Our Lady Requested First Saturday Devotions – EWTN Makes It Easy!
By Michelle Laque Johnson
The world is becoming increasingly de-Christianized. Abortion, now known as “womens’ rights.” Euthanasia, now known as “mercy killing.” Same-sex “marriage,” now considered a “civil right.” Violence, sexual perversity, body mutilation, seeking altered states of consciousness, the occult. What is a Christian to do?
The answer was given to us in 1917 by Our Lady at a little known place known as Fatima. She requested what are now known as the First Saturday Devotions to make reparation for blasphemies and offenses against her Immaculate Heart and for world peace. To help you fulfill the requests made by Our Lady of Fatima, the Network will begin broadcasting “EWTN Family First Saturday Devotions” at 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 4.
“Many consider the First Five Saturdays to be a forgotten part of the Fatima message, and very few people observe them,” said EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary. “This is to help inspire people to observe the five first Saturdays.”
“This devotion has four parts – all four should be made in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy and ingratitude and for peace in the world,” Fr. Joseph continued. “First, one should go to confession, generally eight days before or after the First Saturday of the month; Second, one should receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of the month; Third, recite five decades of the Rosary; and fourth, meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.”
There are great benefits for those who comply with this request. Our Lady told Sister Lucia she would “assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months confess, receive Holy Communion, pray a rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour meditating on the 15 mysteries with the intention of offering reparation.”
Many ask why Our Lady asked her children to observe FIVE first Saturdays. Our Lady told Sister Lucia the five Saturdays are to make reparation for the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies uttered against her Immaculate Heart. The offenses are 1.) against her Immaculate Conception, 2.) against her virginity, 3.) against her Divine maternity, 4.) by those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference, or even hatred, for this Immaculate Mother, and 5.) by those who directly outrage her holy images.
What if you’ve already made the Five First Saturdays? Should you do it again?
Said Father Joseph: “There is always a need for reparation. Although we can trust in the promises of Our Lady that we have satisfied her desires for ourselves personally, nonetheless, it will still be beneficial for us in making reparation for sins which continue against her Immaculate Heart and for obtaining world peace.”
Want to learn more about the Fatima message. EWTN Religious Catalogue offers two great books:
· “Fatima For Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope” by Father Andrew Apostoli. Get it here: http://bit.ly/155f58S.
· “Fatima Today: The Third Milennium” by Fr. Robert J. Fox. Get it here: http://bit.ly/17tWctw.
Also, this week, don’t miss
· Holy Rosary With Pope Francis: Airs live from the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome at noon ET, Saturday, May 4, with an encore at 7 p.m. ET.
Topic: The Most Holy RosaryQuote:Pope Pius XII“We consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature. What prayers are better adapted and more beautiful than the Lord’s prayer and the angelic salutation, which are the flowers with which this mystical crown is formed?”Pope Pius XII, Ingruentium Malorum (On Reciting the Rosary), #8.Encyclical promulaged on 15 September 1951.Meditation:St. Louis de Montfort“[T]he Holy Rosary is the root and the storehouse of countless blessings. For through the Holy Rosary:
St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, 40th Rose.Resolution:When does a day pass, in which a soul is not faced with one of these ten trials? Daily recourse to the Rosary is a balm to many evils. I will identify which malady ails me today and bring this problem to our Lady in the Rosary.Marian Vow:“And as Our Lady carried Jesus about, we, by our Rosaries may keep Him in our affections when we go home, or through the streets, and amongst men, and to our place of work.”Father Stefano Manelli, FI, Devotion to Our Lady, (Academy of the Immaculate)Marian Seraphic Pathways:“Marian prayer should pervade the whole course of the day with the recitation of the Holy Rosary (at least one crown)”Traccia, #29I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.Thanks be to God for graces received.
- Sinners are forgiven;
- Souls that thirst are refreshed;
- Those who are fettered have their bonds broken;
- Those who weep find happiness;
- Those who are tempted find peace;
- The poor find help;
- Religious are reformed;
- Those who are ignorant are instructed;
- The living learn to overcome pride;
- The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.
April 29, 2013
St. Catherine of Siena
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (April 25, 2013 message)
I love the motherly urgency in this message. “Pray, pray, keep prayng until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun.” Pray, pray, keep praying… Mother Mary longs for us to “get it’. She longs for us to finally understand what she has come to teach us. How long will it take? “Pray, pray, keep praying…” This seems to be the answer to everything.
And it is. We have to keep trying to open our hearts to God. No matter what the day brings, no matter what our problems are, we must open our hearts to God in faith, as a flower responds to the sun. Why? Because our help comes only from the Lord. It does not come from our brilliance, our success, our financial planning, our worldly connections, or our education. It comes from God who made us and sustains us at every moment. And so we must open our hearts to Him, to receive our help, our sustenance, our courage, and our future!
St. Faustina was given the very same image of the flower and the sun, in her prayer with Jesus. She wrote in her Diary:
Today, I invite Jesus to my heart, as Love. You are Love itself. All heaven catches the flame from You and is filled with love. And so my soul covets You as a flower yearns for the sun. Jesus, hasten to my heart, for You see that, as the flower is eager for the sun, so my heart is for You. I open the calyx of my heart to receive Your love. (1808, Diary)
“As the flower is eager for the sun, so my heart is for You.” This holy eagerness comes from a life of prayer. St. Faustina understood how much she needed Jesus because she prayed constantly.
A side note, Denis and I are in Baltimore, visiting our son and his wife. We have had a wonderful time. Today we walked to his neighborhood church for Mass. It was an old Polish parish, very beautiful. I was drinking in the Mass, so thankful to be there. And as we were leaving, we saw a poster in the vestibule which told the story of the miraculous healing of Fr. Ron Pytel of Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. Ron was a former pastor of this little Polish parish, and while he was pastor, in 1995, he was very ill, with lung disease. He went to venerate St. Faustina’s relics, and was completely healed. His healing was the sign to the Vatican that they could proceed with the canonization of Faustina. As a result this little parish was designated the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Baltimore Diocese!! No wonder I was drinking in the graces at Mass!
Thank you, St. Faustina, for being our big sister, and teaching us so much about loving Jesus. May we all respond with the same eagerness that you had to the love of Jesus! May we be flowers that yearn for the sun!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2013
PS. Fruit of Medjugorje, tonight!!! Two beautiful priests share about Medjugorje in their priesthood!! 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
Positive report has been given to Rome
By Jakob Marschner on Apr 26, 2013
Well-informed source confirms short note from Medjugorje news portal: The Vatican Commission of experts who have examined the events of Medjugorje for three years has delivered a positive report. But still it may be long until Pope Francis formally decides on the case, we are told.Thumbs up for Medjugorje: Previous leaks indicate that the Vatican Commission is very positive of the fruits of Medjugorje whereas the question of the authenticity of the apparitions is expected to be kept open by a time when the visionaries say the apparitions are still going on
Medjugorje gets a positive review in the report from the international Vatican Commission of experts formed by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010. The Commission has handed over its report to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a well-informed source confirms to Medjugorje Today.
“However, the time taken for a decision could be long from Pope Francis” says this source.
News of a positive report from the Commission was first reported on April 24, on the Facebook page of the local news portal Brotnjo Info. Quoting no sources and passing on no further detail, the news note basically said the report had been delivered. Medjugorje Today learns that this was due to have happened by the end of March.
Don’t judge me! How many times have you heard this?
Father Samuel Medley – It is a fascinating phenomenon that the more a person or a culture strays from right conscience, from the law that is written on every human heart and is perceptible to anyone of good will, the more guilty they feel, and the more quickly they will cry out, “Don’t judge me!”
When I walk down the street dressed in my religious garb it is quite common for me to get this exact look, as if by representing Jesus Christ on the street I was already manifesting a judgment on this generation. It is not uncommon for some to scurry away as if at the sight of a religious priest the moral cops had just come for a bust.
Because we live in a faithless generation it is generation hypersensitive to judgment, kind of like someone whose eyes are really sensitive to light who has to cover their eyes when it shines out.
In the Gospel for today, Jesus explains why faithlessness brings about a guilty conscience. ”Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke.”
Yet, Jesus “did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.” Faith is a decision. It is a moral decision. If you choose to reject what you know is right, to believe in Jesus Christ, you sin. If you chose to believe him, you do a good and holy thing.
The Second Vatican Council teaches this in the beautiful document on conscience, Dignitatis Humanae, the Declaration on Religious Freedom.
“All men are bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth, once it is known, and to order their whole lives in accord with the demands of truth.” (Dignitatis Humanae 2)
Let me repeat, Vatican II says that it is a sin to not believe in Christ if he reveals himself to you. It does not say, you can believe what ever you damn well please. Here I would like to point out that the word “damn” is a descriptive adjective, for by believing something to be false that you know very well to be true you commit a sin and therefore incur damnation.
Vatican II teaching on conscience basically rephrases Jesus’ teaching from today’s Gospel:
1. Jesus came to save us, but if we reject him we reject the salvation he offers.
2. We are free to accept or reject him
3. We are bound in conscience to accept him once he reveals himself to us.
4. He has not been revealed to us if the witness – the person or culture or congregation – who is proclaiming Christ is not living a Christian life and therefore we are still not responsible for accepting him.
5. If we respect people’s consciences, we will live our faith that Christ may be revealed to them and that they might be saved.
6. Catholics have a special moral obligation therefore to preach the truth both in word and in deed.
7. “In order to be faithful to the divine command, ‘teach all nations’ (Matt. 28:19-20), the Catholic Church must work with all urgency and concern ‘that the word of God be spread abroad and glorified’ (2 Thess. 3:1).” (Dignitatis Humanae 14)
The World Needs Authentic Witnesses To Christ
The first reading for today, where St Paul and St Barnabas were set apart for the preaching of the Gospel has not at all been outdated. In this faithless generation, there is a terrible urgency for missionaries to go out, not just to people who have never heard of Christ, but to people who have never seen real witnesses of Him.
