Ave Maria Meditations
Saint Pope John Paul II made the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary as a young man; it was a great step in his spiritual life. In his apostolic letter, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” the Pope noted that his personal motto “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours) was inspired by this consecration.
The saintly pope said that reading St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” marked a turning point in his life. He spoke about this in an October, 2000 address to the International Mariological Colloquium in Rome. Saint John Paul II noted that he had read and reread de Montfort’s book. “Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God,” he said, “who willed to begin and fulfill the great mysteries of the history of salvation with the responsible and faithful collaboration of the humble handmaid of Nazareth.”