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Father Michael Gaitley, MIC (left), and Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, bless a newly arrived shipment of Fr. Michael's new book 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.

Introduction: 33 Days to Merciful Love

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Visit this website on March 1. Why? Because on March 1, we will be posting the first seven days of a new 33-day retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

The Marian Fathers here in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, are encouraging everyone to begin Fr. Michael's 33-day consecration to Divine Mercy on Tuesday, March 1, because it would allow us all to consecrate together on Divine Mercy Sunday — April 3. You could consecrate on your own, or you could join with thousands around the world who will do so in tandem with the Marians during our Divine Mercy Sunday broadcast on EWTN. (The broadcast begins at noon, Eastern).

To do this specific consecration requires obtaining the new book by Fr. Michael,
33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy. But again, in the meantime, beginning March 1, we will be posting on this website the first seven days of the retreat. If you don't have the book, order now.

To give you a sense of what this consecration is all about, the following is the introduction to Fr. Michael's book:

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Meet Three Friends
I'd like to begin by introducing three friends.

PRIEST FRIEND: A CONSECRATION TO DIVINE MERCY. The first friend is Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, a priest in my community, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

One day, Fr. Chris burst into my office after having just offered Mass. He looked like he'd just seen a ghost, so I stopped what I was doing and gave him my full attention.

"Father Mike, do we have a consecration to Divine Mercy?" "No. At least I don't think so," I replied.

"Well, we need one. During Mass, it hit me like a ton of bricks that we need a consecration to Divine Mercy, and I think you should write it. But if you don't, I will. I think it's really important, Mike. Nothing has ever hit me so strongly. I feel that the Lord really wants it."

It was clear to me that the Lord had spoken to Fr. Chris' heart. But I didn't feel that he was also speaking to my heart, asking me to write such a book. So, I told Fr. Chris that he'd have to do it.

COLLEGE FRIEND: A SEQUEL TO MARIAN CONSECRATION. The second friend is Mark Moran, an old buddy from college. In a sense, Mark is one of the most important people in my life because he introduced me to the book that completely changed it.

It happened during my freshman year. I was walking to class, minding my own business, when Mark came up to me, basically shoved a book in my face, and said, "Gaitley, you've gotta read this!" With my heavy class load, I didn't have time for any extra reading, and I told him as much. Well, that didn't faze him. He kept pestering me. And so, not wanting to be late for class, I took the book.

The book is called True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort, and it describes a path to holiness called "Marian consecration" or "a total consecration to Jesus through Mary."

Most important for me, de Montfort basically claimed that such a consecration is the quickest and easiest way to become a saint. Well, when I saw that claim on the back of the book, I was sold. After all, I figured that only the "quickest and easiest" path could help someone like me to become a saint. So, I followed de Montfort's recommendation and consecrated myself totally to Jesus through Mary, and my life has never been the same. Of course, I'm still no saint, but at least I have hope that it's possible.

I hardly heard from Mark after college. But then, one day earlier this year, he called me out of the blue. While it was great to hear from him, I had to tell him I couldn't talk because I was rushing to meet a book deadline the next day. Mark said, "No problem. But that's why I called." I asked him what he meant. He continued, "Well, I was just praying, and I felt an inspiration to call you, because I know what your next book needs to be."

I thought to myself, "I already know what the next book will be. It's going to be on St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her Little Way." Still, to humor him, I replied, "Oh, yeah, what book is that?"

For the second time, Mark changed my life. He said, "You need to do for the Offering to Merciful Love of St. Thérèse of Lisieux what you did for Marian consecration. That's all I wanted to tell you. Talk to you later."

With those words, the dots immediately connected. I thanked Mark and hung up the phone. But before I connect those dots for you, let me introduce a third friend.

SAINT FRIEND: A SOURCE OF HOPE. The third friend is Thérèse of Lisieux, the saint I got to know while I was in the seminary. She's one of the most important people in my life because she saved my priestly vocation and gave me hope.

