to Rwanda where Catholics are being persecuted sets the stage for more trouble ahead. Then there is the volatile abortion issue where both sides are entrenched. In Australia a skirmish was avoided when pro-lifers altered their parade route to avoid the militant pro-abortionists lying in wait. And in America the situation worsens after the Chicago trial which opened pandora's box for advocates of the "culture of death." Add to this the amoral administration that openly promotes abortion and the gay lifestyle while vetoing anything that would preserve or enhance life.
Yes, the chastisement is upon us and it will only get worse if we allow it to. But there is an antidote and that antidote is the Consecration, composed by the holy servant de Montfort, which consists of thirty-three intensifying prayers over the span of thirty-three days. What a fitting number. There are numerous times one can begin the Consecration and complete the Final Consecration such as today, then the feast of the Visitation on May 31 in the month of Mary, followed by the Solemnity of the Assumption on August 15, on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, the feast of the Purification on February 2 and the feast of the Annunciation on March 25. Most Consecration days are culminated on a special feast of Our Lady. The words of the Consecration are contained in our PRAYERS & DEVOTION section today. While this Consecration is so important in growing closer to being totally consecrated to Jesus through His Blessed Mother, it is in emulating Mary's total consecration to her Divine Son that we must follow. It is through a special grace that God imparts which allows us to live this consecration fully and gain a greater discernment of God's Will for each one of us by giving of ourselves totally and completely. It is not a "get-well spiritually-quick cure-all" but rather a formula that, if we exercise it daily in our lives, we will grow and mature spiritually and be able to cope with whatever God's adversary throws at us. If one thinks this is a "quick fix" consider that de Montfort's work True Devotion was suppressed for a century and a quarter after his death in 1716. But since 1842 when his works were rediscovered, devotion to Our Lady has intensified. It is no coincidence that this came after Rue de Bac and before La Salette, the declaration of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, and Lourdes. It is no coincidence that Our Lady's appearances have paralleled and intensified as the devotion and Consecration gained steam through the decades. Today it is practically a must for our own spiritual welfare as well as the world's.
And the world is in desperate need of any kind of help today as satan intensifies his efforts against God's children. The enemy lashes at the hull of the good ship Holy Mother Church and there is only one way to secure safe harbor for the vessel - moored securely between the Two Pillars envisioned by Saint John Bosco. These Two Pillars consist of Devotion to the Eucharist, and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There can be no better devotion than the Consecration of St. Louis de Montfort for it is the proven formula for expediting the Triumph!