One of the most important things in a good discernment is a relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary teaches us, by her obedient response to God’s will, to entrust our lives to our heavenly Father. In fact, if we look closely at the Gospel account of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), where the Mary, a mere girl, hears from the Archangel Gabriel the news that she is to be the Mother of God’s Incarnate Son, we see that Mary has already given her permission to God even before she knows what He will ask her. Her response of faith, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” reveals to us the key to discernment: to give God permission to do with our life what He wills. The more we strive to say “yes” to God, even before we know the question, the more we will know the peace of living in trusting abandonment to His will. Mary is the one who can teach us this better than anyone else.
To cultivate a relationship with Mary, praying the Rosary is a key tool.
In addition to the Rosary, consecration to Jesus through Mary is a powerful way to align our heart with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Besides the traditional consecration of St. Louis de Montfort, here are a couple of other recent adaptations: