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Baptism is the first and ultimate Consecration. It is, “To God” and done “By God” and we give our Fiat.
All other Consecrations flow from our Baptismal Consecration and return to it, especially our Consecration to the Immaculata.
In order to understand and live one’s Consecration to the Immaculata, one must first live and understand one’s Baptismal Consecration.
They are inseparable as are the Holy Spirit and the Immaculata.
In order to deepen one’s Consecration to the Immaculata, one should renew one’s Baptismal Promises often.
There is no easier way to renew one’s Baptismal Promises than through the Rosary.
The Baptismal Promises consist of the rejection of Satan followed by the Profession of Faith.
Therefore all one has to do to renew one’s Baptismal Promises through the Rosary is to first say ” I reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises” and then proceed to the Profession of Faith, the Apostles Creed.
Through the Rosary therefore one can renew one’s Baptismal Promises and one’s Consecration to the Immaculata at the same time.
COMMENTARY: Seven sobering impressions from the Supreme Court’s ruling to
redefine marriage in the United States.
BY GEORGE WEIGEL
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision today, these sober
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rendered a decision
that puts the court at odds with the Constitution, with reason and with
SCOTUS has gotten it wrong before. It got it wrong on race in Dred Scott,
and it repeated the mistake in Plessy v. Ferguson (which upheld segregated
public facilities). It got it wrong by concocting a constitutional
“right” to abortion on demand in Roe v. Wade and doubled down on that
mistake by getting it wrong on abortion again in Casey v. Planned
Parenthood. Now, SCOTUS has gotten it wrong on marriage. There are remedies
to SCOTUS getting it wrong; one of them is a careful re-examination, during
the 2016 campaign, of the theory of “judicial supremacy,” which holds
that the Constitution means whatever a majority of the court says it means.
The marriage battle was lost in the culture long before it was lost in the
courts. The foundations of our culture have eroded; now, the New Normal
insists that literally everything is plastic, malleable and subject to acts
of human will. The result is a moment of profound moral incoherence in which
understandings of human nature and human happiness that have stood the test
of experience for millennia are being discarded as mere rubbish — and
those who resist trashing the moral patrimony of humanity are dismissed as
irrational bigots, religious fanatics, or both. This New Normal is
willfulness on steroids, especially when that willfulness involves human
sexuality. Nothing, it seems, constitutes aberrant behavior — except the
public defense of traditional virtue.
The Catholic Church in the United States bears its share of responsibility
for this incoherence. It was clear 60 years ago that the old mainline
Protestant cultural hegemony was fading, that an alternative cultural
foundation for American democracy was necessary and that a new cadre of
citizen-leaders, capable of articulating the moral truths on which the
American democratic experiment rests, had to be raised up — and the prime
candidate for doing all that was the Catholic Church. It might have
happened. But too much of the Church’s clerical and lay leadership lost
its nerve after Humanae Vitae; the window of opportunity closed amidst the
maelstrom of the ’60s and the decadence of the ’70s; and the forces of
incoherence won the day.
The New Normal will not leave the Catholic Church alone. Like everyone else
who contests the New Normal’s ideology of Anything Goes, the Catholic
Church will be aggressively attacked for daring to oppose that ideology. So
the Church must learn, fast, how to play good defense, defending the right
of our people and our institutions to be themselves; it will do a service to
America in the process. (A good primer for thinking through these issues is
the recent pastoral letter by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, Being
Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge.)
The long-term answer to the New Normal — and to the dictatorship of
relativism the New Normal is trying to impose on the universities and
professions (without encountering much resistance), on traditional religious
communities (less successfully, so far) and on individuals (through
reprehensible but effective bullying and shaming) — is the re-conversion
of the United States to right reason, moral truth and a biblical way of
seeing the world. This is a multigenerational project; it will necessarily
be ecumenical and interreligious. From the Catholic point of view, the only
possible response to the New Normal is a robustly evangelical Catholicism:
one that displays true happiness in lives of solidarity with others; one
that links that happiness and solidarity to friendship with Jesus Christ and
the truths his Church teaches, inviting others to consider “a still more
excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12.31).
And that means a thorough catechesis of the Catholic people of the United
States, not least through preaching: preaching that forthrightly challenges
the too-often-typical Catholic shrug at the New Normal; preaching that calls
Catholics to deeper friendship with Christ, meaning deeper conversion to his
George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of the
Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.
Weigel’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register,
the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver.