Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 13: Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima

"In order to save them, God wants to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”


The three little shepherds of Fatima: Francis, Jacinta and Lucia, being only little children, gave us a remarkable example of love of God, they showed us their dedication to prayer, their great courage to endure trials and the willpower to offer sacrifices for the salvation of souls.

What can we do to be like these little shepherds?

We should go to Confession and ask for forgiveness. Make frequent confessions with true repentance and a firm purpose not to sin again.

We must abhor mortal sin and prefer death before we backslide in it. The devotion of the three Hail Marys asking Our Lady to help us, as explained here (, will be very useful for this.

We should say many times the first prayer taught by the Angel of Peace:
“My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love thee.”

We should pray before and after Communion, and before the Blessed Sacrament, the prayer taught by the Angel of Peace:
“O most Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—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 indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

We should pray the Rosary every day, saying after each mystery, the prayer taught by Our Lady:
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls into Heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”

We should practice the Devotion of the First Saturdays of the month requested by our sweet Mother.

We should practice and spread the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, consecrating ourselves to it.

We should live a chaste life in our customs and fashions.

A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.

Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.

O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.


--Venerable Pope Pius XII