By Corrinne May
Claire woke up the other morning, looked at me and said, “Mama, guess which mother I love the most?” to which I replied, puzzled, “But you only have one mother,” to which she replied, indignantly, “No, I have two mothers, remember? Mother Mary?”.
I smiled and gave myself a silent pat on the back for teaching her that Mary is her mother, too.
My own journey towards Marian devotion began when I started delving more into Pope John Paul II’s motto of ‘Totus Tuus’ (“Totally Yours” in Latin), his personal consecration to Mary.
He writes in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope: “Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more … Thanks to St Louis de Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric. Indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption” (pp. 212-213).
I found a copy of True Devotion to Mary and read it. It changed the way I saw Mary’s role in my life. In it, St. Louis De Montfort writes: “As all perfection consists in our being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus, it naturally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms, unites, and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. Now of all God’s creatures, Mary is the most conformed to Jesus. It therefore follows that … The more one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus.” Once we give ourselves to Jesus through Mary, she forms us in her spiritual womb to become like her son Jesus!
I was moved to make an act of consecration to Mary in 2007. Once I did so, our blessed Mother was quick to bring me to her son Jesus. I started to yearn for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and started attending daily Masses for a couple of months. I also found new joy in praying the daily rosary. She brought me to a greater love for our Lord, and out of that love grew the songs that became the album Beautiful Seed.
This month being Mary’s month and the month of the rosary, Kavin, Claire and I pray the family rosary at least once a week.
May she who knows Him best, guide us to a greater love of God and neighbour and to live, as Pope John Paul II did, the motto ‘Totus Tuus, I am completely thine, Mary’.