Psalm 69

. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Save me, O God,

for the waters have come up to my neck.

I sink in the miry depths,

where there is no foothold.

I have come into the deep waters;

the floods engulf me.

I am worn out calling for help;

my throat is parched.

My eyes fail,

looking for my God.

Those who hate me without reason

outnumber the hairs of my head;

many are my enemies without cause,

those who seek to destroy me.

I am forced to restore

what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;

my guilt is not hidden from you.

Lord, the Lord Almighty,

may those who hope in you

not be disgraced because of me;

God of Israel,

may those who seek you

not be put to shame because of me.

For I endure scorn for your sake,

and shame covers my face.

I am a foreigner to my own family,

a stranger to my own mother’s children;

for zeal for your house consumes me,

and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

10 

When I weep and fast,

I must endure scorn;

11 

when I put on sackcloth,

people make sport of me.

12 

Those who sit at the gate mock me,

and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 

But I pray to you, Lord,

in the time of your favor;

in your great love, O God,

answer me with your sure salvation.

14 

Rescue me from the mire,

do not let me sink;

deliver me from those who hate me,

from the deep waters.

15 

Do not let the floodwaters engulf me

or the depths swallow me up

or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 

Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;

in your great mercy turn to me.

17 

Do not hide your face from your servant;

answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

18 

Come near and rescue me;

deliver me because of my foes.

19 

You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;

all my enemies are before you.

20 

Scorn has broken my heart

and has left me helpless;

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

for comforters, but I found none.

21 

They put gall in my food

and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 

May the table set before them become a snare;

may it become retribution and[b] a trap.

23 

May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,

and their backs be bent forever.

24 

Pour out your wrath on them;

let your fierce anger overtake them.

25 

May their place be deserted;

let there be no one to dwell in their tents.

26 

For they persecute those you wound

and talk about the pain of those you hurt.

27 

Charge them with crime upon crime;

do not let them share in your salvation.

28 

May they be blotted out of the book of life

and not be listed with the righteous.

29 

But as for me, afflicted and in pain—

may your salvation, God, protect me.

30 

I will praise God’s name in song

and glorify him with thanksgiving.

31 

This will please the Lord more than an ox,

more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

32 

The poor will see and be glad—

you who seek God, may your hearts live!

33 

The Lord hears the needy

and does not despise his captive people.

34 

Let heaven and earth praise him,

the seas and all that move in them,

35 

for God will save Zion

and rebuild the cities of Judah.

Then people will settle there and possess it;

36 

the children of his servants will inherit it,

and those who love his name will dwell there.

My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph

My Immaculate Heart

Will Triumph

Remember by our united effort we shall all share in the eventual triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Will we not be eternally blessed because we believed and assisted Our Blessed Mother in fulfilling Her great promise at Fatima?

For She promised, “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”

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When Praying Is Hard

Each Hail Mary on the Rosary, when it is prayed for sinners now, and at the hour of our death, is going to help that soul, right then and there. This is why Padre Pio has said that the Rosary is the ‘weapon of our times.’

I love the Blessed Mother very much. She is the Mother of Jesus, our Savior. I hand make artisan Rosaries and have made hundreds, yet, praying the Rosary, is one of the most hardest prayers for me to recite. Not because the Rosary is hard to understand – it is the prayer that takes the longest to say. I remember feeling tremendous guilt for feeling this way.

It is amazing how we hear exactly what we need to hear to be able to help us through a rough patch. I was listening to EWTN, Women of Grace. Joanne had explained how she was saying a Rosary in the midst of traffic. The day was 9/11. Every moment that she said a Hail Mary, while she did not realize it, she was helping somebody at that very moment that was slowly dying or perishing during the 9/11 attacks.

Sometimes, when we struggle with prayer, we need to remember that we are helping somebody else out if we will just endure. A person, ourselves and our salvation. It is good to always remember, when we can, that every Hail Mary, every Glory Be, every Our Father, is helping another soul that is in need.

We need to keep the Faith and keep moving forward.

Your Cross — the Key to Happiness

Your Cross —

the Key to Happiness

It is not difficult to observe the great sufferings of so many people in our affluent society. The sufferings caused by illness, death, the loss of faith of loved ones, financial difficulties, loss of jobs, etc. are just a few that are common among neighbors and acquaintances. Christ calls us all to take up these crosses and offer them to Him to make reparation for our own sins and the sins of the world. St. Francis de Sales has these beautiful words about your cross:

“The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you. He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from Heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.”

Thomas à Kempis has a special way of looking at the crosses we bear in our lives:

“To many the saying, ‘deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me,’ seems hard. How much harder, however, will the words on the Day of Judgment be: ‘Depart from Me, you accursed ones, into the everlasting fire.’ Those who follow the cross willingly now, will not fear the last judgment. When the Lord comes to judge, the Sign of the Cross will be in the heavens; then will those servants of the cross, who in their lifetime made themselves one with the Crucified, draw near with great trust to Christ, the Judge.

“Why are you afraid, then, to take up the cross when through it you can win an eternal kingdom? In the cross is salvation; in it is life; in it is protection from your enemies; in it is strength of mind; in it is joy of spirit; in it is the highest virtue; in the cross is perfect holiness.

“Take up your cross and follow Jesus, and you will merit eternal life.”

Our Lady of Fatima has impressed upon us the importance of accepting and carrying our crosses. She asked the three children, “Would you like to offer yourselves to God to make sacrifices and to accept willingly all the sufferings it may please Him to send you, in order to make reparation for so many sins which offend the Divine Majesty, to obtain the conversion of sinners, and to make amends for all the blasphemies and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary?” They accepted wholeheartedly. She told them they would have to suffer much, but that She would be there to help them.

Our Dear Mother is there to help us in our necessities, to help us bear our cross. Let us follow the example of Christ and Mary as did the children of Fatima. Let us take up our crosses and ask Our Heavenly Mother to help us.

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Why A Statue And Why Crown It?

Why a Statue and

Why Crown It?

by Most Rev. John Venancio

It is said that all the heresies of today are resurrected heresies of the past with new names.

While the suppression of holy images today is not called iconoclasm, it echoes that same heresy which was condemned by the Seventh Ecumenical Council. From Apostolic times holy images and their proper devotional use have been an integral part of the Church and the Council of Nicea in 787 confirmed this.

From the Catacombs

Most frequently used images (from the catacombs to the lavish decor of the Thirteenth Century Cathedrals) are of Our Lord and of Our Lady.

Indeed a traditional devotion to Mary (which we should follow by virtue of paragraph 67 of the Constitution of the Church promulgated by Vatican Council II) has been the recognition of the Queenship of Mary through the coronation of Her images.

Picture by St. Luke

Many Popes crowned especially the picture reputed to have been painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist, and which is venerated in Saint Mary Major’s in Rome. Pope Clement VIII did so at the very height of the Reformation, at the end of the 16th Century, when the honoring of Our Lady’s images was again being called into question as it had been at the time of the Second Council of Nicea. And Gregory XVI, surrounded by Cardinals and prelates, solemnly crowned the same picture on August 15, 1837, and issued an Apostolic brief, Caelestis Regina, which has supplied a form for such coronations ever since.

Perhaps the most solemn act of the coronation of Our Lady by that same image in St. Mary Major’s was reserved for our day. It had two phases: one in Fatima and one in Rome.

In 1946, Pope Pius XII sent Cardinal Masella to Fatima to crown the statue at the place where Our Lady had appeared in 1917 with a promise of world peace. As the Cardinal was about to leave Rome, the Pope said to him:

“Be mindful, Eminence, you are going to crown the Queen of the World.”

It was only eight years later that the world fully understood how profoundly the Pope meant this.

In 1954 when the same Pontiff proclaimed a “Marian Year” in honor of the centenary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, His Holiness asked for the erection of shrines and images of Our Lady in public places. As a result, today statues and shrines of Our Lady are to be seen in the gardens of private homes, at turns of the highway, even at the entrance of some major airports of the world (as in Shannon and Buenos Aires). And in November, 1954, the Holy Father closed that “Marian Year” in a most extraordinary way.

Instead of going to St. Mary Major’s to crown the image of Our Lady, as so many of his predecessors had done, the Pope ordered that the venerable picture attributed to St. Luke be taken from its place and carried processionally (it was accompanied by tens of thousands of people) to St. Peter’s! There, on the altar over the tomb of Peter, the Pope solemnly crowned the picture and promulgated the Encyclical Ad Coeli Reginam.

To the astonishment of all, the Pope … on this most solemn occasion … recalled the statue at Fatima which he had crowned (through Cardinal Masella in 1946) as the MESSENGER OF HER ROYALTY. His Holiness said: “It is in the recognition of the Queenship of Mary that the world will find its greatest source of hope.”

As the Auxiliary Bishop of Fatima at that time, I was present with a banner from the Sanctuary of Fatima because the Pope had also asked that banners be there from all Marian Sanctuaries, and there were hundreds. On each the Pope affixed a commemorative medal. Many may wonder why the Holy Father did this and why he referred especially to the statue of Our Lady of Fatima as the MESSENGER OF HER ROYALTY.

The Pilgrim Virgin

After Pope Pius had crowned the statue at Fatima in 1946, a youth congress at Fatima asked that a copy of the statue, crowned by the Pope’s Legate, be carried processionally towards Russia.

My predecessor as Bishop of Fatima, Don Jose Correia da Silva, after consulting with Lucia sent forth a statue which became known as thePilgrim Virgin”.

Wonders occurred. Doves, flying wild in the sky, came and rested at Her feet. Cures occurred. And while the statue was in Rome on its way to the Orient, in 1950, the Pope saw a reenactment of the miracle of the sun over the Vatican. In 1951, in a broadcast from the Vatican relayed to the world and to hundreds of thousands of people gathered at Fatima on that occasion, the Pope said:

“In 1946, I crowned Our Lady at Fatima Queen of the World, and the following year, as the Pilgrim Virgin. She went forth (as though to claim Her Dominion) and the favors She performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our eyes.”

Act of Consecration

Today, as the Pilgrim Virgin enters diocese upon diocese throughout the world, She is crowned by Bishops and pastors and by the faithful.

This crowning of Our Lady is an acknowledgment of our fealty to Her. We acknowledge that, as a Queen, She has all rights over us.

Pope Pius said that in this devotion lies the world’s greatest hope of peace. We pray that, through the presence of this image of your Queen, each soul will experience Her Motherly and Queenly presence. We pray that She will lead and preserve your nation forever into the peace of Her Son, Our Savior, Christ.

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Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II

Coat of Arms

of Pope John Paul II

From L’Osservatore Romano, Eng. edit., Nov. 23, 1978

The coat of arms of Pope John Paul II is intended as an act of homage to the central mystery of Christianity, the Redemption.

And so the main representation is a cross, whose form, however, does not correspond to the customary heraldic model. The reason for the unusual placement of the vertical sec­tion of the cross is readily apparent if one considers the second object inserted in the coat of arms — the large and majestic capital M. This recalls the presence of Mary be­neath the cross and Her exceptional participation in the Redemption.

The greater devotion of the Holy Father to the Virgin Mary is manifested in this manner, as it was also expressed in his motto as Cardinal Wojtyla: TOTUS TUUS (All Yours). Nor can one forget that within the confines of the ecclesiastical province of Krakow, there is situated the celebrated Marian shrine of Czestochowa, where the Polish people for centuries fostered their filial devotion to the Mother of God.

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The Sacred Heart and The Immaculate Heart

The Sacred Heart and

The Immaculate Heart

The Guardian Angel of Portugal appeared to the three children of Fatima to prepare them for Our Lady’s appearance. He joined the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He said, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs on you.” The angel taught them to pray to God for the conversion of sinners through the infinite merits of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” We can see the importance the Two Hearts have in our lives.

Jesus gave St. Margaret Mary Alacoque great promises to those who would honor His Sacred Heart. To encourage your devotion we reprint below the twelve promises of the Sacred Heart.

The Twelve Promises of Our Lord

to Those who Honor His Sacred Heart:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2. I will give peace in their families.

3. I will console them in all their troubles.

4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.

5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.

9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.

10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.

12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on us.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Our Lady of Fatima revealed to Lucy the great promise for those who fulfill the Five First Saturdays in reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. While Lucy was praying in her cell at the convent, Our Lady appeared, together with the Child Jesus elevated on a cloud of light. Our Lady rested one hand on Lucy’s shoulder. In the other, she held a heart surrounded with sharp thorns. The Child Jesus spoke first:

“Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.”

Then Our Lady said,

“My daughter, look at My Heart encircled with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep Me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to My Immaculate Heart.”

Will you not also heed Jesus’ requests to console His Heart and the Heart of His Mother?

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Why We Believe In Fatima

Why We Believe in Fatima

The three seers of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, aged 9 and 7, and their cousin Lucy dos Santos, 10, were closely watched and questioned because of the appearances of Our Lady to them. Priests, villagers, their parents questioned them over and over again, and their accounts of the apparitions did not change.

In fact, on the day of the apparition of August 13, the mayor, an atheist, kidnaped the three children and put them in jail. He threatened to boil them in oil if they would not reveal the secret Our Lady gave them, but they would not tell him. The prefect took Jacinta away. A few moments later he came back, told them Jacinta was dead, and asked the other two if they would change what they had said. They would not. Francisco was taken away. Later still the mayor returned, after claiming that Francisco had been “killed”, and asked Lucy again if she would deny what she saw. Again she refused. Even under threat of this terrible death, the three children did not give in to the demands of the mayor. Later, in fear of the crowd, he let the children go free.

