Friday, May 12, 2017

Only The Virgin Mary Can Save The World?

Image result for fatima portugalAs The Catholic faith prepares for the 100th anniversary of the the first apparition of Mary to three shepherd children on May 13th 1917, the pope shares his thoughts:

“It is in my role as universal pastor, Pope Francis said, that I am about to present myself to her and I need to feel you close, physically or spiritually so that we are one heart and one mind”.

In his message the Pope also said he is entrusting all Portuguese faithful to Our Lady asking her to “whisper into the ears of each one of them, and assure them that her Immaculate Heart is a refuge and a path leading them to God”.

The Angel of Fatima

The writer highlights a forgotten aspect of the Marian apparition events:

"Many people who know the basic story of Our Lady of Fatima are unaware that an angel, known as the Angel of Peace, appeared to the children three times before Our Lady visited them. The angel taught them the prayer commonly referred to as the Pardon Prayer. They were told to recite it three times in a row.

Kneeling on the ground, the Angel bowed until his/her forehead touched the ground, and had the children repeat these words three times. The Angel also said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”

Another prayer the children were taught is commonly called The Angel’s Prayer:

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.  I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.

Our Lady of Fatima told the children they should offer all their personal sacrifices to God by praying the Sacrifice Prayer:

Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

During the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, the children said they felt  “moved by an interior impulse,” as Lucia described it, to say the following prayer together. It’s called the Eucharistic Prayer:

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
And of course Our Lady of Fatima frequently urged the praying of the Rosary for peace in the world. “Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.” (June 13, 1917)   “Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it.” (July 13, 1917)  Jacinta said, shortly before her death,  “God has placed peace in her hands, and it is from the Immaculate Heart that men must ask it.”

Editor's note:

Learn more of the Mary of Rome here.

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