I was recently talking to a Third Order Dominican. Third Orders are groups of lay people who belong to different orders: Franciscan, Carmelite, Dominican, etc. The Domonicans, of course, were founded by St. Dominic, who was given the Rosary by our Blessed Mother herself to fight heresy. So Marian devotion plays a very important part in the life of a Dominican, as it actually does for all the different orders. Having just done the Total Consecration to Mary, I asked this person if she had done the consecration. The Total Consecration to Mary comes from St. Louis Marie de Montfort (a Catholic priest who lived from 1673 to 1716, and who was one of the Church's greatest, if not the greatest, teacher of Marian devotion). St. Louis de Montfort defines Total Consecration to Mary as "surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary." My Dominican friend replied that she had never done this, and when I asked why, she said she didn't like the idea of being a slave to Mary. When I asked why that bothered her, she replied forthrightly and honestly: "I'm an American," implying in a rather humorous way, I think, that Americans are free and not enslaved to anyone or anything. But is it really possible for a human being, even an American, to be so free as not to be enslaved to anything?
As Bob Dylan once sang:
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody