When they begin a program like this, many people set the bar way too high.¬† When they fail to achieve that level of perfection, they simply give up.¬† The tips below will provide some advice on how to avoid this trap.¬† The goal is to bring your family closer to God and to each other than they were before the consecration began.
How do I measure our success in this Family Consecration?
- Your family prayed together more than you did before. ¬†Ideally, you would be coming together in prayer as a family each day for 33 days in a row. ¬†But if you miss a day, or have to pray your consecration prayers apart from your family, that is OK.¬† Just do your best, ask Mary to intercede on your behalf, and make the family prayer days outnumber the days when you are apart during the daily consecration times.
- You engaged in a conversation about your faith with your children. ¬†Each day is an opportunity to discuss matters of faith with your children and your spouse. ¬†Don’t expect that each day you will discover something new and exciting about your faith and have a lively in depth discussion about it, but rejoice in those times when your 7 or 8 year old asks you to explain something that you read together. ¬†You may even have a few days that really inspire your teenagers to go deeper in their faith, even if they won’t openly admit it.
- On day 34, you attended Mass together as a family, stayed after Mass was over, and prayed the Consecration.¬† The goal of these 33 days is to prepare to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary. ¬†You as a family are doing this individual consecration together.¬† Even if you miss a day or two, or more, if you come together at the end and consecrate yourselves to Jesus through Mary, you have achieved something wonderful. ¬†The next time you do a family consecration you will grow more in holiness and enter more fully into your consecration.