This started as a curious flicker in my heart to go deeper. I wanted to give Jesus a huge romantic gesture (as one does for the King of their world). My good friend Kelsey had gone through this solo-retreat before, and recommended it to me. So when the desire in my heart came for me to really do something for Jesus, I decided on this little book.
Written by Fr. Michael Gaitley, this book takes you into the life and theology of Saint Therese of Lisieux. You get the opportunity to really study her way to Jesus, The Little Way. I don’t really want to say more about the consecration itself, because it is a treasure to be discerned and truly prayed with in order to know if you’re called to this consecration.
What even is a consecration? Great question. I wasn’t familiar with the tradition of consecration until this past year. A consecration, in our terms, is to dedicate something to a higher purpose. In my case, to dedicate myself to a higher purpose. To devote myself to getting to Jesus a certain way, while allowing Him to actively guide my life and my journey to holiness.
This book, 33 Days to Merciful Love, is a consecration to Divine Mercy. The Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ. It’s simply a way to devote yourself to Christ using St. Therese’s “Little Way” as a road map. The saints have always done a great job of teaching me how to get closer and closer to God, but St. Therese has had a special pursuit of my journey. She’s been looking at my trips along my walk to Jesus, and knew I needed to be little. Just as she was.
I encourage you to look into consecrations: to learn about them, talk to people about them, maybe even do one. Look into the lives of the saints. They are saints for a reason, and they each had their special and unique way of getting straight into the heart of Jesus. And that’s what we’re called to do now, today, here.
This book has changed the love I had for Jesus into a true romance and dependence. Thank you St. Therese for being my best friend and truly showing me such a big piece of your life.
Befriend a saint. Learn about their life. See how they decided to fall in love with Jesus Christ. Maybe do the same. And in the process, you will learn more about yourself than you expect.