Designs of Mercy – Jacinta

“Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them!”

Although Francisco, who was a contemplative soul, recognised that  his essential task was to console Our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament, Jacinta knew that  she must above all else, sacrifice to save souls from the eternal damnation she had seen so graphically depicted. In her memoirs, Lúcia tells us,

“Some of the things revealed in the Secret made a very strong impression on Jacinta. … How is it that Jacinta, small as she was, let herself be possessed by such a spirit of penance and mortification, and understood it so well? I think the reason is this: firstly, God willed to bestow on her a special grace, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and secondly, it was because she had looked upon hell, and had seen the ruin of souls who fall therein. … Jacinta  took this matter of making sacrifices for the conversion of sinners so much to heart, that she never let a single opportunity escape her.”

“We were playing one day at the well I have already mentioned. Close to it, there was a grape vine belonging to Jacinta’s mother. She cut a few clusters and brought them to us to eat. But Jacinta never forgot her sinners. ‘We won’t eat them,’ she said, ‘we’ll offer this sacrifice for sinners.’  Then she ran out with the grapes and gave them to the other children playing on the road. She returned radiant with joy, for she had found our poor children, and given them grapes. … Another time, my aunt called us to come and eat some figs which she had brought home, and indeed they would have given anybody an appetite. Jacinta sat down happily next to the basket, with the rest of us, and picked up the first fig. She was just about to eat it, when she suddenly remembered, and said:  ‘It’s true! Today we haven’t yet made a single sacrifice for sinners! We’ll have to make this one.’  She put the fig back in the basket, and made the offering; and we, too, left our figs in the basket for the conversion of sinners.

“I’m not going to dance any more!”

“Jacinta dearly loved dancing, and had a special aptitude for it. I remember how she was crying one day about one of her brothers who had gone to the war and was reported killed in action. To distract her, I arranged a little dance with two of her brothers. There was the poor child dancing away as she dried the tears that ran down her cheeks.  Her fondness for dancing was such that the sound of some shepherd playing his instrument was enough to set her dancing all by herself.  In spite of this, when St. John’s Day festivities or carnival time came around (in 1918), she announced: ‘I’m not going to dance any more.’ ‘And why not?’ ‘Because I want to offer this sacrifice to Our Lord.’ Since we were the ones who organized the games for the children, the dances which used to take place on these occasions stopped.”

“Occasionally, also, we were in the habit of offering to God the sacrifice of spending nine days or a month without taking a drink. Once, we made this sacrifice even in the month of August, when the heat was suffocating. On these occasions, Jacinta would say: ‘Our Lord must be pleased with our sacrifices, because I am so thirsty, so thirsty! Yet, I do not want to take a drink. I want to suffer for love of Him.”  Jacinta’s thirst for making sacrifices seemed insatiable.

Even at this early age, Jacinta very quickly assumed an habitual disposition of sacrifice for sinners and with each sacrifice, she repeated the prayer taught by Our Lady, thus conferring on the sacrifice offered its whole meritorious value as an act of love, both reparatory and missionary: Lúcia says of this, “Ever since the day Our Lady taught us to offer our sacrifices to Jesus, any time we had something to suffer or agreed to make a sacrifice, Jacinta asked: ‘Did you already tell Jesus it’s for love of Him?’  If I said I hadn’t, she answered: ‘Then I’ll tell Him’, and joining her hands, she raised her eyes to Heaven and said: ‘Oh Jesus, it is for love of You, and for the conversion of sinners.’

Lúcia says of Jacinta that she, ” … was the one who received from Our Lady a greater abundance of grace, and a better knowledge of God and of virtue.” Although she was indeed the youngest of the three seers, it was she who appeared to enjoy the greatest intimacy with the Most Holy Virgin. When the cycle of the six great public apparitions was completed, Jacinta continued in this deep intimacy with Our Lady until she died.

The parish priest, Father Ferreira, reported on the immediate events of Fatima in a memoir which he completed on August 6, 1918. In it he recounted that Our Lady had appeared to Jacinta three times after October 13. A most notable one occurred on Ascension Thursday, 1918 during Mass, when, as Jacinta told Father Ferreira, Our Lady taught her to say the Rosary. Since Jacinta was accustomed by that time, to frequently recite the Rosary with Lucia and Francisco, we may suppose that Our Lady gave Jacinta special lights to understand the mysteries. Today, many of us continue to be blessed by Saint Jacinta when we seek her help to pray our Rosary!

In addition to these visits from Our Lady, Jacinta was given several prophetic visions. which constituted portions of the great secret. In her Memoirs, Lúcia remembers,

“One day we spent our siesta down by my parents’ well. Jacinta sat on the stone slab on top of the well. Francisco and I climbed up a steep bank in search of wild honey among the brambles in a nearby thicket. After a little while, Jacinta called out to me: ‘Didn’t you see the Holy Father’  ‘No.’

“Jacinta responded, ‘I don’t know how it was, but I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father, we must pray much for him.’

Frère Michel places this vision of Jacinta’s  after July 13, 1917, since it presupposes that the Secret was already revealed, and before October 1918, when the Marto children became ill with the influenza. Lúcia explains further,  “… one day, two priests recommended that we pray for the Holy Father, and explained to us who the Pope was. Afterwards, Jacinta asked me: ‘Is he the one I saw weeping, the one Our Lady told us about in the Secret?’ ‘Yes, he is,’ I answered. (And Jacinta, with childlike candour, went on:) ‘The Lady must surely have shown him also to those priests. You see, I wasn’t mistaken. We need to pray a lot for him.’

Frère Michel  adds, “This vision must be kept in mind, for it helps us to better understand the corresponding words of the Secret, announcing “persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father”, who “will have much to suffer”.

In another vision given to Saint Jacinta, the shepherds had gone to pray at the cave they called Lapa do Cabeco, where Lúcia reported they prostrated themselves, reciting  the prayers taught by the Angel.  before long,  Jacinta arose and said,

“Can’t you see all those highways and roads full of people, who are crying with hunger and have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And so many people praying with him?”

