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From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the popular book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus," comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Father Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy ...more
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Published 2011 by Marian Press
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I've done the 33-day consecration to Jesus through Mary before, and it wasn't too bad. Using Fr. Gaitley's book, though, was amazing. If I had let myself, I would have whipped right through it--the writing is accessible and down-to-earth and relevant to modern readers. Gaitley tapped into four great Marian saints and transformed the consecration preparation into a whole new experience for me. His explanations and insights were smack-my-forehead good and somehow, they stuck with me. I couldn't re ...more
(July 2014) Update: Rereading for third time.

Father Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, is a do-it-yourself retreat guide which can be used in/with a group—as I did it—or on one’s own. Either way it is designed to take the reader step-by step through preparation for spiritual consecration to Jesus through Mary and includes helpful information for follow-on study.

Although not widely known or practiced in recent years, spiritual consecration is not new or difficult. It takes 33 days,
This book is a beautiful approach to Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It is a self-guided retreat, in a sense, where you truly "ponder in your heart" Mary's role in Salvation History and her role NOW in bringing us closer to Her Son, Jesus. It takes St. Louis de Montford's method and expands upon it with the devotions of other Marian saints: St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Throughout the reading of this book, I felt like I not only grew in my underst
Regina Doman
Can you say amazing? It's rare that I recommend a book on spirituality, but this one is different. I would give it away to people--and actually, I already have. Total consecration is a misunderstood spiritual practice, but Fr. Gaitley not only makes it comprehensible: he makes it attractive and even exciting.

This book is designed as a mini-retreat, with sections to read daily for 33 days. It's very practical, and the appendix is comprehensive. We have read this book aloud twice as a family, and
Lynne Mclaughlin
I am not quite through the appendix but I finished the retreat and was consecrated last week, and what a blessing! I loved it so much I plan to do it again with my husband for the Feast of the Assumption in August. I highly recommend doing this reading/retreat with a group, or at least one other person. The writing is simple and accessible, but the concepts are something you truly need to "ponder in your heart", and it is good to be able to discuss them with others. I found that other's perspect ...more
I have never read a Marian consecration book before, and I didn't have a good idea of what consecration is. This book was the perfect introduction to consecration to Jesus through Mary. It is very easy to read daily. The readings are short and to the point, but not lacking in essential details and fundamental ideas. I absolutely loved it. The book examines the Marian devotions of St. Louis de Montfort, Mother Teresa, Maximilian Kolbe, and John Paul II. There is no better way to understand Mary a ...more
This is a fantastic update of St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary (also on my highlyrecommended list) and spends 4 weeks and a few days focusing on 4 Marian saints (St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta and soon-to-be Saint John Paul II)
March 25, 2014

I was trying to think of ways to review this book, because 33 Days to Morning Glory didn't feel like the regular book I would review. For one thing, I never thought I'd actually do this until a friend told me about this retreat. Another is that how can I find the words to explain how reading this in the past 33 days have changed me, helped me get to know Mary and her role in my life through St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II
I have been searching for some time for a book that is intriguing and not a head trip about Mary, Mother of Jesus.

Thank God I finally decided to join the rest of Orange County and read this great book! I say that because I have seen this book in so many hands, as if it were the newest thriller that hit the shelves. I actually decided to approach a young woman at my church and asked if I could borrow it. It was the best thing I could get from a stranger!