We are compelled then to believe in Fatima because the children were reliable witnesses. They withstood threats of death. They showed that what they saw had taken a firm grip on them and they led very holy lives; so holy that little Jacinta’s body was found to be incorrupt in the tomb after fifteen years buried in quicklime.

Furthermore, some of the 70,000 witnesses who saw the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima are still alive today, and bear witness to the miracle of Fatima. It was seen by devout persons and skeptics. The skeptics came away converted and helped to publish the news. The Church investigators looked into all questions, even that of mass hysteria, but that too was ruled out after one of the most thorough investigations into matters of this kind in the history of the Church. People a few miles away from the main mass of people saw it too, and they could not have been influenced by mass hysteria. This Miracle was given to show the world that the Message of Fatima was to be taken seriously and that it was from God.

We have testimony of the Popes as authorities and worthy of belief, who firmly testify in favor of Fatima; let them speak for themselves.

“The time for doubting Fatima is past. It is now time for action”, said Pius XII. “Fatima is the center of all Christian hopes,” said Pope John XXIII. Pope Paul VI sent the Golden Rose to Fatima on May 13, 1965, and on the inscription, he entrusted the whole Church to Her care. He also blessed in a special ceremony statues of Our Lady of Fatima for many countries including our Canadian National Pilgrim.

The evidence that God has spoken to us through Our Lady at Fatima is overwhelming. If we still cannot acknowledge Fatima, we have either not understood the evidence, or else we are lacking in natural faith and should pray God for it.

Father William A. Hinnebusch, O.P. explains,

“There are other things besides the solemn teaching authority of the Church that bind a person to accept something. A creature endowed with reason is obliged by his own intelligence to bow to evidence when it is present. To resist evidence is to be obstinately anti-intellectual. Furthermore, when reliable witnesses testify to an event or fact which seems incontrovertible, a reasonable man must give assent. To say he may refuse assent without blame is a questionable proposition.“

“When a person of such outstanding authority as the late Pope Pius XII says: ‘The time for doubting Fatima is past; it is now time for action,’ then reasonable men must stop and question whether good evidence offered by reliable witnesses is not behind the conviction. For a Catholic deliberately to close his mind to such a statement hardly can be without blame.”

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Pope John Paul II Supports Our Lady Of Fatima’s Call To Collegial Consecration

Pope John Paul II Supports Our Lady Of Fatima’s

Call To Collegial Consecration

Pope John Paul II is a Marian Pope. His coat of arms, bearing inside it a large “M”, for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the motto he had as Cardinal, “Totus Tuus”, that is, “All Yours” is an indication of his complete consecration and deep devotion to Our Heavenly Mother. John Paul II’s actions as Cardinal certainly show his filial love for Our Lady.

In September of 1971 a Pastoral Letter was written, and signed by the entire Polish Episcopate. The two names foremost on the document were those of the two Cardinals, Cardinal Wyszynski and Cardinal Wojtyla, our present Pope. The letter, entitled “Mother of the Church, Show Yourself the Mother of the Human Family” shows who the Polish people trust in times of trouble.

“If our nation steadily looks to Heaven, faithful to God, to the Cross, to the Gospel, and the Church we are indebted to Her! If our Church, in spite of all sorts of obstacles limiting its rights and freedom, works and fulfills its redeeming mission, we ascribe it to the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.

“Since we know from experience the source of help, we shall offer mankind to the arms of the Mother of the Church and Mother of the Human Family.

“The reason for misfortune, dissension and war in our contemporary world is the loss of all ties with God… If we see that the protection of the world’s welfare and peace is in the Church of Christ, then precisely it would be the Mother of this Church and the Mother of Mankind who will lead all to the life-giving fountains of the Church, and who should show the way, and help in seeing the Church present in the world …

“We must feel ourselves children of this Mother and profit from this maternity for the good of the Church and for all men on earth … Today we Christian Poles yearn to offer to the Mother of the Church, no longer just ourselves, but the entire world with all its struggles, hopes and desires …”

The Letter continues:

“As the 30th anniversary of that original consecration (by Pope Pius XII, of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary), approaches this coming year we wish to turn towards our Holy Father, that he offer this threatened mankind once again-but this time collegially — that is together with all the Bishops of the world — to the welcome arms of Mary, Mother of the Church.”

On September 5, 1971, the Act of Consecration of the World to Our Lady was performed by the Polish Bishops at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Act was repeated in every parish and sanctuary on the following Sunday, on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. The main part of this Act is found in the following:

Our Lady of Fatima promised world peace if Russia would be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart “by the Pope and all the Bishops in the world on one special day.” Pope John Paul I, in obedience to Her, promotes Collegial Consecration. The responsibility for world peace rests not only on the Pope and Bishops. We too must heed Our Lady’s requests. Canada’s own Pilgrim Virgin Statue, (above) blessed by Pope Paul VI, travels across Canada to remind us of that fact.

