The Necessary Devotion, 2022

THE NECESSARY DEVOTION

previously posted in May, 2020 by evensong

Each year we discuss the necessity of obeying the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ who asked us for a small favor over a hundred years ago. Sadly, most Catholics have not found the time to do this necessary devotion.

Well, perhaps they are too busy with other, more important things; I don’t know but it’s getting a little tiresome, year after year to watch the awful disintegration of the structures of the faith and folks still cannot grasp the concept that when God commands us, He intends that we obey. We are in the midst of a spiritual chastisement and tragically, many have become so numb in the consciences that they are in grave danger of losing their souls if they fail to wake up in time. Since they are no longer able to sense the danger, we must do all in our power to pray and make reparation for them, begging God’s mercy for them.

When we heard about the Message of Fatima in our school days, we never thought that “Pray for the conversion of sinners” would apply to our own beloved family members but that is precisely where so many of us are at the present time. I would so very much love to have readers pray not just for their own loved ones to repent and be re-converted, but for us all to pray for each others’ families as well. Just think of the good we would bring about!

NOTE:

This post has not been completely updated and so you may see errors – I have been occupied restoring the posts after our site was badly hacked on our old hosting platform. I am quite old and my goal now is just to restore enough essays to bring forward the prophetic Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and its increasing urgency for these chaotic times.

I hope that before I leave, we will have new writing on the Rosary and updated material on Our Lady of Fatima. Meanwhile, – and always! – No amount of online information outweighs the beautiful spiritual truths of Our Lady of the Rosary – please understand that only she will keep us safe in this terrible war for our souls!

Yes, she will keep us safe, but only if we cling to her in humility and obedience – obey her requests! There is no other way – only through devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God, using the Holy Rosary as she has commanded her children – only through Mary will we return to Jesus!

Pitiful Apostates

More than a century after our popes refused to honor Our Lady’s request, Christianity, and especially the Holy Catholic Church, is losing on every front. The pitiful apostates running the Church cannot see their way clear to obey — they are too far gone in the subterranean depths of depravity — they cannot do what is needed until we, the faithful, by our penances and prayers, make reparation for these grave insults to God and His beloved emissary, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The confusion of minds today has increased to the point that Catholics may no longer be able to obey. And so this post is not for them but for those of you reading this, I hope you will consider trying even harder this year to help someone return to Fatima, come keep Our Lady company, make your First Saturdays of Reparation and by the grace of God, pass the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on to others.

No one else will help us, so we must try even harder to save souls by bringing them to First Saturdays. Any First Saturday will do to begin our First Saturdays, but when we continue them, offering every First Saturday, . it’s a beautiful way to tell our Blessed Mother we love her!

t until we storm heaven with our. proof that we are obeying all that heaven has asked of us, and most urgently the First Saturdays of Reparation and her real, true Rosary with her requested prayers, we are not very likely to please her or Our Good Lord who sent her to us.

“I will never forsake you!”

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,,

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” … “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” … Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

“You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

“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.

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

Note, if you will, the choice Our Lady offers: Do this and this will happen. Don’t obey and this will happen. Salvation history is filled with choices and so often, the recalcitrant children of God simply shrugged it off, with entirely predictable consequences. In this late age, however, God is giving us so much leeway! Surely at least some of our religious leaders must see the danger here and yet they continue to provoke God’s righteous anger.

The Visit: December 10, 1925

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.
At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said:

“Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces, promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The History of First Saturday Devotion

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

Then, just a few years before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. Pius X, on June 13, 1912, granted generous new indulgences for the Devotion of Reparation on the First Saturdays of the month, in order to “promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men”. On November 13, 1920, St. Pius’s successor, Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this practice when accomplished for eight consecutive months.

And so we see that when Our Lady requested that the Pope solemnly approve of this devotion and promote it, she was not seeking the impossible, but merely adding precision and simplifying an established devotion. And yet, since 1925, no pope whatsoever has obeyed this very simple request.

The failure of the Popes

Pope Benedict XV was succeeded by Pope Pius XI who did much to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ. But this pope pointedly ignored Sister Lúcia and her efforts to call the true message of Fatima to his attention. His efforts to broker peace failed dismally and his aid to the Russian people only served to assist Stalin’s hellish communism in its stranglehold on the enslaved Russian people.

We shall see in another post very soon how Pius XI’s misguided actions were the trigger for Our Lady’s return, in 1929 to ask for the Consecration of Russia, which he also ignored, thus contributing to Russia’s spreading of its errors, and causing the loss of untold numbers of souls.

