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The path of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary (Marian consecration) was introduced by Saint Louis in the 18th Century.

Blessed John Paul II said of Marian consecration;

” … At one point I began to question any devotion to Mary, believing that, if it became too great, it might end up compromising the supremacy of the worship owed Christ. At that time, I was greatly helped by a book by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort entitled ‘Treatise of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.’ There I found the answers to my questions. Yes, Mary does bring us closer to Christ; she does lead us to him, provided that we live her mystery in Christ. . . . . thanks to Saint Louis, I began to discover the immense riches of Marian devotion from new perspectives.”

Blessed John Paul II’s papal motto Totus tuas reflects his personal devotion and consecration to Mary.

Consecration falls on a Marian feast therefore, preparation begins 33 days before hand, through a series of prayers by St Louis de Montford. Preparation for consecration can begin today, so that consecration falls on the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, the 11th February. You can follow it on Facebook.

Total consecration to Mary is something that should be undertaken after prayer and reflection, it is not a light hearted decision. To find out more information, or for alternative dates, visit Fisheaters 

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Brother Roger, 12 May 1915 - 16 August 2005

Five years ago today Brother Roger, the founder and prior of the Taizé Community, France, tragically died.     

Described by Pope Benedict XVI as a tireless witness to peace and reconciliation, Br Roger was devoted to reconciling the Christian churches. In the early days of the community, Br Roger hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II. From the 1950s, Taizé grew both in terms of brothers joining the community and visitors it received, particularly young adultswho would typically stay for a week to share in the community’s simple life and prayer. Today, thousands of young adults from across the world visit Taizé each week. 

Brother Roger wrote many books, including some together with Mother Teresa. He also had an audience with Pope John Paul II each year and, despite being Protestant, received Holy Communion from him. In 1988 Br Roger was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

At his funeral his successor, Br Alois, prayed for forgiveness for the woman who had taken Br Roger’s life; With Christ on the cross we say to you, Father, forgive her, she does not know what she did. Br Roger’s favourite chat was sung during the ceremony, Mon âme se repose en paix sur Dieu seul (In God alone, my soul rests in peace). Listen to it below.

 To commemorate his life and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Taizé community, excerpts of previously unseen video footage of Brother Roger are being released.

 Thank you, Brother Roger, for all you have given us. May you Rest In Peace.