“Do not lose heart, I will never forsake you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” (Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917)
Still recuperating, but slowly, I awoke this morning to see the sky that achingly beautiful blue that fills my soul with longing for heaven. Rosary in hand I thought of St. Teresa’s Hail Mary. She appeared to a devoted sister of Carmel to tell her she would return to say just one Hail Mary, so effective is that prayer. And so throughout the day, I pray “St. Teresa’s Hail Mary” for her.
In case you wonder where I’m going with this meandering, think a moment–St. Teresa of Avila, a great doctor of the Church, came back to say, … what? To explain her mystical insight in the Mansions? No. She returned to urge her sisters to pray the simple, loving Hail Mary. Dear readers, Our Lady’s promise to us is simply this: Her Immaculate Heart, that is, her most pure and perfect will, to strengthen us and lead us through this maelstrom of the Chastisement of the Church today.
We have a pope who appears to be an apostate, and who assures faithful that contraception is allowed in some instances, who misleads the faithful about marriage and the sacraments, who never misses the opportunity to attack the faith (link) of those who still listen to him. Then the devil rejoices! This is the Passion of the Bride of Christ; do not fail Our Lord now!
We are running out of time, and unless we are sheltered in a cloister, we must struggle in this cesspool of a world with all its dreary temptations. The grace, and with it the graciousness, of the Christian era has receded, leaving a most barren landscape, where lost souls wander. Look around you: how few believe in Christ or His Church, and even fewer know of Our Lady of Fatima. It is 99 years after her appearances, and how few Catholics are aware of the simple means God has provided for our salvation and that of those entrusted to us.
Briefly then, in summary: Set aside for the moment, sentiment. Satan deceives by sentiment. With it he is herding poor souls to hell in unprecedented numbers. The internet is filled with sites proclaiming a “salvation” that appeals to our need to feel good, to be comforted. I tell you, we have no right to be comforted when the very Bride of Christ, His beloved Church is hanging, stripped and tortured on the Cross. Those who offer us comfort in false mercy blaspheme the Cross.
We must perfect our wills! The essence of the love that must transform us is in the the fusion of our will with the Immaculata’s. It must burn brightly within us and through us in all that we do, all that we choose to avoid doing, our sacrifices. We consecrate our hearts to her Immaculate Heart, that is, our wills to her pure and perfect will. To be very clear: what is necessary is not that to renew your efforts to assimilate the complex spirituality of the great saints and doctors of the Church; no, only one thing is necessary: each moment, in the midst of whatever distractions beset us, we must form the desire to unite our will with our Mother’s. Then, when she has our attention, she will show us the way. This is the way of spiritual infancy, of childlike trust in our Mother.
It is this intention, this movement of the will that is the whole point here. God sees our intentions. They are so precious to Him. They mean more than heroic deeds accomplished without this love, for whatever comes from the pure heart of the Immaculata is most precious to Him. So give yourself, heart, mind, will to Our Lady and she will offer your imperfect deeds to her Son in loving reparation and in petition for the conversion of poor sinners.
We do not have time to master complex systems of devotion, but must avail ourselves of the simplest, most effective methods. Sister Lucia assured us the remedies being offered are the Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That devotion means practicing the total surrender of our will to hers at every moment throughout the day, offering all to her, according to her pure and perfect will.
Resolve now to be her child! Cast all else aside and give yourself without reserve to our most pure and perfect, most loving and merciful Mother!
Our Lord Jesus Christ knows how difficult these times are for us, and that is why Our Lady is here, offering us her Immaculate Heart, her perfect will to support our imperfect one. Oh, I want so badly to help you to see there is all of heaven for you in your next Hail Mary! Give her your heart, give it to her regardless of the feeling of desolation, even the repugnance that may beset you. These temptations of the devil are allowed by God to chasten and strengthen our wills. Again, sentiment has no place here. The devil works overtime these days to deceive us with sentiments, to make us believe that God is not pleased with our devotion to the Rosary, to Our Lady, because we don’t “feel good” about it, that is, we have aridity, distractions and struggle to concentrate. Yet it is by persisting in the face of these temptations that we merit great grace for ourselves and those entrusted to us!
When we feel this way, we must stand before her like the beast of burden we are, heavily laden with the sins for which we must make reparation. She sees your heart, for her Immaculate Heart suffers greatly, pierced by a sword in order to know our hearts. Her sorrowful heart bears your same sorrows, she endures for you, adoring God always in the Blessed Sacrament of His Love. Just acknowledge your situation and continue to offer to her this moment and all moments, always simply willing to be hers alone. She will do, indeed, cannot but do, the rest.
There is so much merit in this! Do not waste another moment attempting to master new devotions, or searching the web for new prophecies. She offers her Heart to you now – Give her yours. This Lent, let us simply focus on that one thing, a well said Hail Mary, moment by moment, hearts fused in union with Jesus, adoring Him. Let us be led by the Queen of the Holy Rosary, our Immaculate Mother.
So many questions! “How will I know what is His will, so that I may do it?” “If we are called to help save all others entrusted to us, how do we know who they are, and how do we accomplish this?” All I can offer is return to your question and see for yourselves – it is clear to those who will see – Over and over you have been told that His will is that we unite our wills to the will of His beloved mother. In His Gospel, He tells us to take up our cross and follow Him, He tells us sell all we have and come follow Him. He is telling us to cast aside all that we want and to want only Him, to allow nothing to come between His will and ours.
In this time of trial, He knows we cannot do this except with great help, and so He offers us, as He did from the Cross with His dying breath, His own dear Mother, in whose indomitable strength we shall find refuge. She who crushes the head of satan, will easily triumph over him in our petty affairs. You must know that when God gives us a remedy, He is not pleased if we spurn it. It is very unwise to spend your precious time looking for other remedies. At Tuy, Our Lady held out her Immaculate Heart, pierced with thorns to us. How sad that so few notice this, and even fewer actually avail themselves of this remedy!
In conclusion, let’s revisit Our Lady’s apparition of June 13, 1917 at Fatima to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. Sister Lucia wrote,
‘It seems to me that on that day, that reflection of light had as a principal goal to instill in us a knowledge and a special love towards the Immaculate Heart of Mary; in the same way as the other two times, it had that same goal, but with respect to God and to the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Since that day, we felt in our hearts a more ardent love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary’.
We must not lose heart now. Satan never has the Church and never will; he simply appears to have triumphed, but we know who wins this! And in her Immaculate Heart, we take refuge.
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, hasten the triumph of thy Immaculate Heart!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!
~ posted by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary