PARAÑAQUE City, September 6, 2014— To celebrate the Blessed Mother’s nativity, the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (OFM Conv.) will be sponsoring a Marian consecration open to the public, and apparently, all consecrations have the same intent, but are quite different.
Fr. Elijah M. Pantorilla, OFM Conv., who will be giving a talk on September 8, Monday titled “Mary, Highway to Heaven: A Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth”, told CBCPNews in an interview that consecration to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary promises many graces.
Belonging to Our Lady
Pantorilla, who also heads the Philippine arm of the Militia Immaculata, the group founded by Polish martyr St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe to “convert heretics, schismatics, and freemasons”, shared that consecration to Mary according to St. Maximilian’s spirituality is fundamentally similar to other forms of consecrations like the prescribed by St.Louis-Marie Grignon de Monfort, in that both hold the person being consecrated as no longer belonging to himself but to Our Lady.
The priest explained St. Maximilian’s Consecration to the Immaculate varies slightly in its explicit emphasis on the “Glory of the Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Her Son and for the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart”,
It is precisely for this reason, he explained, that St. Maximilian, the Polish martyr recognized as the “Apostle of Consecration to Mary” established the “Militia Immaculatae” (MI).
Quoting from St. Maximilian’s letter, Pantorilla explained that MI calls itself a militia, a knighthood, because anyone who belongs to Our Lady does not limit himself to consecrating himself totally to the Immaculata, but “also strives, as much as he can, to win the hearts of others for Her, so that others, too, may consecrate their hearts to Her, just as he has consecrated himself to Her”.
‘Snatching souls from Satan’
The Franciscan, however, clarified that MI is not an association in the “conventional sense, with definite concrete activities, designed for a particular group of interested persons”.
“It is a movement which should attract the masses and snatch them away from Satan,” he stressed.
Pantorilla said, drawing from the same letter, that once souls have been won over to the Immaculata, there will also be a few who can be led further to the very height of devotion, even to the point of heroism in the service of spreading the Kingdom of God through the Immaculata.
He added that all religious orders and congregations, all the movements in the Church can also be part of the MI, which enables each member to give one’s best to the apostolate.
In this way, Pantorilla pointed out, MI members attain Christian perfection according to their state and vocation in life.
“It is necessary to understand the MI as something transcendent rather than general; this means that it should not be viewed as just one organization among many others; rather, it ought to penetrate into the depths of all other organizations,” said he.
A mass will follow right after the talk, which will be held at 5 p.m. at the St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe Seminary in Multinational Village, Parañaque City. (Raymond A. Sebastián)