Totus Tuus

This prayer was written by the Holy Father to 
Mary Immaculate

Totally yours,
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, 
Live in me, Act in me, 
Speak in me and through me, 
Think your thoughts in my mind, 
Love through my heart, 
Give me your dispositions and feelings, 
Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, 
Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, 
Possess my soul,
Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself,
Incline me to constant adoration, 
Pray in me and through me, 
Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. 

Totus Tuus, Chaplet to the Immaculate Conception

Based on the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception, composed by St John Berchmanns, SJ, 
and the Tutos Tuus prayer composed by His Holiness, John Paul II.

Method of Prayer
Begin with the sign of the cross
"In the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit - Amen"

For each of the three sets of beads:
On the large beads, say:
"Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother" and Our Father
then on each of the small beads, say (one phrase per bead, as below) followed by Hail Mary
and conclude with Glory be to the Father... 

Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
1.  Live in me, Act in me, 
2. Speak in me and through me, 
3.  Think your thoughts in my mind, 
4.  Love through my heart,
Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
5. Give me your dispositions and feelings,
6. Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, 
7. Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, 
8. Possess my soul,
Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother
9. Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself,
10. Incline me to constant adoration, 
11. Pray in me and through me, 
12. Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.


Statements of the Magisterium concerning Montfort Spirituality from CIN

Pope John Paul II has consistently praised the theology and spirituality of Saint Louis de Montfort. The Holy Father's recent book, "Gift and Mystery" has the following quote about Saint Louis de Montfort: " ... At one point I began to question any devotion to Mary, believing that, if it became too great, it might end up compromising the supremacy of the worship owed Christ. At that time, I was greatly helped by a book by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort entitled 'Treatise of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.' 

There I found the answers to my questions. Yes, Mary does bring us closer to Christ; she does lead us to him, provided that we live her mystery in Christ. This treatise by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort can be a bit disconcerting, given its rather florid and baroque style, but the essential theological truths which it contains are undeniable. The author was an outstanding theologian. His Mariological thought is rooted in the mystery of the Trinity and in the truth of the Incarnation of the Word of God. 

I then came to understand why the Church says the Angelus three times a day ... Such powerful words! They express the deepest reality of the greatest event ever to take place in human history. This is the origin of the motto 'Totus Tuus': The phrase comes from Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. it is an abbreviation of a more complete form of entrustment to the Mother of God which runs like this: 

'Totus Tuus ego sum et omnia mea Tua sunt. 
Accipio Te in mea omnia. Praebe mighi cor Tuum, Maria.' 

And so, thanks to Saint Louis, I began to discover the immense riches of Marian devotion from new perspectives." (pp.28-30)


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