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33 Days to Morning Glory

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,935 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
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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Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone wanting to grow closer to Jesus and Mary
(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,
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Cynthia Meidinger
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathy Stasa
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Every Catholic Friends
WOW. I never heard of Marian Consecration before and this gets recommended so many times in Catholic websites (esp. from the US) I've been reading this for 33-days and today is my consecration day, which falls on Feast of Purification of Blessed Virgin Mary. Read all what Fr. Mike wrote in the appendix too, which answered my questions about the sacramentals.
This book is a retreat book to be read and meditate for 33-days before Marian Consecration, a summary from 4 Marian Saints - St. Louis de M
Amy Hendrickson
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Rosemary Daly
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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)
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 2017
Very simple and straightforward language for a complicated subject. Quite challenging for me, but in the best possible way.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!! Seriously stretched my thinking and I loved it!
Steven R. McEvoy
This was the third book by Father Michael E. Gaitley that I have read this year, but my introduction to his writing was his piece in the collection Beautiful Mercy. But this book I worked through with a group on facebook. This book is an incredible read. Often when writing reviews of non-fiction books I will draw a few quotes from the book that I highlighted while reading the book. But during my first read through of this book I highlighted 78 passages.

In this book Father Gaitley looks at the h
Sharon Todd
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sharon by: Judy, at church
Shelves: catholocism
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
Beth Neu
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
This is an exceptional and beautiful book. It started out so simply that I wondered if it would even be worth the read. But the book has a surprising depth to it. By the final pages I didn't want it to end! This book helped me to understand Marian devotion with greater richness. I enjoyed the exploration of the devotions of several famous Marian saints, and their own writing were enriching. This book had several passages that moved me profoundly. It absolutely is worth the praises it has receive ...more
Rachel Noffke
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Rogers
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot about Marian devotion and feel a renewed desire in my faith. Through this retreat I really felt connected to Mary as mother. As a mother so much of my life is dedicated to helping guide and form my children, as our spiritual mother, Mary wants to do the same for us. For me, my consecration to Mary is accepting her as my spiritual mother and entrusting myself to her mothering knowing her desire is for me to better know, love and serve our Lord and Savior her beloved Son, Jesus Chr ...more
I read this immediately after reading "Behold: Your Mother." Good combination! Now I think I'm ready to tackle the full Louis deMontfort work, and I'm also interested in "John Paul II's Book of Mary."
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Highly recommended book... this book is the simplified version of consecration to Mary... its a 33 days retreat that is easy to follow...Helps the retreatant to consecrate one self to Jesus through Mary... giving up one self to God's will
Jane Cruickshank
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It helped increase my belief and support of the Blessed Mother. A new beginning.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing faith study!
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Approachable

Father Gaitley has brought Marian Consecration to a new generation of Catholics. He uses the Marian devotion of modern day saints like Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II to illustrate how our blessed Mother can help us more closely follow the will of Christ. For those unversed in Marian theology, this can be confusing. Many will need to go back to the scriptural basis for the church's teaching on Mary and her role in salvation. This book led me to a fuller exploration of Mary a
Dianne Helwig
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was fabulous. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a closer relationship with our spiritual Mother. Fr Michael Gaitley gives a wonderful explanation of Mary's role in our lives through the writings of the 4 saints he uses in the book. It is written in simple easy to understand terms but the words go deep and touch the very core of your soul. If I could have given it more stars I would have but I guess 5 will have to do.
Emily Simmons
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Father Michael Gaitley has done a real service to the Body of Christ. Taking the powerful experience of a consecration to Jesus through Mary and offering it in a very accessible way is a blessing. I went through the consecration a few years back and revisited it recently. Just as inspiring and insightful now as it was then!
Turtoise Reading
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great alternative to St. Louis De Montfort's consecration to Mary!
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Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, he received a Masters Degree in Theology and a Licentiate Degree in Moral Theology.

After his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Michael succeeded Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, as the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefit
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