Now, I mentioned earlier that the book True Devotion to Mary had changed my life and given me hope in college because it claimed to offer the quickest and easiest way to become a saint. Well, shortly after entering the seminary, I began to feel that even the quickest and easiest path was not enough for me, which was a problem. I say that because I didn't want to become a priest unless I had at least some hope of becoming a saintly one. Well, I was losing that hope and felt tempted to give up.

About the time the temptations to leave the seminary were the worst, I started reading Story of a Soul, the spiritual autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It changed my life, because Thérèse's spiritual doctrine (called "the Little Way") gave me hope that even someone like me could become a saint. The only problem was that I also ran into a lot of "thieves of hope" after reading it. That's the name I gave to the people I'd meet who would present Thérèse's teaching not as "the Little Way" for souls like me but as "the big way" for spiritual elites. For example, they'd say things like, "That little Thérèse isn't so little. She's actually quite big!" And then they'd go on to describe how heroic she was in her sacrifices, sufferings, virtues, and desires.

Hearing such things, I'd think to myself, "Maybe the Little Way is too big for me," and I'd get depressed. But then I'd go back to Thérèse's writings and find hope again ... and then I'd listen to the thieves of hope again. So, my spiritual life became something of a roller coaster — high with hope one minute and down with discouragement the next.

Alright, so when it came time for me to write my licentiate thesis (a big research paper for a degree in theology that most people have never heard of), I decided to take it as an opportunity to get off the roller coaster. In other words, I diligently searched through nearly all of St. Thérèse's writings in order to discover once and for all whether or not the Little Way really could give hope of becoming a saint even to someone like me.

So what did I find? I found hope. Great hope. I discovered hidden treasures in Thérèse's teaching that made me say over and over, "Why haven't I heard this before?!" I read things that totally demolished the arguments of the thieves of hope, and those discoveries completely changed my life. To use Thérèse's own words, her teaching set me "full sail upon the waves of confidence and love."

With this book, I now want to share those amazing treasures that gave me hope in the seminary and inspire me still. But before we begin, let me first connect the various dots that have come up as I've introduced you to my three friends.

Connecting the Dots
After my friend Mark called and told me that my next book needed to be on the Offering to Merciful Love, I knew what I had to do: Eat some humble pie. In other words, I had to go speak with my friend Fr. Chris and ask him if I could write the book on a Divine Mercy consecration after all. Thankfully, he was overjoyed to hear of my change of heart and enthusiastically gave me the green light.

So, this book truly is a consecration to Divine Mercy — but in the style of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Specifically, it follows the theology of her Offering to Merciful Love, which is essentially a consecration to Divine Mercy. But before I get into what her Offering is all about, I should first say something about what a Divine Mercy consecration is.

Divine Mercy Consecration in General. The word "consecration" means to set apart for God. For instance, in the Church, the "consecrated life" refers to those who make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the purpose of serving God according to the charism of a religious community. For example, a Carmelite nun (like St. Thérèse) makes religious vows so as to be set apart for God and to love and serve him through a life of contemplative prayer.

Of course, a personal consecration to Divine Mercy is not the same as making vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Rather, it's a self-offering to God (a setting of oneself apart for God) that anyone can make — whether the person is a member of the clergy, consecrated religious, or laity — and they do it for the specific purpose of glorifying God's mercy.

One of the best examples of a personal consecration to Divine Mercy is actually a form of Marian consecration, a form that's taught by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

For Kolbe, Marian consecration means to offer oneself to God through Mary for the specific purpose of becoming an instrument of mercy in Mary's Immaculate hands as she is an instrument of mercy in God's hands.2 In a sense, then, to make a Marian consecration according to the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe — Marian consecration Kolbe-style — is already to make a consecration to Divine Mercy. In other words, it's a setting of oneself apart for God for the purpose of becoming an instrument of his mercy through Mary, the Mother of Mercy. But what I mean by the consecration to Divine Mercy "Thérèse-style" goes even deeper.

