If we are to survive the tsunami of evil washing over the Church, we must make the best use we can of the time left. Although Bishop Fellay has scheduled the new Rosary Crusade to begin on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, August 15th, let us focus now on the penitential aspect.
At Fatima, Our Lady requested penance, so let’s jump in now, ahead of the Rosary Crusade, to support the Crusade. One excellent penance is the First Saturdays of Reparation. If we begin the First Saturday of August, we will have five completed by the end of 2016, although it is a very good practice to continue them in a spirit of reparation for all those who do not make them.
But as St. Michael the Archangel recommended 100 years ago at Fatima, we must make of everything we can a sacrifice, offering all in an obedient and penitential spirit.
“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?” (Canticles, 6, 9)
R. Thanks be to God.
V. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thine enemies.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
The prayer above is from the hour of Prime in the traditional Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Those who say it often are familiar with the frequent references to battle and enemies that run through the Little Office. This is because the Little Office, as a liturgical prayer of the Church, reflects the intense battle being waged against the Bride of Christ by the powers of darkness and deceit. The prayers of the Little Office are a daily reminder of the “enmity between (satan’s) seed and her seed”.
For centuries, this simple Office has been the earnest prayer of those who are called to embrace Mary, the Immaculate Mother of our Savior as their own Mother. We are not called to merely enjoy the comforts of her love in pious prayer, but to serve our Queen actively in this intense and ongoing battle.