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Rachel wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a question regarding consecration to Mary.

I feel I have a true call to the total consecration to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort and
my reading on the subject has only deepened my resolve to make it, but something has me hesitating.

In reading about this devotion, St. Louis states that we go through Mary for everything and through no one else.

My Patron Saint is St. Francis and I feel like if I do this total consecration to Mary, then I would have to stop speaking to and asking for help from St. Francis.

  • Do I understanding this consecration to Mary correctly?
  • Does this consecration require only asking Mary for her help and prayers, while forsaking praying to other saints or am I taking this too literally?



  { Do I understanding this total consecration to Mary correctly? Can I still pray to other saints? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Rachel —

While I am no expert on St. Louis, I suspect you are taking it too literally, or at least too restrictively. It is one thing to pray to St. Francis for his intercession for various favors;
it's another to totally entrust yourself to him so that you can better get to Jesus.

  • Do you really treat St. Francis in the way St. Louis recommends you treat Mary?

I suspect you do not. In any case, the communion of saints involves all of them, not just Mary, and we may and should have recourse to the help of all the saints.


Mike replied:

Dear Rachel,

I'm glad you asked this question as it can be a very confusing issue for Catholic and non-Catholic Christians alike.

I think it's important to get a grasp on what this Consecration is, and is not. Several helpful postings can be found at the bottom of our FAQ page.

The answer to your second question is No, it does not mean your total consecration to Mary forfeits your praying to other saints. I'm positive St. Louis de Montfort most definitely would confirm this view.

Maybe an analogy is appropriate.

If I've been born and raised in the sports mecca of the United States, Boston, Massachusetts, and have been a life-long Red Sox fan. Does this mean:

  • I can't be a Bruin's fan?
  • I can't be a Patriot's fan?
  • I can't be a Celtics fan?
  • I can't be a Revolutions fan? (Soccer)
  • I can't be a Lobsters fan? (Tennis)

Of course not! I vaguely remember making my Total Consecration to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort. I think it was about 30 years ago. From what I remember, it did seem to be a very pious consecration, but no matter how pious or devotional a religious practice is, it should always maintain a proper spiritual balance.

When Catholics consecrate themselves to Mary, they are just manifesting the same love Our Lord had for his mother and our spiritual mother.

  • He did it in His Flesh.
  • We imitate His love for our spiritual mother, in our flesh, seeing we are "in Christ" through the Eucharist.

This does not take away from the sole worship we give to Our Lord alone, and Our Blessed Mother would be the first to insist on this.

Hope this helps,


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