Pope Pius XII also did not establish the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation as Our Lady requested. Much is made of his failure to Consecrate Russia, but the establishment of First Saturdays was easily within his reach and consequently, it is inexcusable that this was not done for fully 35 years until 1960, when all became clearer with John XXIII’s open defiance of the request of the Mother of God. I firmly believe that If any earlier pope had established the requested devotion to the Immaculata, and promoted the First Saturdays of Reparation, Our Lady, Mediatrix of Graces would have generously provided sufficient grace for the Pope and Bishops to willingly perform the Consecration of Russia as Our Lady asked.

John Paul II, whom many today call “Great” and “Saint” added to the betrayal by refusing to promote the simple and profoundly merciful devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation, and promoting instead the false “Divine Mercy” devotion and the “Luminous” mysteries, knowing full well that every DM chaplet recited was a rosary denied to Our Lady, and every recitation of the Luminous Mysteries supplanted one of Our Lady’s venerable mysteries, thus falsely pitting the two Sacred Hearts against each other. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not vying with one another for our attention! Those who attempt to set the one against the other are offending both Hearts deeply.

At Fulda, John Paul gave his reasons for not revealing the Third Secret, When asked why the Third Secret was not revealed, the Pope responded:

“Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves. On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this, if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much desired.”

Thus, Pope John Paul II showed that he placed human considerations ahead of trust and obedience to God. He also never gave a clear explanation for why he refused to promote the First Saturdays asked for by Our Lady. If he was truly the devout Marian pope he professed to be, why did he refuse Our Lady this small favor she had asked for?

Our Popes have not obeyed Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation, our Bishops have not promoted this devotion (for the most part) neither have the majority of Novus Ordo Catholics. But now, more than ever, we few faithful can and must obey Our Lady’s request in this, the centenary year of the apparitions, miracle and message of Fatima.

The First Saturday of May has passed but we still may make June through October to close the Fatima cycle with Five First Saturdays. Since many of us are in areas of lockdown, I hope you will consider making your First Saturdays as reparatory as possible in the current circumstances, by either following the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass online, or by devoutly reading the Mass in your Missals. That is my favorite way as the reading in seclusion helps my troubled mind find peace and recollection. The Holy Ghost has told us that Our Lady knows the thoughts of our hearts, so trust in her loving guidance and offer First Saturdays – many of you already do every Saturday this way – and we have reason to hope that these small offering we make to her will be the beginning of the necessary flood of God’s grace back into the world to restore the Church.

These First Saturdays are a lovely spiritual bouquet for the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts! Please make every effort to perform this devotion!

Thank you for reading. Please encourage others to make the essential First Saturdays of Reparation between now and October.

  Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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.

  Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)

  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

  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 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

Reparation, Obedience and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today, I only offer a brief recap for those of you who have likely been somewhat disappointed that yesterday’s post was not updated. I’m sorry but have not been able to be very active, as I’m now receiving home therapy and it is both time-consuming and exhausting.. Today’s post was originally about the errors of a specific “trad” who posted the usual errors against Our Lady of the Rosary and her requests at Fatima, but since that time, a few years back, the poor man has lost his faith utterly and so now, it is prayers that are called for,

But the message remains useful, I trust.

Sufferings and reparation

On her first visit,  May 13, 1917, Our Lady asked the children,

“Do you want to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia promptly answered, “Yes! We want to!” “Then you are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

A month later, on her second visit, she explained,

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne.”

It was on the Third Visit, on July 13, 1917, that Our Lady explained her Message most fully.
Continue reading “Reparation, Obedience and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

Honor the Holy Name of Mary!

Today, September 12,  we honor the Holy Name of Mary, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and by His infinite mercy, our Mother as well.  From His Cross, Our Lord gave us the One He holds dearest, His Immaculate Mother. For all of her children, reparation is a sacred duty to offset the swelling tide of blasphemy against our most beloved Mother and the indifference continually shown by our prelates, especially the pope.

The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary appears to have originated formally in Spain from which it gradually spread. The date of observance was changed several times over the centuries and Saint Pius X ( 1914) established the present date to commemorate the great victory over the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. An excellent account of this battle and others in relation to the most Holy Name of Mary can be found at Catholic Tradition. 
Continue reading “Honor the Holy Name of Mary!”