May Our Lady, star of the New Evangelization, pray that new saints of our times may go forth to proclaim the saving truth of the Gospel.
Originally posted at: Catholic On-Line
from Courageous Priest
TO His Holiness, Pope Francis:
Dear Holy Father,
Throughout the pontificate of your predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, he continually invoked us, the youth of the Church, to become “morning watchmen at the dawn of the new millennium.”
…watchmen who proclaim to the world a new dawn of hope, brotherhood and peace. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Guanelli Youth Movement, April 20th, 2002, www.vatican.va
From the Ukraine to Madrid, Peru to Canada, he beckoned us to become “protagonists of the new times” that lay directly ahead of the Church and the world:
Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)
AT long last, my two new albums are complete! They are being sent off for manufacturing shortly, meaning they will be available toward the end of May. It’s been such a long and challenging road with so many unexpected delays, costs, and long, long nights. In the end, there are fifteen brand new songs recorded from Virginia to Vancouver, Edmonton to Nashville. The first album is called “Vulnerable”, songs I wrote over the years from a place of vulnerability in the face of the inevitable losses that we all experience from time to time. Judging by the reactions I have seen to those who have had a chance to hear the songs, I believe people are going to be deeply moved by this music.
April 24, 2013
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God. Pray, little children, that Satan may not carry you about like the branches in the wind. Be strong in God. I desire that through you the whole world may get to know the God of joy. By your life bear witness for God’s joy. Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you the way. I desire that you love all men with my love. Only in that way can love reign over the world. Little children, you are mine. I love you and want you to surrender to me so that I can lead you to God. Never cease praying so that Satan cannot take advantage of you. Pray for the knowledge that you are mine. I bless you with blessings of joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 1988)
In this remarkable message, Our Lady again speaks about temptation. Her enemy and ours, uses temptation to “carry [us] about like the branches in the wind.” Temptations are Satan’s way of getting us all upset, off track, unpeaceful, fearful, worried, and anxious. He introduces all kinds of fearful thoughts that make us lose our peace as we look into the future and expect the worst.
Our Lady offers us something quite different. She tells us to surrender to God and pray. She calls us to get as close to God as we can through prayer so that God can lead us into His joy! She trains us to look to God for everything we need, to trust God in every situation, and to follow God each day in the plan of love He wants to build through us. She tells us that God will help us and show us the way. Our Lady also tells us that we are hers, that she wants to lead us as well and that we are her children. She offers us her protections and guidance, so that we can enter into the joy of the Father.
There is such a stark difference between Our Lady’s offer and Satan’s offer. She calls us to joy, Satan calls us to suspicion. Mary calls us to peace, Satan stirs up disquiet. Mary calls us to trust in God, Satan inspires distrust of God. Mary asks us to let go control of our lives (surrender to God) while Satan inspires us to get control of ourselves through selfishness and defensiveness. Our Lady leads us to prayer, Satan to worry and anxiety and self-love. We see the pattern.
When we begin to feel our lives being “carried about like the branches in the wind” it is time to pray and return to Our Lord and Our Lady and her messages. In this way we will again hear the truth, the call that is peace and love, trust and joy. In this way, through prayer, we will find our feet again. We will gain the knowledge that we are Mary’s children, safe in her motherly arms, close to her Son Jesus.
St. Faustina was assailed by temptations and wrote about them. (It gives us a bit of peace to know that someone so holy was tempted!) Jesus gave her some advice about how to respond to temptations. His words are filled with clarity about temptations and resonate with Our Lady’s message:
(1560) February 3, . Today after Holy Communion, Jesus again gave me a few directives: First, do not fight against a temptation by yourself, but disclose it to the confessor at once, and then the temptation will lose all its force. Second, during these ordeals do not lose your peace; live in My presence; ask My Mother and the Saints for help. Third, have the certitude that I am looking at you and supporting you. Fourth, do not fear either struggles of the soul or any temptations, because I am supporting you; if only you are willing to fight, know that the victory is always on your side. Fifth, know that by fighting bravely you give Me great glory and amass merits for yourself. Temptation gives you a chance to show Me your fidelity.
It is so wise to share our temptations with a spiritual director, or if we don’t have one, a confessor or a trusted prayer partner or spouse. Once a temptation is out in the light, it loses its hold over us, it deflates! And of course, calling on Jesus’ Mother and the Saints is so wise. We are not alone in the fight! They are with us to help. Especially, Our Lady of Medjugorje! She is with us. She is a powerful intercessor and protector.And finally, we should not fear the struggle, because Jesus is always watching over us. He supports us with His great love.
So, no anxiety, no worry! Stay in prayer, in union with Jesus and Mary, and the Kingdom of Joy will be built in us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2013