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Consecration to Imacculate Heart of Mary

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary

Just as the cult of the Sacred Heart includes consecration to this Sacred Heart. In the same way, the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is one of the points of this devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which God wants to establish in the world.

This dedication can be done in various ways:

  • Father Desgenettes consecrated his parish
  • Our Lady asked the consecration of a country
  • Several dioceses in the world are dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, etc.

To respond to God’s will, it is appropriate to devote all that belongs to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To follow the spirit of this devotion, it is proposed to spread the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (see Letter of Liaison No. 1). But to do it well, you have to devote oneself first.

Moreover, in 1916, the three moments when the angel spoke about the Immaculate Heart of Mary, each time, he associated the Heart of Jesus. In respond to this insistence of the Angel, it is proposed that each of us devote ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to his own expression during the appearance of the Lord in autumn 1916.

In addition, to support one another, it seems relevant to try to achieve these consecrations together as much as possible. That is why, with the support of Monsignor Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, in 2018, we propose you a consecration to the following dates :

25 march : Annonciation
13 may : First apparition of our Lady at Fatima
2 july : Visitation
15 august : Assomption
7 october : Our Lady of the Rosary
8 december 2018 : Immaculate conception

Those who are already devoted may renew their consecration at this occasion.

    To understand the importance of such an act, a 30-day preparation is proposed. For this you will find in the attached files:

o   Two explanations about the meaning of this kind of consecration:

o   The preparation proposed by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort in his tract on true devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Father Garrigou-Lagrange and Saint Louis-Marie do not specifically speak about a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but what they say about it can be perfectly applied for this type of devotion.

Similarly, St. Louis Marie offers a preparation on 33 days. But the texts he proposes serve for several days. It is therefore possible to reduce to 30 days (see less for those who cannot start until after November 8)

On this page, you will find all the informations needed : /la-consecration-au-coeur-immacule-de-marie

 

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Meditation n°5

Spring 1916 :  “Pray in this way.  The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”

 

Prayer

After having taught a first prayer to the little seers, the Angel again recommended that they pray.  Then he added:  “The hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”  There are two precious teachings here:  the Angel specifies to whom we should address our prayers, and the fruits that they will bear.

To whom should we address our prayers?

The Angel asks us to address our prayers to the two hearts of Jesus and Mary.  By so doing, he reminds us of a profound truth:  the hearts of Jesus and Mary are inseparable.  Saint Jean Eudes had already underlined this point, as well as other preachers after him.  Here, it is the Angel of Peace himself telling us.  Later on, Pope Pius XII, in his message of the 8th of December 1942, confirms his teaching:

The faithful should take care to closely associate the worship of the Sacred Heart with that of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as our salvation comes from the love and the suffering of Jesus Christ indissolubly united with the love and suffering of his Mother.  This is why it is appropriate that Christians pay similar homages of piety, love, gratitude and reparation to the most loving Heart of His Heavenly Mother.  To sinful souls, to those who suffer from their own faults, to those who wish to atone for the sins of others, the devotion to the Heart of their Mother appears a haven of both perfection and pardon.  

Consequently, we should never forget to address our prayers to the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The fruits of this prayer

The Angel also stipulates that if we pray in this way, Jesus and Mary “will be attentive to the voice of our supplications”.  What a marvellous promise!  From now on, shouldn’t we follow the Angel in everything he said and did, as Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta immediately did ?  If we pray as the Angel taught them, then Jesus and Mary will be attentive to all our preoccupations, our worries about the future of the world in general and of our country in particular, our fears for the threats posed to our families, our children, etc.  The Angel thus prepares the message that Our Lady will give a few months later. 

Indeed, the following year, Our Lady will remind the little seers that it is necessary to say the Rosary every day;  and, like the Angel, she will teach them two prayers.  She had already made such a reminder during previous apparitions:  Lourdes, Pontmain …  Each time the Holy Virgin’s message goes straight to the point:  above all, pray.  She asks, recommends, insists always on this point, be it at Lourdes or at Fatima.  And the Angel, as the precursor of his Queen, can only do as She does and recommend prayer first and foremost.

For everything will be all right if we pray;  everything will go wrong if we don’t pray.  Prayer will decide our destiny.  “Whoever prays is sure to save himself;  he who does not pray is sure to damn himself” said Saint Alphonse de Liguori.  And Saint Ambrose affirmed that if “the life of a man upon earth is a warfare” (Job 7:1), then prayer is the invincible shield without which we should be relentlessly beaten.

The Holy Virgin’s example

In this domaine, the best example we could have is that of Our Lady.  In his Apostolic Exhortation Marialis cultus, Pope Paul VI, taking as his point of departure three pages from the Gospel, presents Mary as “the Virgin in prayer”.

During the course of the Visitation, the Virgin praises God with a perfect love such as no other human creature had ever expressed:  the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

At Cana, Mary, tenderly maternal and with a firm faith, addressed her request to her Son, and she immediately received the temporal grace she requested for the newly-weds, and for Jesus’ disciples, spiritual grace, for they “believed in him”. (John 2:1-11)

In the Cenacle, Mary already nourishes the nascent Church with her maternal prayer (Acts 1:14), as she continued to do after her Assumption in body and soul.  She will never abandon her mission of intercession and salvation. 

Mary is the “Virgin in prayer” who came to Fatima to recommend and ask us to pray.  She did this, first of all, by the intermediary of the Angel of Peace, before doing so herself the following year.  If we listen to Her, if we obey Her, we will be fulfilled and we will have blessings heaped upon blessings.  We should, like Her, pray constantly.

Pray morning and evening

Unfortunately, many Christians make do with only a short morning and evening prayer.  Some of them, worried about tiring themselves out, only make the Sign of the Cross.  Many more don’t even do this:  they wake up and go to sleep like animals, nothing more, nothing less.

Does a Christian behave like this?  Is it possible to save one’s soul by neglecting prayer but in finding time to watch television, read newspapers or novels, or go to the café or the stadium?

The Holy Virgin, our Mother, as well as her messenger the Angel of Peace, came to warn us:  “Pray, pray very much.”  In a motherly way She reminds us of the essential duty of the Christian:  “Watch and pray” (Mark 14:38).

We should pray fervently morning and evening.  For all Christians, these moments of reverence, every morning and every evening, should be pleasing and precious.

The Blessed Contardo Ferrini, a professor at the University of Milan, wrote:  “I cannot imagine a life without prayer:  waking up without God’s smile, sleeping without first laying my head on Christ’s breast.”  We should follow his example.

The Angelus and Grace

However, praying only in the morning and the evening is not enough.  Christian tradition invites us, three times a day, to recite the Angelus.  It is a reminder of the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation.  The Angel Gabriel asks us to unite with him in the prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary.  And all the Saints are very fond of this brief moment of Marian prayer with the Angel !

Saint Pius X even interrupted his most important audiences.  Saint Moscati interrupted his courses or his medical visits for a few moments.  Saint Padre Pio recited it with whoever happened to be with him and wherever he found himself, under the veranda, in his room or in the corridor.  Pope Pius XII recited it, every time, on his knees.  Why not preserve and recite this marvellous Marian prayer?

Another moment of prayer should be at mealtimes, before sitting down at the table.  The Sign of the Cross and a Hail Mary become the blessing of Jesus and Mary on our meals. 

When invited to a meal with a family, before sitting down, Saint John Bosco would turn to one of the children and ask him:  “Now let’s make the Sign of the Cross before eating.  Do you know why we make this sign?”.  “I don’t know”, the child would reply.  “Well, I’ll tell you in a few words.  We do this to distinguish ourselves from animals, who don’t do it because they can’t understand that what they eat is a gift from God …”.  From then on, in that family, they never failed to make the Sign of the Cross before meals.

And what do we do?  If we neglect it, we should resolve to make the Sign of the Cross and to say grace or a Hail Mary every time we sit down for meals.  And without human respect !

A spark, lots of sparks …

Jesus’ wish is clear:  a Christian should make the effort to pray continuously, so that he offers God everything that he is and everything that he does.  “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1);  “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” (Mark 14:38)  And what temptation in particular?  That of acting out of sheer selfishness and for intentions which are exclusively natural.  It is so easy to be calculating and to act only in our own interest and not for love of God or our neighbour !

To avoid this, prayer is indispensable so that we can stay turned towards God.  When it is not possible to pray for very long, then at least it should be done briefly, like little seeds sown throughout our activities, all day long.  This is the prayer of little invocations, rapid acts of love.  Pope Paul VI called these prayers “sparks”.

Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Alphonse, Saint Bernadette, Saint Gemma Galgani … what an ardent and constant use they made of these “sparks”!  Were their souls not, ultimately, a permanent spark?  Saint Maximilien Kolbe strongly recommended the use of “sparks” to grow in love towards the Immaculata.  This now applies to us, too !

Now, the first prayer taught by the Angel is very short and so only requires a minimal effort.  We should adopt it as our “spark” prayer.  So that the Hearts of Jesus and Mary be “attentive to the voice of our supplications”, so as to be delivered from our torments, so that peace returns to the world and to our country, we should love addressing, often, this prayer to them.  We should take the habit of reciting it at different times of the day.  A friend who is a priest recites it after every Grace.  This is an excellent way of learning to say it from time to time during the day.

And whenever we can, recite it as the Angel taught it to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta:  on our knees, foreheads to the ground, and repeating it three times.

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Meditation n°6

Summer 1916 :  “What are you doing?  Pray, pray very much!  The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you.”

 

Private Prayer

 

During the summer of 1916, the second apparition of the Angel took place.  The three little cousins were playing near the well at the dos Santos’ house.  What could be more natural for children than to play when they are not at school ?  However, the Angel begins by mildly reproaching them:  “What are you doing?  Pray, pray very much.”  For the third time, the Angel asked them to pray.  This insistence on prayer is significant and should incite us to go deeper into this necessity to pray often.

Pray constantly

This thinking is profoundly evangelical.  Our Lord said:  “Pray always” (Luke 21:36).  And after Him, Saint Paul said:  “Pray constantly” (1 Thes. 5:17).  But in our modern lives, how can we “pray always” or “pray constantly”?  The saints have shown us how.  For example, Saint Teresa of Avila deplored passing a quarter of an hour without thinking of Jesus.  But how can we pray constantly and at the same time accomplish the duties of our state of life?

It should not be forgotten that there are different forms of prayer.  First of all, everything we do, by offering it for the love of Jesus, is already a prayer in itself.  This is why it is important to never forget to begin the day by offering up everything that we are going to do.  In particular, during this preparation, we should offer our day for the conversion of sinners. 

Amongst the different forms of prayer, one of the most important, but too often neglected or forgotten, is private prayer, which is the real food of the soul.  

What is private prayer?

Private prayer is quite simply a heart-to-heart talk with God.  There are two types of private prayer:

  • very short prayers throughout the day, which are also called aspirations,
  • prayer as a set time (10, 15, 30 minutes) dedicated to God.

In each case, what is essential is finally having one’s soul in contact with the Lord, or living in His presence all the time.  This is what is meant by praying constantly.  And aspirations as prayers teach the soul to stay in the presence of God.  Let us make a brief analysis of each of these two forms of prayer.

Aspirations

To acquire the habit of reciting little prayers throughout the day, begin by choosing a very short prayer (one sentence, or even a single word) and decide to recite it as often as possible.  A few examples:

  • “Jesus I love you, Jesus Mary, Joseph, …”;
  • The prayer of the Russian pilgrim who proposes repeating only the name of Jesus;
  • The prayers of the Angel and of Our Lady of Fatima, in particular the prayer of Our Lady to be recited after every sacrifice offered.

The little shepherds often repeated the Angel’s first prayer, which we suggest you choose in this preparation for the consecration on the 13th of May.

