This year, my 15th year doing Total Consecration, my husband has joined me.
He did it twice in the first couple years of our marriage, so this is his 3rd time (we've been married 13 years)
It's been so nice praying it with another person, especially him! I've really enjoyed it and look so forward to it each night.
Each year, the first part is 12 preliminary days, followed by 3 weeks of prayers and readings.
In the 3rd week of prayers, it all comes together and "clicks".
It's always been that way for me anyway.
I finally go "ah, yes, this is the reason I do it" It all makes sense now"
An "aha" moment.
I want to share today the 27th day and what St Louis de Montfort explains to us.
It puts it all together and I think explains my faith:
True Devotion: Nos. 61-62
Christ our Last End
Jesus Christ our Savior, true God and true Man, ought to be the last end of all our devotions, else
they are false and delusive. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, of all things. We labor not, as the Apostle says, except to render every man perfect in Jesus Christ; because it is in Him alone that the whole plenitude of the Divinity dwells together with all the other plenitudes of graces, virtues and perfections. It is in Him alone that we have been blessed with all spiritual benediction; and He is our only Master, Who has to teach us; our only Lord on Whom we ought to depend; our only Head to Whom we must be united; our only Model to Whom we should conform ourselves; our only Physician Who can heal us, our only Shepherd Who can feed us; our only Way Who can lead us; our only Truth Whom we must believe; our only Life Who can animate us; and our only All in all things Who can satisfy us. There has been no other name given under heaven, except the name of Jesus, by which we can be saved. God has laid no other foundation of our salvation, our perfection or our glory, than Jesus Christ. Every building which is not built on that firm rock is founded upon the moving sand, and sooner or later infallibly will fall.
By Jesus Christ, with Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ, we can do all things; we can render all honor and glory to the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost; we can become perfect ourselves, and be to our neighbor a good odor of eternal life.
If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ, and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ. Devotion to our Lady is necessary for us, as I have already shown, and will show still further hereafter, as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully.