Total consecration is the giving of oneself whole and entire, body and soul, to Jesus the Incarnate Wisdom through the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this we give to Jesus through Mary all our works, spiritual and temporal, past, present and in the future. We give to Jesus through Mary the merits of our good works, our sufferings and joys without reserving any for our own ourselves.
St. louis de Montfort tell us that “those who desire to take up this special devotion (Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary),”should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus. They should spend three weeks imbuing themselves with the spirit of Jesus through the most Blessed Virgin.” (T.D. No. 227)
It is obvious that this Total Consecration, or perfect renewal of our baptismal vows with and through Mary, is not to be taken lightly. Pope John Paul II said that “Reading this book (St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary) was to be a turning point in my life…This Marian devotion…has remained a part of me. It is an integral part of my interior life and of my spiritual theology.” In his Marian Year encyclical, Mother of the Redeemer, speaking of Marian Spirituality, the Holy Father singles out: “among the many witnesses of this spirituality, the figure of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments.” (NO. 48)