Week 1, Day 7
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Mary, Chosen by God
Mary, Reflection of the Blessed Trinity
Mary is one of us, a human being just like us, but one who reflects the image of God perfectly. Spiritual writers have used an analogy to describe Mary: The Holy Trinity is the sun and Mary is the moon. The moon does not produce any light by itself, but it does glow when the sun shines on it. The only reason the moon is visible to us is because the sun shines on it and the moon reflects that sunlight.
Mary is a perfect mirror of God. Mary is a beloved daughter of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
How well do we reflect the love of God? It is our goal in life to reflect the love of God in this world as perfectly as possible. One way to do this is follow the commands of the Lord and love one another as God loves us.
Now that we have completed the first week the consecration, what new things have you learned about God through the daily reflections?
The first week of the consecration has focused on taking us deeper into the mystery that is the Immaculate Conception. Name one thing that you learned about the Immaculate Conception that you didn’t know before.
Daily Pious Practice Reminder
- Make a personal act of adoration three times each day.
Father of mercy, giver of all gifts, the love with which you envelop each one of us calls us to give ourselves to you totally in return. Grant us the grace to take Mary into our own, so that through her and in her we may be totally consecrated to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reflection based on Totus Tuus: A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration to Mary, edited by Fr. Nathan Cromly.