Am I really sharing a post on prevenient grace and… Netflix? You betcha. Indulge me.
When a friend suggested a few days ago that he planned to begin a 33 Days to Morning Glory trek toward renewing his consecration to Mary this Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, I told him I would do the same. Having done it using that method, as well as according to the traditional method given by St. Louis de Montfort, I opted for a third way in hopes of discovering some fresh insights. That method is Totus Tuus: A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration Through Mary.
The author of Totus Tuus is Father Nathan Cromly. He’s something of a “rockstar” among my wife and her friends, as well as several other folks I know. According to my wife, he gives amazing retreats. She should know. She’s been on two in consecutive years. I hope she goes on more. Shoot… I think we all should go on more retreats, especially ones led by the Holy Spirit and great priests. That’s a bit of an aside, but the point remains that Father Nathan blazes a trail in the Church today, and when I recalled he put together a book on Marian consecration, I figured it would be very good.
Two days into the path to consecration, and the lessons blow me away. That’s no easy feat, mind you. With a Master’s degree in theology, a catechetical diploma endorsed by the Vatican, 15 years of experience teaching religion, and theological study as a hobby of choice, exposure to something entirely new to me is rare. Oh, how I love it when I am, though! It reminds me of those heady days in my 20s, when I felt like I was learning something new about God, His Church, and myself in relation to these things everyday.
What blows me away? Prevenient grace. Stick with me. This is good stuff!