A St. Thérèse-style Consecration to Divine Mercy. Over the years, I've come across various devotional prayers labeled "A Consecration to Divine Mercy," and they've been great. But St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, has brought such devotional prayer to new and amazing heights. In fact, her consecration to Divine Mercy, what she calls her "Offering to Merciful Love," is really the culmination of her whole spiritual teaching on the Little Way, the crowning of her path to holiness, and, I'd even venture to say, the most powerful form of consecration to Divine Mercy.

While Week Three of the retreat will go into much more detail about St. Thérèse's Offering, here I'll just summarize its three most basic points.

First, Thérèse's Offering to Merciful Love is based on her profound insight into the love of the Heart of Jesus. Specifically, she recognized that Jesus' Heart is full of mercy and that he longs to pour out his Merciful Love, especially on sinners.

Second, she realized that sinners often close their hearts to the Lord's loving mercy, and their rejection of it causes Jesus great suffering.

Third, for the purpose of consoling Jesus, St. Thérèse asked the Lord to pour into her little soul all the rejected mercy that others don't want — and he gave it to her. All of it. And that experience set St. Thérèse happily on fire with Merciful Love.

Now, how the Lord gives this amazing gift of mercy, how we can receive it, and what all this means will be the topic of the retreat, which brings us to the next dot to connect.

A SEQUEL TO 33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY. My old friend from college had said to me on the phone, "You need to do for the Offering to Merciful Love of St. Thérèse of Lisieux what you did for Marian consecration." Let me unpack that a bit.

Mark was referring to my book 33 Days to Morning Glory, which is an updated and easy-to-use preparation for making a total consecration to Jesus through Mary. His point was basically that that book helped to make Marian consecration accessible to many more people. So, with that in mind, I knew exactly what he was getting at regarding the Offering to Merciful Love. Let me explain.

Sadly, the Offering to Merciful Love is one of the best-kept secrets in the Catholic Church. But I don't understand why. I mean, with the Offering, you have the culmination of the central teaching of the greatest and most popular saint of modern times — a Doctor of the Church, no less. Yet hardly anyone has ever even heard of her Offering to Merciful Love! I know this because in my travels, when I've given talks about the Offering, I've often begun by asking, "Who here has ever heard of the Offering to Merciful Love?" Truth be told, I've never seen more than about 5 percent of the people raise their hands.

So, I know what Mark meant. He knew that the Offering to Merciful Love is not well known. But he also knew that it's a big stick of spiritual dynamite and that someone just needs to light the fuse. In other words, he wants this amazing teaching to explode onto the Catholic scene and fill hearts with hope and holiness. In fact, he believes in its power to transform the world — and so do I.

I truly believe that this book can help light the fuse of the great grace-and-mercy bomb that is the Offering to Merciful Love — and I'm just the person to write it! What? I say that because I'm one of what St. Thérèse calls "the little souls." And one thing is clear in her teaching: God is pleased to use such souls as the special forces of his army. So, because I believe her teaching, I'm convinced that I can change the world — and that you can, too. Really. I'll make that point later in the retreat, but first, I should say some things about the connection between this book and 33 Days to Morning Glory.

A Sequel That Stands Alone — But Shouldn't. You don't have to read 33 Days to Morning Glory before reading this book — but I recommend you do. I say that because the essence of Marian consecration is to allow Mary to bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy. Okay, well, 33 Days to Morning Glory is a book that prepares us to consecrate ourselves to Mary, so she can, in fact, bring us to that fountain.

This book, on the other hand, is about drinking from that fountain. And while we can get to the Fountain of Mercy without making a Marian consecration, such a consecration enables us to drink from it so much more deeply and easily. We'll learn the reasons for that during Week One of this retreat — which brings me to the structure of this book and how it works.

A Retreat That's Similar to Morning Glory. This book, like 33 Days to Morning Glory, is a 33-day do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for consecration that's based on heart-pondering prayer. In other words, it doesn't focus on lots of vocal prayers each day of the retreat but, rather, on short spiritual readings that you can easily ponder in your heart throughout the day. So, you'll want to go over the daily reading each morning or the night before. That way, you can have the whole day to reflect on it. Of course, you should try not to miss a day of reading, but if you do, don't worry. Just make up the reading the next day.

