“Mondays with Mary” – 54 Days of Rosary Quotes

Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral.

Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks. My girlfriend and I met just before the novena began and have been praying it together often at night walking the streets of my neighborhood before she returns home to her place. It has been a tremendous gift for us as a couple as well as to the entire Diocese of Phoenix.

Over the 54 days, the Diocese of Phoenix sent out Flocknote messages, for those who signed up, reminders to prayer the novena. The messages contained quotes from many Saints about the Rosary, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Mother, including the words of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children. For your reading enjoyment and daily prayer, below are the quotes that were sent –

1. “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

2. “The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.” – Blessed Alan de la Roche

3. “My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.” – Sister Lucia, one of the visionaries at Fatima

4. “There are no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family…than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” – Pope Pius XII

5. “When people love and recite the Rosary, the find that is makes them better.” – St. Anthony Mary Claret

6. “Continue to pray the Rosary every day.” – Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

7. “The Rosary is my favorite prayer.” – Pope St. John Paul II

8. “The Rosary is the weapon for these times.” – Padre Pio (St. Pio of Pietrelcina)

9. “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

10. “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be the monotony of “Hail Mary’s” which purifies the monotony of your sins!” – St. Josemaria Escriva

11. “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening!” – Pope St. John Paul II

12. “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with blood.” – St. Louis de Montfort

13. “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon.  Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

14. “The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.” – Pope St. John XXIII

15. “The Rosary should be said with faith for our Blessed Lord said, ‘Believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.’” – St. Louis de Montfort

16. “The Rosary is the scourge of the devil.” – Pope Adrian VI

17. “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the heart of God, it obtains necessary graces! – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

18. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for the Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces are given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

19. “When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds join in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

20. “Recite your rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.” – St. Louis de Montfort

21. “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” – Sr. Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer

22. “We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.” – Pope Pius XII

23. “The family that prays together, stays together.” – Fr. Patrick Peyton

24. “Those who say the Rosary frequently and fervently will gradually grow in grace and holiness and will enjoy the special protection of Our Lady and the abiding friendship of God.” – Bishop Hugh Boyle

25. “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI

26. “If there were one million families praying the Rosary every day, the entire world would be saved.” – Pope St. Pius X

27. “The Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God.” – St. Louis de Montfort

28. “No one can live continually in sin & continue to say the Rosary: either they give up sin or they give up the Rosary.” – Bishop Hugh Doyle

29. “The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and theologically rich in biblical content.  I beg you to pray it.” – Pope St. John Paul II

30. “The Rosary is the Bible on a string” – Fr. Ronan Murphy

31. “The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world.” – Pope St. John XXIII

32. “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

33. “If families give Our Lady fifteen minutes a day by reciting the Rosary, I assure them that their homes will become, by God’s grace, peaceful places.” – Fr. Patrick Peyton

34. “If you have lost the taste for prayer, you will regain the desire for it by returning humbly to its practice.” – Bl. Pope Paul VI

35. “Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

36. “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” – St. Maximillian Kolbe

37. “In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose guidance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

38. “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

39. “Let us run to her, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” – St. Francis de Sales

40. “Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God’s heart.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

41. “I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.” – Our Lady of Fatima

42. “What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?” – St. Therese of Lisieux

43. “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, thing of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

44. “After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of his mother, Mary.” – St. Alphonsus Ligouri ‘

45. “Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you’ve turned to Our Lady, and with her, how easy!” – St. Josemaria Escriva

46. “We never give more honor to Jesus than we honor his mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly.” – St. Louis de Montfort

47. “If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady. Just say this simple prayer: Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now. I must admit – this prayer has never failed me.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

48. “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.” – St. John Vianney

49. “Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of Hell fear the name and protection of Mary.” – St. Bonaventure

50. “Pray! Pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.” – Our Lady of Fatima to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Sr. Lucia

51. “To save the souls of poor sinners, God wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world.” – Our Lady of Fatima to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Sr. Lucia

52. “Let us all willingly endeavor to follow faithfully the path that He has mapped out for us. Yes, because it was out of love that God sent us this pressing call from his mercy, in order to help us along the way of our salvation.” – Sr. Lucia

53. “Let us offer ourselves to God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the acts 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.”  – Pope St. John Paul II

54. “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.” – Pope St. John Paul II

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima Visits Gilbert, Arizona

A year and half ago, my Pastor came to me and asked to get more information about the possibility of having the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima present at our parish.  We found out about it initially through one of our parishioners. After some quick research and speaking to the Centennial Coordinator, Katie Moran, we decided to book the statue to visit our parish on October 8.

After months of coordinating over the phone and through email, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima arrived at the parish that I work at here in Arizona – Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. To say it was a glorious day, would be an understatement! I have received a few acclamations already from parishioners thanking us for bringing the beautiful image of Our Lady of Fatima to the parish.

We were blessed to have the statue arrive mid-morning just in time for our last morning Mass (this was scheduled already), where we were equally blessed to have the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, Thomas J. Olmsted. Bishop Olmsted, present as well. He was invited out to the parish by my Pastor for Mass because the statue was visiting this day as well as to hear our teenage choral group, the Schola Justiciae. Listening to teenagers between the grades of 8-12 sing beautiful sacred music gives me great hope for the Catholic Church here in this particular diocese.

As Mass began, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus led the procession followed by four Third Degree Knights who carried in the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Following them was my committee who carried flowers/roses, the parishioners who assisted me a in variety of ways to make this visit a special one. Behind us was the entrance procession made up of altar servers, Deacons, Priests, and Bishop Olmsted. One of the great highlights of the Sacred Liturgy, besides receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, was when Bishop Olmstead consecrated the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After Mass concluded, many of the parishioners stayed behind to pray and venerate the statue.

At 7:00pm we had a dedicated procession and prayer service for anyone that wished to attend. We estimated around 350-400 people attended, with nearly 200 people being invested with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As someone who has worn the Brown Scapular, and has written on in the past, I found the investiture to be very moving and glad we promoted it as we did during the weeks leading up to the visit. Along with the investiture, we had a talk from the custodian, Patrick Sabat, about the history of the statue and saying “Yes” to Mary and Jesus today, a Marian consecration and a Holy Rosary, both which were led by our Pastor. Parishioners were asked to lead one of the five decades of the Glorious Mysteries.

When the prayer service concluded, with assistance of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, we moved the statue to our perpetual adoration chapel for the rest of the night where it remained until 7:00am this morning. As I said above, it was an incredible and blessed day not only for the Diocese of Phoenix, but most especially for our parish. It was one of the highlights this year here at St. Mary Magdalene.

Thank you most especially to Katie Moran and Patrick Sabat for your dedication to Our Lady and the World Apostolate of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us 

“Mondays with Mary” – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

This article first appeared in the August 6th edition of Vidi Dominum, the parish bulletin of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Re-published here with permission.

Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, some saints and angels, as well as Jesus Christ himself, have appeared to human beings through apparitions. An apparition is an appearance of a heavenly being to people on earth. The apparitions of Jesus in his risen body to his disciples occurred between Easter and his Ascension into heaven.

Although there are many approved Marian apparitions by the Catholic Church, 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. The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred on the 13th of every month from May to October, 1917.

She asked that the Rosary be prayed on a daily basis, that our daily sacrifices 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 that there would be an offering of what are now known as 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 apparition on July 13th, 1917 could be called the most important private revelation of the Age of Mary. The message that came on this day speaks of how fundamentally important it is to have a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Also included in the message was a vision of Hell, and the souls that are suffering there, and the potential chastisement that would come upon the mankind during the 20th century.

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 then 10 years old; St. Jacinta was 7, and St. 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, having referred to herself as “Our Lady of the Rosary,” and the importance of praying the Rosary on a daily basis for world peace and the 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 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 our time. St. Pio of Pietrelcina said it’s the greatest weapon against Satan.

During the October apparition (original article said July – that was my error. Mea Culpa.), there is also the event known as “The Miracle of Fatima” where 70,000 pilgrims witnessed the “solar miracle.” The sun danced in the sky at noon and appeared to give off different types of color. It also approached the earth very rapidly and then returned to its place in the sky just as rapidly. As the sun was “dancing” in the sky, the three children saw a tableau composed of the Holy Family, Our Lady with Divine Son, who blessed the crowd, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

As often occurs with Marian apparitions, the Church remains reserved in any decisions until the apparitions have ceased and some time has passed as not to make a ruling based on emotions or feelings. Two years after the apparitions at Fatima had ended, the Bishop of the Diocese of Leira–Fatima, Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva, designated a commission to study the apparitions, which begun the official inquiry with the Church. Many pilgrims from the Portugal, Bishops and faithful, began to arrive in Fatima. In October 1930, thirteen years after the apparitions concluded, Bishop da Silva announced the results of the inquiry with a pastoral letter. In it, he said:

“In virtue of considerations made known, and others which for reason of brevity we omit; humbly invoking the Divine Spirit and placing ourselves under the protection of the most Holy Virgin, and after hearing the opinions of our Rev. Advisors in the diocese, we hereby: – Declare worthy of belief, the visions of the shepherd children in the Cova da Iria, parish of Fatima, in this diocese, from the 13th May to 13th October, 1917. – Permit officially the cult of Our Lady of Fatima.”

So you might be asking yourself – what is consecration?

In the womb of Mary, at the very point of conception, Jesus entrusted his whole being to her. In a similar way, through an act of consecration, we ask Mary to intercede for us, elevating us with a even higher mark of grace and greater encounter with Jesus Christ. We are completely and totally surrendered to God’s will and service, saying Yes (Fiat) to Christ just as Mary did at the Annunciation. The act of consecration commits us to Our Lady, which will move us closer to her Divine Son. The most popular consecration is that of St. Louis de Montfort, the “Apostle to Mary”, which is titled, “Total Consecration.” To learn more about this form of individual consecration, I would encourage you to read my article on my blog titled, “Mondays with Mary” – Marian Consecration: Knowing Jesus through Mary from September 2, 2013.

In connection with the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will consecrate the entire Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 13th at 6:00pm at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. In preparation for this consecration, all the faithful in Phoenix are invited to pray a 54-day Novena, pray a daily rosary, and offer acts of penance, beginning on August 21st. Sign up to receive the prayers, messages from Bishop Olmsted, and more via text and/or email. Text fatima100 to 84576 from your phone to subscribe.

Also in connection with the 100th Anniversary, St. Mary Magdalene will host the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, traveling worldwide since 1947. The statue has traveled around the globe many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by famous sculptor José Thedim, upon the precise instructions of Sister Lucia. On October 13th, 1947, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima and commissioned to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin that would carry the blessings of Fatima throughout the world. The Bishop prayed that Mary herself accompany the statue wherever it goes. Many graces and favors, including cures, and countless conversions have been associated with the precious image.

Join us on October 8th, 2017 from 7:00pm-10:00pm in the church. Hear a special presentation, pray the rosary together, along with other prayers, and take an opportunity to venerate this beautiful statue. We are the only East Valley parish hosting this tour, so spread the word! More information will be given soon!

“Mondays with Mary” – Prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima

For today’s “Mondays with Mary,” I want to provide for you a very simple and a very practical article focusing on three prayers of three different Marian titles – Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima. Although there are many approved Marian apparitions, I would say these three are three of the biggest. I am not discounting the others, but these three are very significant in the life of the Catholic Church and private revelation. I have written on them in the past and those links are provided below with the prayers.

The “Star of the New Evangelization’ is the title given to Pope St. John Paul II to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for our Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke you in their necessities, and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from you most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

My website/blog is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Lourdes

Pray to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; look with mercy on me. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. Through gratitude for your favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one share your glory. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima

Pray to Our Lady of Fatima

Queen of the Rosary, sweet Virgin of Fatima, who was pleased to appear in the land of Portugal and bring peace, both interior and exterior, to that once so troubled country, we beg of you to watch over our own country and to assure its moral and spiritual revival.

Bring back peace to all nations of the world, so that all, and our own nation in particular, may be happy to call you their Queen and the Queen of Peace.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for our country. Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for all humanity a lasting peace. Amen.

During this week, I would encourage to pray one or all three of these prayers asking for the intercession of Our Lady for the needs in your life and needs of our countries.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima…Pray for Us

“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.