Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?
According to St. Francis de Sales, devotion is “a love that prompts us to serve with a ready and loving will.” The devotion of Holy Slavery is this kind of devotion to Mary “without any reservation.”
- Taken from: Jesus Living in Mary: Handbook of the Spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort (Litchfield, CT: Montfort Publications, 1994)
Saint Maximilian Kolbe writes the following into his prayer of consecration:
"Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands." To what purpose? The conversion of the entire world.
In fact, he wanted to raise up a whole army of fighting knights and soldiers who give themselves to be instruments in the grace-filled hands of the Immaculata. He wanted to build a "Militia Immaculata."
If we really love God, if we truly long to work for his kingdom, then we should find the quickest and easiest way to become saints, and thereby return to him. Now, the quickest and easiest way to do this -- as we learned from de Montfort -- is through Marian consecration.
Yet Kolbe takes it further: He didn't just stop with himself. He didn't keep the great saint-making secret to himself. Look at it this way: What's better, one saint or two? A thousand saints or a million? Think of what a million saints fully consecrated to Mary couuld do. Imagine if Mary had a million instruments through whom she could fulfill the perfect Will of God. It's an amazing thought. So, Kolbe exclaims, "Teach others this way! Conquer more souls for the Immaculata!" If this is the quickest, easiest way to become a saint, then it's also the quickest, easiest way to conquer the whole world for Christ, if only we teach others about it. So, Kolbe says, "Let's get to work!" Yes, let's begin by learning to live this consecration ourselves, and then bring others into it.
- Excerpt from: 33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration By Michael E. Gaitley, MIC