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Book Title: 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Divine Mercy Consecration|
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The author of the book: Michael Gaitley
Edition: Marian Press
Date of issue: February 15th 2016
ISBN 13: 9781596143456
Format files: PDF
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33 Days to Merciful Love is the 5th book I’ve read by Father Michael Gaitley. Anyone familiar with his other best-seller, 33 Days to Morning Glory, understands the concept of consecrating (being made holy) oneself to Jesus, i.e., undertaking a period of spiritual prayer, reading, etc., for the purpose of taking a formal vow to deepen commitment to God.
In this latest book by Fr. Gaitley, the focus is on God’s Merciful Love, especially as it was taught by the saint of the ‘Little Way’, St. Therese of Lisieux, my patron saint. It is designed to be a sequel to 33 Days to Morning Glory.
Over the course of 33 days, the reader is guided through four phases or developments. First, there is the indispensability of faith and trust in God, the bedrock of everything else. During the second week, readers learn what the ‘Little Way’ really is, as opposed to some of the popular misconceptions inappropriately attributed to St. Thérèse. Week Three is an explanation and exploration of the saint’s Offering of Merciful Love. This was my favorite part of the whole book because it offered the most concrete suggestions for fine-tuning your relationship with the Lord. The fourth week looks into the darkness St. Thérèse faced at the end of her life. This reminded me of so many people, facing darkness, poverty, old age, illness, suffering, and loneliness. The last few days leading up to consecration were given to review.
I did this retreat on my own in order to make my consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday. Since I hadn’t ordered a certificate, I wrote out the words of the consecration from the book in my prayer journal in our Old Cathedral downtown just before the Hour of Mercy.
This is a beautiful devotion to help you grow closer to the Merciful Love of Our Crucified Savior. It can be done any time of year and is recommended during this Year of Mercy.
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Read information about the authorFather Michael Gaitley, MIC, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, he received a Masters Degree in Theology and a Licentiate Degree in Moral Theology.
After his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Michael succeeded Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, as the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefit society with more than 1,000,000 members. As director, he has launched a new pastoral initiative called Hearts Afire: Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization (HAPP).
He frequently appears on EWTN and preaches retreats throughout the country on topics such as Divine Mercy, Consoling spirituality, and Marian Consecration.
When he is not preaching missions and retreats, Fr. Michael lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.