“33 Days” of laughing with joy unto Marian consecration once again


While some might think that all is intriguingly dark and mysterious in my life at the moment (see: State Department and… me…), it’s just not true. I’m still me as much as I ever was, though perhaps ever so slightly less naive. When I was up for a visit to Main State in Foggy Bottom, also going to many of the memorials near and on the National Mall, I also spent quite a lot of time at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There’s a book store. I bought a few books, two of which, because of the good example of Father Gordon MacRae (about) and the great Pornchai Maximilian Moontri, were the retreats by Father Michael Gaitley. I started the 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do It Yourself Retreat on November 29 so as to finish on the Feast of the Theotokos, the ever Virgin and Immaculate Mother of God.

When I was a seminarian, I pretty much had Saint Louis’ True Devotion to Mary memorized, and certainly recited by heart the longest form of the consecration whenever I had the chance, loving to do menial work around the seminary as this would give me an opportunity. Then Paul VI died and was quickly followed by JPI, then JPII. I marveled to see “Totus Tuus” on the Coat of Arms of the new “Marian” Pope.

As the years went by, I confess that even as I studied Mariology all the more, I was perhaps a bit complacent, rarely doing the long form of the consecration yearly as the decades sped by, but instead doing shorter forms. As I now go through 33 Days, I very much appreciate the presentation of Father Gaitley, so much so that I laugh with joy as I read along day by day, seeing that he has not only understood it all so very well, but can drag us all through the preparation with ease. I must say that I’m enjoying it all tremendously.

By the way, thanks to so many for your prayers and notes that you’ve sent it. Your prayers are bearing fruit. Thank you.


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6 responses to ““33 Days” of laughing with joy unto Marian consecration once again

  1. Dear Father,
    It makes me so happy to see that you are doing the ’33 days to Morning glory” consecration to Jesus through mary. I’ve done it several times now, the first time being with my husband when he was dying. It’s been a life changer for me! Each time I do it, new understandings and gifts come my way. Thank you for telling people about this wonderful book. There is also a DVD of the material presented by Father Gaitley in a group format and a workbook that can go along with it, with wonderful, deep questions. I’m almost finished with the consecration retreat for this year and make my consecration again on Dec. 8. I will pray for you on your consecration day. Please pray for me.
    P.S. I love all your pictures of ‘flowers for Mary’ that you post!

  2. Hello Fr. Byers,

    I enjoyed your post and have read Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory several times. Before renewing my Consecration to Jesus through Mary throughout the years, I always wonder what lesson Our Lady wants to teach me this time around. Usually, they are not pain-free lessons (but burning the inner chaff always hurts to some extent, doesn’t it?), still, I try to face myself, buck-up, and dive in. The process isn’t always comfortable but Consecration Day is sweet; it always ends well (a real Morning Glory) knowing if I can retain what I have learned during the Preparation period, I will be a better person for it.

    This Advent I got the idea to do Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration based on the writings of St. Therese, especially her Oblation to Merciful Love. I did it once before and it is also a good chaff burning adventure and one you might want to take some time.

    God bless you, Father and may Our Lady walk with you in all things.

  3. monicaharris58

    “Your prayers are bearing fruit”. Sweet music to my ears. God bless you, Father Byers! You are a good leader.

  4. elizdelphi

    i am too insecure for St Louis de Montfort. I need to believe Jesus loves me (unworthy though I am) enough that He actually wants to deal with me personally.

  5. elizdelphi

    Amen this is true.

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