Friday, September 6, 2013

First Five Saturdays - Reminder-


First Five Saturdays - Reminder-


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.