From the very foundation of our Order with St. Dominic, Dominicans have cultivated a great love for our Blessed Mother and our Order is entrusted to her as Patronage. One way this devotion bears fruits is that most if not all of us consecrate ourselves to our Blessed Mother.
Here at Corpus Christi, we sometimes have the honor and privilege of witnessing the love for God and for Mary from our friars who have made their consecration to Jesus through Mary in our Chapel. Here is one such recent example.
Just as Jesus spent the forty days in the desert praying and fasting before undertaking his public mission, Fr. Emmanuel Taylor, O.P. spent his annual retreat at our monastery with our Lady before Lent began. Following in the footsteps of our Holy Father St. Dominic, Fr. Emmanuel was filled with praying with his Sister Preacheresses and preparing for his consecration.
On the last day of his retreat, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, while the world was celebrating ‘Fat Tuesday’ or ‘Mardi Gras,’ Father Emmanuel renewed his consecration in the presence of his sisters and entrusted himself completely to our most loving Mother. We were very grateful to witness his love for God and his zeal for souls.
…Mary I give you my heart. Please set it on fire for love of Jesus….I entrust myself to you completely…All that I am, all that I have, I offer to you for your holy guidance…
Thank you, dear Brother, for letting your sisters witness your most intimate conversation with the Virgin Mary, our Mother.
May our dear Brothers’ love for God, for our Mother, and for souls continue to grow with each passing day and may each of you continue to be a ‘Christian truly free and a Dominican truly joyful!’
Mary, Queen of Preachers, pray for us!