The Raphael Remedy

It’s Time to Enlist!

by | Jul 15, 2020 | Counseling

Last month I talked about how things aren’t usually healed until they’re revealed…our personal sins as well as those of society.

The thing that God is making clearer and clearer to me is this: We’re beyond any kind of human intervention. Only His Mercy can save us. But how?

Mercy and Mary

Let’s face it, the monstrous sins of society deserve punishment. When we think about what’s become acceptable in the last 40 years, we should blush with shame. We have no defense.

But Jesus revealed Himself last century to St. Faustina as Mercy Itself. The messages to St. Faustina are the saving messages of our time. There’s a reason she was the first saint canonized at the dawn of this Millennium.

We cannot redeem ourselves.

We are completely dependent on His Mercy.

And that’s good news. Thinking we can do it ourselves is not only an exercise in futility, but a burden we could never bear. This gospel is a hopeful one:

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

One of my favorite priests, Fr. Rob Ketcham ( did a beautiful homily on this: We need to stop trying to do things ourselves. That’s why we’re weary. It’s an insurmountable burden. Jesus’ yoke is easy because it’s perfectly in line with the will of the Father. We need to rest there…and we need to trust. Things will play out in the world. We have a role to play but we need to be smart about what that role actually is.

Why Mary?

No human being did the will of the Father more perfectly than Mary. All the way back in the Garden, after the fall of man, God promised that she, and her offspring would triumph over the infernal enemy of our souls.

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers.”

And the battle began.

Being a true child of Mary means that you need to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. By that act of your will you become warriors in her army that will win against the offspring of the serpent.

So as you see the world rocked by chaos, now is the time to make a solemn consecration of yourself to Mary. Join her army.

Since Mary’s will was perfectly united with God’s, by uniting yourself with Our Lady you move closer to uniting your own will with the Divine Will. Sure, you may struggle to get your emotions in line at times, but by your free will consecration, you offer all of your joys, works and sufferings to Our Lady to use as she sees fit, thereby detaching yourself from your own disordered desires. And Mary will never be outdone in generosity for you and your needs and intentions.

Why is consecration important?

We are living in an unprecedented time. A scary time for sure, but this is the time leading up to the fulfillment of the promise of the Lord’s prayer…that God’s kingdom will come and God’s will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.

Ponder that. Take time to imagine true peace and brotherhood.

This darkness we see exploding around us is the darkness before the dawn. You can mitigate the suffering you see by living in the Divine Will right now. Why would you want to wait?

Start July 20th and make your consecration on August 22nd—the feast of the Queenship of Mary. How fitting it is to be consecrated to the service of the Queen of Heaven and Earth on this day! As the world spins out of control around us, we, as Mary’s silent army take back our ground. As the devil thinks he’s winning, we help Our Lady to snatch the victory out of his hands.

Check out the two books below to get started. And invite your family and friends to join you!

Don’t allow the chaos around you to take your peace. Hold fast to your faith and focus forward! In the end Her Immaculate Heart WILL triumph.

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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