I'm always amazed at how quickly the words of St. Louis de Monfort or of Pope John Paul II can cut to the core of my soul. These are the words I read yesterday in the very first meditation:
"Ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to break with everything that displeases God and to become a person for others in imitation of the Holy Family. As disciples of Christ we must struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. The world has a very strong attraction." And further:
"You can easily test yourself to see where your heart is by examining your small talk and conversations--are they constantly going to money, sports, or other things that are not drawing you into God's presence? There is nothing wrong with money, spots, or the appreciation of nice things and the beauty of the world, but if these possess us so that we do not develop an interior life and a relationship with God, then they are working against us."
Gulp! (Clears throat and scratches head!)
Please pray for me as I renew my Consecration. I can see that this is going to be a time of cleansing and penance that is much needed.
Come Holy Spirit, please awaken us to all you have in mind for us during these days of renewal and help us to let go of all sin, of the "spirit of the world," and of all else that leads to sin so that we can truly live this Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph.