Thomas A. Droleskey
"Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world but she made me understand this for three reasons. The first reason is because she told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.
The second reason is because she said to my cousins as well as to myself that God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others.
The third reason is because in the plans of Divine Providence, God always before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever then, as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with a certain trepidation the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother. It is with a certain trepidation because if you despise and repulse this ultimate means we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Spirit. This sin consists of openly rejecting with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which He offers. Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates, by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother." -Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima's interview with Father Augustin Fuentes, December 26, 1957 (THE STORY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA By Brother Ernest, C.S.C.)
The last eight centuries centuries have witnessed an incredible outpouring of Heavenly graces upon mankind through the loving hands of the Mediatrix of All Graces, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave Holy Rosary to Saint Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers, in 1214, and who gave the Brown Scapular to Saint Simon Stock just
thirty-seven years later, on July 16, 1251. It was two hundred nine years later that Our Lady told Father Alan de la Roche in 1460 to spread devotion to her Most Holy Rosary anew, its practice have been all but erased from the minds of Catholics. Just seventy-one year after that, on December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to a fifty-five year-old widower, the Venerable Juan Diego, as he was walking to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, explaining to him that she wanted him to tell Bishop Juan de Zumarraga that she wanted a shrine built her in honor in Mexico City:
For I am your merciful Mother, to you and to all mankind who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. Therefore, go to the dwelling of the Bishop in Mexico City and say that the Virgin Mary sent you to make known to him her great desire.
After two fruitless meetings with Bishop Zumarraga, Juan Diego returned on December 12, 1531, with the "sign" that the bishop had requested, namely, the Castilian roses that could not grow in Mexico in the month of December. Bishop Zumarraga received another sign, one that he was not counting on receiving: the miraculous image of Our Lady on Juan Diego's tilma in exactly the manner that he, Juan Diego, had described her appearance. The bishop saw. He believed, kneeling in front of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, begging forgiveness for his earlier unbelief, spending time before Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Real Presence Blessed Sacrament in prayer after prostrating himself in front of Our Lady's miraculous image.
As is well know, over nine million indigenous peoples in the Americas converted to the true Faith as a result of the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Even with that, however, there were skeptics, especially as the years advanced and some of the clergy in Mexico deemed themselves to be more "sophisticated" than the peasants who believed in the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe as it had been handed down to them. Oh, I am not referring here to the dastardly efforts of Abbot
Guillermo Schulenburg, the director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for over three decades, in 1996 to debunk belief in the existence of Juan Diego, mind you, and in the miraculous nature of the image left by Our Lady herself on Juan Diego's tilma. Oh, no. I am referring to efforts made by clerics in the Seventeenth Century, just a little over one hundred years after Our Lady's apparitions, to debunk belief in the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, paralleling efforts in our own day to attempt to discredit or to debunk the messages of Our Lady in La Salette, France, in 1846, and near Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.
Regardless as to the level of acceptance of her apparitions, Our Lady kept manifesting herself to sinful, ungrateful men, especially to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Quito, Ecuador, just twenty-three years after her apparition to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hell, Mexico, doing so with great frequency in the Nineteenth and early-Twentieth Centuries.
Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure on July 18, 1830, in the chapel of the Sisters of Charity on the Rue de Bac in Paris, France. Demonstrating her motherly care and concern for the souls redeemed at the price of the shedding of every single drop of her Divine Son's Most Precious Blood at the moment she herself was pierced with the Fifth Sword of Sorrow that had been prophesied by the aged Simeon at the time of her Purification in the Temple forty days after the Nativity of her Divine Son, Our Lady told Saint Catherine:
“God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.
Our Lady returned on November 27, 1830, appearing in a truly marvelous manner, replete with these words arching over her head from side to side: "O Mary conceived sin without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee," presaging by twenty-four years the solemn proclamation of her own Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX and revealing herself to be the Mediatrix of All Graces.
In between her apparitions to Saint Catherine Laboure in Paris and her eighteen apparitions between February 11 and July 16, 1858, to Saint Bernadette Soubirous, in Lourdes, France, near the Pyrenees Mountains, Our Lady appeared to
Sister Justine Bisqueyburo, also a Sister of Charity, on September 8, 1840, in Paris, France, to give her the Green Scapular to help effect the conversion and salvation of those who had fallen away from the practice of the Faith or were entirely outside of the Catholic Church. There is in this apparition a presaging of Our Lady's explicit statement on July 13, 1917, in the Cova da Iria, Portugal, to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart. "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death" is the prayer we are to pray for each person to whom we give the Green Scapular.
