Blessed John Paul II wrote in Redemptoris Mater that the “Church journeys through time toward the consummation of the ages and goes to meet the Lord who comes.”
All history, past, present and future, culminates in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became man and assumed human nature in order to restore humanity, that we might gain what was lost. This sublime and priceless gift of God became a reality through Mary’s total “yes” to the salvific will of the Father.
In virtue of the sweet Virgin’s sinless life of exemplary faith, hope and charity, she is rightly honored as the preeminent model of the perfect Christian.
Non-Catholic Christians entering the Church through the RCIA program often point out that they’ve heard about how Catholics practice idolatry: the worship of “graven images” and/or saints. Many of them complain that idolatry is the single biggest objection their Protestant friends have against Catholics.
Nearly four years ago, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25th), I made a formal Marian consecration, using 33 Days as a guide. Since then, I’ve reread the book each year, prior to renewing my consecration, and I always find something fresh and new.