First Saturdays of Reparation, more necessary than ever

This post was last updated during the big COVID scare

COVID AND REPARATION

Now, as the COVID 19 epidemic intensifies, we see our access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass denied more than ever.  And so, we find that it is seemingly impossible to observe Our Lady’s long-awaited First Saturdays of Reparation.

However, our loving Mother looks at our intentions and she is not so unreasonable as to expect us to do the impossible! I do hope you will consider the importance of these First Saturdays of Reparation. You have access to the internet – I realize it is an infernal contraption! But there are many sites that offer videos of the Holy Sacrifice in the true Catholic rite,  By reading along with your Missal and watching the Sacrifice, you are able to make a spiritual Communion and therefore, doing your best, and surely Our Lady sees your heart’s intentions! One very nice thing is when we do this, our Spiritual Holy Communions can take as long as we want. I love to be able to just have plenty of time to give Him my love, without getting jostled out of my prayers by the distractions of those around me at Mass.

It seems to me that our dear Lord is extra generous with His favors in these hard times and these video Masses and Spiritual Communions are wonderfully edifying! Make the entire day as fervent a reparation as you can, complete with fasting, abstinence and whatever sacrifices you can add to the Mass and Rosary. (Let’s resolve not to waste a single  cross during this time of aggravation and suffering!) Now, the 15 minutes with Our Lady is a very misunderstood part of this. It does not require you to be able to experience ecstasies of contemplation, but simply spend some quiet time thinking on her Rosary mysteries in her presence, with an emphasis on how, in these sad times, she is so disregarded, when she loves us so very much. Resolve to make up to her for all the indifference and even enmity she is having to endure.  And now, an old, but good post on these things.

First Saturdays of Reparation – more necessary than ever

As we had feared, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is becoming scarcer, even as the need for Mass intensifies in this great crisis. We offer today a repost from 2017 which has been updated.

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” …  “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” …  Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the  the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

“You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.  The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

“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.

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.

“At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

“Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces,  promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

SALVATION

Frère Michel continues,

“the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen  Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

Then, just a few years before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. Pius X, on June 13, 1912,  granted generous new indulgences for the Devotion of Reparation on the First Saturdays of the month, in order to “promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men”.  On November 13, 1920, St. Pius’s successor, Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this practice when accomplished for eight consecutive months.

And so we see that when Our Lady requested that the Pope solemnly approve of this devotion and promote it,  she was not seeking the impossible, but merely adding precision and simplifying  an established devotion. And yet, since 1925, no pope whatsoever has obeyed this very simple request.

 

DISOBEDIENT POPES

Pope Benedict XV was succeeded by Pope Pius XI who did much to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ. But Pope Pius XI pointedly ignored Sister Lúcia and her efforts to call the true message of Fatima to his attention.  His efforts to broker peace by the use of secular means (diplomacy, humanitarian aid)  failed dismally and his aid to the Russian people only served to assist Stalin’s hellish communism in its stranglehold on the enslaved Russian people.

We have seen in other posts  how Pius XI’s misguided actions  were the trigger for Our Lady’s return in 1929 to  ask for the Consecration of Russia, which he also ignored, thus contributing to Russia’s spreading of its errors, and causing the loss of untold numbers of souls.

Pope Pius XII also did not establish the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation as Our Lady requested. Much is made of his failure to Consecrate Russia, but the establishment of First Saturdays was easily within his reach and consequently, it is inexcusable that this was not done for fully 35 years until 1960, when all became clearer with John XXIII’s open defiance of the request of the Mother of God. And now, after more than a century, we are farther than ever from fulfilling that simple request of Our Lady and our dear Lord.

John Paul II, whom many today call “Great” and “Saint” added to the betrayal by  refusing to promote the simple and profoundly merciful devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation, and promoting instead the false  “Divine Mercy” devotion and the “Luminous” mysteries, knowing full well that every DM chaplet recited was a rosary denied to Our Lady, and every recitation of the Luminous Mysteries supplanted one of Our Lady’s venerable mysteries, thus falsely pitting the two Sacred Hearts against each other.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not vying with one another for our attention! Those who attempt to set the one against the other are offending both Hearts deeply.

At Fulda, John Paul gave his reasons for not revealing the Third Secret, When asked why the Third Secret was not revealed, the Pope responded:

“Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves.  On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this, if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something  to be so much desired.”

Thus, the pope showed that he placed human considerations ahead of trust and obedience to God. He also never gave a clear explanation for why he refused to promote the First Saturdays asked for by Our Lady. If he was truly the devout Marian pope he professed to be, why did he refuse Our Lady this small favor she had asked for?

Our Popes have not obeyed Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation, our Bishops have not promoted this devotion (for the most part) neither have the majority of Novus Ordo Catholics. But now, more than ever, we few faithful can and must obey Our Lady’s request in this, the centenary year of the apparitions, miracle and message of Fatima.

 

WHAT DID OUR LADY ASK FOR?

Our Lady of Fatima requests that the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation consist of:

  • Confession (may be within 8 days either before or after).
  • Holy Communion
  • 5 Decade Rosary “o terzo”, Portuguese for one third of the Rosary. Thus, implicitly precludes Luminous.
  • 15 minutes of visiting with Our Lady in reparation, while meditating on mysteries of her Rosary
  • Each of the above steps, that is, Confession, Communion, Rosary and meditation must be offered in a spirit of reparation, of course.

Remember, let yourself be led by the Immaculata; do penance and pray the rosary, and we shall see that victory so long desired – The triumph of her Immaculate Heart!

Readers, this is a restored post from 2017. In it, we wrote:

Soon, we will have an opportunity that will never come again. The First Saturday of May, that is, May 6th, will present the opportunity to observe Our Lady’s long-requested First Saturdays from May through September in the Centenary of her apparitions at Fatima. Then, October 7th, we can give her one extra First Saturday, just because we, her true children love her so much! What a lovely spiritual bouquet for the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts! What a blessing to be able to prepare for the momentous date of October 13, 2017! Please make every effort to perform this devotion!

I wonder how many actually made use of that occasion! Certainly, none of our spiritual leaders such as Bishop Schneider, Archbishop Vigano or Cardinal Burke  has  promoted these important First Saturdays of reparation! WHY???

And so here we are now, in the midst of a worldwide epidemic, unleashed by mankind, against mankind, with the specific purpose of imposing the worldwide new order – a government which sets itself above God and despises Christ the King.  No Catholic leader who does not obey Our Lady of Fatima is fit to lead us in this crisis of faith.

Many, if not most of us , have no access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at present. In this crisis, please try to follow the Mass online, make frequent spiritual communions, and please live your total Consecrations to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Living our devotion to her Immaculate Heart, praying her Holy Rosary every day, offering all our daily duties and sacrifices for love of Jesus, reparation for sins and conversion of poor sinners, all these are the way through this crisis. We must save our own souls, and most certainly save those souls entrusted to us; even though, in most cases, these poor sinners – our own families! – are tragically blind to their own sad state.

Also, I have been reminded that reading the Mass in our Missals is an excellent practice and one accessible to all. We also have a brief version on our Family Consecration page which has many prayers as well.

 

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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.

†  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

†  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 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

Bishop da Silva on the First Saturdays 1939

Today we have a new post which we offer as an example of how Sister Lucia’s attempts to make known Our Lady of Fatima’s message were obstructed from the start. Sister Lucia had urged Bishop da Silva to establish the devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for some years, and he had responded with vague promises. From Frere  Michel’s The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol. II,  we see how the Church authorities  disobeyed Our Lady even while appearing to obey.

Bishop da Silva had several reasons for passing from promises to action. First, there was the painful trial of bad health which had dangerously threatened him in July of 1939. Then there was the declaration of war on September 3, which may have led to fears that perhaps Portugal also might, in spite of itself, get sucked into the war. Finally, there was the promising dawn of the new pontificate, which gave some reason to believe that the Holy Father might be more favourable to Fatima.

During the pilgrimage of September 13, Bishop da Silva decided to inform the thousands of pilgrims at the Cova da Iria of the devotion of reparation on the five first Saturdays of the month. Shortly afterwards, he published it in Voz da Fatima.

Bishop da Silva wrote to Sister Lucia shortly after to inform her. He was clearly pleased at having finally accomplished this act, which had been requested by the seer for over ten years: Continue reading “Bishop da Silva on the First Saturdays 1939”

Reparation – A Secret of Mercy for Sinners

Reparation, A Secret of Mercy
posted on : February 20, 2021 posted by : evensong

 

Today’s essay is from Frere Michel de la Saint Trinite, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol. II.

