I am off on my last leg of my journey from California to Texas. I will be preaching in a parish in the Houston-Galveston Dallas Archdiocese for a few days in preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
St. Maximilian always exhorted those consecrated to the Immaculate to use the novena in preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception as a time to do an examination of conscience relative to the standard of holiness required of one who is thus consecrated.
In a particular way, those who consider themselves to be Her “knights” ought to consider the patrocinium or vow that they have made to Her. In days of old, during the golden age of chivalry, some priests and religious, most notably those among the Franciscans were inspired to take a vow of blood to defend Our Lady in Her prerogative of the Immaculate Conception whenever the opportunity arose, even at the risk of shedding their blood. I conceive the Marian Vow as it should be lived by the Knights of Lepanto as something along these lines.
While the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is now defined a dogma and know longer needs to be defended in the face of theological opposition among Catholics, the doctrine of Our Lady’s Mediation and Coredemption does.
Furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities to defend Our Lady’s honor in the face of minimalism and error. Every knight of Our Lady should consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to stand up for the Blessed Mother and a disgrace to fail to do so. Consider well what true Marian Chivalry is and what the vow truly means.
She owns my blood, my flesh and my bones. And what is more important, my soul. I offer my life, my past, my future and my eternity to she who offered the unofferable offering that was and is the only thing worth anything in this world, Her Son.
And as God gave me everything except my will, which is therefore the only thing I actually own, I give that to her also as a meager repayment for what she has given me. For when my will deviates from what is right I beg to have it ignored and desire only that anything which She wants to occur will happen, and that my will become Hers. All that is is not of Her and therefore for Christ I beg be destroyed!
To my Lady and my Queen I withhold nothing!