Today, the first Sunday after Epiphany, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, which is the last time in the liturgical year in which we honor the hidden life of Jesus. It is also the best time for the Consecration of the Family to the Holy Family and the Enthronement of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts in our homes.
Thus, it is fitting that in the Gospel today, we read of the event which comprises the Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. In this, we commemorate the first words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
St. Luke then tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph “and was subject to them.” In this brief account, we have several important lessons: First, Jesus establishes His mission in His first recorded words, “I must be about My Father’s business.” And second, Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph. The Son of God first asserts the primacy of God, by stating that His mission is to serve the Father in all things, then Jesus affirms the importance of family, “He was subject to them.” On the firm bedrock of total obedience to God in all things, we can most perfectly live out our love of God within our families, whether they be our personal families or our religious communities. If love of God comes first, what follows cannot fail to serve Him.
As we open our minds and our hearts, lifting them to God in this, the Fifth Joyful Mystery, we consider Saint Joseph leading his Holy Family back home from the Temple. The blessed peace that surrounds them draws us in too, and we are nourished with the truths of this holy mystery. By His actions, Our Lord teaches us humility and obedience in His submission to His Father’s will and through that, because of that, His submission to Mary and Joseph. By our consecrations we submit to them too, and so we learn humility and obedience. We also learn poverty; now, in the first beatitude, Our Lord makes us a promise for this virtue: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”
The Fatima Connection
On the fifth visit, September 13, 1917, Our Lady told the children, “In October … Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to give peace to the world.” And in Sister Lucia’s accounts of the Sixth Visit, she related that this is precisely what occurred. You may ask, “Where then is this peace”? The answer, if you will hear it yet again, is, “Your peace is dependent upon your obedience!” As an infant receives the graces of baptism, we, the faithful have been given unimaginable graces in great profusion, awaiting only our cooperation. If we but seek them, turning to Jesus and Mary – and Joseph too!) and seeking them in humility and obedience, we shall see miracles as never before seen in this tired old world, making all things new, restoring the faith.
But we shall not see them without a full compliance with the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Do not be misled, even by well respected traditional Catholics, if they assure you that the chastisement is ending and that we can “prepare for the post-chastisement restoration”. The chastisement, far from “winding down” is instead, bearing down upon us. I remind readers again, as I did in a previous post, “Restating the obvious, again“ in a May, 1952 appearance to Sister Lucia, Our Lady said,
“Make it known to the Holy Father that I am always awaiting the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart. Without the consecration, Russia will not be able to convert, nor will the world have peace.”
Furthermore, William Thomas Walsh confirmed that in his 1956 interview with her, Sister Lucia stated most emphatically,
“What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the Bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.”
Walsh then asked, “Does this mean that every country, without exception, will be overcome by communism?”
“Yes”, was Sister Lucia’s precise answer.
Readers, I realize that this message contradicts what you read elsewhere. Popular bloggers are wont to assure their followers that “we may believe that the chastisement is easing.” But I will not mislead you with false optimism! The chastisement is far from over. Please do not consider the unworthiness of this writer, but instead seek guidance from Our Lady of the Rosary. Ask her to bring you, by way of the path of spiritual childhood, to a closer union with the Holy Family this year. With her Rosary, we too shall find the Child Jesus in the Temple, that is, in the Church which He founded. As St. Hildegard foretold, “The Figure of a Woman“, the foul beast and its corruption will be cast out in God’s due time. Meanwhile, our prayers and also our penances are essential, not only for our own salvation but for so many other souls who will be lost if we fail them.
As we return once again to Fatima, we hear the Angel (“We saw an angel with a flaming sword” ) as he instructs the children and us,
“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. … Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”
This is precisely what Our Lord taught us in His words and His actions in the Finding in the Temple. Whether we are in the Temple or in the family, we serve God first in all things, and must, in this year, make of all things a loving sacrifice to God for the conversion of sinners. Only a brief time is given to us to do this, after which comes a darkness in which it will be impossible to accomplish much else except to cling blindly to what faith we have acquired previously. Bear in mind the passage in St. John’s Gospel, where Jesus tells us,
“I must work the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9, 4,5).
You see all around you that Jesus is being driven out of this world, even from His Church and inevitably, with Him, the Light goes. This is the awful culmination of the age of apostasy. Indeed, the night comes! Yes, despite false optimism of others, I assure you the night comes, even as Jesus has foretold and has happened numerous times previously. In preparation, we learn from the Child Jesus and the Holy Family to set our priorities, to hold fast to our Blessed Mother and to St. Joseph.
Our Blessed Mother has given us what we need to save our souls and those souls entrusted to us. Look to your spiritual storehouse – all your family must be consecrated to Jesus through Mary, all must have their brown scapulars, miraculous medals, rosaries.
In all things, go to Joseph! Refer to previous posts (here), (here), and (here) for his importance, at Knock and even more so at Fatima. His assistance is immediate, and indicates how close he is to us, how strong and effective he is as our guardian and guide. The internet is such a terrible evil in our time, sucking the souls of so many right down to the cesspit of hell. And yet, as diamonds are found in the darkness of the earth, there are many spiritual treasures still to be found online. Please avail yourself of them so that you can keep true Catholic culture alive for your own little “Holy Family” for so should all our families be.
