Always ask yourself: what is the best you can do in any given situation with the tools at your disposal to help serve the Kingdom of God? And pray to Heaven for help.
“Act as if everything depended on you, trust as if everything depended on God” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola
In these current times of crisis in the Church and the world, it is a ripe time for leaders to be formed who can take the information at their disposal and use it to lead their families, communities, and organizations, ultimately into the fold of the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts. We have been blessed with the information we understand of tradition and also the information we understand of the current demonic attacks on our media, nation, and the world at large. I believe, I read somewhere that Saint Louis de Monfort (and others) prophesied that the saints of our times would be great saints, possibly the greatest. One key to this leadership quality of the saints of these days would be devotion to Our Lady.
There have been many people throughout history who have tried to provide keys to leadership and “so-called power”, for example: Niccolò Machiavelli; however, his approach is based on demonic principles and does not come from God. Many souls in history who have lead and who currently lead in this day with the Machiavelli paradigm are doomed to ultimate failure. The only true leadership examples are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary the Queen of Heaven is leading the Angels and Saints against this demonic war on earth to bring as many souls as possible to the other side of this great storm that is unfolding before our very eyes. Our Lord and Our Lady instructed at Fatima how important it is to consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to help in this coming storm. I recommend the following prayer daily as given by Saint Louis de Montfort to aid in a daily renewal of that consecration:
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
St. Louis De Montfort’s Consecration
I, (Name), a faithless sinner – renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faihful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day, for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.
Making sure to be armed with the brown scapular and rosary are also powerful weapons at our disposal, which can provide Heavenly assistance moment by moment through our daily battles.
Another approach to leadership, I have found through the years is principled-centered leadership, which has it roots in biblical origins. Part of the approach is dividing time sensitive needs into urgent categories and non-urgent categories with value given to importance of these time sensitive needs. For example, a non-urgent matter of which is important may be something like your car maintenance schedule for your oil change. It may be due and it is important, but it is not immediately shouting at you to get done right away as opposed to something that is an urgent need, such as a sudden crisis of some kind. One of the talking points in the principled centered leadership paradigm is that many of us fall into the trap of being addicted to urgency and acting moment by moment to the pressing and the urgent matters, which sometimes can be matters of great importance and other times, they are matters of little merit, but they still appear urgent. One of the solutions to this addiction to urgency is to more effectively address the time sensitive items that are not urgent, but important. In the paradigm this is called Type 4 living, where you are taking care of things that are important, but not urgent. Like getting that car maintenance when you should, preparing for unexpected events before they happen, and even proactively calling on protection from your Guardian Angel before you undertake a specific task.
The only true way to be able to master this concept of the urgent versus the non-urgent is through the grace of God. The principled-centered leadership books neglect this important point. Through cooperating with graces given and asking for specific graces to be able prioritize what is most important at any given time, day or night, we can confidently utilize our time in a more productive way, serving Heaven and ultimately our Lord, thus preparing ourselves and others to lead in the direction most efficacious to the salvation of souls and in the end pleasing our Heavenly Father.
A great key to these graces is through devotion to Our lady. The Rosary, Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart (both our families and ourselves individually), in addition to frequent prayer throughout the day and of course the sacraments if available. Another great prayer I have come across is the following:
Dedication of oneself to Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, I am not worthy to be thy servant. But moved by thy marvelous compassion and my own desire to serve thee, here and now, in the presence of my guardian angel and the whole court of Heaven, I choose thee as my Lady, Advocate, and Mother. I firmly purpose to love and serve thee always, and to do all I can to inspire others to love and serve thee. O Mother of God and my own most compassionate Mother, I beseech thee, by the Blood which thy Son shed for me, to receive me into the number of thy servants as thy child and servant forever. Assist me in all my thoughts, words, and actions in every moment of my life, so that every step I take, every breath I draw, may be directed to the greater glory of my God. Through your powerful intercession, may I never again offend my beloved Jesus. Help me to love and glorify Him in this life. Help me to love thee also, dear and beloved Mother, and to go on loving thee forever in the happiness of Heaven. My Mother Mary, I commend my soul to thee now, and especially at the moment of death. Amen.
Leadership in these times is something we all can do and teach others to become leaders themselves and to work for the salvation of souls and bringing as many people to Our Lady and Our Lord as possible. Through prayer, sacrifices, and the Love of Our Lord and Our Lady, nothing is impossible. The great storm is coming and we can do our part to aid in the transition to the social reign of Christ each day via Divine providence by completing our daily work well with the assistance from our Heavenly Mother moment by moment.
“We should abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God, and believe that His providence disposes everything that He wishes or permits to happen to us for our greater good.” -St. Vincent de Paul
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God bless you all and I hope this article was useful.