Now is the time for the utmost vigilance…

Mark 7:14-15, 21 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come.

“My beloved, you are assaulted daily by the sinful ways of this wicked age. Where can you go that your eyes are not assaulted by what is offensive? My child, do all you can to avoid these things, and guard against letting these things take root in your heart. What is passively seen is not sinful—what is actively dwelt upon is a grave danger. If it takes root in your heart, it will be a great struggle for you to uproot it. Now is the time for the utmost vigilance. Ask your holy angel to protect you. Place the Cross of Christ before and behind you—let it surround you. Confess often. Children, this is an age filled with grave spiritual danger. Offer all you can in the Divine Will for the sake of those who have let their guard drop. They are many, and even within the Church! I am much offended. Pray!”

O my dear Father, I am heartily sorry for my part in your offendedness. In the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love, I repent of any lack of vigilance on my part. In your infinite mercy, send your holy angels to keep me from grave sin—from all sin! I ask all this in the Divine Will, through the Flame of Love, on behalf of everyone from Adam to the last man. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all! For the sake of His sorrowful passion, Lord God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.

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Fatima Novena October 4-12…

Blessings dear friends. I call to mind the message of September 4, which called us to “retreat to the tabernacle of (our) hearts and pray for the coming of the kingdom, for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, for the conversion of sinners, and for reparation to be made to (the Lord’s) much-wounded heart”.  I leave it to each of you to decide how our Lady may be calling you to pray in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the October 13, 1917 miracle of the sun at Fatima. There are any number of prayer options to be found online. Here are a few more ideas, any of which may be prayed in conjunction with the Rosary, Our Lady’s specific Fatima request. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Novena Option 1 (from a reader):

Fatima Chaplet

On the large beads of the Rosary:

My Jesus, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love you.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences, by which he is offended. Through the infinite merits of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg for the conversion of poor sinners.

On the small beads of the Rosary:

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you, save souls!

End with three Glory Be’s.

Novena Option 2 (from a reader):

Our Lady of the Rosary, ask your Son Jesus to have mercy on us, and to give us His Peace.
Help us to heed your warning at Fatima, that we amend our lives and stop offending God, who is already offended by our sins. Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen

Novena Option 3:

Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favour that I so earnestly seek, (name your intention) as well as the promotion of the Fatima message in my country and around the world, for the greater glory of God, for your own honour, and for the good of all people. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father …

Litany of Our Lady of Fatima:

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.

Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.

Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.

Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.

Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.

Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.

Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.

Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.

Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.

Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask of thee.

Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.

Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.

Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervour.

Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offences.

Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.

Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Let us Pray: O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Be tireless workers in the sweet harvest of souls….

Psalm 9:15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.

“Beloved, there is indeed much more to come. For those people and nations that do not repent of their evil ways, sorrow and woe will fall upon them. They will reap a bitter harvest, exactly what they have sown. But do not despair, my little ones, for unless the sinner feels the pain of his own sin, his chance for repentance lessens. A good parent does not shield his child from consequences, but certainly his vigilance and care for that child increases. When the child returns contrite in spirit, the parent is waiting with arms outstretched. So it is with the great and many sinners of this age. Their bitter harvest will sour their own stomachs. But when they return to me contrite in spirit, I will be waiting with outstretched arms. Pray for their conversion, dear children. Be tireless workers in the sweet harvest of souls.”

Merciful Father, in the Divine Will I offer you all the sufferings of all the saints throughout history, linked to the pure suffering of the Cross, for the conversion of all sinners—individuals and nations. In the Divine Will use all these sufferings, as well as my poor offerings, to fill your crown with the jewels of converted sinners. May our Mother intercede on our behalf. Amen

The hour of mercy is slipping away while you daydream and slumber…

Hosea 11:2-3 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.

“My children! Why have you abandoned me? Why have you gone chasing after idols? Why have you rejected me? Do you not know that I formed you in your mother’s womb with the tenderest care? That I placed within you the seed of eternal life, your immortal soul? Return to me. The hour of mercy is slipping away while you daydream and slumber. Awake! Return to me and I will heal your wounds. I will bandage you and tend to your needs. My children, come to me. My mercy waits for you, longs for each of you as an only child. Come…”

O beloved Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blessed Trinity of Love, how fickle and frail we are! Draw us near. In the Divine Will, do for us what we are too weak to do for ourselves. Implant in us a desire to know, love, and serve you. Grant us greater faith, hope, and love. May your merciful heart enfold us, O Lord, especially those most in need of your mercy. May the Flame of Love cover us and all those you have given us to pray for. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you! Save souls! Amen.

 

If they do not recognize their own sinfulness, how can they repent?

Matthew 3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

“Oh my beloved, how I long for the day when my children will enter into the ocean of my mercy with humble, contrite hearts. Pray unceasingly for this. There are many who do not acknowledge the existence of sin. If they do not recognize their own sinfulness, how can they repent? How can they understand their abject need for mercy? If they will not come to the waters of forgiveness, how can they be saved? My child, this is a grave situation. Many, many souls are in grave danger. During this Year of Mercy and especially during this holy season of Lent, let your fasting and prayer be for sinners. Be an agent of mercy. With your prayers, immerse these poor souls in the fountain of mercy that gushed from my side. Do not let my mercy go un-accessed. Be the one to pray unceasingly for souls. Children, the days of mercy will one day draw to a close. Use all the tools I have given you to immerse poor sinners in my mercy. Children, there is so little time.”

O my Jesus, merciful Savior, in the Divine Will I immerse all sinners through the Flame of Love in the ocean of your mercy. I ask that through this Lent you will use my poor offerings to best advantage. So I offer them to you in the Divine Will through the Flame of Love of our Immaculate Mother. Save souls, O Merciful one! Save souls! Amen.

A time is coming when you will be forced to choose between comfort and the truth, between security and faith…

1 Maccabees 2:27-28 Then Mattathias cried out in the town with a loud voice, saying: ‘Let everyone who is zealous for the law and supports the covenant come out with me!’ Then he and his sons fled to the hills and left all that they had in the town.

“My beloved child, a time is coming when you will be forced to choose between comfort and the truth, between security and faith. Do not hesitate, but like the Maccabees, let your heart not be divided. Follow Truth. Cling to Faith. Set your heart on things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. My child the tempter knows your weakness. In your preparations do not neglect a thorough assessment of your weaknesses. Ask our Mother to assist you. Any unrepented sin is a gap in your armor. Discipline yourself, especially in your areas of weakness. If you do this you will find that I transform your weakness into strength. Cling to me and to our Mother and you will not be put to shame. Child, if our Mother points out a weakness of yours, do not rebel, but humble yourself, even if you have no respect for the person she chooses to reveal your fault. Turn everything to your advantage by remaining humble and willing to root out the most tenacious weeds in your garden. Child this is imperative. Your humility is your greatest strength. Cultivate it.”

Beloved Jesus, thank you for this teaching. There is still much that I cling to. Jesus help me to follow you, the Truth, help me to cling to our Mother, Faith. Help me to run down the path of humility. Help me to root out the tenacious weeds of my pride. Clothe me with our Mother’s humility. Blessed Mother, teach me. Lead me. I cling to you and your holy Son Jesus!

Beware of those who preach a doctrine that contradicts Scripture…

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 Even satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness. Their end will match their deeds.

“My beloved children, do not be deceived. I have given you the Scriptures as your guiding light, your beacon of truth. Beware of those who preach a doctrine that contradicts Scripture. That way leads to death. You can see, can’t you, how so many have been deceived? Many have fallen into the trap laid by the enemy and many have not fallen but have hurled themselves into it. These you must pray for most of all. They are to be pitied, for their end will match their deeds if they do not repent. Pray for their conversion while you can. The day of mercy draws to a close. Yet this is the time when my faithful ones can ask for miracles, for grace upon grace is being poured over the earth—it only waits for someone to accept the graces. Do not hesitate. Do not say, ‘I am not worthy to be used in such a way.’ It is prideful to say so. No, in all humility say, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that your graces should come to me. Yet may your will be done in me and through me and let not my pride stand in your way. Jesus I trust in you. Fiat!’ Children, there is no time to waste. Accept every gift and grace it pleases me to give you and you will be hastening the work of the kingdom. Be at peace little ones. Shalom.”