This vision is a sign of the Second and Third portions of the Secret, and that War is not over yet, nor will it be, until we see the Holy Father kneel before Our Lady, repent and be converted, becoming her obedient servant once again. Today, the flock have nothing to eat and this will worsen as the famine increases under the soul-withering Church of False Mercy. For how can they believe, if the truth is not preached to them? And what Father gives his child a stone when he asks for bread?

Frère Michel  believes that the Pope of this vision, kneeling in prayer before the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be the one who at last consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, freeing that country of the diabolical hindrance to her future destiny of greatness. And he explains that  “Sister Lúcia clarifies the point, for this second vision corresponds to an event prophesied in the Secret:

“Some days later, Jacinta asked me: ‘Can I say that I saw the Holy Father and all those people?’ ‘No. Don’t you see that that’s part of the Secret? If you do, they’ll find out right away!’ ‘All right! Then I’ll say nothing at all.’ “

The Second portion, about the continuing world war is the material chastisement while the Third portion is the spiritual chastisement. Both of these will continue until such time as sufficient reparation has been made.

Now, to return to the favors the Blessed Virgin deigned to show little Jacinta. From Sister Lúcia’s Memoirs and from Frère Michel we learn that the Immaculata blessed Jacinta with such a fullness of grace, such an intimate sharing in her message that Jacinta was soon led to the total oblation of her life with the utmost courage and generosity of soul. Indeed, Lúcia relates that Jacinta was so impressed with the severity of the punishment of hell and the eternal ruin of the souls which go there, and the utter devastation of the war, that these thoughts made her tremble with fear and dread. When Lúcia would find her staring pensively, and prodded her for her thoughts, Jacinta remarked that she was thinking of, “… the war which is coming, and all the people who are going to die and go to hell! How dreadful! If they would only stop offending God, then there wouldn’t be any war and they wouldn’t go to hell.”

“Poor Holy Father! We must pray very much for him!”

It was to Jacinta most of all in 1918, that Our Lady revealed  the Holy Father persecuted, mocked, abandoned by all, and in tears, This helped Jacinta to understand how much the Pope needed prayers.  Lúcia tells us,  “This gave Jacinta such love for the Holy Father that, every time she offered her sacrifices to Jesus, she added: “And for the Holy Father … At the end of the Rosary, she always said three Hail Marys for the Holy Father.”

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité seems impressed by this emphasis,

“It is indeed surprising to observe how much, after the apparition of July 13, the thought of the Holy Father kept constantly coming back to the minds of the three seers. This was one of their major preoccupations, along with solicitude for sinners, and the sight of the terrifying war to come. Why? Undoubtedly because the Pope plays a role of decisive importance in the great prophecy of the Secret: he is already named five times in the published part of the Secret; we may believe that he is mentioned again in the part which has not yet been published. Let us add that several supernatural communications Sister Lúcia was later favored with, concerning the role of the Holy Father in the great prophecy of the Secret, surely supply us with the context which sheds much light on the visions of Jacinta. “

As we read these accounts of our Blessed Mother’s work in the souls of the little shepherd children, we see the path on which she leads them sorrowfully;  the way of reparation and compassion,  per crucem ad lucem; per  mortem ad vitam. It is for this that the Angel came, to begin their preparation for this great work, solidly based in Eucharistic adoration and reparation.

“Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you.” (The Angel of Fatima, St. Michael)

“Are you willing to offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He will send you, in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

“Yes, we are,” Lúcia had answered in the name of all three.

“Then you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” (Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, May 13, 1917)

And so, in January, 1919, Our Lady came once more to the children:

“Our Lady came to see us”, Jacinta said. “She told us She would come to take Francisco to Heaven very soon, and She asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I said I did. She told me I would be going to a hospital where I would suffer a great deal; and that I am to suffer for the conversion of sinners, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for love of Jesus. I asked if you (Lúcia) would go with me. She said you wouldn’t, and that is what I find hardest. She said my mother would take me, and then I would have to stay there all alone!”

To be continued.

Among the sources for the above article are Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité’s  “The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volumes I (here) and  II (here)” and from Father Cirrincione’s  “Blessed Jacinta Marto of Fatima“.

  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.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy, II

Part II

There is so much we can learn from considering Saint Francisco’s short life, consumed as it was with love for our Eucharistic Lord and the desire to console His Sacred Heart. Francisco’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has proven to be a secure way to counter tepidity in our devotions to Our Lord. From the time of the last apparition in October, 1917 until he was taken to heaven was just 18 months, but in that time, what a whirlwind of spiritual energy and grace. Today we will review a few instances that show his beautiful soul’s love for Our Lord.

In an interesting passage in Volume I, Frère Michel describes Francisco’s excitement as he looked forward to the October apparition.

Francisco was filled with joy because Our Lady had said that on October 13 Our Lord would also come:

“Oh, how good He is! I’ve only seen Him twice,  and I love Him so much!” From time to time, he asked: “Are there many days left till the 13th? I’m longing for that day to come, so that I can see Our Lord again.” Then he thought for a moment, and added: “But listen! Will He still be so sad? I am so sorry to see Him sad like that! I offer Him all the sacrifices I can think of. Sometimes, I don’t even run away from all those people, just in order to make sacrifices!”

In footnote 499 of Volume I, Frère Michel explains,

“Here Francisco is undoubtedly alluding to the apparitions of June 13 and July 13: when Our Lady directed towards them the reflections of the Divine Light which shone from Her hands, the three seers felt as though they were absorbed in God; and then, in a mysterious vision, it was also given to them to contemplate Our Lord and His immense sadness because of the sins of the world.”

It is this sadness of Our Lord at our sins that was to set our little shepherd saint on the road to such heroic sanctity that within 18 months his soul would fly to the waiting arms of the “Hidden Jesus” he loved so much.

For today, let’s take a look at the accounts of Francisco given in The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volumes I and II .

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Francisco and Jacinta – Designs of Mercy

 

“The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you.”

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima

Today, we consider Francisco and Jacinta, the two youngest saints of Fatima. As we discussed in our earlier post, “The Promise”,

Francisco saw the Blessed Virgin perfectly, but did not hear Her words. He only understood the questions of Lúcia. As for Jacinta, who saw and heard everything, she never brought herself to speak to the apparition. Thus Lúcia was the only one to have the privilege of speaking with Her.” … “Young and quite small, the Queen of Heaven also came very close to (the) three children. For a pedestal She had chosen a little holm oak, about a metre high.  ‘We were so close’, writes Lúcia , ‘that we found ourselves in the light surrounding Her, or rather emanating from Her, about a metre and a half away, more or less.’ (from Sister Lucia’s Fourth Memoir)

In 1916, St. Michael the Archangel, the Angel of Fatima had told the children, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you”, but it was not until Our Lady began to appear that they perceived the true meaning of “designs of mercy”.  By the time of Our Lady’s third visit,  July 13, 1917, it was becoming clearer, and by then, Francisco could say emphatically, “What I want is to go to Heaven!” This eagerness for Heaven recalls St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who said of Our Lady,  “She was so beautiful that after seeing Her once one would be willing to die to see Her again!”

That Great Light Which Is God

Although Francisco was never able to hear the words of Our Lady, he was very astute in recognising many essential aspects of the apparitions:

“He was very impressed by the reflection of light… At the time, he did not seem to understand what was happening, perhaps because it was not given to him to hear the accompanying words of Our Lady. For this reason, he asked later: ‘Why did Our Lady have a heart in Her hand, spreading out all over the world that great light which is God?’

“Sometimes he said: ‘These people are so happy just because you told them that Our Lady wants the Rosary said, and that you are to learn to read! How would they feel if they only knew what She showed to us in God, in Her Immaculate Heart, in that great light.’ ” (Lúcia per Frère Michel, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol I)

And so we know that Francisco understood that the great light which the Blessed Virgin poured forth on them was the Light of God, that is, was God, as Francisco expressed it. This alone should give us great comfort for by this we understand that our Eternal Father has granted to the Blessed Virgin to bring us also to this Light in time of darkness.

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Why not 1929?

For those who have asked why “The One Hundred Years”  began in 1917, when Our Lady said at that time that she would come later to ask the Consecration and in fact, did not formally request it until 1929, we offer the following considerations.

First, we look at the example cited by Our Lord Himself, that is, His own request to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689 that the King of France consecrate France to His Sacred Heart.  It was precisely one hundred years from the date of His request until the date that the Third Estate revolted, and the National Assembly rose against the legitimate King and usurped his power. After this date, the King’s opportunities to consecrate his country faded rapidly until  about three and one half years late (which is the apocalyptic ‘time and times and half a time’) the King forfeited his life at the hands of the masonic revolution. on January 21, 1793.

On July 13, 1917, after showing the children the vision of hell, Our Lady said regarding God’s coming punishment for sin,  “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.”

Thus, fully 12 years before her formal request in 1929, Our Lady was alerting the Vatican to her desires. In those days,  the Holy See had what was widely recognized as the best communications network in the world regarding the subjects it was attuned to.  By the time of October’s  Miracle of the Sun, which was announced months earlier and was widely publicised, even in the secular media, the Pope was aware of the Blessed Virgin’s request.

Note also that the children immediately began making reparation and fervently praying the Rosary.  They did not delay and wait until a formal request was made. But what did the Vatican do?

It would have been very easy for the Pope to institute the First Saturdays of Reparation, enrich them with a plenary indulgence and generous partial indulgences and encourage the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation all over the world. The world was suffering in what was then called the “Great War” and it was a perfect time to institute a devotion of reparation which would have elegantly satisfied the Virgin’s  first request and would have unleashed a flood of grace to  prepare the way for the Consecration. The fact that this small request was never even considered tells us much about the  Popes who succeeded St. Pius X, all of whom were under the influence of Cardinal Rampolla that is, of esoteric freemasonry which is gnostic and sodomitic.

I would have liked to post on the complex issue of Pius XI and his sad refusal to heed the Blessed Virgin of Fatima. Instead of obeying Our Lady, this tragic man proposed devotion to St. Therese the Little Flower and even Consecration to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but steadfastly ignored the Mother of Our Lord in her merciful message, her simple request.We see clearly by Our Lord’s own words, ” “They did not want to heed My request!”. This, in Christ’s own words, is an indictment of Pius XI and his advisors.

It is to him therefore, that the blame for the spread of the errors of satanic marxism belongs. Pope Pius XI did many laudable things, but he failed to do the one essential thing, that is, to obey the Mother of God.

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Fatima 1917: The Dawn of Light and Hope

We take the title for today’s post from a chapter in Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité’s Volume II, where he recounts the period that followed the series of apparitions at the Cova da Iria, near Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

As we brace ourselves for this Pope’s next publicity stunt at Fatima to “commemorate” the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first visit in the series of apparitions, let us consider what happened immediately after October 13, 1917. As we have related previously, those events  caused even the enemies of the  Church to admit that something  had occurred for which they had no explanation.

Frère Michel  tells us that Portugal had suffered under anti-Christian freemasonry for generations prior to Our Lady’s visitations to Fatima, with continued persecution of the Church and Bishops being exiled. However,

“… after May 13, 1917, everything soon changed in the souls of the faithful, when they learned that the Blessed Virgin Herself, their Queen and their Mother, and Heavenly Protectress, had deigned to visit them. With a single blow, She caused hope to spring up anew, along with the certainty of the victory of The Faith against the persecutors. If Heaven deigned to intervene, the ratio of strength between the forces was soon to be reversed.” …

“Faced with this great movement of faith and popular devotion, the sect (that is, freemasons) and all the public authorities remained powerless, inert. They did not know what to do. They could do nothing, because they had found a force more powerful than they were. Finally! As for the good people, who up until then had been continually oppressed, scorned for their faith and age-old devotions, they left on the evening of October 13 comforted and full of hope. They were sure that as God and His Holy Mother had manifested Their power in such a striking way, they would also gain a great victory over all the enemies of religion. As the journalist of O Seculo relates:  “The first pilgrims to leave are those who had come first, with their shoes atop their heads or suspended from their canes. Their souls are full of joy as they leave, to spread the good news in the villages, …”

The Portuguese historian Costa Brochado reported that on October 14, 1917,  the day following the Miracle of the Sun, in the municipal elections, the Catholics won by 750 votes. It was the first defeat in a very long time for the freemasons and results of Our Lady’s intervention were beginning to be felt throughout the country.

