The Preparation for Total Consecration for Families book will take you and your family through 40 days of readings, meditations and prayers that will help you prepare and live your total consecration to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph. The first 33 daily reading meditations include an excerpt from one of Pope John Paul II's major documents and from St. Louis de Montfort's writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Daily Scripture selections, prayers such as the family Rosary and examination of conscience exercises are also included. On the 34th day, you are guided to make your Act of Consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort. The remaining 6 days of reading meditations reinforce the message in a practical way for family life. This resource also includes schedules on when to start your preparation, the entire "Catechism on True Devotion" and St. Louis' "Secret of Mary."
St. Louis Marie de Montfort tells us that "those who desire to take up this special devotion (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) should spend at least twelve days emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus. Then they should spend three weeks imbuing themselves with the Spirit of Jesus through the most Blessed Virgin." It is obvious that this total consecration or perfect renewal of our baptismal vows with and through Mary is not to be taken lightly.
John Paul II had made this De Montfort Consecration himself and it changed his life. Speaking of True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort, he said that "reading this book was to be a turning point in my life...This Marian devotion...has since remained a part of me."