When I was a new convert, I still had many questions about Mary's role in salvation history. After much reading and researching, I was still struggling. A friend introduced me to St. Louis de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I decided that rather than proving the Church's teachings, I would pray for understanding. I read True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and made the 33-day consecration. During that time, my heart opened to not just understand, but love and embrace our mother, Mary, and through her heart to love Jesus even more deeply. It was a truly powerful experience of conversion!