Six years thereafter, on September 19, 1846, Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children, Maximim and Melanie, in La Salette, France, giving them a message that is scoffed at by man but is certainly a description of our own times of apostasy and betrayal:
A forerunner of the Antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Saviour of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a God.
The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be wide-spread). There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten Kings of the Antichrist, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world. Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world. People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin. But the children of the holy Church, the children of My faith, My true followers, they will grow in their love for God and in all the virtues most precious to Me. Blessed are the souls humbly guided by the Holy Spirit! I shall fight at their side until they reach a fullness of years.
Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption. Many convents are no longer houses of God, but the grazing-grounds of Asmodeas and his like. It will be during this time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will communicate with the old serpent, the master of impurity, his father will be B. At birth, he will spew out blasphemy; he will have teeth, in a word, he will be the devil incarnate. He will scream horribly, he will perform wonders, he will feed on nothing but impurity. He will have brothers who, although not devils incarnate like him, will be children of evil. At the age of twelve, they will draw attention upon themselves by the gallant victories they will have won; soon they will each lead armies, aided by the legions of hell.
The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities, etc...
Rome will lose faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.
The demons of the air, together with the Antichrist, will perform great wonders on earth and in the atmosphere, and men will become more and more perverted. God will take care of His faithful servants and men of good will. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and all peoples of all nations will get to know the truth.
I make an urgent appeal to the earth. I call on the true disciples of the living God who reigns in Heaven; I call on the true followers of Christ made man, the only true Saviour of men; I call on My children, the true faithful, those who have given themselves to Me so that I may lead them to My divine Son, those whom I carry in My arms, so to speak, those who have lived on My spirit. Finally, I call on the Apostles of the Last Days, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in scorn and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honor of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.
The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay. But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the Spirit of God. They will preach with the might of God, and men of good will will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great steps forward through the power of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the devilish lapses of the Antichrist. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? At the blood, the tears and prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be lead astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive.
Now is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the King of Kings of darkness, here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for all eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified."
At this juncture it wise to reiterate the simple Catholic truth that private revelations that have been approved by the authority of the Catholic Church are not necessary to believe to save one's soul. They are not part of the Deposit of Faith, which contains the entirety of Divine Revelation (Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition), which Revelation ended with the death of the last Apostle, Saint John the Beloved (Evangelist). Whatever solemn dogmatic proclamations have been made by the Church since the death of Saint John the Beloved are based upon what was contained in the Deposit of Faith and believed "always, everywhere and by everyone" but needed to elaborated and pronounced under the infallible guidance of the Holy Ghost.
An approved private revelation contains nothing contrary to Faith and morals, although it must be admitted in the practical realm of things that these revelations have provided us with various helps to achieve our salvation as members of the Catholic Church. The Holy Rosary, the Brown Scapular, the Miraculous Medal and the Green Scapular each is a means to help us--and our fellow sinners--get home to Heaven. As one who knows pretty much every sin that he has ever committed, I have this small bit of advice for my fellow sinners out there in cyberspace: only a fool would ignore these great helps given us by our Heavenly Mother to effect our salvation and thus to bring us home to her in the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity.
Meaning not for one moment to disparage Our Lady's apparitions in Pontmain and Pellevoisin, France, or in Knock, Ireland--yesterday, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, was the Feast of Our Lady of Knock--(or Beauraing and Banneaux, Belgium), the penultimate Marian apparition is, of course, that which took place in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal, between May 13, 1917, and October 13, 1917. Our Lady appeared to Jacinta frequently before her death on February 20, 1920. She appeared also to Sister Lucia dos Santos in the 1925 and 1929 in two different convents in Spain. It was during the apparition of Our Lady on July 13, 1917, that she explicitly stated her desire to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart, of which the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son was formed, to save poor sinners from Hell, a vision of which she had just given to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and to their cousin, Lucia do Santos, whose work on earth was to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart and the keeping of the Five First Saturdays.
