“Mondays with Mary” – The Prayers of Fatima

As most of you know, this past Saturday, May 13, was the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Over the next few months, we will continue to remember the approved apparitions that occurred on the 13th day of every month ending in October. At Fatima, the Virgin Mary identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and asked that the Holy Rosary be recited on a daily basis. To read more about Our Lady of Fatima, I would encourage you to read my article by clicking on the aforementioned link.

During these apparitions, Our Lady, along with an angel appeared to the three young visionaries teaching them five prayers that should be recited often by the faithful. The first one I share with you is probably the one everyone knows well since it has become a staple prayer within the Holy Rosary. It is known as The Rosary Decade Prayer

“Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”

During their time with Our Lady, she taught the children to offer up their personal daily sacrifices 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.”

When the angel appeared to the three children, he identified himself as the Angel of Peace and the Angel of Portugal. He taught them The Pardon Prayer

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”

When Our Lady first appeared, the children had an internal desire to pray this prayer, The Eucharistic Prayer, together –

“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

During one of the apparitions, when the angel appeared to them, they saw the angel prostrated in front of a suspended host and chalice praying The Angel’s Prayer

“Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee 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 indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

Since these prayers are truly heavenly treasures, and it seems that many people are not aware of them, I would encourage you to share this article with as many as people as you can so that they can learn these prayers and offer them up on a daily basis.

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us.

Source:

Thierfelder, Mary. “Five Prayers Taught at Fatima by Mary & the Angels.” Get Fed | A Catholic Blog to Feed Your Faith. The Catholic Company, 10 May 2017. Web. 15 May 2017.

“Mondays with Mary” – 7 Quotes on Fatima from Pope St. John Paul II

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote about the great Marian feast known as Our Lady of Fatima, which is celebrated on May 13. And although I have quoted Pope St. John Paul II in the past here, along with his successors, I found it necessary to focus on more of the words from the Polish saint in regards to Fatima for this week’s feast.

It was on May 13, 1981 that the attempt on his life took place in St. Peter’s Square, as he made his ways through the throngs of people waiting to catch a glimpse of him. He attributes the bullet missing his heart by centimeters to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. As you might know, John Paul II had a major devotion to the Blessed Mother and also attributes many of the blessings in his life to her work in cooperation with Jesus Christ.

Now let us read some of the quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on Fatima. Most of these quotes come from his Fatima Address in 1982, unless otherwise noted.

Fatima Address, 1982

Fatima Address, 1982

1. “For how many children in the history of the Church has the Eucharist been a source of spiritual strength…there are many boys and girls among those declared by the Church to be saints or blessed…Mary, in the course of history, has not failed to show her motherly care for the little ones…think of…Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta of Fatima.”– Letter to Children, 1994

2. “In harmony with the tradition of many centuries, the Lady of the message indicates the rosary, which be rightly be defined as ‘Mary’s prayer’: the prayer in which she feels particularly united with us.

3. “Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced heart of the Savior, bringing it back to the very source of its redemption. Redemption is always greater than man’s sin and the ‘sin of the world.’ The power of Redemption is infinitely superior to the whole range of evil in man and the world. The heart of Mary is aware of this, more than any other heart in the whole universe, visible, and invisible. And so she calls us. She not only calls us to be converted: she calls us to accept her motherly help to return to the source of redemption.”

4. “Motherhood means concern for the life of the child. Now, if Mary is the Mother of all mankind, than her concern for the life of man has universal extension. Mary’s maternity has its beginning in her maternal care for Christ.” – Insegnamenti, 1982

5. “Let us offer ourselves to God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the act of thanks and willingness; let us offer our sacrifices in union with Christ the Redeemer and, with our souls in prayer of atonement and conciliation, let us repeat: Lord Jesus, it is love of you, in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.”

6. “The Blessed Virgin Mary, the first of the redeemed, the first to have been closely associated with the work of Redemption, will always be our guide and model.” – Rome Audience, 1983

7. “Motherhood means sharing in the life of the child. Since Mary is the mother of us all, her care for the life of man is universal. The care of a mother embraces her child totally. Mary’s motherhood has its beginning in her motherly care for Christ…In the light of the mystery of Mary’s spiritual motherhood, let us seek to understand the extraordinary message, which began on May 13, 1917, to resound throughout the world from Fatima, continuing for five months until October 13 of the same year.”