As I already mentioned, this retreat lasts for 33 days, but the idea is not to begin on just any day. Rather, ideally, you should begin your preparation 33 days before an appropriate feast day. Of course, for a Marian consecration, such a day would be any Marian feast — and the same thing goes for a Divine Mercy consecration. I say that because, as we just learned, Mary leads us to Divine Mercy. But there are other days that have a special connection to Divine Mercy that would also be appropriate as consecration days. The most obvious one is the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. A less obvious one is Trinity Sunday, which is the anniversary of when St. Thérèse first received her inspiration to offer herself to God's Merciful Love.

Of course, because the mystery of Divine Mercy touches all the mysteries of our faith and the life of every saint, you can certainly choose to consecrate yourself to Divine Mercy on any of the Church's solemnities, feasts, or memorials that are meaningful to you. Just remember to count back 33 days from the feast itself, with the day of consecration (the feast day) being the thirty-forth day.

What's Different from Morning Glory. Unlike 33 Days to Morning Glory, this book does not include four weeks with four different saints. Rather, the various weeks will focus on one saint: Thérèse of Lisieux and her spiritual teaching. And that's okay because St. Thérèse is the master, the Doctor of the Church on these matters. Having said that, I will also include some of the teachings of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, another great saint of mercy whose mission was closely related to that of St. Thérèse.

While the focus of this retreat is Thérèse of Lisieux, we'll deal with different subject matter each week. So, for Week One, we'll focus on the backstory to Thérèse's teaching, a backstory that goes way back to the Garden of Eden, to the patriarch Abraham, and to Mary, the Mother of God. Week Two will then get into Thérèse's Little Way. Week Three will treat the Offering to Merciful Love. Then, Week Four will cover the topic of darkness as a bittersweet mystery in our own lives as well as in the life of St. Thérèse. Okay, but four weeks is only 28 days, so that leaves us with an extra five days. We'll use four of those five to review the main teachings of each week. Then, we'll use the last day to prepare ourselves to make the Offering to Merciful Love as a Divine Mercy consecration.

Follow along with the series.

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Blessed items CAN’T be sold - Mar 28, 2019

You’re not supposed to sell items that have been blessed, whether it’s a medal, rosary or a book. As priest they should know that, there is no exception. It’s okay to pray for those who will do the devotion but not bless them. You can advise them to get them blessed after but not before you sell and ship them.

Cee - Feb 26, 2018

I teach catechism to teenagers. The Morning Glory is a little over their heads, so I have been trying to give them brief bits of the book each week. I really need a Marian consecration for kids 6-8th grade who have had very little exposure to matters of faith. The heart of Mother Mary is a perfect starting place for children to learn and grow in the faith. I am not a writer . We consecrate each year on feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Rita - Nov 8, 2017

Hello All. Any initiative to get this wonderful tools translated into Spanish?

Nelson L. - Apr 6, 2017

Hi brothers and sister in Christ! I have consecrated myself to Jesus through mary via Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory. My spiritual life is changed forever. I learned so many "secrets" about our Catholic faith and I am always looking for opportunities to promote this devotion. I am looking forward to starting 33 Days to Merciful Love and finishing on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. I immerse everyone into Divine Mercy and praying everyone will be inspired to consecrate themselves and have a much deeper relationship with God.

Katharine - Mar 21, 2017

I am one of the leaders at our Cathedral for 33 Days To Divine Mercy.
I'd like to know if I can purchase the videos. We missed last week because of snow, so this week, we watched 2 videos,
Sessions 3 and 4! I LOVED them both, but especially loved session 4. Would I be able to purchase them both? I text our coordinator and I knew what she'd say to making copies. After teaching for 33 years(WOW, I taught for 33 years and have lead all 3 of your 33 Days retreats) That must mean something.......
Would love to hear from you.