THE DEVOTION OF REPARATION:
A SECRET OF MERCY FOR SINNERS

After enumerating the five blasphemies which gravely offend His Most Holy Mother, Our Lord gave Sister Lucia the decisive explanation which allows us to penetrate into the secret of Her Immaculate Heart, which overflows with mercy for all sinners, even those who scorn and outrage Her:

“See, My daughter, the motive for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little reparation, and in consideration of it, to move My mercy to pardon souls who have had the misfortune of offending Her. As for you, always seek by your prayers and sacrifices to move My mercy to pity for these poor souls.”

“THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT”

Here we have one of the principal themes of the message of Fatima: since God has decided to manifest more and more His great design of love, which is to grant all graces to men through the mediation of the Immaculate Virgin, it seems that their refusal to submit with docility to what God wills is the fault which most gravely wounds His Heart, and for which He no longer finds in Himself any inclination to pardon them.

This sin seems unforgivable, because for Our Saviour there is no crime more unpardonable than to despise His Most Holy Mother and to outrage Her Immaculate Heart, which is the Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. This is committing “the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will not be forgiven in this world or in the next.” Continue reading “Reparation – A Secret of Mercy for Sinners”

The Necessary Devotion

THE NECESSARY DEVOTION

Each year we discuss the necessity of obeying the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ who asked us for a small favor 103 years ago. Sadly, most Catholics have not found the time to do this necessary devotion.

Well, perhaps they are too busy with other, more important things; I don’t know but it’s getting a little tiresome, year after year to watch the awful disintegration of the structures of the faith and folks still cannot grasp the concept that when God commands us, He intends that we obey. We are in the midst of a spiritual chastisement and tragically, many have become so numb in the consciences that they are in grave danger of losing their souls if they fail to wake up in time. Since they are no longer able to sense the danger, we must do all in our power to pray and make reparation for them, begging God’s mercy for them.

When we heard about the Message of Fatima in our school days, we never thought that “Pray for the conversion of sinners” would apply to our own beloved family members but that is precisely where so many of us are at the present time. I would so very much love to have readers pray not just for their own loved ones to repent and be re-converted, but for us all to pray for each others’ families as well. Just think of the good we would bring about!

NOTE:

This post has not been completely updated and so you may see errors – I have been occupied restoring the posts after our site was badly hacked on our old hosting platform. I am quite old and my goal now is just to restore enough essays to bring forward the prophetic Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and its increasing urgency for these chaotic times.

I hope that before I leave, we will have new writing on the Rosary and updated material on Our Lady of Fatima. Meanwhile, – and always! No amount of online information outweighs the beautiful spiritual truths of Our Lady of the Rosary – please understand that only she will keep us safe in this terrible war for our souls!

Yes, she will keep us safe, but only if we cling to her in humility and obedience – obey her requests! There is no other way – only through devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God, using the Holy Rosary as she has commanded her children – only through Mary will we return to Jesus!

Pitiful Apostates

More than a century after our popes refused to honor Our Lady’s request, Christianity, and especially the Holy Catholic Church, is losing on every front. The pitiful apostates running the Church cannot see their way clear to obey — they are too far gone in the subterranean depths of depravity — they cannot do what is needed until we, the faithful, by our penances and prayers, make reparation for these grave insults to God and His beloved emissary, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The confusion of minds today has increased to the point that Catholics may no longer be able to obey. And so this post is not for them but for those of you reading this, I hope you will consider trying even harder this year to help someone return to Fatima, come keep Our Lady company, make your First Saturdays of Reparation and by the grace of God, pass the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on to others.

No one else will help us, so we must try even harder to save souls by bringing them to First Saturdays. Any First Saturday will do to begin our First Saturdays, but when we continue them, offering every First Saturday, . it’s a beautiful way to tell our Blessed Mother we love her!

t until we storm heaven with our. proof that we are obeying all that heaven has asked of us, and most urgently the First Saturdays of Reparation and her real, true Rosary with her requested prayers, we are not very likely to please her or Our Good Lord who sent her to us.

“I will never forsake you!”

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,,

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” … “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” … Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

“You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

“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.

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

Note, if you will, the choice Our Lady offers: Do this and this will happen. Don’t obey and this will happen. Salvation history is filled with choices and so often, the recalcitrant children of God simply shrugged it off, with entirely predictable consequences. In this late age, however, God is giving us so much leeway! Surely at least some of our religious leaders must see the danger here and yet they continue to provoke God’s righteous anger.