The most fanatical elements within the carbonari were furious at this setback. They wanted to attempt a spectacular operation to ridicule the events of Fatima … On October 22, the freemasons of the district of Santarem decided to   vandalize the place of the apparitions.  Under cover of darkness, the night of October 22-23, they proceeded to the Cova, where they demolished the primitive shrine erected by the peasants carrying off the little rustic altar, the lanterns, a crucifix and an image of Our Lady.

Lúcia later wrote of this,  “In the morning, news of what had happened spread like wildfire. I ran to the place to see if it were true. … I then asked Our Lady to forgive these poor men and I prayed for their conversion.” Frère Michel’s Volume II has many interesting anecdotes  about the faithful peasants’ resistance to the freemasons’ attempts to counteract the growing cult of Our Lady of Fatima, including causing donkeys to bray during the freemasons’  speeches against the Blessed Virgin’s apparitions.  But for now, we pass on to a remarkable although short-lived event that holds a message for us in these times as  well.

The Government of  Sidónio Pais – December 8, 1917 – December 14, 1918
Sidónio Pais – The President-King

“After seven years of violent and fanatical persecution, after a century of being banned from public life, as if by a miracle, the Church suddenly recovered all its liberties which it had a right to, and needed, to fulfill its work of saving souls. The event is particularly remarkable since the man who put an end to this long situation of who put an end to this long situation of injustice – and with great decision and rapidity, since it was all accomplished in a year! – had no clerical affiliations at all.

“Sidónio Pais had been a professor at Coimbra and a commander in the army. Before becoming Minister of State, he had been ambassador to Berlin until March, 1916. A member of the Unionist Party of Brito Comacho, he was known to be a die-hard republican and connected with Freemasonry. Sidónio Pais decided to put an end to the anarchy which was leading his country to disaster. Having rallied around him some of the saner forces of the Republic, he led a coup d’état to salvage Portugal. Launched on December 5, his revolution  “against the demagogy of the democrats”  was immediately welcomed by public opinion. The historians of Fatima have not failed to point out a happy coincidence.  It was on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast of Portugal, which that year fell precisely on a Saturday, that the national uprising obtained its definitive victory.

The French historian Albert-Alain Bourdon, who hardly had the solemnity of the Heavenly Patroness in mind, wrote:  “Sidónio Pais triumphed over his adversaries on December 8. He decreed the dissolution of Parliament, and had himself named by a revolutionary junta President of the Republic and head of the dictatorial government.”

There then opened a completely new era for Portugal, a wonderful surprise for Catholics. Making a clean break with republican Jacobinism, Sidónio Pais immediately wished to return to the Church all her liberties, and restore the best national traditions. Is it not astonishing that this former high-ranking freemason considered reconciliation of the political power with the Church his most urgent and important task?

Liberating Laws

Since that time, measures tending to compensate the Church for the wrongs she suffered in the revolution of 1910 followed each other almost uninterruptedly. On December 9, 1917, the very day after his victory, Sidónio Pais lifted all sanctions taken against the bishops, who were thus enabled to return from exile. On December 22, a decree suppressed the prohibition of worship in religious edifices which the State had appropriated. On February 22, other dispositions of the law of separation that were harmful to the Church were abolished.

By February of 1918, the bishops, who were now free to meet at Lisbon, could write to Pope Benedict XV that the situation was improving.  On May 15, Sidónio Pais attended a solemn service in the Cathedral of Lisbon for the soldiers who died in the war. He was warmly congratulated by the bishop who preached the sermon.  By these kinds of gestures, making a clean break with the sectarianism of his immediate predecessors, the new head of State fearlessly demonstrated the new orientation of his policy. …

Little by little, Sidónio Pais revived the soul of the nation, openly renewing its great Catholic tradition. …  On June 28, 1918, a communiqué announced the reconciliation of the Republic with Rome. On July 4, the Pope congratulated Sidónio Pais and his government, and on July 10 there could be read in the official Journal the decree re-establishing the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.

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Fatima at 100: Presage of Victory

Fatima is above all the presage of victory: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

How shall that be?

Our Lady tells us herself by the title she chooses. On her sixth visit,  Our Lady identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.  As we know, everything she says is significant. In this case, by claiming the title of Our Lady of the Rosary,  her title “Our Lady of Victory” was implied. For history is replete with her victories through her most Holy Rosary. (Here and here).

We know Our Lady has already given us the keys to victory – her Rosary and devotion to her Immaculate Heart. The ancient enemy that is now within the heart of our Church can only be defeated by Our Lady of the Rosary, Victorious in Battle.

To help illustrate this we  share with you a vision of St. John Bosco:

“And they realized they were no longer in Rome…”

“It was a dark night. Men could no longer tell which way to take in order to return to their homes. Suddenly there appeared in the heavens a very bright light that illuminated the steps of the travelers as though it were mid-day. At that moment there was seen a host of men and women, of young and old, of nuns, monks and priests with the Holy Father at the head. They were going out from the Vatican and were arranging themselves in line for a procession. “Then there came a furious storm which clouded that light somewhat and made it appear that light and darkness were engaged in battle. In the meantime, they arrived at a little square covered with dead and wounded, some of whom cried aloud and asked for help.

“Very many were dropping out of the line of procession. After having walked for a time that would correspond to two hundred risings of the sun (200 days) they all realized that they were no longer in Rome. Struck with fear they all ran to the Holy Father to defend him personally and to attend his wants. Instantly two angels were seen carrying a banner, going they presented it to the Holy Father and said: ‘Receive the banner of He Who fights and scatters the strongest armies of the world. Your enemies are dispersed. Your children with tears and sighs beg you to return.’ “Looking at the banner one could see written on one side, ‘Queen conceived without sin,’ and on the other side, ‘Help of Christians.’

This tells us that while the Church is in darkness, Heaven wins the battle and brings the banner of that Victory to the Holy Father.  Now what do we note about this banner? It is the banner of Christ the King! “He who fights and scatters the strongest armies in the world”. The angels tell him, “Your enemies are dispersed.” You see, these visions are for those who will pray and offer penance, not for those who want to be secular activists.  There will always be plenty who flock to a battle, be it political or military, (and they may or may not save their souls) but the visions are to help us, Mary’s children,  understand that for the activists to be effective, there must be a good  ground prepared for their victory, by those committed to waging spiritual war. Without this strong spiritual preparation, all other means fail.

Now the second thing we note is that this victory banner of Christ the King has a title on each side; one side represents devotion to the Immaculate Conception, that is, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in which she promised us she would triumph. And the second side was devotion to Our Lady of Victory, that is to say, Our Lady who conquers all heresies in all the world through her Rosary! In this, as in his prophecy of the Two Pillars, St. John Bosco  affirms that Christ the King prefers to conquer through means of His Most Blessed Mother.  So, here we see that this Queen will vanquish the muslim heretics for the final time as well as all the modernist heresies which have thrown the Church into such darkness and disarray. She has promised us, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

One way we can contribute to Our Lady’s Victory is to pray the Rosary Novena to her as Our Lady of Victory.

Our Lady of Victory, crush satan’s head & lead us to victory!
Our Lady of the Rosary, save our families, save the Church!

Many of you already participate in the Society’s Crusade of Rosary and Reparation. For you,  just adding the Rosary Novena Prayer or the Victory Novena Prayer, (both are below) that is a suggestion.  But for the many readers just becoming acquainted with the practices we discuss here at Return to Fatima, we urge you to begin the Irresistible Rosary Novena as soon as possible.  In fact, if you are not willing to expend the time and effort required for this program of prayer, penance and fasting in reparation, you waste your time here. The purpose of this article and most every other that we publish is to call Catholics to return to the true message of Fatima. Set aside all else and focus on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and them alone.

The following Novena prayer is for a Novena of Rosaries, that is usually prayed as 54 days of the 5 decade Rosary, which breaks down to 27 days of petition followed by 27 days of thanksgiving.  This is actually a concession. A Novena is nine days, and originally the Novena was nine days of the full Rosary, that is 15 decades a day for nine days of petition followed by nine days of 15 decade rosaries for thanksgiving.

But because many people felt that they could only commit to a five decade Rosary each day, the Novena became 54 days.  You will know what is best for you. My own practice is an on-going Rosary Novena of the 15 decades each day, but I am in an ideal situation, and have been allowed the time for prayer.

 

This 54 day Rosary Novena has become popular as the Irresistible Rosary Novena for the remarkable blessing that come from it and I urge readers to pray for the Pope and hierarchy in this time before October 13.  I too, am repelled by this pope and our poor pathetic hierarchy, but that should only provide more impetus for us to pray more earnestly for God to turn their hearts. Remember, our prayers are never wasted! God sees that we pray obediently and will reward the Church in His own way and in His own time. And so we pray with joyful trust!
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Fatima, Akita and the Chastisement, II

Please, if you haven’t already, be sure to read Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s article on Rorate Caeli here..
It is an excellent synopsis of  the Message of Fatima placed within its historical context. Hopefully, many will read it, and I also will post more soon.

As requested, a repost::

In our previous post, we briefly outlined the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearances at Fatima on October 13, 1917 and at Akita on October 13, 1973. Today we consider the meanings behind the rich symbols of these two visits from the Queen of Heaven.

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?
. Grant that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thy enemies!

The Rosary, Foremost Message of Fatima and Akita

In both, our Blessed Mother called us to the Rosary. In fact, at Fatima, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary, the name by which she calls her children to pray to her. And at each visit to Fatima, she requested the daily Rosary. In her last appearance at Akita, Oct. 13, 1973, Our Lady stressed the importance of the Rosary, saying,

“The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.”

Dear Readers, this is urgent! Never before have we needed the Rosary as we do now – and yet never before has the Church been so resistant. False devotions, distractions, have been allowed to detract from the Rosary. For your salvation and the salvation of those entrusted to you:

Please commit to Our Lady right now, to pray the traditional Rosary, that is the Rosary as it existed when she requested it at Fatima and Akita, and as she confirmed to us with the beautiful visions of the little shepherds of Fatima on October 13, 1917. That is,  the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries plus the Fatima Decade Prayer.

Each day, live and pray all these mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Do not get sidetracked by other devotions, no matter how much appeal they may have for you. Her children must serve her by obedience!

I love the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but if obligations cause me to cut back some devotions, I omit a bit of this beautiful Office, rather than cut back on my quiet time with Our Lady or her Rosary. For that is truly our lifeline to Mary, by which she channels grace and healing to this poor suffering world. Despite what Pope Francis tells us, the greatest evil is not inequality, it is sin. Yes, there is no greater evil than sin.

Poverty, pain, horrid death, no, none of these is the true evil, for sin is the origin of all suffering. Sin alone is the greatest evil. The Immaculata’s active purity – for it is not some passive quality – some lack, no,  the Purity of the Immaculata is the most powerful force against sin and suffering.  God has decreed that it is through her Immaculate Heart that we receive the graces essential for our salvation, for she is mediatrix of all graces. The modernist Church rejects this truth to its own damnation.

By our Rosaries, we combat the filth invading the Church. This filth is not only the human, physical filth of the unnatural lusts consuming these poor sick priests and prelates, it is the spiritual filth of their perverted faith, for they have replaced the clear, beautiful faith given us by our Savior Jesus Christ, with the false faith of Judas, Luther and the other servants of Satan, the implacable enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.

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Sister Lúcia of Fatima- Updated

For Sister Lúcia of Fatima, on the 110th anniversary of her birth, with love:

“Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.”
Sister Lúcia of Fatima, Truly, a Saint for these times

Sister Lúcia of Fatima has the distinction of being canonized in her lifetime by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. When Our Lady visited the three shepherd children 99 years ago on June 13, 1917, Lucia pleaded with her,

“From now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.”

