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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, November 06, 2006

We propose a special act by interested parishioners at the 6:30 pm evening Mass of December 8th next, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. It involves attempting to come to a few Thursday evening preparation hours. Let us briefly explain the nature of this act.

At the Angel Gabriel’s Annunciation to Mary God gave himself to her totally. He entrusted Himself into her care to be his mother. She truly became the Mother of God! She gave herself entirely to him when she said ‘let it be done to me according to your word’. Out of all people Mary is the only one who could say this complete ‘yes’ to God because hers is the only heart that could receive the Holy Spirit so fruitfully.

John Paul II made his papal motto Totus Tuus, or All Yours, which flowed from the consecration he made to Our Lady. He had followed a plan laid down by St Louis de Montfort which involved a preparation period of about a month during which the Holy Spirit is invited to form the heart of the person, ending in a prayer in which one offers and unites oneself to God through Mary. He understood this act to be a powerful thing because by it, he said, we share in that unique relationship that Our Lady has with our God. His act bore great fruit for our world.

In Fatima on May 13th 1917 Our Lady, it seems, started appearing, predicting twentieth century woes such as communism, and, in response, she called the world to make such a consecration. Pope John Paul who was shot in St Peter’s Square on May 13th 1981 and gave thanks there exactly one year later, had a recognized significant role in the defeat of European communism. In 1985, in San Martino, near Schio, Northern Italy, on the feast of the Annunciation, Mary reportedly began to appear to a local man, Renato Baron. For 20 years Mary came as the Queen of Love calling individuals to make this consecration, as a way of returning our society towards a civilization of love. It has transformed the little village.

It may be helpful, rather than seeing such a consecration as something else to do, to see it as something less to do! By learning to live our lives as a relationship with Mary, we begin to live in love. This is because Mary helps us to live in a loving relationship with God, who is love. She can do this because of her particular relationship with him. In this situation even our weakest selves are not a direct threat to his fruitfulness in our lives. Indeed they may even be the very way that he acts most fruitfully given that his strength is made perfect in weakness.

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