Despising Mary

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?

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

“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:

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.

3 thoughts on “Despising Mary

  1. Nicolas Bellord says:

    Just a quibble. In the original Portugues ‘fires’ is in the singular ‘livrae-nos do fogo do inferno’ so it should be ‘free us from the fire of hell’ which is similar to ‘deliver us from evil’ in the Lord’s Prayer. Rather than praying that we should not go to hell it is more immediate in the sense of freeing us from the fire from hell which continually licks out at us in the form of temptation.

  2. barry says:

    To be absolutely truthful: while far too often I come across ignorance or disregard of Our Lady’s message at Fatima I can, in all truthfulness, say that I have never come across anyone ‘despising’ the ‘Fatima prayer’. In fact, may I ask what is the ‘Fatima prayer’. Our Lady asked us to go to Mass and Communion on the Five First Saturdays and stay with her for 15 minutes and also say the rosary. Is there some other prayer she requested?

    • I am only publishing the portion of your comment pertaining to this post.
      See my previous post, Fatima in Mary’s Words.

      The Fatima Decade Prayer was requested by the Blessed Virgin at Fatima on June 13, 1917: “Say the Rosary, inserting between the mysteries the following, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.’ “

      Your comment also neglected that the First Saturdays are for Reparation. Reparation, and obedience are two very important messages of Fatima. And become more important as the world – and the Church – sink ever deeper into ignorance and sin.

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