Why Consecrate yourself?
For the simplest answer, we can turn to scripture.
In chapter 19 of St. John’s Gospel we read:
“When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.“
Jesus, during His final agony, desiring with ardent love our salvation and eternal happiness with Him, gives His mother John and John His mother. Mary’s faith in Jesus, hope in Jesus’ word, and Charity coming from Jesus’ heart and commandment only strengthened John’s own relationship with Jesus during their years together after Pentecost. And now, from heaven, Mary does the same for us. The Catholic Church, following in the footsteps of St. Augustine, St. Bernard, St. Thomas Aquinas, and many of the Fathers of the Church, has always taught that this passage should be interpreted as implying that Christ gave His mother not only to John, but also to each one of us. She is truly our mother, now, just as she was mother of Jesus and John. Indeed, as it is written in Revelation 12:17:
“And the dragon was angered at the woman, and went away to wage war with the rest of her offspring, who [are those who] keep the commandments of God and hold fast the testimony of Jesus.”
No one loved Jesus and lived for Him as intensely or perfectly as the Virgin Mary. Therefore, living in a close relationship with Mary – may we even say dependency on Mary? — never distracts us from Jesus. She is completely for Him and brings those devoted to her closer to Him. If you have ever known someone who is completely dedicated to her family or her husband, you know that knowing her and spending time with her only helps you to also come to appreciate her family. Loving someone in love with another helps us to fall in love with the one they love as well. And so it is with Mary and Jesus.
How can we, like the beloved disciple, take Mary into our own? We can choose Mary personally, and by doing so choose to live for Jesus as she did. By this act of consecration we express our desire and commitment to strive to live for God in and through Jesus Christ as the Virgin Mary did. Mary alone in her Immaculate Heart gave God a perfect yes (her fiat) at the Annunciation. Our desire to give God the perfect and faithful response His love and mercy deserve, even though we fail so often, can be accomplished in giving ourselves to Him as Mary did
Fr. Nathan Cromly answers the question, “Why consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary?”