We are in a new year and we see lots going on around us in the Church, in the government, in the world and in our homes which greatly saddens our hearts. We cannot deny the fact that Satan is unleashed like never before. I should put this article under ‘Total Consecration’ but somehow I feel ‘Talks’ gets more frequented and so I am putting it here. Also, please pray for me, I am going on a six day retreat and returning on January 24th. Therefore, I will not post another article until I come back. (Please always go back into the archives and read what was once written)
Talking about trouble, there is turmoil in my family since my Dad’s passing - as there is in many families when an estate is being liquidated. Please say a little prayer that we may focus on eternity and forgive each other for wrongs that seem unforgivable. We are being put to the test – at least I am. We have a family meeting the end of February. Hopefully everyone will be praying for God’s guidance in this mess and seek and give forgiveness where needed.
It is my desire today to talk about remodeling our hearts by consecrating ourselves to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
I am friends with a family that came from Columbia. The 11 year old daughter was talking to me about the book of Revelation. It is complex for all of us not to mention an 11 year old. She asked – “How do we protect ourselves from what is to come? I pulled out her scapular from her blouse and said – keep wearing this and trust in God.
Yes, wearing our scapulars is a sign of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart. What does that mean? Genuine consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary includes a change of life, a remodeling of our heart and interior after the Immaculate Heart of Mary and surrendering the authority to Her to make this transformation within ourselves.
If I am genuinely devoted and dedicated to the Immaculate Heart, the love and intercession of Mary will gradually influence my thoughts, my desires, my way of thinking and acting, my inclinations and my habits. She will transform us into the likeness of Her Son ---- and reprimand us when we have gone astray.
She is not only the Mediatrix of All Graces but there is bound to be a good influence, even a powerful influence of the Woman who is the sworn enemy of Satan, the Woman whose Son, Jesus, has come to earth to undo what the devil has done.
“The man who lives sinfully takes his character from the devil; the devil was a sinner from the first… If a man is born of God, he does not live sinfully, he is true to his parentage; He cannot be a sinner, if he is born of God.” (1 John 3, 8-9)
As sons of God we are born of the Immaculate Mother of Jesus. We must be true to our parentage. We will not keep sin in our heart. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
It is not difficult to remodel the home of my heart, when I can look upon the Heart of my own Blessed Mother as the Model Home, and copy the traits that make it so.
By remodeling my home, I repair it along the lines of Mary’s. That is the “reparation” Mary wants from me. What plan does she give us --- “Pray the Rosary devoutly every day.” That is Mary’s simple plan for us. If our Blessed Mother found no better remedy to offer the world than those three short words, we will not presume to discard them thoughtlessly. Of course we also need to frequent the sacraments for sacramental graces.
May we pick up our rosaries and transform the world through Mary’s intercession. God bless and may we keep each other in prayer. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary – pray for us!
PS - Someone had commented on an old article regarding Epiphany Water. If you put your question to the contact on this website - I can answer you instead of in the comment section. Thank you - hope to hear from you - God bless!!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!