The Visit: December 10, 1925

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.
At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said:

“Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces, promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The History of First Saturday Devotion

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

Then, just a few years before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. Pius X, on June 13, 1912, granted generous new indulgences for the Devotion of Reparation on the First Saturdays of the month, in order to “promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men”. On November 13, 1920, St. Pius’s successor, Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this practice when accomplished for eight consecutive months.

And so we see that when Our Lady requested that the Pope solemnly approve of this devotion and promote it, she was not seeking the impossible, but merely adding precision and simplifying an established devotion. And yet, since 1925, no pope whatsoever has obeyed this very simple request.

The failure of the Popes

Pope Benedict XV was succeeded by Pope Pius XI who did much to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ. But this pope pointedly ignored Sister Lúcia and her efforts to call the true message of Fatima to his attention. His efforts to broker peace failed dismally and his aid to the Russian people only served to assist Stalin’s hellish communism in its stranglehold on the enslaved Russian people.

We shall see in another post very soon how Pius XI’s misguided actions were the trigger for Our Lady’s return, in 1929 to ask for the Consecration of Russia, which he also ignored, thus contributing to Russia’s spreading of its errors, and causing the loss of untold numbers of souls.

Pope Pius XII also did not establish the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation as Our Lady requested. Much is made of his failure to Consecrate Russia, but the establishment of First Saturdays was easily within his reach and consequently, it is inexcusable that this was not done for fully 35 years until 1960, when all became clearer with John XXIII’s open defiance of the request of the Mother of God. I firmly believe that If any earlier pope had established the requested devotion to the Immaculata, and promoted the First Saturdays of Reparation, Our Lady, Mediatrix of Graces would have generously provided sufficient grace for the Pope and Bishops to willingly perform the Consecration of Russia as Our Lady asked.

John Paul II, whom many today call “Great” and “Saint” added to the betrayal by refusing to promote the simple and profoundly merciful devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation, and promoting instead the false “Divine Mercy” devotion and the “Luminous” mysteries, knowing full well that every DM chaplet recited was a rosary denied to Our Lady, and every recitation of the Luminous Mysteries supplanted one of Our Lady’s venerable mysteries, thus falsely pitting the two Sacred Hearts against each other. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not vying with one another for our attention! Those who attempt to set the one against the other are offending both Hearts deeply.

At Fulda, John Paul gave his reasons for not revealing the Third Secret, When asked why the Third Secret was not revealed, the Pope responded:

“Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves. On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this, if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much desired.”

Thus, Pope John Paul II showed that he placed human considerations ahead of trust and obedience to God. He also never gave a clear explanation for why he refused to promote the First Saturdays asked for by Our Lady. If he was truly the devout Marian pope he professed to be, why did he refuse Our Lady this small favor she had asked for?

Our Popes have not obeyed Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation, our Bishops have not promoted this devotion (for the most part) neither have the majority of Novus Ordo Catholics. But now, more than ever, we few faithful can and must obey Our Lady’s request in this, the centenary year of the apparitions, miracle and message of Fatima.

The First Saturday of May has passed but we still may make June through October to close the Fatima cycle with Five First Saturdays. Since many of us are in areas of lockdown, I hope you will consider making your First Saturdays as reparatory as possible in the current circumstances, by either following the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass online, or by devoutly reading the Mass in your Missals. That is my favorite way as the reading in seclusion helps my troubled mind find peace and recollection. The Holy Ghost has told us that Our Lady knows the thoughts of our hearts, so trust in her loving guidance and offer First Saturdays – many of you already do every Saturday this way – and we have reason to hope that these small offering we make to her will be the beginning of the necessary flood of God’s grace back into the world to restore the Church.

These First Saturdays are a lovely spiritual bouquet for the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts! Please make every effort to perform this devotion!

Thank you for reading. Please encourage others to make the essential First Saturdays of Reparation between now and October.

† Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

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.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

The Call to Arms – Updated

posted on January 25, 2014 by evensong

Are you armed for the battle? If you belong to the Mystical Body of Christ, you better be. This then, is a call to arms!

“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. They imply the ancient battle between good and evil, damnation and salvation; to the “enmity between thy seed and her seed”; that is between satan and the Savior born of the Immaculate Virgin. For centuries, this 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 simply enjoy the comforts of her love in pious prayer,  but to serve our Queen actively in this ongoing battle. 