Nelson L. - Mar 16, 2017

Hello Dval. With the mini retreat, you are consecrating yourself to Jesus through Mary, and not to Mary. One of Mary's many, many roles is to bring us closer to the Divine Mercy. After finishing my consecration, I am reading up a lot on the Divine Mercy: the Feast of Divine Mercy, the chaplet, the image, the 3 o c'lock prayer and themes from the diary of St. Faustina. It is like a natural progression, and I believe that Our Mother is at the forefront of leading us to Jesus. My life has changed so much because of this book. Thank you so much Fr. Gaitley and the publishers. May the divine Mercy bless all of you.

Dval - Mar 6, 2017

If you have already consecrated yourself to Mary, can you still consecrate yourself to the Divine Mercy? Do they conflict or, for lack of a better term, "cancel out" each other?

Rose - Dec 8, 2016

I have done the Marian Consecration with 33 Days to Morning Glory last summer. Would this book or Consoling the Heart of Jesus be best to do next? Does this book contain a lot of the same content as Consoling the Heart of Jesus? If one of the priests who runs this website or someone who has read both books could answer, would appreciate. God bless.

Bella - Oct 20, 2016

What day do I begin my first day Divine Mercy Self-Consecration (33days)in October 2016? Is there a guide what day to begin for every month? I tried to click the first tab on top of this page which says "Home" and nothing came up. I clicked the other tabs and could not find anything.

Need Prayer online - Jul 14, 2016

While traveling forgot to bring my daily prayer . Hurrying to a birth- grandchild!!
Please post the Daily Consecration Prayer!
Loving this devotion!

Chris - Apr 3, 2016

Today is consecration day and I am filled with a sense of humility, Jesus' love and openness to His will. Thank you for this wonderful journey!

mspencer - Apr 2, 2016

It would be awesome if you could provide a downloadable version of the consecration certificate.

DS - Mar 19, 2016

Just did day 19. A question re: what's the catch? I was waiting for this objection to be dealt with: Just as the nuns making the offering to God's justice died agonizing deaths, didn't Therese also die an agonizing death? Dying of TB at age 24 is pretty hardcore painful. Is it wrong of me to have some trepidations here?

aloma - Mar 17, 2016

Thank you so much Frs. Michael and Alar(?!!!) ...how blessed we are to partake in this gift of HIS Merciful Love...a guide I noticed only at the end of Feb but again, bcos of His Divine Justice for His little one, Me! I received the book n I'm on my way to consecrating to HIS Merciful Love on Divine Mercy Sunday 2016 :) truly a beautifully, awesome experience!! Many MIGHTY blessings alllways thru Jesus,Mama Mary n ST. Joseph!

Nancy - Mar 4, 2016

Can we do both consecrations at the same time? Marian consecration ending with The Annunciation and Merciful Love consecration ending on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Sandy - Mar 3, 2016

I too am waiting for the book and appreciate being able to start on time. Thank you!

Jane - Mar 3, 2016

Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to start the first week of the book while waiting to receive the actual book in mail , what a treat !
God Bless you and guide you through His Holy Spirit to write more inspiring books, we did the 33 days to morning glory and now we are on the journey with the consecration to divine Mercy, thank you and God Bless you and keep you always in His Heart .

Inês - Mar 2, 2016

Hi, I'm from Portugal, already late for the paperback but trying to buy a digital edition. But my plans look blocked : ( On Amazon the Kindle edition has no copyright to Portugal and on your website the backoffice only accepts US and Canada Adresses. May you help me with an alternative? God Bless +++

Christine - Mar 2, 2016

I have been able to order it to read as an ebook on my kindle through amazon.ca as we live in Canada. I read the intro and day 1 tonight.... So Grateful.

Maria - Mar 1, 2016

I am confused, is it first seven days only they will post the 33 days consecration to the Divine Mercy? Means after one week where to find the continuations? Bcos I cannot order the book for the moment but I want to continue it until 33 days....pls help.