In the meantime, we need not be afraid, in fact, we should take heart. The great apostasy was foretold, as were its sequelae. Our Immaculate Mother made several appearances to provide us with what we need to sustain our souls and the souls of those entrusted to us, so that not one of her children will be lost, no matter how much the devil may deceive others.
As for those who will not receive the message of Fatima, assist them as best you can, pray and do penance for them, but do not allow them to separate you from the Holy Family, our shelter in the storm.
Today is the proper day for the Consecration of your families to the Holy Family. Ideally, your family should maintain a small, but visible shrine which enthrones the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Joseph, and you should have a priest perform enthronement.If a priest is unavailable, the parents should perform the task, rather than postponing until a priest can be found. Consecration of the entire family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joseph is a very urgent need right now. It must not be delayed.
The prayers that follow are simply for the Consecration to St. Joseph and the Holy Family and consecration of a child; there is much more information for you on our Family Consecration page.
CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH AND TO THE HOLY FAMILY
(Recommended at least as part of ongoing devotion to maintain Family Consecration. For private use only)
O Jesus, sweetest and most adorable Savior! True God and true man, I adore Thee profoundly in the most Holy Trinity during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most immaculate Mother, and in the arms of St Joseph, Thy virginal Father.
I give Thee thanks that Thou hast delivered me from the cruel slavery of the devil. On earth, Thou didst submit Thyself to Mary and Joseph in all things; grant that I may be Thy faithful slave through humble submission to them. My sweet Jesus, I have failed Thee many times, but now I beg Thee the grace to submit myself in all things to Thy foster father St. Joseph and to Thy most pure and merciful Mother.
Oh most tender and sweet Mother; I love thee with my whole soul and my whole strength. I leave in thy pure hands all that I possess and shall possess – my heart, my soul, my merits, my acts, thoughts and desires; even my defects and my sins. All is thine and always will be thine, my most dear Mother. Love thou Jesus on my behalf and intercede for me. Alas, dearest, sweetest Mother, I have failed thee often in the past, but now I beseech thee to direct my heart and my mind to consecrate myself this day to thy most chaste spouse St. Joseph, that I might love thee through him; console thee through him; repair the offenses against thine Immaculate Heart through him; so that once I am living in his arms he may offer on my behalf all that I have given to thee, and all that I have not been able to give thee.
Oh my dear Father St. Joseph! To thee do I turn, asking thee to take thy child, this poor sinner, under the protection of thy most chaste heart; I entrust to thee my Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy beloved Spouse and my consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, thy Son, my Savior. I am but a weak and foolish sinner, but I trust in thee, for I am thy child as well, dear Father.
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 myself and of all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greatest glory of God and the greatest joy of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in time and in eternity.
Receive, O Virgin Father, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of and in union with that subjection which our Lord and Savior deigned to have to Mary and to thee, in homage to the power which this thy Holy Family has over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee and thine Immaculate Spouse. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thine honor and to obey thee in all things.
O most loving Father, preserve me from all blight of error and corruption. Protect me from the powers of darkness. Shield me ever under thy patronage, that, imitating thine example and strengthened by thy help, I may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.
The priest then gives his blessing:
Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super vos et maneat semper. Amen.
May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, descend upon you and remain forever. Amen.
Then the members of the family and the priest sign the Certificate of the Enthronement.
Note: The ceremony of the Enthronement is only the beginning: the following practices of devotion will help you and your family to live the Enthronement. Thus, the true reign of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary begin in your family.
Consecration of a Child to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary * Queen of Heaven and Earth, * to your Immaculate heart, * the channel of all graces, * we consecrate this child, * whom we have received from God’s goodness.
We offer him to You * that you may present him to your Divine Son, * that you may take him under your loving maternal protection, * that you may preserve him from dangers, * that you may keep him from all sin, * that you may lead him to grow in piety * and in all virtue * so that he may always be worthy * to call himself your child.
May he grow daily in wisdom and grace, * may he go through life having you always as his refuge and Mother. * May all virtues shine in him * and may he never offend your maternal Heart.
May the Eternal Father always look upon him with delight * and see in him * a ray and reflection of your Immaculate Beauty. And as today he gladdens our home, * so may he one day gladden the Eternal Home * which we pray will be his. Amen.
Note: It is suggested that the Consecration of a Child be carefully prepared, keeping in mind the example of the Holy Family. St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother offered a sacrifice of two turtledoves; perhaps you would like to make a sacrifice: offering a Holy Mass and an alms as your sacrifice. The consecration of a child is a formal recognition that you are, by this act, begging the Immaculata to accept your child as her own property in the faith that Our Lady will enfold your child(ren) in her maternal protection through life and death.
Bear in mind as well your own grave obligation to raise your child with a strong and tender love for and trust in Our Lady, and devotion for her Holy Rosary. The daily family Rosary is essential to success, for your child will thereby learn day by day, as you demonstrate your own devotion. As you meet the invariable spiritual challenges together, the child gradually becomes comfortable with the concept of working through problems with Our Lady’s help, through her Holy Rosary.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† St. Joseph, protect us.
† Holy Family, bless our family.
† Thank You, Lord, for everything!
† Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
~ posted by evensong for love of the Immaculata.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!