Members of the Church on earth are referred to as the Church Militant for good reason. We maintain our spiritual mettle by frequent acts of sacrifice and penance. Indeed, a penitential heart is as essential as prayer for our salvation and for our success in converting sinners. Truly Mary the Immaculata heads an army “in vast array” as the scriptures reveal; and now here we are in the midst of the most powerful and aggressively materialistic society that ever waged war on Christ’s Kingdom. If our prayers are simply smug and comfortable in this time of severe trial, aren’t we failing our “Generals” who show their willingness to suffer for us in their Sorrowful and Sacred Hearts?

It has been 40 years since our country legalized the murder of innocents and now, millions of babies later, our nation has the most aggressively anti-life, anti-Catholic president in American history. This administration was elected and re-elected by “Catholics”. It is staffed by “Catholics” in influential positions. Yes, this monster was elected and re-elected with the complicity of Catholic leaders and Bishops and even supported by those Catholics among our friends and family. But pointing fingers is a fruitless exercise.Despite having a pope who urges us not to “obsess” over abortion, we do have an obligation to oppose evil.

Today, we have a Pope who is the epitome of a modernist. He has been very clear in stating his objectives, which in no way are congruent with defending and promoting the Catholic faith as it has been taught, believed and practiced for 2,000 years. If we fail to recognise and defend our faith at this crucial time, we shall surely lose it. I repeat, we have an obligation to oppose evil, not by half-measures but by using every means at our disposal, starting with the spiritual means provided to us by Our Blessed Mother at Fatima.

Let’s do as our Lady’s Little Office teaches us. Each day, we pray, “Give me strength against thine enemies”. As Catholics, we must be always in combat against all the enemies of our salvation. For when we are lulled into complacency, or mired in self pity and bitterness and the injustices of others, we are losing ground and in danger of losing this battle for our soul and all the souls entrusted to us. Throughout the history of the Church, Catholics have always found their strength and wisdom in the Cross of Christ. We can never forget that our King wears a Crown of Thorns.

At Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary gave us an armory for this battle. It consists of her Rosary, the Holy Eucharist, her brown scapular and reparation by the Five First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The devotion of the Five First Saturdays contains within itself all the beauties of Catholic devotion, uniting the Eucharistic Sacrifice with our sacrifices and with both the Rosary and meditative prayer.  It has the potential to strengthen us powerfully in our Faith, so that we can truly be the warriors Our Blessed Mother intends us to be in the anti-Catholic storm that is now breaking upon us.

In her Five First Saturdays, Our Lady of Fatima asks that we:
* Confession
* Receive Holy Communion
* Pray 5 decades of her Rosary
* Spend 15 minutes with her in meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary.
All this must be done with the intention of making reparation to her Immaculate Heart.

Reparation is the key to it all. When Jesus first began to preach His message was, “Do penance, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. (Matthew 4, 17) Throughout our history the Church has strengthened itself with programs of penance and prayer during challenging times. Yet today for some reason, prayer is emphasized while penance is neglected. When was the last time you heard a priest give a sermon on making reparation for sin? So let us in these Five First Saturdays pick up the neglected pennant of reparation and hold it high once more.

If you attend an Indult or Moto Proprio Mass in a Novus Ordo parish, ask your Pastor for Latin Mass on First Saturdays. We did that in our parish and although our priest was unable to comply, we asked around the diocese and located another priest who agreed to offer the Traditional Latin Mass on First Saturdays. It can be done! And now we have the opportunity to make our reparation in the Latin Mass that was the Mass of Sister Lúcia of Fatima and of St. Pio of Pietrelcina!

How ingenious the simple program of the First Saturdays is! By obligating ourselves to offer Our Blessed Mother these Five First Saturdays, we soon notice that it is a real sacrifice. For most of us, Saturdays are the busiest days of the week and the first Saturday of the month is even busier yet. Add to this the commitment for an entire sequence of them, without missing one!

So the element of sacrifice, of penance is nicely supported. This penitential attitude is the most overlooked element of Catholic spirituality today.  Devout Catholics have been praying their rosaries in increasing numbers as they watch with dismay the dismantling of the bastions of our Faith and our culture. But perhaps we have grown a bit lax in the penance department. In these last few years of my life, it is clear that I have failed to offer God enough penance for my loved ones who have suffered the loss of their Faith. Prayers, yes, many; but penances, not so much, sadly. At Fatima, Our Lady did not just ask for prayer, she asked for prayer and reparation.

Please spread this devotion! Consider that pastors may be more amenable to the devotion of the Five First Saturdays if presented now as a response to the threats we face against our religion and the imperative of the new evangelization. So try to extend this devotion and you may be delightfully surprised at how much Our Lady will bless your efforts!

