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Devotion to Mary can help Catholics live up to their baptismal promises.
The head of a foundation encouraging Catholics to have a deeper devotion to Mary said that having a relationship with the mother of God "is a calling for us to renew and keep our baptismal promises and to answer God's call to imitate Christ."
Anthony Mullen, executive director for the Children of the Father Foundation, has been working for more than a decade to enlighten Catholics about the spiritual aid of a devotion to Mary.
Now the foundation is promoting a new website (www.myconsecration.org) created to reintroduce a centuries-old spiritual guide by St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716) called Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. St. Louis' books, still widely read, have influenced a number of popes, including Pope John Paul II.
The title on one of the saint's prayers to Mary, Totus Tuus (Totally Yours), was Pope John Paul's episcopal motto, which expressed his dedication to Mary.
Mullen said he believes that reciting the rosary and having a love for Mary is an essential response to answer God's call to holiness.