“I would like to ask you also to take us to Heaven.”

“Yes”, Our Lady answered, “I will take Francisco and Jacinta soon. You, however, are to stay here a longer time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne.”

Lúcia was filled with sadness to hear the news that she was to be left alone in the world, and cried out, “Am I going to stay here alone?”

“No, my daughter.” Our Lady responded tenderly to Lúcia, whose eyes were brimming with tears,

“Does this cause you to suffer a great deal? I will never leave you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.“

Although all three children were promised Heaven, it was to Lúcia that Our Lady made the promise that she would be with her always. What a remarkable thing it must have been for that child to hear from the Mother of God that, “Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved.“

This world is dying under the errors which have been growing and spreading ever since the arch-heretic Martin Luther revolted against the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, tearing Christendom asunder. In response to this grave attack, Jesus requested public devotion to His Sacred Heart. He specifically asked that the image of this adorable Heart be placed publicly, revered publicly. We all know that this was not done and so the Masonic revolution, which was not publicly known at that time, grew in power until it finally erupted in bloody violence in the French Revolution, in which the King was beheaded and the Church suppressed and persecuted.

In time, this same satanic force even penetrated the Vatican, and at this point our Lord Jesus Christ sent His Blessed Mother to Fatima with a message, “Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.”

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Blessed Jacinta

Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the Fatima visionaries, was born on March 11, 1010 and died on February 20, 1920 at the age of nine after two years of serious illness and great suffering.

Blessed Jacinta Marto, pray for us, pray for the Pope.

In Jacinta’s brief life, she worked many miracles, but we will only relate one. In her Memoirs, Sister Lucia tells us of her Aunt Victoria, who lived at Fatima and was much grieved by her son, who had run away from home and not been heard from in some time. One day, when Lucia was away from home, her aunt came by to ask for her prayers for her missing son. In Lucia’s absence, Victoria turned to Jacinta instead. In just a few days, her son returned, penitent and was reunited to his parents. After he sought and received his joyful parents’ pardon, he told them that he had determined to return home but after nightfall, had gotten lost in the mountains and dark woods and a terrible storm had overtaken him. He then fell to his knees and prayed for God’s mercy when suddenly he saw his cousin Jacinta who offered him her hand and led him to the road. Jacinta left him once she had pointed out the direction he was to go.

Of course, everyone wanted to know what Jacinta had to say about this unheard of occurrence, but Jacinta would only say,  “I don’t even know where those forests or those mountains are. But I prayed hard to Our Lady for him, because of Aunt Victoria’s sorrow.” “How all that happened,” said Sister Lucia, “I don’t know, but God knows.” (“Blessed Jacinta Marto” by Msgr. Joseph Cirrincione, TAN Books, Kindle Edition)

One day, after Francisco had come down with the influenza and Jacinta had acquired it as well, Lucia went to visit her cousins and Jacinta broke the news to her.

“Look, Lucia!” she said, “Our Lady came to see us here, and she said that she is coming very soon to take Francisco to Heaven. And she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners and I said, ‘Yes.’

“Our Lady wants me to go to two hospitals. But not to be cured. It is to suffer more for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“She said that you were not going,” she continued. “She said my mother is going to take me, and then I will stay there alone.”

In his book, Fr. Cirrincione takes care to point out that pain had for the little shepherds the same revulsion we all feel, but that this natural aversion was overpowered by their even stronger desire for the good that they could accomplish through their sufferings, that is, reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the conversion of sinners. Note that at the time, Jacinta was only 7 or 8 at the most. A child like this shows so much devotion to the Immaculate, yet what do we modern day devotees of Fatima do? What sacrifices?

Lucia tells us that often in those days, she would stop by the Marto home on her way home from school in the evenings and visit with her cousins. Always, they discussed their daily sacrifices. When Lucia spoke of her own offerings, Jacinta would add, “Yes, I did that too, Lucia!.”

“I love Our Lord and Our Lady and I never get tired of telling them that I love them. When I tell that to them, it seems sometimes that I have a fire burning in my breast, a fire that does not consume. … Oh, how I would like to be able to go again to the hills to say the Rosary in the cave. But I can’t anymore. When you go to the Cova da Iria, pray for me, Lucia! I’m sure I’ll never go there again. Now you go to Francisco’s room because I want to make the sacrifice of being alone.”

Olimpia Marto, Jacinta’s mother suffered greatly as well as she watched Francisco and Jacinta frankly discussing their suffering and deaths. She confided in Father De Marchi that the children “used to say Rosary after Rosary, at least seven or eight every day and there was no end to their short prayers.”

Francisco Leaves Them

As Francisco neared the end of his brief journey, Jacinto slipped into his room with a message for him to take to heaven. “Give my compliments to Our Lord and Our Lady,” she said. “Tell them I shall suffer all they want for sinners and to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Jacinta’s sorrow at the loss of her beloved brother was acute and her loneliness increased greatly. She told Lucia: “I’m thinking of Francisco. How much I would love to see him. But I think also of the war that is going to come. So many people will die and so many will go to Hell. Many cities will be burned to the ground, and many priests will be killed. Look, Lucia, I’m going to Heaven. But when you see that night illuminated by that strange light, you also run away to Heaven.”

“Don’t you see it’s impossible to run away to Heaven?” Lucia said. “Yes, you can’t do that. But don’t be afraid. I’ll pray a lot for you in Heaven, and for the Holy Father also, and for Portugal, for the war not to come here, and for all priests.”

Jacinta often spoke of her strong desire to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. One day after Lucia had been to Mass and Communion, she visited Jacinta who told her: “I don’t know how it is. I feel Our Lord within me. I understand what He says to me without seeing Him or hearing Him. But how sweet it is to be with Him!”

Someone had given Lucia a picture of the Sacred Heart and she gave it to Jacinta, who kept it constantly, and often kissed it. “I am kissing,” she would say, “the Heart of Him whom I love above all. I wish I also had a picture of the Heart of Mary. I would be so pleased to have the two together.”

