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33 Days to Morning Glory – Book Club

April 11, 2013 by  
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33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC

A few weeks ago, I asked for recommendations on upcoming books. If you recall, I suggested we read a book in honor of our Blessed Mother in the month of May. Several of you highly recommended 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley. So be it! Having read and enjoyed his book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, I was excited to hear about this book on devotion to The Blessed Mother. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

As 33 Days to Morning Glory culminates in a consecration, we are advised to begin our reading on specific days so that we end on a Marian feast day. This fits in perfectly with our current schedule. We’ll conclude Navigating the Interior Life on April 15, and will begin the introduction to 33 Days on April 22. This will allow us to make our consecration on May 31, The Feast of the Visitation.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with 33 Days to Morning Glory, the following was taken from the back of the book:

“Behold, your mother.” From the cross, our suffering Savior tenderly places each of us personally into the hands of His mother. Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, reminds us that the heart and hands that nurtured the Christ are the same heart and hands that nurture us, forming us into “other Christs.”  

This do-it-yourself retreat touches on the inspiring life of St. Louis de Montfort and the personal journeys of outstanding modern-day Christian models like St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and the Blessed John Paul II. It integrates the basic truths of our faith, such as our baptismal consecration to God and the Trinitarian aspects of our Christian way of life. All in all, 33 Days to Morning Glory is a moving and transformative journey into the loving and maternal heart of Our Blessed Mother. After reading this book, one can appreciate and understand more fully one’s own unique and unrepeatable relationship with her. – Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ (Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

This simple book reminds us of Mary’s desire to bring all of us into the merciful Heart of Jesus. In these pages, I met the gentle Mother I have loved for so long, and I hope that you get the chance to meet her and come to rely on her as I do. I fully recommend to you – one of the best books on Mary! – Immaculée Ilibagiza (Author, Left to Tell and Our Lady of Kibeho)

Accessible, vivid, even edgy – Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days brings Marian devotion into the modern lives of everyone with enriching freshness. Filled with insights and generously complemented by the saintly writings of Blessed John Paul II and others, this retreat guides the reader on one of the surest ways to “open wide doors to Christ”: entrusting oneself to Christ’s mother, the first who opened her life and heart to Jesus. – Carl Anderson (Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus)

Please join us on our next adventure, beginning April 22, as we pledge all that we have and all that we are, to Jesus through Mary, our most holy Mother.

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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  • Robert Kraus

    Oh great, I bought this a few months ago and enjoyed it immensely. I will definitely like going through it again with the club at a more sedate pace! 🙂

  • Sharon Brandt

    I’m so thrilled. Not only did I already get the book and plan to do the retreat but I planned to start and end it on those exact days. Thank you!

  • Louise Karas

    I am very excited to hear that this will be our next book. A team of us will be going to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge next week to work on plans with Fr. Gaitley to bring this Marian Consecration to parishes across the USA.

    • LisaB101

      Louise Karas, I would love to hear the results of your meeting. Keeping all in prayer.

      • Louise Karas

        Thanks for the prayers! The 13 of us who are now commisioned as Marian Specialists-Servant Leaders had a wonderful time visiting the Shrine, Eden Hill Property, and the Marian Helper Center. It was such an awesome expereince to prayer the Chaplet, have Mass at the Shrine, and pray the Stations together. We were blessed to have retreat with Fr. Michael Gaitley and his staff as we learned about Marian Consecration, and Divine Mercy.
        The Marians have allowed us to sell this book at an incredibly low price (to parishes only) as a service to the Church. We will be offering the Hearts Afire programs and books to help with the cost of the upcoming large class of seminarians. It will be exciting to see large numbers of peole consecrating themselves to our Blessed Mother’s care.

  • Deacon Dan Flores Biding, Esq.

    I am Deacon Dan Flores Biding, Esq. community advocate*York South-Weston, also, Deacon Dan is a recipient Gov’t of ON Senior Achievement Award’04,Queen’s Park, On Canada, also, I am the Charter/founder Knights of Columbus, Maharlika Co.7488’80, also I am a missionary of (the) Blessed Sacrament, Most precious Blood of JESUS, AMEN J. M. J. I shall support you books, and watch the 22nd of Arpil my email address Dbiding33@yahoo.ca my tel#416-767-7773. I’ll be sending my modest donation shortly.
    Thanks.
    God Bless you and always.
    Deacon Dan

    • LizEst

      Welcome Deacon Dan. Glad you are with us! God bless you.

  • LizEst

    Ha! I was just at a book shop yesterday, looking at this book. Almost bought it then, but thought it better to wait to see which book would be the next book club selection. So, I will go back! At least I know where I can get it quickly!

  • Tienne McKenzie

    How exciting! I just began my consecration last night and look forward to the journey!

  • Marg

    Vicki I’m excited about entering into this journey ! I look forward to developing a closer relationship with My Blessed Mother! good Choice! God Bless you Vicki have a great day!

  • MGW

    I have this book and did the consecration in the Fall. I am looking forward doing it again with you all! It is an amazing book. A modern Louis De Montfort consecration. Powerful! I am delighted!

  • BeckitaMaria

    Beautiful! I renewed my de Monfort consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last December 8th utilizing the richness of this powerful resource. I’ll be happy to renew again, mining further treasures of the inspired work of Fr. Michael Gaitley. God’s Easter Peace and Joy to All!

  • Jeanette

    Yippee! I’m happy to be reading this book again – 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. You can get a copy at the Marians of Immaculate Conception based out of National Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge…. http://www.divinemercygiftshop.org God bless you!

    • LizEst

      Yes, for those who go to this site, you have to put the title of the book in the “search” feature. I noticed, while there, that Father Gaitley has a new book out, too: “The One Thing is Three”.

