DAVID CITY (AHS/SNR) – After 33 days of preparation, more than 50 freshmen at Aquinas High School in David City recently consecrated themselves to Mary.
Marian consecration is the practice of dedicating one’s life to Jesus through His Blessed Mother. As recorded in the Gospel of John 19:27, Jesus gave his mother as mother of all, saying “Behold your mother.
“This class actually wanted to do (the consecration) last year,” said Sister Ann Marie Zierke, M.S., theology teacher. The high school participated in the devotion last year, when these students were eighth-graders. “I told them I would have them the next year and we could do it then.”
The students used Father Michael Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory,” and read a chapter a day during class, followed by a decade of the rosary.
“The process helped me understand what Marian Consecration is really about,” said student Laura Eickmeier.
Daniel Stara added, “It is really comforting to know that Mary is making all of my prayers and actions perfect and my prayers are being used to their full potential.”
The days leading up to the consecration were ideal: the high school participated in stations of the cross on Tuesday, confessions on Wednesday, Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday; all leading up to Friday, consecration day.
“We had a beautiful class Mass and then, after receiving the Eucharist, we were able to make our consecration,” Eickmeier said. “It was an amazing way to end the week.”
“The students did all the planning of the liturgy, reading, and singing,” said Sister Ann Marie. “It was nice to see them take ownership of the day.”
Afterward, the students continued celebrating at lunch.
“The kids wanted to celebrate big and I thought it was important to recognize how special this day was,” Sister Ann Marie said.
To those who may be considering the Marian consecration, Eickmeier said, “Do it! It will change your life and your relationship with Jesus forever.”
Many saints, modern and ancient, have promoted both Marian devotion and entrustment. St. Louis de Montfort popularized the practice in his book True Devotion to Mary, calling Mary “the surest, the easiest, the shortest, and the most perfect means by which to go to Jesus Christ.”
In more recent times, St. Maximillian sought to spread the devotion of Marian consecration by forming an army of Marian soldiers called Militia Immaculata. The Church was also blessed with Pope Saint John Paul II, whose papal motto was Totus tuus (“Totally yours”) in reference to Mary. Gaitley’s book uses these saints as well as the thoughts of Blessed Mother Teresa to bring souls closer to Jesus through a love of the blessed Mother.