I was immediately comforted to read that t
Rachel Noffke
I though this was an excellent summation of the total consecration to Mary by St. Louis de Monfort. It was so much easier than the method that St. Louis set out, but still contained all the same basic material. In fact, it seemed to even go beyond the original in using JPII, Mother Theresa, and Maximillian Kolbe to illustrate nuances of the consecration. Quite remarkable! However, I still insisted on using the full form of the consecration prayer at the end. I didn't see a very good reason to sh ...more
Cynthia Meidinger
I loved this book. It was moving to read how three of the great saints (St. Maximilan Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Pope St. John Paul II) of the 20th century, as well as St Louis de Montfort approached their relationship to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary. In particular I got a lot of help from the insights of Pope Saint John Paul II's relationship to the Blessed Mother. I will be re-reading this book again. It is the best book I have found for Marian Consecration.
Consecration tomorrow on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception! This is a wonderful book - it has made praying the rosary even richer. It made me feel closer to the Saints in this book, especially by their devotions to Mary being so similar across the centuries. It is a love proclaimed the with the same passion, even if by different words. If you are Catholic and say the rosary, , it might deepen the retreat more by saying a scriptural version of the rosary meditations.
Rosemary Daly
A wonderful book on Mary, the Mother of God, and her role as Mediatrix. It also includes glimpses into the prayer lives of the Saints who were particularly devoted to her: Maximilian Kolbe (one of my all-time favorite Saints for so many reasons); Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta; St. Louis de Montforte and St. John Paul II. This is definitely a "will re-read this" kind of book.
Sharon Todd
Apr 28, 2015 Sharon Todd rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Interesting reading. The book focuses on the devotion to Mary held by St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Saint Mother Theresa, and Saint John Paul II. The 33 days is a mini-retreat. What is not clear on the cover is that the purpose of the retreat is to personally consecrate yourself to Mary, after reading of the ways these four saints consecrated themselves to her. That fact sort of sneaks up on you, as it is easy to think you're just reading about her and the four saints for knowled ...more
Amy Hendrickson
I can't say enough good about this book. I had read about consecration to Jesus through Mary years ago, but the litany of prayers involved put me off. This book simplifies the process of consecration while enriching our understanding of Marian devotion. If you are interested in Marian consecration, this book is the best!
Beth Neu
This is a wonderful way to learn about some saints and make a spiritual consecration as well. I had never heard of a "Marian Consecration" until our Bishop and Pastor promoted this devotion in our Diocese this summer. I'm so glad they did. This is an easy, no pressure way, to make a spiritual "at home" pilgrimage. There are beautiful prayers and references in the back of the book IF you want to use them and it encourages you to follow a day-by-day schedule, but if you miss a day or two, that's o ...more
Kathy Stasa
This is a wonderful book. I used it for my consecration to Jesus through Mary that culminated yesterday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I would highly recommend this book for its accessibility and common sense approach.
Very simple and straightforward language for a complicated subject. Quite challenging for me, but in the best possible way.
Amazing faith study!
Michael Gaitley clearly walks the reader through a clear understanding of Mary's role in salvation history and why we need to understand that role as Christians. The power of her role brings wholeness and meaning to her Son, JESUS, and further magnifies His desire for us to know her. She is a perfect model of trust and love for His Divine matter what. All of Gaitley's books are practical and bring real meaning to your journey of faith! His books will be a read and re- read on my list!
Ben Valentine
Highly recommend this consecration to Jesus through Mary from Fr Gaitley. He does a great job at pulling the wisdom and understanding of Mother Mary from the big Marian saints to help us grow in our relationship with Mary and of course ultimately with Jesus since her whole
purpose is to bring souls to her Son. Do the consecration- it will change your life to become closer to Christ and more like Christ with the help from our mother.
THis book is especially helpful for having a better understanding of what "Marian Consecration" is and dispels misconceptions regarding what it is not. As well, the beauty of each of the 4 individuals whose "Marian Spirituality" is explored in the contents... John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Louis Montfort and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta are inspirational and helpful in seeing a broader application of the concept in modern life.
Lisa, ofs
I wish this book was available when I made my Marian consecration (using the Montfortian method) in 2006 -- it explained in rich detail all that consecration entails, and in a beautiful, easy-to-read format.

I had become lazy and lax about regularly renewing my consecration, as well as consciously remembering it, but immediately after reading Fr. Gaitley's book (in one sitting -- couldn't put it down), I wholeheartedly jumped to renew it, and then enrolled in the Militia of the Immaculata to boot
Great self-directed retreat that culminates in Marian Consecration. This book and The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (by the same author) are great read together. 33 Days is easier to follow than St. Louis de Montfort's "True Devotion to Mary" while referring to it and taking one essentially along the same path.
Practical and easy to read as each day is presented in a 1-3 page, easy to digest, reading/reflection.
Fr. Gaitley is a very compassionate soul who does a nice job distilling the quite dense and demanding Consecration to Mary originally formulated by St. Louis de Montfort. Using St. Louis' original meditations, as well as St. Maximillian Kolbe's, St. Mother Teresa's, and St. Pope John Paul II's love of Mary, he leads us to total devotion to Jesus through Mary in 33 digestible steps.
Excellent book. Gaitley explains really profound theological concepts in such eloquent, simple language that it's a true joy to read. This preparation for the Marian consecration profoundly deepened my spiritual life and my relationship with Christ. Highly recommended for those who want to fall more in love with the Lord through the one who loved him best -- Mary!
Teresa Dearing
I made my consecration several years ago and have been renewing it every year since. This book is what got my husband to make his consecration last year and we renew it together every morning. What a blessing!
This was a very accessible introduction to Marian spirituality and the act of consecration. I attempted a consecration back in college, but was woefully misinformed about what it meant or how to do it. De Montfort's original Preparation was intimidating and inaccessible to me, and my prayer quickly went arid as I tried to work my way through it. This book was also challenging, but in a different way. It's challenging to do the "heart-pondering" prayer that Mary was known for, but it was easy to ...more
Matt Mckillip
This book was very helpful in my consecration to Jesus through Mary. It also helped me much better understand Mary and Marian doctrines so as to gain a much better appreciation of Mary's role in salvation history.
John Prejean
One of the easiest Total Consecration books on the market. Fr. Gaitley makes this an easy and informative read for those looking to make their Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.
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