Teary-eyed gradeschoolers consecrate selves to Mary

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Gradeschoolers wear the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady as a sign of their consecration to Mary. (Photo credit: Chita Araw)

TAGAYTAY City, Feb. 28, 2014—Saying ‘yes’ to be children of Mary, more than a hundred Mater Dei Academy gradeschool students entrusted themselves to the Blessed Virgin last February 24, many of whom were in tears.

“They readily prayed the consecration prayer. I asked them, ‘Do you want to belong to Mama Mary? And they all said yes. It was a loud yes,” Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace president Brenda Padilla said, also noting how many of the 110 gradeschoolers could not help but cry during the short session.

The session, which was based on the 33-day consecration to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort, was intentionally made more “participative”, Padilla said, with a lot of parts for question and answer to better explain the concept of consecration to a younger set.

The talk focused on the evils in the world today and how various forces attack the Christian faith; their identity as children of God; Jesus Christ, as well as the gift of a heavenly mother in the Blessed Virgin.

“They have to know that yes, there are evil spirits roaming around who would want to create chaos in their lives. Of course I was really surprised, a lot of them had problems. These are the problems of the times that we probably don’t realize,” Padilla added.

The kids, aged 10 to 11 years old, also got to write a personal letter to the Blessed Virgin before their consecration.

Consecration is powerful 

For Fr. Melvin Castro, who imposed the Miraculous Medal on students after their consecration, said the consecration of children to the Blessed Virgin is powerful.

“It is so beautiful to see these little children. Starting them young as it were [in] the spirituality of  total consecration, we see hope in them . For the present and in the future [we see hope] in these children that are consecrated to Our Lady,” explained Fr. Castro, who is also the founder of the Confraternity.

Around 234 highschool students of the same school also consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin on the same day.

The Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace is dedicated to spreading true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort.

The group is open to invitations for talks on the consecration. Interested parties may email brendabpadilla@gmail.com [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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