Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2019

 

“I desire very ardently the propagation of the cult and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because this Heart is the magnet which draws souls to Me, the fire which makes the rays of My light and My love beam out over the earth, and the inexhaustible well causing the living water of My mercy to pour forth over the earth.”
(Communication of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Lúcia, as reported to Bp. Gurza May 27, 1943)

 

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today, on the octave of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we honor Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, in obedience to the will of Christ Himself. Why does Our Lord so desire that we honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

The Church tells us that Mary conceived the Word of God in her pure heart before she conceived Him in her womb. Indeed, it is with this beautiful truth that we open our rosaries each day! It was in Mary’s pure and perfect heart that our salvation began. And it is through her heart, please God, we will enter heaven. By offering us the Immaculate Heart of His Virgin Mother, Our Lord is tenderly offering us the sure way to be united with Him forever in heaven. Now we should know that, as St. John of the Cross assures us, with whatever love we have attained to here on earth by the moment of our deaths, that is the love we shall have for all eternity. Think on that a moment, and then, with all your heart and soul, turn gratefully to Mary, she to whom it is given in these days, to lead us to grow in love for Jesus, her beloved Son!

When Lúcia, speaking for the little shepherds, asked Our Lady to take them to Heaven, Our Lady replied,

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2016

“I desire very ardently the propagation of the cult and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because this Heart is the magnet which draws souls to Me, the fire which makes the rays of My light and My love beam out over the earth, and the inexhaustible well causing the living water of My mercy to gush over the earth.”

(Communication of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Lucia, in her Letter to Bp. Gurza May 27, 1943)

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Immaculate heart of Mary, inexhaustible well of mercy!

 

Today, on the octave of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we honor Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, in obedience to the will of Christ Himself. Why does Our Lord so desire that we honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

The Church tells us that Mary conceived the Word of God in her pure heart before she conceived Him in her womb. Indeed, it is with this beautiful truth that we open our rosaries each day! It was in Mary’s pure and perfect heart that our salvation began. And it is through her heart, please God, we will enter heaven. By offering us the Immaculate Heart of His Virgin Mother, Our Lord is tenderly offering us the sure way to be united with Him forever in heaven. 

When Lucia, speaking for the little shepherds, asked Our Lady to take them to Heaven, Our Lady replied,

“Yes, Jacinta and Francisco, I will take them soon, but you shall remain here for a certain time. Jesus wishes to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” Then, to Lucia’s plaintive plea, “Am I to be left here all alone?”, she responded with a solemn promise, “No, my daughter, you suffer a great deal. Do not be discouraged, I will never abandon you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way which will lead you to God.”

Over twenty years later, Lucia confided in her confessor, Father Aparicio that Our Lady’s promise had indeed been her consolation.

“The Immaculate Heart of Mary is my refuge, especially in the most difficult hours. There, I am always secure. It is the heart of the best of mothers; it is always attentive and it watches over the least of its children. How this certainty encourages and strengthens me! In her I find strength and consolation. This Immaculate Heart is the channel by which God makes the multitude of His graces gush into my soul. Help me to be grateful to her and to correspond to such great mercies.”

These two most loving Hearts knew that for Our Lady to enter into the foul arena of world events would mean most certain insults and scorn. And yet, her two overpowering loves drove her to this extreme; love for her divine Son, and love for her children, purchased at such great price.  

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Reparation for Blasphemy Against Mary

Yesterday, on our Lady’s beautiful feast day, I was asked, “Why do you focus on the negative, when we should be just praising Our Lady on her day?” That’s a question we need to discuss! Because you need to have a ready explanation when you hear it, as we so often do, directed at our criticisms of the Church hierarchy today.

Throughout the long and tortured history of the Faith, there have been persecutions and injustices directed against Christians. The faithful did not hide the fact of these evils, but fought against them with every spiritual means they had. In these times, the enemy of the Church is within and the attack is directed against Our Lord in His Mass and Blessed Sacrament and His Immaculate Mother.

Revered image of Our Lady, Vulnerata, damaged by protestant heretics in Spain. The new heretics attack her from within her own home.
Revered image of Our Lady, Vulnerata, damaged by protestant heretics in Spain. The new heretics attack her from within her own home.

Now, any battle begins with intelligence, not sentiment. We must know what the attack consists of, who is doing it and how they are doing it. One serious way that many people are led astray is by their ignorance and willful ignorance is no excuse.  It is my hope that as we become aware of the extremely grave nature of this pontiff’s offenses against the Catholic faith and most particularly against the Blessed Virgin and Our Lord Jesus Christ, we will become fervent in living our consecrations to Jesus through the Immaculata, living them with ever greater dedication, keeping First Saturdays of Reparation, offering all your daily duties and the small, tedious sacrifices they entail for the love and glory of God and the conversion of sinners and the triumph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Church will  be cleansed and restored, don’t you want to be a part of that?

In 1930, Sister Lucia asked Our Lord Jesus Christ why five First Saturdays instead of any other number. Sister Lucia said that Our Lord explained that there are five offenses against the Immaculate Heart of His Mother which require reparation. They are:

  • Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
  • Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity;
  • Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.
  • Blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred of our Immaculate Mother;
  • The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God

The truth of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God is the basis for all devotion to Mary. By undermining it, satan weakens and corrupts all devotion to Mary, who is the Mediatrix of our salvation. God the Father willed to give the world His only begotten Son through a woman, and to this end, He decreed that this Woman be perfectly, flawlessly pure, with no slightest stain of sin, ever. Satan rages at this fact and in these days, strives with all his might to eradicate this truth from the hearts of men, the better to deprive them of the most effective assurance of their adherence to their Savior Jesus Christ, her Son.

A notable example of blasphemy against the Immaculate Conception is Pope Francis’ homily in December, 2013 when he suggested that Mary may have responded to the humiliations of Jesus in His Passion with, “Lies, I was deceived!”. The Humble Pope® repeated the blasphemy on May 29, 2015 (link to Vatican site).  It is difficult to think of a more unfitting comment from the “Holy Father”. The fact that these insulting remarks drew so little attention from mainstream Catholic commentators is proof positive that they either do not know their faith or simply could not care less about something so boringly ordinary as the Vicar of Christ blaspheming the Mother of God.

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