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33 Days to Morning Glory

April 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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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