Consecrate the New Year to Mary!

By beginning preparation for Marian consecration with Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory on Dec. 31, you can consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary on Feb. 2, the Feast of the Presentation.

But how does Mary help us in our relationship with Jesus? Why should we turn to her in order to better love Him?

Father Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, recently gave some answers during a two-night mission to a parish that was about to begin Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory.

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