Tomorrow we begin a novena to the soon-to-be-canonized Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta and a copy of the novena can be found here. Another novena which begins tomorrow appeals to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima and is found here. For those who may not yet be aware, we are making either or both novenas, in solidarity, for all the intentions of those in our TNRS community.
Beautifully, this culminates on the day before the centenary celebration of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima. Pope Francis will be there, in Fatima, to commemorate this blessed event when Our Lady first revealed that Jesus, Himself, requested the devotion to His Mother’s Immaculate Heart in order to draw souls back to the Covenant of Love which our Father made with us. Our Mother’s words are jewels to remember that we may be refreshed and renewed in commitment to heed her words and bring them to life. They are as needed now as when they were first imparted.
On May 13, 1917, Our Lady asked:
“Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia, as spokesman for all three, readily agreed. Our Mother replied, “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”
Lucia recounted that at the same moment as she said these words the Lady opened her hands and streamed a “light” on the children which allowed them to see themselves in God. The Lady finished with a request: “Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” With that she began to rise into the air, moving towards the east until she disappeared.
In the second apparition, Lucy asked that Mary take them to heaven.:
Our Lady replied, “I will take Jacinta and Francisco shortly, but you will stay here for some time to come. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it. These souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by me to adorn his throne.” This last sentence is found in a letter written in 1927 by Sr. Lucia to her confessor.
A good place to refresh our memories about the additional teachings, requests, promises and exhortations of Our Lady of Fatima is Our Lady’s Blue Army website.
Some special intentions which we, in unity, may bring to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima and the soon-to-be saints, Francisco and Jacinta:
For our aggrieved, fragile, fractured world, so in need of God’s Plan. For all those souls who have not yet chosen God, that the fire of the Holy Spirit will descend upon each one to choose God rather than perish.
For our friend and mentor, Charlie, that his watchful retirement, brimming with many projects and the commensurate work associated with them, be blessed with good fruit. That Charlie, himself, be blessed in every way, with grace upon grace upon grace showered upon him and infused in him for all Our Lord and Our Lady wish him to do.
Let us pray in special ways for David Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt that they be cleared of all felony charges and delivered from persecution. Praying, too, that all their good work, accomplished via great sacrifice and bravery, redounds to the end of the culture of death.
For all the intentions each TNRS reader holds in his/her heart, including our families. Please, if you wish, add your intentions in the comments to this post.