**the winner is Mrs. Perez from ourhomeeconomics.blogspot.com!!
Congratulations!! (and cute blog! :) )***
I’m thrilled to offer a very special giveaway this week. My dear college friend, Fr. Brian McMaster has recently published a book titled Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus Through Mary with Blessed John Paul II. And we’re giving away an autographed copy!
Now, any book written about Jesus and Mary by a priest will be special, right? Absolutely. But this book, for me, is even more special. Because of the author.
Fr. Brian and I have been friends since my freshman year at Texas A&M. We met in my RCIA class at St. Mary’s in College Station. He was an asistant teacher. I was the wide-eyed, smiley, new girl looking for friends. We hit it off, and he, being the gregarious, uber-friendly person that he is, introduced me to all his Catholic friends around St. Mary’s, and I was in heaven. Actually, I probably should give him credit for introducing me to my husband… since he was one of those guys in that crowd of Catholic friends. Hmmm…. I haven’t ever put all that together before just this very minute.
Fr. Brian is also from my hometown of San Antonio. So, when Christmas came around, and we were both home from college, he and his family kindly invited me to join them for midnight Mass – a tradition that held fast through the rest of my college years.
He and I also planned the Great New Years Bash each year, where dozens of college friends from all over the state would travel to San Antonio for a series of parties and outings around town to celebrate the New Year. We’d have friends camped out in both our houses, on couches, on the floor, in guest rooms. It was great fun! (and I recall one party where a really nice guy named Curt and his brother Anthony stayed after everyone had left to help me clean up the house. My mom came home and asked, “Who were those VERY nice boys?” Yet another husband connection!)
All through these years, Fr. Brian was pretty certain that he wanted to be a priest. He said he was discerning, but I think he was pretty sure, and the rest of us were all very sure! We used to pray the Rosary, talk about vocations, and about Mary being our guide in this life – pointing the way to Jesus. I remember him using those very words, the motto of JPII – “totus tuus”.
So, here we are today, almost 20 years later. Fr. Brian is now the Vocations Director for the great Diocese of Austin. But, while he’s not forming and guiding young souls in their discernment, he’s taken some time to write this book! I can’t wait for you to read it!
Here’s a note to us from Fr. Brian, “This book will walk you through 33 days of meditative prayer into the very Heart of Mary. It will draw you into a mother’s love, Mary’s love of Jesus, and deepen your own relationship with God as a Catholic mom striving for holiness.”
And the summary from the publisher:
“I am totally yours, and all that I have is yours.” – St. Louis de Montfort
Amidst the Nazi occupation of Poland and long days in forced labor at a quarry and chemical plant, young Karol Wojtyla – the man who would become Pope John Paul II – made a discovery that would change his life. He read the 18th century spiritual writings of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort and prayed St. Louis’ thirty-three days of preparation for total consecration to Jesus through Mary. He understood anew that the purpose of a true devotion to Mary is to be directed into a deeper relationship with Jesus and the Holy Trinity. The consecration so marked his life that he would adopt St. Louis’ phrase Totus Tuus (Latin for “Totally Yours”) as his motto as bishop and later as pope.Blessed John Paul II’s adoption of this radical commitment to Jesus through Mary ignited a new flame in the hearts of countless Catholics all over the world.This fresh look at Marian consecration takes the themes and structures of St. Louis de Montfort’s preparation for total consecration and incorporates the teachings and insight of Blessed John Paul II, including prayer, contemplation, and resolutions that will open your heart to the life of the Holy Trinity. Through these thirty-three days of spiritual exercises you will discover how you can grow closer to Jesus through the heart of Mary, while becoming the very best version of yourself in a life of consecration.
Here’s how you enter:
- Leave a comment below before 5 PM on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (just in time for Lent!)
- Be sure that you like my Facebook page, and subscribe to my blog feed via email.
- Winners will be announced later that evening. One entry per person, please.
- You must have a valid email address, which I promise not to use for anything other than this giveaway.