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Consecrated to Jesus through Mary: Padre Pio’s Spiritual Child too?

October 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, if an individual has been Totally consecrated to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the St. Louis de Montfort method, done privately, 33 day retreat, confession, Mass and Day of Consecration pledge/vow/prayer, can this individual through the Association of Padre Pio still become a spiritual child of Padre Pio? I am not familiar with the Association of Padre Pio but wondered if this is OK. Also, is it possible to still pray to the Saints being consecrated to Jesus through Mary?

PadrePioThe answer to both questions, if I understand them correctly, is yes. Both consecrations, the one associated with St. Louis de Montfort and the one associated with becoming a spiritual child of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, are devotional consecrations. In other words, they do not carry any canonical obligations that would make them exclusive. For example, a member of a religious order could make both of these consecrations, but he or she could not be a member of two different religious orders at the same time. This is because becoming a member of a religious order involves a commitment with canonical implications. And praying to the saints is a devotion that would certainly be encouraged by St. Louis de Montfort, by St. Pius of Pietrelcina, and also by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself! Praying to saints – asking for their intercession on our behalf or for others – builds up the Body of Christ by allowing us to exercise charity towards one another. The consecration to Jesus through Mary doesn’t take the place of our normal Catholic devotions and obligations. Rather, it links them all in a more intimate way to our healthy devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, in a sense, enhances them through their connection with her special role in Christ’s Kingdom.

I hope this sets your mind at rest. But if I failed to answer your question, please ask again.

God bless you! Fr. John

Art: Father Pio de Pietrelcina, Roberto Dughetti, 1966, CC, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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