Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FATIMA - The most important message of our times...


but are we listening?
On the Feast of the Visitation, readers are reminded that this coming Saturday is the first Saturday of the month...

The message of Fatima has been given to us by the Mother of God Herself. In 1917 She spoke to three simple shepherd children and through them told us to stop offending God, because He is already too much offended by the sins of mankind. Perhaps we know the message well, but are we doing all we can to actually live it and spread it to others? Enormous perils face our troubled and sinful world of today. Our Blessed Mother brought to us a remedy and told us that if we listen to Her and do what She says, Russia will be converted and a period of peace granted to the world:  Here is a summary of what we should do in order to respond to Our Lady’s Motherly plea to Her children:


v  Offer up our daily duties as a sacrifice for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for our sins and those of others. Jesus said: “The penance that I request and require now is the sacrifice demanded of everybody by the accomplishment of his own duty and the observance of my Law.”


v  Say the Rosary every day – at least 5 decades  - whilst meditating upon the various mysteries, ending each mystery with the prayer: “Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”  The Rosary is the scourge of the evil one and a prayer which is so pleasing to God.


v  Wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of our personal consecration to Our Lady and make acts of reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.  Lucia said: “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable and Our Lady Herself said: One day with the Rosary and the Scapular I will save the world.


v  Attend Holy Mass even daily, if possible, and spend more time in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament. This will prove to be the most valuable time of our life.


v  Pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of poor sinners saying the prayer which Our Lady gave to the three little shepherds “Oh Jesus it is for love of You, for the conversion of poor sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lady said that many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray or make a sacrifice for them.


v  Practice the 5 First Saturdays of the month – see page 9 for explanation.


v  Consecrate ourselves and our families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lady told the children that: “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.    see consecration prayer on page  13.


Pope Pius XII said: “The time for doubting Fatima is past; it is now time for action.  In the Old Testament God repeatedly sent the Prophets to remind His people of their eternal destiny and to warn and even punish them when they strayed from the path of salvation.  Today He sends the Queen of Prophets Herself, entrusted with the same message: “Pray, do penance for your sins, amend your lives, or God will be compelled to let fall the arm of His justice.

Fatima is a loud warning bell for us all to amend our lives; a loving invitation for sincere contrition on our part.



The Holy Rosary – the scourge of the devil


This is a very great gift to us from Heaven.  It is like a sword which Our Lady uses to destroy heresy and the forces of evil, which are so rampant in our world today. It is the greatest Marian prayer and that which is most pleasing to God.  It is the compendium of the Gospel and after the Liturgy, the prayer which Holy Mother Church recommends most highly to Her children. This devotion was given by Our Lady to St. Dominic and once, when he was performing an exorcism, the demons themselves said: “Now that we are forced to speak, we must tell you this. Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because She (Mary) obtains for Her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy. It is the Holy Rosary that Our Lady constantly asks Her children to pray whenever She appears upon this earth and She has promised great graces and Her special protection to all those who will do this – see page 7.  Sr. Lucia (one of the little shepherds of Fatima) said that there is no problem, spiritual or material, which cannot be resolved by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. The family Rosary is very highly recommended, because the family that prays together stays together.  We realise how important this is in these days when family life is threatened with destruction on all sides. 


The 15 Promises of the Holy Rosary given by Our Lady


Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces.

I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

The Rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice; he shall not perish by an un-provided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.

Whoever shall have a true devotion to the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of their death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.

All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in all their necessities.

I have obtained from My Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for their intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

All who recite the Rosary are My sons and brothers of My only Son, Jesus Christ.

Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.




The Devotion of

the Five First Saturdays of the month


Perhaps the most important thing we need to grasp about the message of Fatima is the vital need to make reparation for the countless sacrileges and blasphemies committed against our Immaculate Mother, especially against Her Immaculate Conception and Her virginal purity. Once St. Maximlian Mary Kolbe was walking along the street and he heard a man blaspheming Our Lady.  In tears he exclaimed: “How can you blaspheme your own Mother?”   The best way of making reparation is to put into practice the devotion of the five first Saturdays of the month. Its importance is confirmed by Jesus Himself who said: “Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, together with consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”  But later on, He also complained to Lucia that many souls begin the 5 First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do, complete them so as to receive the graces that are promised thereby. He said: “ It would please Me more if they did five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of their Mother, than if they did 15 in a tepid and indifferent manner.”  Thus Jesus confirms how pleased He is when we strive to make reparation for the sins and blasphemies committed against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  We will never regret having done this and will rejoice very much the Heart of Jesus.



Our Lady’s Great Promise of

the Five First Saturdays

         

            On December 10th 1925, in Tuy, Spain, the most Holy Virgin appeared to Lucia, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child. The most holy Virgin rested Her hand on Lucia’s shoulder and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled with thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.  At the same time the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.” Then the most holy Virgin said: “Look my daughter at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console Me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep Me company for fifteen minutes, while meditating on the fifteen (now twenty including the Luminous mysteries) mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

NB The meditation may be upon one or more of the mysteries.



Why does Our Lady ask for five Saturdays?


            She asks specifically for five in order to make reparation for the following:

Blasphemies against Her Immaculate  Conception.

Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity.

Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept Her as Mother of all.

In reparation for those who seek to instil into the hearts of children indifference, scorn and even hatred for their Immaculate Mother.

In reparation for those who those who directly insult Her in Her holy images.



Consecration to the Immaculate

Heart of Mary


Our Lady wants people to consecrate themselves to Her Immaculate Heart, so that they can then become instruments of salvation in Her hands for the countless souls in danger of being lost for all eternity.  By doing this, they pay special homage to their heavenly Mother, placing themselves under Her protection, whilst striving to imitate Her virtues.  It would be good to renew the consecration often – daily and especially on the feast days of Our Lady.


Prayer of Consecration

 to Our Lady of Fatima


O Virgin of Fatima, Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart. To you we consecrate our hearts and souls, our families and all that we have. And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation: and we undertake to live as good Christians, faithful to God, the Church and the Holy Father. We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners. Furthermore we promise, o most holy Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to Your Immaculate Heart and through Your own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen. 




Is the Message of Fatima Relevant Today?


            The message of Fatima is more relevant today than when it was given to us by our Blessed Mother in 1917.  Above all it confirms and emphasises certain truths of our Faith which some people of our days are trying to eliminate:


The great importance of the Holy Eucharist (which many try to strip of all meaning) which is Jesus Christ Himself present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the consecrated host.

The existence of Angels and demons.

The reality of hell which was confirmed by Our Lady Herself.

The value of prayer (especially the Holy Rosary) and penance in our lives.


            It is true that Revelation ended with Christ and His Apostles, but that does not mean that God cannot speak any longer to His children and abandon them. Not at all; God speaks again in our times and He does so by means of our Immaculate Mother.




“In the end My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph!”


Today Fatima stands as a magnificent symbol of hope for our sinful world dominated by the spectre of mass apostasy from God. Our only hope for world peace is found in the Message of Fatima – the message from Heaven for OUR TIMES! Are we listening?


This article was written in order to offer a small act of reparation for the sins and blasphemies which are continuously committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our most beloved Mother.