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May 14, 2013

Consecration of Pontificate of Pope Francis a Ray of Hope for the Church!

On the 96th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions we hope that all of you joined with the pope spiritually by renewing your consecrations to Our Lady of Fatima and pledge to be more faithful in living her message. 
A message that involves prayer and penance especially the daily recitation of the Rosary,the wearing of the brown scapular and fulfilling the 5 first Saturdays. All of this in order to obtain peace in the world and the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. The pope Bl. John Paul II did his part when he Consecrated Russia with a moral union of the bishops throughout the world on March 25, 1984. Lucia later said the pope did what was required then. It is up to us now! Do you pray the daily Rosary and wear the Brown Scapular ?

The Brown Scapular was Our Lady’s last loving appeal to souls to wear as a sign of Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart and is endowed with many privileges from the church including the Sabbatine Privilege. Lucia of Fatima said that "Our Lady never looked as beautiful as when she appeared at Fatima during the Miracle of the Sun in Her Carmelite Habit and the very fact that she was holding the Brown Scapular tells us that she wants us to take it and USE IT!”

The Brown Scapular may also have a similar symbolic mission as the blood over the doors of the Jews during the Passover. Our Lady held out the scapular to the crowd during the Miracle of the sun which foreshadowed a purification and a need for protection. This is offered to all who are consecrated to her and place themselves under her mantle of protection. When the church passes through the period of purification leading to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, the scapular will identify us in this future battle as Children of Mary, under her mantle of protection.
Did you make and if so promote encourage others to make their 5 First Saturdays? Do you go to confession one of the requirements to Make the first Saturdays. Do you console Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament (Fatima Begins and ends with the Eucharist) Do you make Eucharistic reparation for all the outrages sacrileges and indifference by which he is offended in the Eucharist?  Fulfilling the requests of Our Lady of Fatima are the means given by God to obtain the final victory of good over evil

It is not the popes who failed us they finally fulfilled the request of Our Lady by consecrating Russia. It was late as prophesied but it was done. Rather now it is the people who are failing by not living the message and they are preparing their own punishment according to Sr. Lucia.

             Naaman the Syrian
We are sometimes like Naaman the Syrian who was told to bathe seven times  in the Jordon river by the prophet Elisha in order to be cured of Leprosy. He was upset that the prophet himself didn't bother to come down and speak to him directly or heal him in some better manner than telling him to bathe in a river that was rather dirty looking. He had high expectations of how his healing should take place. Are we not sometimes like poor Naaman? This plan for world peace from the mouths of three little shepherd children is too simple. We are looking for other greater signs or shows for God's help. Naaman humbled himself at the urging of his friends and was granted the cure he sought. Again we are often running around trying to do great things ourselves to obtain favor with God instead of doing what he asked us to do through 3 little children. It is too simple this Rosary and scapular. This consecration to our Lady's Immaculate Heart these 5 first Saturday's for reparation. Above all Eucharistic Reparation but not just reparation reform.
Prayer of Cardinal Policarpo consecrating the Pontificate of 
Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima
A sign of Hope the Consecration of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony this past May 13th, Cardinal Polycarp said, “We consecrate to you, Our Lady, mother of the church, the ministry of the new pope,” he prayed. “Fill his heart with the tenderness of God that you experienced so that he can embrace all the men and women of our age with the love of your son Jesus Christ.”

 “Grant (Pope Francis) the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church, grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by the Holy Spirit, protect him in the difficult hours of suffering, so that he may overcome, in charity, the trials that the renewal of the Church will bring him.
The path of Church renewal leads to a “rediscovery of the relevance” of the Fatima message and of the need to “converse with God,” he explained. “Contemporary humanity needs to feel loved by God and by the Church,” Cardinal Polycarp said. “If humanity feels loved, it will overcome the temptation to violence, materialism, estrangement from God, loss of direction, and it will be able to advance towards a new world in which love will prevail.”

Cardinal Polycarp recalled the visits of Bl.John Paul II and Benedict XVI at Fatima and expressed his desire that Pope Francis do so as well. “From here, at this altar of the world, he will be able to bless humanity, to make the world of today feel that God loves all men and women of our time, that the Church loves them and that you, Mother of the Redeemer, lead them with tenderness on the paths of salvation,” the cardinal said.
We are Hopeful that the Consecration of this pope to Our Lady of Fatima will help and encourage the faithful to return to the basics in the simplicity of living the Message of Fatima in our lives. Then Our Lady will have the weapons to fight the spiritual warfare against principalities and powers the church increasingly finds herself in.  Remember our Lady told St. Catherine Laboure that many graces are not given the world because we do not ask for them. We pray for peace in the Rosary. We will have world peace when enough people say the Rosary and place ourselves under her protection. We must use spiritual weapons to fight this  spiritual battle Our Lady will win it for us!