Today is the first Saturday of March, 2016. We are therefore in the countdown to the end of the century of Fatima, although the world does not note this and even many Catholics, some calling themselves traditionals, despise devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. What does this mean to us?
“God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. … there will be no others. …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 Ghost. This sin consists of openly rejecting, with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which He offers.”
Recently it came to my attention that there are actually Catholics who consider themselves traditionalists, who despise the Fatima prayer that we pray at the end of each decade of the Rosary. Until I read of it, I was blissfully ignorant that there could exist someone who was so prissily concerned with all aspects of the liturgy, and yet who disdains the prayer that Our Lady asked us to add to her Rosary. The Rosary, which she also gave us centuries ago, and by which she has favored us with so many graces. Ah, but of course, those were “private revelations”, and of no consequence, just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is merely another “private revelation”.
It is easy for such people to dismiss Our Lady of Fatima and her message and prayers, for they are the arbiters of all things Catholic, at least in their own minds. Until I came across that site, I had not fully understood Sister Lucia’s warning. I thought all we needed to do was make Catholics aware of the true message of Fatima, and of course, Catholics would flock to Our Mother, eager to pray her Rosary with renewed devotion, happy to pray the Fatima Prayer which is such a beautiful prayer straight from Our Lady herself and filled with her maternal solicitude for her erring children.
Anyway, enough of this! Let’s renew our Consecrations today, and here is a fine old standby that I seem to have overlooked posting:
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose you this day for my Mother and Queen. I deliver and consecrate to you, and to your Immaculate Heart, as your loving child, my body and soul, my will and all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your good pleasure, for the triumph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of your Immaculate Heart now and forever.
I renew today in your heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever the evil one, his pomps and works; I renounce my own pride and willfulness 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. Amen.
And for good measure, let’s end with another of those inconsequential “private revelations” so easily dismissed by the arbiters of all things Catholic, the Akita Prayer:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate myself, body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from your Divine Son. Please protect me and defend me as your special child. Amen.
“Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Fuentes)
V: Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! R: Give me strength against thine enemies.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Mother of God.