Here is Lucia's description of what took place on July 13, 1917:
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.
Our Lady then instructed the children concerning the meaning of the terrifying vision of Hell that they had just seen:
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
Devotion to the Pure Heart of Mary was not unknown prior to Our Lady's Fatima apparitions. Saint John Eudes was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Holy Heart of Mary, establishing a congregation of Religious Sisters by the name of the Society of the Heart of the Mother Most Admirable. It was he who received permission for a Mass to be offered in honor of the Holy Heart of Mary in 1648. Saint Louis de Montfort preached total consecration to Jesus through Mary, a recognition of the unique union between the two sinless Hearts, one belonging to the God-Man and the other belonging to the fairest creature of our race, Mary Immaculate. Saint Louis de Montfort's Solemn Consecration to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom through the Blessed Virgin Mary speaks of this perfect communion of hearts and souls:
O ETERNAL and Incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true Man, only Son of the Eternal Father and of Mary ever virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity, and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine Incarnation.
I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave, in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee because Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.
Hail, then, O Immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by Angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.
I, (name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands 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 faithful 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.
Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of and in union with that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity, in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.
O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of Mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God, arid for that end receive me among those whom thou dost love and teach, whom thou dost lead, nourish and protect as thy children and thy slaves.
O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.
Our total offering of ourselves to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary means that we must spend ourselves entirely for souls without counting the cost, remembering that the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus suffered as one during His Passion and Death. We give, therefore, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was pierced with Seven Swords of Sorrow (the Prophecy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Losing of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the Meeting on the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus, the Pieta, the Burial of the Body of Jesus) as a result of our own sins and ingratitude and indifferences and lukewarmness having transcended time, all of our prayers, penances, sufferings, crosses, mortifications, humiliations, joys, and whatever merit we might earn so that she can be present them to the Blessed Trinity herself. To be a slave of Jesus through Mary means that we voluntarily renounce the ability to "direct" our own prayers, entrusting all to the Blessed Virgin Mary's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. It is a great act of total trust in Our Lady's all-powerful intercession to renounce oneself in order to give her all of our glories and each of our crosses.
A simple prayer of Saint Louis de Montfort to Our Lord Jesus Christ anticipated the wider spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that would take place almost exactly two hundred years after his death in 1716:
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere: that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers'? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With Saint John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to renew it. And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
O Holy Ghost, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance. O Holy Ghost, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.
Our Lady was sent to earth at Fatima to establish a more widespread devotion to her Immaculate Heart than had been practiced theretofore (although Saint Anthony Mary Claret was quite an apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Spain and Cuba before his death in 1870, establishing the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1849), to demonstrate her Divine Son's great desire to save the sinners for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Numerous prayers, two of which were taught to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia directly by Our Lady during her Fatima apparitions, are now prayed that invoke the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here are the two that were taught by the Mother of God herself:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins! Save us from the fires of Hell! Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need.
Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: "O Jesus, it is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
And although there is considerably controversy even in traditional circles across the ecclesiastical divide about what constitutes the proper form and the timing of consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (and whether it has been done properly or not, whether it is too late or that it must be done as Sister Lucia said before the conciliar Vatican muzzled her), Our Lady did mention this consecration in the July 13, 1917, and the errors of Russia are on full display in the current administration of Barack Hussein Obama. If the consecration of Russia by a pope with all of the world's bishops is necessary, as I believe, albeit noninfallibly, is the case, what greater triumph of the devil can there be than to place antipopes in the conciliar Vatican and false bishops in chancery offices to attempt to prevent or delay the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Regardless of one's interpretation of the proper form and timing of the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, each of us can and must plant seeds to usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in our daily lives. This is what Father Maximilian Kolbe did in his apostolate of the Militia of the Immaculata, desirous of establishing the City of Mary Immaculate, which is why he was hated by naturalists across the board (Zionists, Freemasons, national socialists, international socialists) and imprisoned in Auschwitz by the National Socialists (the Nazis). The day may be coming, sooner than we might like to think possible, when we will be rounded up and imprisoned for speaking as Catholics publicly, especially by calling sinners to conversion through a love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A traditional Catholic website summarized the constituent elements of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It would be most foolish of me to attempt to "improve" upon this cogent summary:
This means that all people must amend their lives, give up their easy lives of sin, ask pardon for their sins, receive the Sacrament of Penance, say some extra prayers for the conversion of sinners, and make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, so grievously offended by the sins of mankind.
1) offering up your daily tasks as a sacrifice in reparation to atone for our sins;
2) fulfilling our daily duties and responsibilities to the best of our abilities;
3) accepting the responsibilities of our state in life;
4) obeying the Ten Commandments of God.
3. Daily Recitation of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Rosary is like a sword or weapon the Holy Theotokos, Mother of God, can use to cut down heresy and the forces of evil. It is most powerful and many times it has saved the world from situations as bad as, if not worse than, the ones facing us today.
4. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
There are two parts to this consecration.
The first part consists in wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a sign of one's actual consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The second part consists in the recitation, on these same Five Consecutive First Saturdays, of an Act of Personal Consecration to the Heart of Mary.
For your convenience, We offer you the following Consecration:
Personal Consecration to the Sorrowful & Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, dwelling pure and holy, cover my soul with thy maternal protection so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus, it responds to His love and obeys His Divine Will. I wish, O my Mother, to keep unceasingly before me thy co-redemption in order to live intimately with thy Heart which is totally united to the Heart of thy Divine Son. Fasten me to this Heart by thy own virtues and sorrows. Protect me always. Amen.
5. Making the Five First Saturdays
This devotion consists in:
1. Receiving the Sacrament of Penance within 8 days before or after receiving the Holy Eucharist on Five Consecutive First Saturdays.
2. Receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist on these same Five Consecutive First Saturdays.
3. Saying 5 decades of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary on these same Five Consecutive First Saturdays.
4. Meditating for 15 minutes with Our Lady on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary on these same Five Consecutive First
A sermon of whatever length can take the place of this meditation on either one or all of these same Five Consecutive First Saturdays. (Our Lady of Fatima, Plus: Her Promise of Protection with Her Protective Shield. This is "Shrine of Saint Jude" website, which is not associated with Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford, Texas.)
Perhaps the only thing that should be added here is that we should have our own homes Enthroned to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What a wonderful day, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, instituted by Pope Pius XII on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition in the Cova da Iria, to have your home enthroned to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What a wonderful day for each of us to renew our own consecration to Jesus through Mary, using any of the formulae extant, including that of Saint Louis de Montfort or that of Father Maximilian Kolbe or the form composed by Pope Pius XII himself:
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home. Amen.
Each of us most likely had earthly mothers who loved us, at least on the natural (if not the supernatural) level, with their whole hearts. No matter how devoted an earthly mother is to her children, however, there is always the stain of imperfection, sometimes even of a possessiveness. No such imperfection is to be found in the love that exists between the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. No such imperfection is to be found in the love that these two hearts have for each one of us, which is why Our Lord Himself sent His Most Blessed Mother to us at Fatima so that we would make good, efficacious use of the "two last remedies" He has chosen to emphasize in these times of apostasy and betrayal: His Blessed Mother's Most Holy Rosary and devotion to her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We must permit the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to take possession of us, including all of our liberty, so that we can be theirs as we attempt to fulfill the duties of our states-in-life each day in this passing, mortal vale of tears as a preparation to be theirs for all eternity we we bask in the warmth of their pure love for us, something that only the purest of souls in this life can even attempt to comprehend.
Yes, a great reward awaits us for our fidelity to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, if we persist until our dying breaths in states of Sanctifying Grace. We must keep close to them, therefore, by the time we spend each day outside of Mass before Our Lord in His Real Presence (where we keep company with all of the angels and the saints, including Our Lady Immaculate, the Queen of All Angels and Saints), by our wearing the Brown Scapular and fulfilling the terms associated with it, by wearing the Miraculous Medal, by distributing the Green Scapular and Rosaries and instructional booklets about the Rosary to those God places in our paths on a daily basis--and, most importantly, by our assiduous, reverent and faithful recitation of the Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary each and every day in our lives.
Will we make use of these two last remedies, the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? The answer is up to you. We have a Blessed Mother who loves us, without whose perfect fiat to the will of the Heavenly Father at the Annunciation we would not have been saved. Isn't this a cause of offering great thanks to the Blessed Trinity and of obeying her Heavenly messages perfectly?
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.