      • Jeanette

        I have read, “The One Thing is Three” and wholeheartedly recommend this book…Fr. Gaitley is genius at making the Trinity understandable to everyone. As it says on the back cover by Dr. Peter Kreeft……It’s simple enough for beginners and profound enough for professionals. Vicki, I would recommend this one for the Book Club to potentially explore!

        • LizEst

          Thanks for recommending Father Gaitley’s new book. It’s good to hear this from someone who has read it…and, Dr. Kreeft’s endorsement also speaks highly of it. God bless you, Jeanette.

  • Oh, my…..this I will miss…..so sad…….I do not know whether our Catholic Bookshop has this Book. In any case, I have been compulsorily put under quarantine to knit for my forthcoming grand-daughter who is due in May……so I will be on and off until I am released.

    Hey Becky and Liz, come to my aid……..please suggest a fitting Saint’s name for this my fifth grandchild. My older two grand-daughters have already come up with a fancy name which has floored me!!!!!!!!!! they want her to be baptized Robin because her brother is named Wren…….now, for Wren, I was blessed to persuade the parents to add a fitting name of St. James the Greater – the cousin of our Lord in honour of my late son, James. Now here I am stuck. So please come to my aid. These second “bird” needs an appropriate Catholic Saint’s Name who shall become her role model in her life.

    • Congratulations! Sorry am not Becky or Liz, but since it’s the month of May, what about Mary Robin? I think I read that name a children’s book somewhere…

      • LizEst

        Ha! Don’t be sorry you’re not me, Mary…be grateful! ;o)

    • LizEst

      Well, we have a Robin Jeanne who comments on this blog regularly. So, that might be a possibility. (Joan of Arc, Jeanne Francis de Chantal [Francis de Sales was her director] and, of course, many St. Johns…to name a few)

      And, actually, Robin is a related name to Roberta (the feminine of Robert, of which there are many St. Roberts) as found here: http://www.catholicity.com/names/girls/r/

      …also, the name in reverse order is “Nibor”. Rearranging of the letters will give ‘Nrobi’…and that’s very close to Nairobi!!!!! So, something for the homeland, too!

      Whatever you propose and whatever they choose, will you please let us know? Thanks, Mary…and congratulations as well.

      • Wow, I knew Liz you would wave the magic wad!!!!!! Thanks for the link. You know what? my Father chose the name Robina for my uncle’s daughter on my mother’s side. And the old man knew plenty about Catholic Saints. Yea, and there are mob Roberts Saints…..so my imps of granddaughters were not just being mischevious when they chose yet another “bird” for my daughter baby!!!!

        You are hilarious……Nrobi a.ka Nairobi???!!!! ingenious is what you are Liz…….I love you

        Oh I will sure let you know when she is born mid May and the name I will finally persuade them to be added to Robin for the Angel from Heaven.

        @MarytheDefender, I am sure they would not give her my name, though I would love that. But the mother-in-law she will be named after as per our tradition would feel left out!!!!!!

        • LizEst

          …the glory to the Lord, who reminded you of the “Robina” in your family tree and inspired me to do a little searching on the internet.
          God bless you, Mary.

  • I also loved “Consoling the Heart of Jesus!” Bought this book on Amazon but I don’t know if I’ll get it in time. Anyway, hope to do the Consecration on September 8… If I can’t make it in time, will read it then. 🙂

    • LizEst

      Ah yes, I’ve heard that one is good, too. It’s by the same author!
      Welcome back, Mary. You’ve been missed here.

  • Kay

    I am very pleased with the choice, I had purchased several months ago. I so love our Blessed Mother.

  • LisaB101

    So excited for this book! Please God, may it be your desire that I am able to participate.

  • I’m excited also, but when I first read the news of the next book, I was deflated because it means the purchase of yet another book. I have very little discretionary spending money, and it seemed that I was not going to be able to belong to the book club, which is going to stretch my meager finances, but lo and behold this weekend, our good pastor offered the book to all parishioners for the price of $5!!

    I’m so ready to form a deeper bond with the Mother of my Lord. I expect to draw ever closer to Jesus through a strong bond with Mary, as so many of you have done. I have my book on the nightstand, ready for when we begin.

    • LizEst

      What a wonderful blessing, Maryellen, that your good pastor offered the book to all parishioners for the $5 price. I would take this as a consolation and a sign that you are on the right track.

  • Camila Malta

    Wonderful!

  • Catarino Villanueva

    How do I get this book???

  • Leah Velto

    Does this require registration?

  • green55

    Hello I am new to this site and was excited to be able to participate in this book club.

  • green55

    Thanks Liz for the info:)

  • Marg

    Vicki thank you for your post! We are so blessed with your messages, I’m feeling frustrated that I’m not able to get my hands on 33 Days To Morning glory as we don’t have a Catholic book store in where I live. I tried to get it online but they said it would take 3 weeks to get it here, do you know where I could possibly get it from.

    • Where do you live Marg?

      • Marg

        Dan I live in Red Deer, Alberta. Good news I talked to my priest this afternoon and asked him if he had the book and he was able to get hold of the book for me in Edmonton at the Universal Catholic store, so I will have the book tomorrow evening! “ask and you shall receive”! I’m thrilled. Thank you Dan for your reply back to me,God bless you! looking forward to the book study and my getting to partake in this special study. I so desire to get to now my Mother Mary ! I’ve been neglectful in my reaching out to Mary and feel the desire to grow closer to Mary.

      • Marg

        I live in Red Deer Alberta. Dan I did sent on a reply regarding the book, I was able to get one or I am getting it tomorrow evening so all is good! my priest is going to a bigger center and is going to pick it up for me while he is there. one of my blessing I am thankful for today! saves me traveling to Edmonton to get it.

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