Natasha - Mar 1, 2016

And here's the link to the whole series:

Natasha - Mar 1, 2016

Here's the link to Day 1:


Judy - Mar 1, 2016

Caritas...I clicked on the Divine Mercy Tab on the left of the top of the page & still have not found the 1st day...please help! Thank you!

Caritas - Mar 1, 2016

For the link to today's Divine Mercy reading simply click the Divine Mercy tab at the top of this page.

Sue - Mar 1, 2016

I don't see the 1st day of consecration. Where do I find it?

Sue - Mar 1, 2016

I don't see the 1st day of consecration. Where do I find it?

Linda - Mar 1, 2016

Thank you Fr Gaitley for writing this book. Will you be creating a group workshop like you did for 33 days Morning glory (ie. dvd, discussion questions, participant guide)? I will pray that you find time to incorporate this so many others can learn about the Mercy of GOD

Arise and Walk (Ministry with Young Adults) - Mar 1, 2016

Thank you Fr. Gaitley for your consecration and offering to the Divine Mercy of Christ! All 42 books have been given to "little souls" who want to become saints. Praise God!!

Angela - Mar 1, 2016

I did the Marian consecration prep during Advent and Christmas 2015. Now I am doing Divine Mercy consecration prep through Lent and the Octave of Easter - VERY exciting! I might do the preps and renew the consecrations every Advent and Lent. Thank you Fr. Gaitley for listening to the prompts of the Holy Spirit!

dear Maripat, - Mar 1, 2016

I tried re-searching through the Morning Glory book from the Lighthouse Catholic Media shelf this morning before Mass... I'm pretty sure I recall (from when I read it "myself")that there's a bit of encouragement in there somewhere about how our Blessed Mother only makes our crosses sweeter to bear, not more difficult. I forget the precise wording for the reasonings, but what I thought of myself today is this: if it weren't for Jesus' Cross, we wouldn't even consider our own "crosses" as something to bear, so it all has to do with His One Cross ultimately...like how the Mass has to do with His One Sacrifice, and each Holy Communion is united to that...well then "our crosses" our united to His One Cross... sort of self-explanatory for those who are reading the book (I don't want to spoil any meditation days) but I can think of the Stations of the Cross for one thing... how Jesus encounters the Blessed Mother on the Way...this is one way she makes the Cross sweeter, is that she's following along with motherly empathy... also, she was there at the foot of the Cross when He suffered the most, she didn't leave Him for a second... so when we unite our little trials/difficulties to His Cross, we can rest assured, I believe, that Our Lady will stand with us and not abandon us either. So, will we take Our Lady into our home as John the Beloved Disciple did? will we welcome her beautiful images, Marian prayers, true devotion to Mary, in our homes? She makes the home sweeter and everything sweeter by her spiritual motherhood and presence. She has every quality we love in our own moms, but to a perfect degree. We can bear with our own mom's weaknesses, by entrusting them to the "Perfect Mother" of us all, the one moms should strive to imitate, and all other women should strive to emulate in all the virtues anyway, even if we're not moms. Moms stay by their suffering children, so our Blessed Mother makes our crosses sweeter because she's there. Think of St. Therese, holding the crucifix with the roses... that always makes cross-bearing seem sweeter doesn't it? at my confirmation, my mom gave me a candle with a cross with roses image on it, like that. Little things like that are a sweet reminder of how the Cross can be sweetened with Therese's reverent devotion for the Cross. We honor the Cross itself, but even more, we can rejoice in the Divine Mercy... the significant meaning of what is recognized in the Image of Divine Mercy, and the Real Divine Mercy presence in the Holy Eucharist... both from the same Sacrifice of the Holy Cross... showing Jesus conquered both sin & death, and staying close to Him lets us do the same, in Him. This is why when we fall we have to get back up to carry the Cross with Him, because we know the ending is Victorious Joy with Jesus! :)

Maxima Fernandez - Feb 29, 2016

Is this available in e-book?

Mae - Feb 29, 2016

Started my book to do the consecration on the Annunciation. Have been feeling so bad wasn't sure I would live long enough to wait till April 3rd. So far I like it. Thank you.