As we celebrate this great Marian feast, I would encourage you, as I always do to share this blog post as well as the quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on your media outlets. Also, let us pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, the now revealed secrets, and for the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II.

Our Lady of Fatima 2

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray For Us.

Pope St. John Paul II…Pray For Us.

“Mondays with Mary” – Pope Francis, Blessed John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Our Lady of Fatima

Yesterday, in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis consecrated the world through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the original statute of Our Lady of Fatima. If you haven’t figured it out already, Pope Francis is quite the Marian Pope! Like his predecessors, he has a deep love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Remember Day 2 of his Pontificate? Where did he go? He went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome and offered flowers at the altar of the Salus Populi Romani.

Pope Francis kneeling at St. Mary Major

Rocco Palmo, author of Whispers in the Loggia, says it perfectly about Pope Francis, “whenever the Theotokos comes around, the 266th Bishop of Rome simply loses himself and is spiritually transported to another place.” Pope Francis truly loves the Blessed Mother and has consecrated his papacy under the care of Our Lady of Fatima. Along with the last two papacies, we are blessed to be alive during this time in Church History!

Before continuing on, I suggest to you two articles. First, read – Pope Entrusts World to Immaculate Heart of Mary (Catholic News Agency). Second, read The Great “Untier” – For Francis, There’s Something About Mary (Whispers in the Loggia).

Although the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima is officially May 13, I wanted to share some excerpts of great insight from Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. These two Popes can say great things in a few paragraphs, where it takes the average person pages upon pages to say something not even half as good. The emphasis below is mine.

John Paul II - Fatima 1982Blessed John Paul II, Homily at Fatima Shrine – May 17, 1982:

“If the Church has accepted the message of Fatima, it is above all because that message contains a truth and a call whose basic content is the truth and the call of the Gospel itself.

“Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15): these are the first words that the Messiah addressed to humanity. The message of Fatima is, in its basic nucleus, a call to conversion and repentance, as in the Gospel. This call was uttered at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it was thus addressed particularly to this present century. The Lady of the message seems to have read with special insight the “signs of the times”, the signs of our time…the children of Fatima became partners in dialogue with the Lady of the message and collaborators with her.

In the light of a mother’s love we understand the whole message of the Lady of Fatima. The greatest obstacle to man’s journey towards God is sin, perseverance in sin, and, finally, denial of God. The deliberate blotting out of God from the world of human thought. The detachment from him of the whole of man’s earthly activity. The rejection of God by man

…The Immaculate Heart of Mary, opened with the words “Woman, behold, your son!”, is spiritually united with the heart of her Son opened by the soldier’s spear. Mary’s Heart was opened by the same love for man and for the world with which Christ loved man and the world, offering himself for them on the Cross, until the soldier’s spear struck that blow…Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the Cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced Heart of the Saviour, bringing it beck ‘to the very source of its Redemption.”

Pope Benedict XVI talkingPope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Regina Caeli Address – May 14, 2006:

A sure way of remaining united to Christ, as branches to the vine, is to have recourse to the intercession of Mary, whom we venerated yesterday, 13 May, in a particular way, recalling the apparitions at Fatima, where she appeared on several occasions to three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, in 1917. 

The message that she entrusted to them, in continuity with that of Lourdes, was a strong appeal to prayer and conversion; a truly prophetic message, considering that the 20th century was scourged by unheard-of destruction caused by war and totalitarian regimes, as well as widespread persecution of the Church.

Moreover, on 13 May 1981, 25 years ago, the Servant of God John Paul II felt that he was saved miraculously from death by the intervention of “a maternal hand” – as he himself said – and his entire Pontificate was marked by what the Virgin had foretold at Fatima.

Although there is no lack of anxiety and suffering, and although there are still reasons for apprehension about the future of humanity, what the “Lady in White” promised the shepherd children is consoling:  “At the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

With this awareness, we now turn with confidence to Mary Most Holy, thanking her for her constant intercession and asking her to continue to watch over the journey of the Church and of humanity, especially families, mothers and children.”

So what does Fatima teach us?  The underlining message from Fatima is hearing and living the call of the Gospel, a conversion and repentance must occur, we need enter into dialogue with the Blessed Mother who leads us to Jesus Christ, we must separate ourselves from sin, and entrust ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, and Blessed John Paul II, may we turn away from sin, repent and bring our lives in union with Jesus Christ. Amen.  

“Mondays with Mary” – Speaking about the Blessed Virgin Mary at God’s Country

This past weekend, I visited my girlfriend in her hometown in Southern Indiana. The entire weekend was such a blessing since I was able to spend time with her and part of her family. She is an amazing catholic woman who I am enjoying getting to know better every day. Her family members I met are as genuine and fun as she. We are praying that we can align our wills with God’s will (that’s what we’re all called to do anyway).

As I was boarding the plane to fly out to see her, she sent me a text message telling me that Dr. Mark Ginter invited me to speak for the First Saturday Devotion at God’s Country (I admit I was bit apprehensive at first). St. Joseph’s Holy Family is a Catholic apostolate in pursuit of the renewal of the Catholic family. The First Saturday Reparations derived and have been a staple for many Catholics since the apparition at Fatima when Our Lady requested that the world offer up the First Saturday’s as a day of devotion, prayer, and repentance.

Knowing that I had to come up with something pretty quickly and speaking with Dr. Mark Ginter later in the day, I decided to speak on the Six Reasons Why Mary Should Not Be Forgotten During a Times of Crisis. I have written on this topic before, as the aforementioned link will prove. It was based on an interview Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) gave in 1984. It was the perfect topic for the day and something I knew I could speak on in the allotted 20 minutes.

The few hours we visited God’s Country was spent in quality prayer and fellowship. As we arrived, others were just returning from praying the Stations of the Cross on the grounds. We then participated in the celebration of the Holy Mass in a small chapel. As I was sitting there, I thought how much I love being Catholic. The universality of the Church is everywhere – it’s at my parish in Scottsdale, it’s on a small mountaintop in Southern Indiana, and it’s across the globe. After Mass concluded, we had lunch and spent some time in community with new friends. Once we had our fill of food, some of us proceeded to pray a scriptural rosary of the Sorrowful Mysteries around the grounds (and yes, it was cold outside too! 30 degrees, felt like it was 20 degrees, and light snow flurries were falling). After the rosary walk, we then headed down to the little chapel where we had Mass for my short talk.

It was truly a blessing to be at God’s Country with my girlfriend and new Catholic friends. Thank you Dr. Ginter for inviting me to speak on a topic so close to my heart. Thank you to all of you I met at God’s Country – your Christian zeal and hospitality was appreciated.

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray of Us.

Our Lady of the Rosary

On May 14 of this year, I wrote a blog post for “Mondays with Mary” on Our Lady of Fatima. During these approved apparitions, the Blessed Mother appeared at Fatima as “Our Lady of the Rosary.” My blog post on the Fatima apparitions and Our Lady of the Rosary can be found in the preceding link. I hope you get the change to read it and share it with your family members and friends. Remember to pass along my posts to those same individuals in your life, especially if they have fallen away from the Catholic Church. It is my ministry with this blog to help you bring your loved ones back into the fold of the Catholic Church.

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us!

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us!

“Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady of Fatima

The apparitions at Fatima continue to be the most magnificent of all the Marian apparitions to affect the world in the modern era. Mary under her title, “Our Lady of the Rosary” at Fatima gave us specific instructions that would lead us closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

She asked that the Rosary be prayed on a daily basis; she asked that our daily sacrifice’s be offered up for the conversion of sinners; that we would adore the Blessed Sacrament more frequently; that there would be an increase of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and an offering of the First Saturdays of Reparation.

The apparitions at Fatima occurred during the First World War and the messages from Our Lady declared that if the world did not stop offending God, then another war even greater than the current war would occur. She is obviously talking about World War II, the war that began during the pontificate of Pius XI, a fact that was also declared at Fatima.

The July 13, 1917 apparition could be called the most important private revelation of the Age of Mary.  The message that came this day speaks of how fundamentally important it is to have a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; there was a vision of Hell and souls that are suffering there; the potential chastisement that would come upon the mankind during the 20th century; and the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and that the Immaculate Heart will triumph.

She says in one of the messages, “To prevent this I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart…if my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not she will spread her errors throughout the world…”

Lucia, one of the very young visionaries (she was 10 years old; Jacinta was 7 and Francisco was 8), asked Our Lady what was to be done. Our Lady said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is love for You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Throughout her apparitions to the three young children, specifically in the third Fatima message, she emphasizes the importance of the Holy Rosary, her title as “Our Lady of the Rosary” and the importance of praying the Rosary on a daily basis for world peace and end of World War I. She said in one of the messages, “I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will return to their homes.” Not only was the Rosary to be prayed until the war has ceased, but we must continue to pray the daily rosary today. In a time with so much strife and hostility, the daily rosary is a prayer that can fight the evils of the time. St. Pio of Pietrelcina said it’s the greatest weapon against Satan.

