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  1. 1.St. Grignion de Monfort, speaking of those who have made the consecration which he teaches, expresses himself as follows: “As the essential of this devotion consists in the interior which it ought to form, it will not be equally understood by everybody. “You must not be merely satisfied with merely consecration yourself to Mary; you must also live this consecration.”
    2. To live it is to act at each moment of your life as one belonging no longer to yourself but to our Blessed mother, to employ all that you are, all that you have, and all that you do, no longer for yourself, but for her.
    It means using all that you possess,not according to your own inclinations; but what you think – the designs of Mary.
    Employing your body and its activities, not for your satisfactions of gluttony, laziness or worse faults, but to work and if necessary to suffer, and to exhaust yourself in the mission of a militant of the Immaculate Virgin.
    Using your mind, not to entertain thoughts, images, and recollections which the Immaculate Virgin would reprove, but to discover the means of serving Christ and gain many disciples for Him.
    Using your heart, not to let it become inordinately attached to any creature, person or thing; not to tolerate any sentiment unworthy of a child of the Most Holy Virgin-jealously, revenge, pride, avarice, etc.–but to love Christ with your whole souls and all men and all created things for Christ and in Christ.
    It means employing your will to wish only what Mary wishes and all that she wishes. This involves constant fidelity to monotonous duties of state, entire devoutness and generous acceptance of all sacrifices, even to complete sacrifice of yourself for the cause of Christ and the the cause of your brothers in Christ.
    It means in all your activity you must not seek your own interests and satisfaction, but the accomplishment of all tasks which our Blessed Mother confides to you.
    3. In order to succeed in living your consecration perfectly, you must practice it unceasingly. Form the habit of frequently renewing your consecration to Mary. Renew it upon rising for the day’s work.

    Part II
    1.Soldiers are not formed overnight. Serious military training would be required if not Christ’s militants who were not solidly formed for the combat, lacked the qualities necessary and indispensable for success.
    2. The Supreme Militant is Jesus Christ. As Mary busied herself with His formation, she will concern herself with your formation as a militant. For Jesus has wished to be like us “in all things except sign” (Heb. 4:15)
    3. Your heavenly Mother will continue to do for you as your earthly Mother but with a knowledge, a delicacy, and a perfection which incomparably surpasses all the attainments of your earthly Mother.
    4. The only requirement is that you endeavor to live in even greater intimacy with the Mother of Jesus, as certain saints who were deprived of their mother early in life have done.

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  2. St. Louis de Montfort said that those who have made the consecration to Mary will understand and follow it at different levels. The greatest number will stop at the exterior level. A small number will enter into its inward spirit, but they will only mount one step. He even questions how many will advance in the devotion at the habitual state.

    He stated that to live the consecration means “to act at each moment of your life as one belonging no longer to yourself but to our Blessed Mother; to employ all that you are, all that you have, and all that you do, no longer for yourself, but for her.”

    In order to succeed in living your consecration perfectly, you must practice it unceasingly. It means that in all your activity you must not seek your own interests and satisfaction, but the accomplishment of all the tasks which our Blessed Mother confides to you.

    Soldiers are not formed overnight. Without serious military training they would be inevitably doomed to defeat. Mary will concern herself with our formation as a militant, just as she busied herself with the formation of the Supreme Militant, Christ.

    Christ is the Supreme Militant. As a Christian, you are another Christ. As a militant, you continue the work of Christ. Imitate Christ, therefore, and let our Blessed Mother form you as she formed Christ.

    Mary, our supernatural Mother, is filled with treasures of affection, delicacy, purity, nobleness, generosity, and devotion that no earthly mother can reveal to us. The only requirement is that you endeavor to live in even greater intimacy with the Mother of Jesus, as certain saints who were deprived of their mother early in life have done.

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