Another time, Jacinta confided to Lucia,

“It won’t be long before I go to heaven. You, Lucia, will remain on earth to spread the news that Our Lord wants the whole world to have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you have to speak, don’t hide yourself. Tell the whole world that God wants to grant His graces through the mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that we must not hesitate to ask them through her; that the Heart of Jesus wants to be venerated along with the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that men must ask the Immaculate Heart for peace, because God has confided it to her. If I could only put into all hearts what I feel here within me, what makes me love the Hearts of Jesus and Mary so!”

Jacinta Is Hospitalized

Jacinta’s illness worsened and Olimpia grieved at the sight of her small daughter, growing thinner by the day and suffering with such patient resignation. Jacinta attempted to comfort her mother, “Don’t worry Mother, for I’m going to Heaven. I’ll pray a lot for you there.” Although she was brave with her beloved Mama, she confided her fears to Lucia, “Lucia, if only you could come with me! The hardest thing to me is to have to go without you. Maybe the hospital is very dark, where we can’t see a thing! And I’ll be there suffering alone.”

After a time of loneliness in the hospital at Ourem, Jacinta was sent home in late August, 1919, due to the fact that not only was there no improvement in her condition, but the abscess in her side had actually worsened. About this time, Father Formigao wrote of her, “She was all bones, and it was a shock to see how thin her arms were. She was running a fever all the time. Pneumonia, then tuberculosis and pleurisy ate away her strength. I remembered, as I saw her, that Our Lady had promised Bernadette of Lourdes that she too would not be happy in this world, but in the next. I wondered if Our Lady made the same promise to Jacinta.”

Jacinta’s increasing weakness prevented her from her accustomed practice of secretly slipping out of bed and praying the Angel’s Eucharistic Prayer kneeling with her forehead to the floor. When she confided her distress at no longer being capable of this penance, Lucia spoke with their priest who assured her that Jacinta must remain in bed for her prayers. When Lucia relayed this advice to Jacinta, she was at first reluctant but Lucia was firm and consoled her with the assurance that for Jacinta to obey her priest would please Our Lord very much. “Then, it’s all right. I won’t get up any more for my prayers”, she concluded.

The Best Intentions

In January, 1920, Jacinta had a visitor; Our Lady appeared to her to announce that she would be taken to another hospital. Msgr. Cirrincione tells us of Jacinta’s response:

“Lucia,” she said, “Our Lady told me that I’m going to go to another hospital in Lisbon and that I’ll never see you again or my parents and that after suffering a great deal, I shall die alone. She said that I should not be afraid since she will come to take me with her to Heaven.” But at nine, it’s hard not to be afraid, even when the Queen of Heaven reassures you. So she began to sob as she embraced Lucia tightly to her: “I will never see you again. Pray a lot for me, for I am going to die alone.”

It is so often true that much of our suffering in this world is caused by those with the best of intentions and Jacinta’s case was a fine example of that. One day, a prominent man, Dr. Enrico Lisboa and his wife visited Jacinta in the company of Father Formigao. The doctor was indignant that so little was being done for Jacinta and urged Father Formigao to convince Jacinta’s parents to agree to another hospitalization, this time to a hospital in Lisbon under the care of a respected specialist in children’s illness. Thus it was that Jacinta was subjected to her final and most bitter ordeal and lonely death.

A Last Journey to the Cova

Before this however, Olimpia Marto was determined that Jacinta would have her heart’s desire, a visit to the Cova da  Iria. Olimpia related later that Jacinta was too weak to stand and walk and so she and a friend took her there on a donkey. On the way, they picked some flowers and when she got to the little Chapel, they helped Jacinta down to pray there. Jacinta told them, ‘When Our Lady went away, she passed over those trees and entered Heaven so fast that it seemed as if her feet were caught in the door.”

Lucia tells us in her memoirs of their bitter-sweet parting,

“She kept her arms around me for a long time,” …  “She was crying and saying to me, ‘Never again shall we see each other. Pray a great deal for me, for I am going to Heaven. There I will pray a lot for you. Don’t ever tell anyone the secret, even if they kill you. Love Jesus a great deal and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Make many sacrifices for sinners.'”

The trip to the hospital in Lisbon involved a long trek to Ourem, thence to the depot in Chao de Macas and then by train to Lisbon. Although the original plan called for Jacinta, her Mother and older brother Antonio to stay with a prosperous family in Lisbon until a room was available for Jacinta at the hospital, the family refused to take her when they observed the advanced state of her illness. And so little Jacinta was blessed to share the plight of the Holy Family on that cold Christmas night so long ago. How dearly the Holy Family must have cherished this smallest, sweetest of the martyrs of love!

Mother Godinho

Although the wealthy turned their back on Jacinta, there was one who welcomed her with great joy. Mother Maria de Purificacao Godinho was a secularized Franciscan who ran a small orphanage in Lisbon. The orphanage had a lovely little Chapel adjacent to it, dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles. Jacinta was overjoyed to find that the second floor of the orphanage opened onto a little balcony into the Chapel, where she was delighted to find that her precious “hidden Jesus” reposed in the tabernacle. She spent many happy hours sitting on the little balcony, communing with her Lord, saying one Rosary after another. Although she missed the Cova and missed Lucia and her family very much, she savored this brief, ecstatic time of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and several visits from Our Lady as well.

Mother Godinho tells us that one day as she sat on Jacinta’s bed, visiting with her, Jacinta requested politely that she move to the side a bit, “Mother dear, I am expecting Our Lady.” We have this lovely, devout woman, Mother Godinho to thank for the most beautiful and inspiring memories of sweet Jacinta in her brief respite at the orphanage before she entered the hospital for her final stay. Some of Mother Godinho’s remembrances of Jacinta’s words:

“Our Lady said that there are many wars and discords in the world. Wars are only punishments for the sins of the world. Our Lady cannot stay the arm of her Beloved Son upon the world anymore. It is necessary to do penance. If the people amend themselves, Our Lord shall still come to the aid of the world. If they do not amend themselves, punishment shall come. . . If men do not amend their lives, Almighty God will send the world, beginning with Spain, a punishment such as never has been.”