There is also the event known as “The Miracle of Fatima” or “How the Sun Danced at Noon over Fatima” where 70,000 pilgrims witnessed the “solar miracle.” The sun danced in the sky and appeared to give off different types of color. It is also approached the earth very rapidly and then returned to its place in the sky just as rapidly.

Although there are many other events, visions, and messages from Fatima, I will conclude here and allow you to continue to read about this great Marian apparition on your own. Below are some links that will guide you in your study and devotion to Our Lady of Fatima:

  1. The Official Website of Fatima in English
  2. Pope Benedict’s Homily from 2010 at Fatima – “I too have come as pilgrim.” This is a fantastic homily and truly displays the Holy Father’s love for Fatima and his ability to teach so eloquently with the Scriptures. Sacrifice is the key when it comes to Fatima.
  3. Fatima Prayer Petitions
  4. Rosary Army
  5. “Mondays with Mary” – Pope Francis, Pope St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Our Lady of Fatima
  6. “Mondays with Mary” – 7 Quotes on Fatima from Pope St. John Paul II

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us!

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us!

Motherhood, Mary, and Blessed John Paul II

On May 2nd, Pat Ryan of Relevant Radio interviewed me here in Austin (the interview will air in the middle to late June). One of the first questions he asked me was about Blessed John Paul II and how important he is to my ministry with this blog. I shared with Pat that Blessed John Paul II has been a major factor in my life as a whole and especially in my life as a small-time theologian trying to do God’s work for the Catholic Church. If it was not for my friend BK, I may never have grown to love Blessed John Paul II as much.

Karol Józef Wojtyla was born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska on May 18, 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice. He was the youngest of three children. In 1929, at the age of nine years old, his mother died. At the death of his mother, young Karol Wojtyla said to the Blessed Mother that she now had to be his mother. All through his life, Blessed John Paul II had a great devotion to Our Lady, specifically under her title, Our Lady of Fatima. Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima and also the anniversary date of the assassination attempt on his life in 1981. Blessed John Paul II had such a devotion to the Blessed Mother that he prayed all 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary (20 mysteries in 2002) on a daily basis and he was the first Pope in history to place the letter “M” on his Papal Shield representing Mary the Mother of God. Blessed John Paul II attributed his life being saved in 1981 to the Blessed Mother under her title as Our Lady of Fatima. Tomorrow’s Mondays with Mary will discuss Our Lady of Fatima.

Many people are aware that Blessed John Paul II wrote many magisterial documents in his years as Pope, but what most people don’t know is that Karol Wojtyla was also a poet who wrote poetry as early as 1939. It wasn’t until his election to the papacy in 1978 did these poems come to light. They are the reflections of a man of God who understood his place in the Church and the world. It is my personal opinion that the acting and the poetry transformed him to be the Renaissance Man that he became as a Priest, Bishop, Cardinal, and Pope. The poetry of Blessed John Paul II is published in the only English version approved by the Vatican – The Place Within. Since today is Mother’s Day and he found motherhood to be very important, especially the motherhood Our Lady showed him, I have chosen to give you a taste of his poetry under the title of Mother. There are other poems under this title in book.

Her Amazement at Her Only Child

Light piercing, gradually, everyday events;

a woman’s eyes, hands

used to them since childhood.

Then brightness flared, too huge for simple days,

and hands clasped when the words lost their space.

In that little town, my son, where they knew us together,

you called me mother; but no one had eyes to see

the astounding events as they took place day by day.

Your life became the life of the poor

in your wish to be with them through the work of your hands.

I knew: the light that lingered in ordinary things,

like a spark sheltered under the skin of our days –

the light was you; it did not come from me.

And I had more of you in that luminous silence

Than I had of you as the fruit of my body, my blood.

To All the Mothers Today – Happy Mother’s Day! To my Mother, Joyce Perna – Thank you for always being the shining beacon and foundation of our family. Your love for Carla and I is beyond words. As a grandmother, we get to observe the love you gave to us as children. We love you dearly.