Let us delve deeper into this mystery of Love and Grace that God has allowed in His infinite, gratuitous Love. God has taught His Exemplars of the New and Divine Holiness, as explained by St. Pope John Paul II, the reality of how we can love with His own Love, especially how we can love His Mother with His Love. Fr. Emil Neubert was gifted with exceptional insight into this Gift of God and describes 6 steps we must take.
First, we must give ourselves entirely to her without reserve as Jesus did. Our Lord choose a perpetual state of dependence on his Mother for the Glory of the Father and to show us the foundation of humility necessary to love the Trinity as He did. He could do this since Mary’s will was perfectly that of the Father. Our Lord has stated in His Divine Word of Holy Scripture in John 13: 5: “I have given you an example, that as I have done, so you do also.” The foundational element and necessary action is to formally Consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary in a spiritual exercise or process that ideally will take 33 days based upon the work of St. Louis de Montfort and the newer developments (such as by Father Michael Gaitley) based upon de Monfort’s approach that have been approved by the Church (other shorter length approaches to Consecration are good and acceptable, but not as perfect as the 33 day approach of prayer, pondering and preparation based in St. Louis de Montfort, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit and has been proposed as a Doctor of the Church).
Second, we must give Mary all our possessions: material, spiritual, natural and supernatural. We give her our bodies, our skills, our talents, our goods, our money, our spiritual exercises, our sacrifices, our sufferings as well as our souls and all the powers of our soul, our memory, our understanding, our imagination and our will. We give everything including the merits and benefits we accrue through all our spiritual exercises and sufferings so that Mary can use them as God wills.
Next, we must be willing to be used in the manner and for the purpose she directs as God wills for the salvation and sanctification of as many souls as possible in God’s Mercy! We must be willing to be a co-victim with her and our dear Lord for the salvation of as many souls as God’s Divine Mercy will cause no matter the suffering and self abasement required!
Fourth, we must be willing to do all of this without expectation of anything, except to Love God with His own Love as Mary did in order to Love Him more perfectly now and for all eternity!
Fifth, we must make this Consecration in totality forever. We will be tempted to take back this Gift of all we are when the going gets tough, just as the early disciples did: “This is a hard saying and who can hear it.” If we persevere and rely solely on God’s Mercy and our Mother’s intercession, admitting our complete sinfulness, poverty and nothingness at all times, God will do the work we can not do in order for us to persevere!
Finally, we must renew our Consecration frequently. As we grow in Grace and relish our nothingness and poverty, we will renew our Consecration in the morning; at Mass, especially during our Communion thanksgiving; during every hour of our duty; at the praying of the Rosary; at our meals; prior to any major decision or task; at the three o’clock hour when our Lord gave us His Mother as our Mother; at our evening prayer and examination of conscience; and especially in the mortifications, trials and sufferings of life which are hardest to bear. This Consecration renewal throughout the day does not have to be lengthy. We can use the saying of St. Pope John Paul II: “I am all yours dear Mother and all I have is yours!”
So, we now know the specifics of how we can love Mary with the Love Jesus had for her, which is the same love Mary had for Jesus, which God is willing to share with us, if we desire it, are properly disposed and cooperate with the Extraordinary Grace, which God is now pouring out on mankind! Desire accomplishes all things in God’s Love by allowing God to do what He wills in us solely for His Glory and the salvation of souls! Let us choose Love!