“My dear Mother, the sins that bring most souls to Hell are the sins of the flesh. Certain fashions are going to be introduced which will offend Our Lord very much. Those who serve God should not follow these fashions. The Church has no fashions: Our Lord is always the same.”

“Many marriages,” she remarked, “are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God.”

“My good Mother, do not give yourself to immodest clothes. Run away from riches. Love holy poverty and silence very much. Be very charitable, even with those who are unkind. Never criticize others and avoid those who do. Confession is a Sacrament of mercy. That is why people should approach the confessional with confidence and joy.”

“The Mother of God wants a larger number of virgin souls to bind themselves to her by the vow of chastity. I would enter a convent with great joy, but my joy is greater because I am going to Heaven. To be a religious, one has to be very pure in soul and in body.” “And do you know what it means to be pure?” Mother Godinho asked. “Yes, I do. To be pure in body means to preserve chastity. To be pure in soul means to avoid sin, not to look at what would be sinful, not to steal, never to lie and always to tell the truth, even when it is hard.”

In the Lisbon Hospital

Jacinta had been taken by Our Lady as her own precious child when she was still filled with innocence and consequently, she was greatly shocked and disheartened by the worldliness and indifference to God that she perceived in the Lisbon hospital. Monsignor Cirrincione tells us,

“…The dress, the manner and the conversation of visitors in the hospital saddened her, if not by their out-and-out sinfulness, at least by their emptiness of God. “What is it all for?” she would say. “If they only knew what eternity is.” This also explains her attitude toward the doctors. The fact that their thoughts were exclusively for science and medicine, without any consideration of God’s part in healing, left her a bit disheartened. “Pity doctors,” she said once. “Doctors do not know how to treat their patients with success because they have no love for God.”

At the hospital a doctor one day asked that she pray for a special intention of his. She assured him that she would indeed, pray for him, “but just remember that you are going to be taken away, and soon.” She told another doctor the same thing about himself and his daughter. Both predictions came true.

In his book, “The Crusade of Fatima”, Father De Marchi relates that Jacinta warned the doctors that surgery on her abscess would prove fruitless. Nevertheless, the doctors prevailed (don’t they always?) and of course, Jacinta’s prediction was confirmed; she was too weak to take gas and so the operation was performed with very inadequate local injection. Two ribs were removed and although the doctors remained optimistic, on February 16, Jacinta said, “I am not complaining any more. Our Lady has appeared again and said that she is coming for me soon. She took all my pains away.”

On the evening of February 20, Jacinta asked to receive the Last Rites. A priest was called, and although he heard her confession, he refused to administer Holy Communion, relying on his own judgment, he determined to visit the next day. Jacinta passed away that evening, alone in her room about 10:30 pm.

Think on these things. Jacinta leads the way for those who would be children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Saint Jacinta?

The Queen of Heaven assured us that Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the three seers of Fatima, were to be saints. The conciliar Church prefers instead to canonize – on the flimsiest of pretexts, those who can be reconciled with the heresy of modernism. Thus, there is little chance that we will see the seers of Fatima canonized. But we have Our Lady’s own words to guide us. In my own experience, Blessed Jacinta is a very powerful intercessor, most especially in helping sinners repent.

The following prayer may be prayed as a Novena and was approved by the Bishop of Leiria – Fatima, Portugal, on Dec. 17, 1974.

Novena Prayer to Blessed Jacinta Marto

O my Jesus, I love Thee! Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee  profoundly with all the powers of my soul and I thank Thee for the apparitions of the most Holy Virgin in Fatima which have made manifest to the world the treasures of her Immaculate Heart.

By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I implore Thee, if it should be for Thy greater glory and the good of our souls, to glorify in the sight of Thy Holy Church Jacinta, the shepherdess of Fatima granting us through her intercession the grace which we implore. ________ Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. Do not forget to make a thanksgiving novena for favors received and share with others.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

  Blessed Jacinta Marto, pray for us.

  Blessed Francisco Marto, pray for us.

  Sister Lucia of Fatima, pray for us, pray for our priests.

Please, more than ever, pray the Rosary!

 

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

 

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Our Lady of the Rosary, 2016

Today is the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Our Lady’s gift to her children.  The Rosary is the second best gift that the Queen of Heaven has given to her children. The first best gift is of course, Our Savior Jesus Christ!

“Non virtus, non arma, non duces, sed Maria Rosarii victores fecit.”
“Non virtus, non arma, non duces, sed Maria Rosarii victores fecit.”

THE HOLY ROSARY: Ultimate Liturgy

By Solange Hertz

The Rosary Is Her Gift To Us…Not Even the Pope Can Change That

(Fundamental Reasons Why So Many Faithful Catholics Never Embraced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary)

There is no mention whatever of the Rosary in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Not even in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, whose final chapter deals exclusively with our Lady ’s role in the Church. A vague reference in Article 67 to “practices and exercises of devotion towards her” might be assumed to include it, but according to Bishop Rendeiro of Coïmbra, the Bishops who wished to add to the text “the Rosary with meditation on the Mysteries of the life of Christ and the Blessed Virgin” were voted down. Apparently the Council deemed it best to follow the recommendations of the Theological Commission and make no mention of particular devotions, for fear of encouraging manifestations of piety beyond what they termed “the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine.” …

Not for them the beloved adage of the saints, “De Maria numquam satis!” They were solicitous to “painstakingly guard against any word or deed which could lead separated brethren or anyone else into error regarding the true doctrine of the Church.” They would only concede that the Church “has endorsed many forms of piety toward the Mother of God,” forms which “have varied according to the circumstances of time and place and have reflected the diversity of native characteristics and temperament among the faithful.”

In point of fact the Rosary began at the foot of the Cross along with Sacred Heart devotion. When Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic with instructions to propagate the Rosary, she did so for the same reason that our Lord would one day appear to St. Margaret Mary. In neither case was anything new proposed to the faithful, who were merely being recalled to practices known in the Church from the beginning, but which they were in imminent danger of forgetting.

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