Monday, 23 November, 2020

A spark is enough to start a fire: university students from Florida want to spread the flame of devotion to Mary throughout the country to lead souls to Jesus.

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Ave Maria – California (10/26/2020, 14:40, Gaudium Press) For the third time in the USA, a group of students from Ave Maria University, located in the city of Ave Maria, Florida are gathering college students from all over the country to make the Consecration to Our Lady. They are part of the “Mary and Mercy Center.” The preparation for this Consecration begins next November 5 and ends on December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Reaching the “common Catholics who have limited time and resources, but want to grow in their faith.”

The “Mary and Mercy Center” was founded by Bill and Donna Bradt. They are eager to reach out to the “ordinary Catholics who have limited time and resources but want to grow in their faith.”
The reach of the Center among university students is impressive: just three years ago, a group of 25 Ave Maria students began to spread devotion to Marian consecration, including other Catholic and public universities. Now the group is present in 200 universities throughout the country.
“The joy and enthusiasm we felt in working with these young students was a blessing,” says Donna Bradt. “Witnessing their growth in love and trust for Mary and her Son and hearing their stories of how they can now see Mary working in their lives brings hope for the future.”

Spreading the Consecration to Our Lady, despite the coronavirus

Although the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic are preventing some universities from holding meetings and a presential event, the students of the “Mary and Mercy Center” continue to be committed to spreading the Marian consecration. They perform one consecration at a time, and with this, they practice an evangelization that, through Mary, the Holy Mother of God, lead souls to her Son Jesus.

Making a Marian consecration is to entrust one’s life to Our Lady

Making a Marian consecration is to entrust one’s life to Our Lady, knowing that she will lead us to her Son Jesus.
Among the most popular Marian consecration there is a nine-day consecration taught and spread by St. Maximilian Kolbe and the consecration taught by St. Louis Grignion de Montfort. The latter follows a preparation of 33 days. St Louis called it “Consecration of himself to Jesus Christ, the Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom, by the hands of Mary.”

The “Mary and Mercy Center” is using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book “33 Days for the Morning Glory” to spread the consecration to Our Lady. They are sending this book free of charge to university students who request it.

In addition, the students at Ave Maria University have developed an app that serves as a resource so that the students can keep updated during the preparation.

Mary guided me and showed me where the Lord is asking me to be for Him

“The Marian consecration totally changed my life,” says Alex Showman, who graduated from Ave Maria University in May 2020 and is now the director of the Centre:
“I made my first consecration for the feast of the Immaculate Conception right after my conversion to Catholicism in 2017. Since then I have seen myself grow in many ways to become a holier person. Mary guided me on my way to get my diploma and to show me where the Lord is asking me to be for Him.”
“I know that if it wasn’t for my consecration or for the Mary and Mercy Center, there’s a chance that I would have moved away from the faith,” concluded Showman. (JSG)

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