Nationally recognized author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, shared his personal testimony on the power of Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy at Christendom College on Thursday, February 19. Over one hundred members of the Christendom community gathered to listen to his moving lecture on why he attributes his spiritual conversion and call to the priesthood to these two devotions.
“Now is the time of mercy,” he explained to his audience. “God is giving us this time of mercy. All of salvation history is one long story of trust that can be traced back to Genesis. God has loved us from the beginning of time — the more weak and broken we are, the more He loves us and wants us to learn to love Him.”
Starting with these words, Fr. Gaitley related his personal story, from his spiritual conversion in Southern California as a junior in high school, to his call to the priesthood as a student in college.
“I felt a message from God in my senior year of college,” he said. “God asked me, ‘Will you quench My thirst for souls?’”
Fr. Gaitley spoke about the power of the Marian Consecration, saying that when he first consecrated himself as a student in college, it empowered him and led him subsequently to God’s Divine Mercy. Fr. Gaitley then encouraged students to do the Marian Consecration for Lent this year.
“Let Our Lady take you through Lent step by step,” he said. “She is your mother, waiting to lead you to the rays of Divine Mercy.”
Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Gaitley received his Masters in theology from St. John’s Seminary in Boston and his Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of many best-selling books, including Consoling the Heart of Jesus, 33 Days to Morning Glory, The One Thing Is Three, You Did It To Me, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, Divine Mercy Image Explained, and Divine Mercy Explained. A frequent guest on EWTN, Fr. Gaitley is currently the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefit society with more than one million members.