To quote Matthew Kelly from his book The Rhythm of Life:
“Life is choices. Ninety-percent of our happiness and ninety-percent of our misery come from our own choices. Choices create habits, habits create character, and your character is your destiny. If you can learn to master the moment of decision, you will master life. The art of living hinges on that moment when we choose between the-best-version-of-ourselves and some second-rate-version-of-ourselves.
Our lives change when our habits change. The difference between the heroes, leaders, legends, champions, and saints, and the rest of the masses marching through history is not freak luck… and God doesn’t have any favorites. The difference is they just had better habits. Men and women of extraordinary achievement fill their days, weeks, and months with habits that help them become the-best-version-of-themselves!” Your Choices Matter-Matthew Kelly Video
One of our modern day heroes is certainly St. John Paul II. One “decisive turning point” in his life came after reading “True Devotion to Mary” by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. The pontiff’s personal motto “Totus Tuus” was inspired by St. Louis’ doctrine on total consecration to the Virgin Mary, which he quoted:
- “Our entire perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ. Hence the most perfect of all devotions is undoubtedly that which conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ.
- Now, since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, his Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ.
One beautiful and fruitful component of Marian Consecration is praying the Rosary. In addition to penning True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort wrote The Secret of the Rosary; several million are in print. In it St. Louis de Montfort explains in great detail how the Rosary, authentically understood, is a means of grace, a school of Christian life, and a most effective tool and weapon in apostolic work.
In other words, it has the power to help you become the best version of yourself! Choosing to pray the Rosary with the Divine Mercy Rosary DVD may be one of the best choices you will ever make. As you pray with the DVD, the imagery, biblical passages, catechism references and quotes from the saints will begin to deeply impact you and your way of thinking. You will develop the “mind of Christ” as you journey with Mary each and every day! This leads to a grace filled life, better choices, and a desire for God’s holy will. We are all “called to be saints” (Romans 1:7), perhaps not raised to the altar, but saints nonetheless. Take a moment to watch the 15 Promises of the Rosary. To dig deeper on each promise visit: Our Ladies Warriors.
“No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary.” -Bishop Hugh Doyle