As we reflect on what devotion to Our Lady meant to St Louis de Montfort and Pope John Paul 2, we will dedicate ourselves, and those that have been entrusted to our prayers to Jesus through the heart of Mary.
"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, "Woman, this is your son." Then to the disciple he said, "This is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home"
( Jn 19: 25-27)
The disciple who "takes Mary into his own home", truly shares her communion with Jesus, communion in the Holy Spirit, in Faith and in Love. This is the meaning of "true devotion", that is, "a Marian devotion inspired by knowledge of the inseparable bond between Christ and his Blessed Mother". Thus the Mother of the Redeemer becomes the Mother of redeemed man, the "Mother of God…and Mother of all".
We invite Our Lady into our hearts and pray that in us she may find a home as our Mother and the Mother of all those who we pray for.
All our perfection, St Louis de Montfort writes "consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ… of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to His Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus".
We ask Our Lady to conform, unite and consecrate our souls to her Son through our consecration and devotion to her Immaculate Heart.
In addressing Jesus, St Louis expresses the marvel of the union between the Son and the Mother: "She is so transformed into you by Grace that she lives no more, she is as though she were not. It is you only, my Jesus, who lives and reigns in her… Ah! If only we knew the glory and the love which you receive in this admirable creature… She is so intimately united with you… She loves you more ardently and glorifies you more perfectly than all the other creatures put together."
We beg Our Lady to help us be transformed into the image of her Son that we may be intimately united in love with Jesus and so give Glory to God.
Against the background of the words of the Hail Mary, the principal events of the life of Jesus Christ pass before the eyes of the soul. - They put us in living communion with Jesus through we might say, the heart of his Mother. Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed with her and through her.
We implore Our Lady to obtain for us the graces we need to love her Son and live in communion with Him.
"Totus Tuus", the motto of Pope John Paul 2, indicates a total belonging to Jesus through Mary. "I am all yours, and all that is mine belongs to you, my sweet Jesus, through Mary, your holy Mother".
May our lives echo the words of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II and the Saint who inspired his love for Our Lady, St Louis de Montfort, so that we her children, may belong totally, Totus Tuus, to her.
"This is your Mother". We give thanks to Almighty God for the gift of His Mother to His Church. We give Him Praise and Glory that in His immense love for us, He has given us His Mother to be our own. We dedicate ourselves and those we are interceding for, to Jesus through the heart of Mary, and we ask her to light our way in the darkness as our constant companion. We ask that our lives may belong totally to you, Our Mother, and we trust that you will help us to know how much your Son loves us and how precious we are in His eyes.