Maria - Feb 29, 2016

Thank you Fr Gaitley for this beautiful sequel, you are a blessing and inspiration to me. The perfect book for the Year of Mercy and to do the Consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday. This is definitely a Christ Incidents. God bless you Fr Gaitley and may the BVM always keep Her mantle over you.

Dermot - Feb 29, 2016

Dear Father Gaitley
I am a big fan of 33 days to morning glory and look forward to 33 days to merciful love.
However, I live in Far East and there is not enough time to order and receive book to complete novena before Divine Mercy Sunday.
Is there any chance that material for each day could be posted online for those of us who cannot receive the book in time? Many thanks.

Lynda - Feb 29, 2016

Ooops!! I meant several years ago.

Lynda - Feb 29, 2016

I received my book in the mail Saturday. So many beautiful pictures in it. I will start reading tomorrow and I can't wait. I used 33 Days to Morning Glory several days ago, and my prayer life and relationship with God was changed forever. I'm so excited for tomorrow.

Mary Fran - Feb 29, 2016

Thanks for the reminder. I pulled the book out, ready for tomorrow.

pamela - Feb 29, 2016

just read it will be posted 3/1...

Pamela - Feb 29, 2016

I just ordered the book, but was told there would be the 1st 7 days on line to use till I get my copy. Really want to start tomorrow. Anyone know where the link is?

Mel - Feb 29, 2016

I am excited and looking forward to starting this retreat on March 1st. I have read "The Story of a Soul." Mercy and love is what our hearts desire. When we seek them, we find the Lord waiting for us to come to Him. When we receive His mercy, when can give give mercy more freely.

Denia - Feb 29, 2016

Myself, together with the group of blinds, is now on the 8day of the 33 Days to the Morning Glory with the hope of having our consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation, that is March 25, and would introduce to them too, this consecration to Divine Mercy. So help me God.

dear Maripat, - Feb 29, 2016

I taped the following quote next to my small Divine Mercy holy card on the inside of the lid of my rosary-making box so when I'm working on them it keeps me going... in this case, there are indeed "more crosses" with Mary, but just think, these crosses are attached to the rosary that people will pray with, and this will bring glory to God... maybe we make things harder than they have to be?... after all, Jesus tells us,

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (The Gentle Mastery of Christ: Matthew 11:28+)

Each little cross is pretty light when we think about it! :) And Jesus is shouldering it with us, so we don't have to bear it alone. And by praying for each other, we're not alone. Even Jesus had help and consolation from others to carry his Cross on the Way of the Cross... the crosses we have are part of His... maybe the pain we feel is like that of the daughters of Jerusalem who wept over Him because of the suffering He was enduring... if we try to carry His heavy Cross ourselves without His strength -- we might fall and not get up, or get splinters, but if we focus on consoling Him on His Way of the Cross... this is something we can do... our little "crosses" are only tiny fragments of only His True Cross... like He said, "it is finished"... if we're too weak to carry the cross we could at least put flowers on the cross, or wipe his face like Veronica, there's always some way to console Him that's not too tough, isn't there?

what I wrote is only one way of looking at it, to try to be comforting and not lose hope, but of course the saints may have much better advice about carrying our crosses, and especially in this new book we'll have to be on the lookout for the answer to this concern...

pray 4 me...

mary j - Feb 28, 2016

Maripat, keep going t gets great, I have done the book 5 times and only once was with a group, Our Mother will get you through it

Maripat - Feb 27, 2016

I'm reading and praying the 33 Days to Morning Glory. I finished my first week. The part I need help with, and I'm really trying to accept, is the closer you get to the Blessed Mother the more graces you receive in form of crosses. I want to get closer but fear more crosses. Can anyone help?

Martha - Feb 27, 2016

This consecrating prayer time is a wonderful way to reflect that we trust in Jesus. May God open each of our hearts to feel His joyful presence.

Sonia - Feb 27, 2016

How exciting! Thank you so much for making the first bit available for those of us still waiting to receive our books.