O my loving God, I repent of all the times I let pride get in the way of your holy will for my life. Fiat, my Lord! I accept every gift and grace it pleases you to give me and all those being rejected by others, but most of all that others would accept the graces you offer, for the glory of your name and the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Here I am Lord, I come to live in your holy will. Save souls! Amen.

 

Once the idols are shattered, my Spirit will once again go out over the formless void and renew the face of the earth…

Jeremiah 19:11 Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, so that it can never be mended. In Topheth they shall bury until there is no more room to bury.

“My children, do you think I take delight in sorrow and woe? Do you think I am edified by my people’s suffering? No, my delight would be in their conversion, my edification in their contrition. But this people has rejected my messengers. Once again, my Son is crucified and vilified. Yes, I mean to shatter them, but only so that what they cling to—all their idols—will be seen for what they are—shams, counterfeits, vapor. Once the idols are shattered, my Spirit will once again go out over the formless void and renew the face of the earth. My children, do you see how this must be? Fly to me, my little ones! Show me your humble, contrite hearts. Console me and help me in my work of renewal. I am looking for willing workers. There is much to be done in the glorious work of salvation. It is an honor to be asked to participate in this great work. Do you see that? Are you willing? Children come to me!”

Abba, Father, we are your children, contrite, penitent. We come to you in humble service. If you can use our poor efforts in the work of salvation, then do not delay, but use the little we offer magnified in the Flame of Love. In the Divine Will accomplish in us what we ourselves are incapable of accomplishing. In you all things are possible. Here I am Lord, I come to live in your holy will—save souls! Amen.

There is no more time; the whirlwind is upon you…

Hosea 8:7 For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads, it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, foreigners would devour it.

“My children do you see that this is taking place? Do you see how the worship of sin and death brings an abundance of sin and death to the world? My faithful ones, this is why I have given you so many powerful weapons. This is why I have sent my Mother again and again to call the world to repentance. Our Mother weeps tears of blood over her children! Then do not delay any longer, but offer yourselves anew into her service. Place yourselves under her protection. Take your orders from her. Let her provide you with weapons. Am I asking you to do what is impossible? With me all things are possible. Distasteful? Her love and protection are sweeter than honey, more precious than gold. Surrender yourselves anew! Cut loose all you cling to. Love God above all. Let our Mother show you how. There is no more time; the whirlwind is upon you. Gird yourselves with the precious armor of our Mother. Children, the battle intensifies. Now is not the time to rest or sleep.*”

O my Jesus, give me grace upon grace through our beloved Mother. Blessed Mother, I surrender myself completely into your service. Help me! Guide me! Teach me! Train me! Help me to be the warrior our Lord desires. Without you I can do nothing, but with your graces all things are possible. Here I am Lord Jesus, I come to live in your most holy will. Amen.

(*Just to clarify, I believe our Lord means this in a spiritual sense. “Keep awake! Watch and pray!”)

I am entrusting my greatest weapon to you—the Flame of Love…

John 16:20 Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

“Let my waves of love wash over you. Let your heart sing and your soul rejoice. All of heaven rejoices continually in my presence. Why do you hold back? Why are you reserved in your praise? Let the joy that fills you overflow into all those you meet. Joy, my children! Who can resist it? Let it be the magnet that draws souls into my merciful heart. Walk with me in unity and your joy will be complete. Children, listen! Love one another with our Mother’s Flame of Love. This Flame can never be extinguished, but sin can hide it. Remain pure. Repent and confess. Let my Blood cleanse and purify you so that our Mother’s Flame of Love will triumph. Lift the torch high. Shout in triumph! The day of victory is near. Do not be discouraged by what will precede it. The world must be purified. This too is mercy. Remain in me and I will remain in you. Let us never be separated. Go forward, little army. I am entrusting my greatest weapon to you—the Flame of Love. Onward!”

O Jesus, help me to become pure, to remain pure and to be a worthy soldier in your army. Let your joy be the banner I fly so that all will know who is my Commander. Mother of God, may your Flame of Love triumph in me, around me and through me. For God and for Mary! Amen.