Since the above was posted, the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has called for a Rosary Crusade. This Crusade emphasizes the importance of our compliance with our Lady’s requests for penance to accompany our prayers. The intentions of the Crusade are three:

  • To implore from the Immaculate Heart of Mary a special protection for the traditional apostolate
  • For the return of tradition within the Church
  • For the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the consecration of Russia (according to her request).

This Crusade, began Jan. 1 and ends at Pentecost, June 8, 2014, and you can join at any time.  Bishop Fellay stressed the importance of embracing the Cross of Our Lord and having confidence in the grace of the Mass. In this, he was echoing the words of the holy founder of the Society, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Sister Lucia of Fatima also insisted that the Blessed Virgin did not just ask us to pray for sinners, she asked us to pray and sacrifice for sinners. It is not too late to join in this Crusade for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

If we want a better Church, we must make reparation as well as pray for the purging and restoration of the Church. The restoration begins with us.

Above all, trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Viva Cristo Rey!

(Originally posted by evensong in April, 2013.)

First Saturdays

FIRST SATURDAYS OF REPARATION

One of our earliest posts, urging the essential devotion of First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God.

Here is a lovely article on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially the First Saturdays of Reparation. It is by Father Rostand:

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly.” By these words St. Louis Marie de Montfort invites us to go to Our Lady as a way leading us to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Fatima our dear Lady reminded us of a special way[1] to honor her: the devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Here is what she said to the three little children:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.[2]

On December 10, 1925 the Blessed Virgin Mary said to Lucia:

Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.

To our times has been given the Immaculate Heart of Mary, surrounded by thorns, outraged by so many sins but seeking reparation for them. Here is what she told the children:

Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[3]

As we enter the month of Mary, let us remember to go and honor Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us practice the five first Saturdays devotion again and again, not only once in a lifetime, but every month of every year, so as to make reparation for the sins committed against her Sorrowful Heart. If the first intention which has led us to the practice of the first Saturdays is the grace of final perseverance, it is certainly more perfect to practice this devotion in order to console Our Lady, to repair for the offenses against her Immaculate Heart, and to offer the merits of these reparations for poor sinners.

In a letter to Fr. Goncalves on June 12, 1930, Sister Lucy named the reasons Our Lord had given to her for the five Saturdays, corresponding to five kinds of offenses:

  • The blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
  • The blasphemies against her virginity;
  • The blasphemies against her divine maternity, refusing also to recognize her as Mother of men;
  • The blasphemies of those who intend to put in the hearts of children indifference, spite, or hate for her Immaculate Heart;
  • The blasphemies against her images.

Let us remember that the consecration of Russia that we all expect and want to be done as soon as possible and as Our Lady requested it, has been asked of the hierarchy of the Church and therefore depends on us in only a very remote way. Let us take care of what does depend on us first!

In the letter we quote above, Sister Lucy shows how this consecration is in fact an expression of the same devotion to the Immaculate Heart. She speaks about an “act of reparation and consecration of Russia” to be made by the Pope and all the bishops of the world, with the promise that one day the Holy Father would approve and recommend this devotion of reparation. It is clear that God wants, by means of the consecration of Russia and of its happy results for the Church and the world, to encourage us to enter more generously into this practice of our Faith.

Our priests make great efforts to say Mass in some of the mission chapels on the First Saturdays. It is sometimes sad to see how few people attend Mass on these days. Please, continue to be generous in complying with the request of Our Lady. Ask your pastors for the possibility of receiving communion on the following Sunday when really kept from receiving it on the first Saturday, as Our Lord mentioned to Sister Lucy in the apparition in Tuy (May 29, 1930).

As a reminder, the required devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary consists of:

  • Confession (may be within 8 days either before or after).
  • Holy Communion
  • 5 Decade Rosary, “o terzo”, Portuguese for one third of the Rosary. Precludes Luminous.
  • 15 minutes of visiting with Our Lady in reparation, while meditating on mysteries of her Rosary

Each of the above steps, that is, Confession, Communion, Rosary and meditation must be offered in a spirit of reparation, of course. The message of Fatima demands worldwide repentance, reparation through the First Saturdays and through one’s daily duties of state. Without the First Saturdays of Reparation, the Consecration of Russia cannot be accomplished, and thus the tragic auto-demolition of the Faith will continue.

Please, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)

 ✝︎  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, protect us, 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!