Hello Everyone -
We are almost done with the 100 year anniversary of Fatima - 1917-2017. I am truly shocked that some big Chastisement did not happen during this year - although we were not deprived of catastrophic events. What will 2018 bring? Will I live to see 2019? Will any of us? Are we pleasing God with our lives, our decisions, our families, our Faith? Have we been obedient to Our Queen and Mother? Have we listened to the Fatima message and put it into practice? As long as we are still breathing - there is still time!
As I get older and see death coming to my family and friends around me, it becomes evident that time is fleeting and that we should be diligent about our duties and obligations to God and family. We will all soon have to stand before God and answer for what we did and didn't do --- AND --- we will stand alone! Or will we?
If we have studied what is made available to us from the saints and from what Catholic Tradition has handed down to us, we can see that having a devotion to Mary is not only necessary for us on earth but also at our death. Wouldn't you like to stand before God as a child of Mary with Her at your side - pleading for a good judgement? I DO!!
If you have not made a Consecration to Jesus through Mary - now is the time. If you have already made your consecration, then a deep and committed renewal is needed. If we knew how much God loves us and wants our love in return, we would strive to make ourselves more pleasing to Him. We would be willing to cast away all that is displeasing to God. It is not that simple. In the beginning of this Consecration, we try to see that the ways of the world are not the ways of God. We try to examine also ourselves – our shortcomings, faults and weaknesses that keep us from God. We need to understand what our shortcomings are and work on them little by little with prayer and mortifications. The soul needs to properly prepare itself to receive this fire of Divine Love. If it is damp with self-love it cannot receive the Divine Fire. We pray “Thy Kingdom come” each day in the Our Father but we must truly strive for this end.
If we are to be truly united to Jesus – we must seek to receive the gift of His own Mother. Jesus’ Mother is our Mother. Jesus, Who in His sweet compassion, tenderness, and love, has made us, that we may be happy with Him both here and hereafter, wants us to have the same Mother! His Sacred Heart desires our happiness; He has made us that we might be so; He has given us every means. Let us strive to be as pleasing to Him as we can. Let us be simple, loving children of an infinitely loving Father. Let us be loving children of our fair Immaculate Mother Mary. Let us always look up to Her as Our Mother. Let us so entirely give ourselves to Her that She may use Her Mother’s influence over us. Let Her feel that we trust Her. Let us strive to always love Her with a Jesus love. Let it be the one great aim of our lives; then we will truly be living in imitation of Jesus whose Heart was in constant union with the Heart of His Mother -His Mother and our Mother. Our minds are amazed by the thought that God could trust His only Son to Her; that Jesus could submit to be influenced by Her, and that Her thoughts, Her ideas, were all, not only so pure, so beautiful, but in perfect harmony with the Will of the Eternal Father for the sacred humanity of His Eternal Word. Mary has never failed God! Think of it – NEVER! It is well to think of Mary’s greatness but it is better to draw near to Her and as a little child feel secure in Her possession! She is the Mother of Mercy. She will come to our aid and guide us to God. Her maternal Heart wants all of God’s children to choose Heaven. Let us take Mary as our very own and know that the gentle eyes of Jesus will be turned upon us with exceeding love as He sees us love His own Immaculate Mother.
And finally when we make our Consecration - we are committed to Jesus because He is our final end! Mary would not want it any other way. Her goal is to lead all of God’s children to Her Son. To make this Consecration we are saying - You have given me All – now I humble myself to the lowest point of declaring myself your slave – and I give you my All! Those who try to comprehend the immense love of God want to “give” – but what can we “give”? Many are perplexed at the concept of "slave" since it is written in Scripture that we are made heirs of the Kingdom. For a soul to desire to become His slave is the total giving of self – it is ALL – God is not outdone in generosity. We can never give Him anything – it already belongs to Him – we are unprofitable servants! This Consecration is a total giving of self – but given to God through the hands of Mary where the offering will be purified and covered with Her love. It is a TOTAL act of love to One Who is Love.
May Our Queen and Mother take our offering of self and give us in return Her Son! May She watch over us and lead us closer to Him. May She reprimand us when needed and drag us back if She must when we humanly fall into our past weaknesses and faults. We give Her this right over us when we become slaves to Jesus through Mary. Don't you want her to drag you back or to reprimand you! I DO! She can not do this on Her own without our surrender, our Consecration and our pleading through prayer! Listening to Our Lady of Fatima, may we Consecrate ourselves to Her Immaculate Heart in order for Jesus to be more known, loved and served. May we never be without our Brown Scapular which is a sign of this Consecration! This coming New Year is a time to renew and a time to Consecrate all that is dear to us - to Her Immaculate Heart! If we have neglected our Rosary, our wearing of the Brown Scapular or the prayers of Reparation taught at Fatima - NOW is the time to turn back to these. WHY? --to bring graces to ourselves, to our family and to the world - and to ask Her to be at our side at the time of our death.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us and protect us – guide us to the Divine Fire of Love – Your Son – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Thank you, Eternal Father, for the gift of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Loving Mother who wants all of us to be Yours! You are an amazing Father Who knows we need a Mother to care for us! We humble ourselves before Her! We love You for these great Gifts!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!