On September 5, 1971, the Act of Consecration of the World to Our Lady was performed by the Polish Bishops at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Act was repeated in every parish and sanctuary on the following Sunday, on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. The main part of this Act is found in the following:

“What brings us to You (Blessed Virgin) is our deep anxiety for our world, distraught by wars, full of suffering and unrest, tormented by hatred, pride and conceit. Before You we stand alarmed about the future generations, which ride on the crest of revolt and temptation to overthrow all law, together with the acquisition of the past.

“Mother, You see the suffering of the Human Family. In many hearts, faith and love of God is replaced by incredulity and despair. Those, contemplating the vision of temporal success, withdraw themselves from Your Son, refusing His love and grace.

“Mother, to You do we come for deliverance! In order to obtain this, we desire to consecrate to You the Church of Christ and the world. We feel that we are a living part of the Church of Your Son. It is our Church, and so we have a right to consecrate it. We are a living part of the Human Family, which is our family, and for this reason we can consecrate it to You as well.”

In October of 1971 Cardinal Wyszynski, the Polish Primate, went to Rome for the beatification of a fellow countryman, Maximilian Kolbe. In a special audience with the Holy Father he asked Pope Paul to consecrate the Church and the Human Race to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

“We present to you, Holy Father, our humble, and at the same time dearest request; that you would want once again to dedicate the Universal Church and all humanity into the Maternal hands of Mary, Mother of the Church — this time together with all the Bishops of the world, who are responsible for the Christian face of the earth …

“Indeed, yesterday’s beatification, on the anniversary of the Knights of the Immaculata shows us again the place where there is safety for the Faith, the Church and the human family — in the arms of Mary, the Mother of the Church!”

On October 5, 1974 another appeal was made by the Church in Poland. Speaking once again for the entire Polish Episcopate, Cardinal Wyszynski addressed the Pope:

“Beloved Holy Father,

The Polish Episcopate desires to present to you an overview of the prayers that the Polish Nation has been offering that you, Holy Father, together with all the Bishops of the world, collegially, consecrate the entire endangered human race to the Maternal Heart of Mary, Mother of the Church …

On May 3 last (1974), the faithful Polish Nation, united in prayer in all its churches, ardently invoked the Queen of Poland and Mother of the Church for the grace of consecrating the entire Human Family to Her.

During the Fall of 1974, in the months of September to December, parish pilgrimages to Jasna Gora will take place for this intention. Likewise nuns, united with this intention, will keep vigil at Jasna Gora during all the nights of those months. This is a great mobilization of the soul of the nation to support you, Holy Father, in this splendid desire for the collegial consecration of the Church and mankind to the unfailing hands of Mary.

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THIS ACT OF TRUSTFUL CONFIDENCE IN THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, MANKIND WILL BE SAVED FROM ATHEISM, WAR AND COMPLETE RUIN. THE MOTHER OF GOD WILL BE WITH YOU, HOLY FATHER, AND WITH THE WORLD FOR ITS RESCUE. THERE WILL ARISE AN ERA OF PEACE AND VICTORY IN THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.

The world was already consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius XII in 1942, and by you, Holy Father, on November 21, 1964, at the end of the Third Session of the Council. In this hour of terrible danger from unbelief, immorality and war — we desire this act anew, but this time — collegially, together with all the Shepherds on the earth’s globe.

This act … would be a most superb stroke, leading mankind to true union with God, and, among themselves, in the arms of the Mother of the Church….

Falling at your feet, Holy Father, we ardently beg you again, that you graciously accept and fulfill this request of the Polish Episcopate, supported by the prayers of their entire nation.”

This request is inspired by the request of Our Lady of Fatima, which asked for this very act on the part of the Pope and all the other Catholic Bishops of the world.

It is well known that Pope John Paul II is very devoted to Our Lady. Shortly after he was elected, John Paul II came onto the balcony, and spoke to the people. He said,

“Praised be Jesus Christ. I was afraid to accept this nomination, but I have done so in a spirit of obedience to Our Lord and with complete trust in His Mother, Our Blessed Lady …”

As Cardinal, John Paul II fervently promoted collegial consecration of the world to Mary. Now, as Pope, a very special Marian Pope chosen by God, it would seem that his election is the signal that satan will be crushed, and Russia and the world will be converted through Our dear Mother’s Most Immaculate Heart.

The Fatima Center

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