The principal difficulty here is not so much reciting the chosen prayer, because it is very short, but to remember to do it.  For that, it is useful to have a few little tricks, such as trying to recite it every time we open a door, for example.

Another idea is to make use of a few free moments after having parked the car to go to a meeting;  or park further away than necessary (instead of looking for a place as near as possible) and use the time for walking to say a short prayer.

This kind of prayer does not demand any particular sacrifice.  Rather, it makes use of time during which we can’t do much else.

A time for God

The other form of prayer is a little more demanding, as it asks us to sacrifice a few moments of our time.  We should go somewhere quiet, then reach into the depths of our heart so that we can find Jesus.  During this moment of calm, we should try to listen to what God is saying to us.  God only speaks in silence.

Most important is to be with Him.  When you think about it, this requires no effort, as all that needs to be done is to let go, and be like a leaf carried on the wind …  Nevertheless, many find this difficult.  So how is it done?  Here is some advice which may be of help.

As it’s God who’s acting, we should begin by invoking the Holy Spirit (for example, by reciting the Veni Sancte Spiritus) to ask Him to come to us.  Thus, he will help us.

Next, don’t bother trying to find a method in learned books:  it’s God who makes our prayer happen.  We should let Him do it.  Private prayer is passive:  we shouldn’t expect anything, we shouldn’t say anything, we should simply be there, in the presence of Our Lord.  Even if we don’t “feel” anything, we know, by faith, that He has received this time and that He will use it however He wishes.  This is His time.  The only thing we have to do is to give Him this little piece of our time by simply being with Him.

To illustrate this point, Father Caffarel, the great apostle of private prayer, used the metaphor of sunbathing.  To go sunbathing, all you have to do is lie in the sun, and the sun does the rest.  For private prayer, all you have to do is put yourself in the presence of God, and God does the rest.

Finally, we should end our private prayer with a carefully said ‘Our Father’, as it is the prayer par excellence, the prayer taught to us by Jesus.

The real difficulty with private prayer lies not so much in the prayer itself, even if this demands an effort.  It is finding the time, then persevering.  To those who pretend that they don’t have the time for private prayer, Father Descouvemont replied:  “You’ve never seen a man die of hunger because he didn’t have the time !”  It’s the same thing for private prayer:  it is the food of our soul, and we should feed our soul every day.

Moreover, if we make time for God, God will watch over our affairs.  Here is a story which Father Caffarel found and which illustrates this point:

Abdalwâhid Ibn Zeid wanted to know who would be his neighbour in Paradise and he was told:  “Oh, Abdalwâhid, your neighbour will be Mimoûna la Noire”.  “And where is she, this Mimoûna la Noire?” he asked, with more audacity than discretion.  “She’s at Banou Whatshisname’s house, in Koûfa”.  So he went to Koûfa and found out about Mimoûna.  She was, they said, a madwoman who grazed her sheep next to the cemetery.  He found her there, praying.  Her flock was grazing unsupervised, and what was even more amazing was that the sheep were mixed with wolves and the wolves didn’t eat the sheep and the sheep weren’t afraid of the wolves …  “So how is it”, asked Ibn Zeid, “that the wolves get on so well with these sheep?”.  “I improved my relationship with my Lord, and my Lord improved the relationship between the sheep and the wolves.”

To someone who had trouble finding time for private prayer, a priest advised:  “It’s the devil trying to turn you away from prayer.  If you don’t find the time, prolong the time a little when you do pray:  the devil will soon stop telling you that you don’t have the time ! ”

Despite everything, the practice of private prayer is not an easy thing for everyone.  Two small, simple rules are useful:

  • The evening before, decide on a precise hour for your private prayer the next day.
  • The evening of the next day, during your examination of conscience, ask yourself if you have prayed well.

How long should our prayer last?  You can begin with 5 minutes.  It’s better to do 5 minutes every day and to persevere, than 15 minutes from time to time, then less and less, … then never again !

Finally, here is a story showing that private prayer is quite simply being with Jesus.

When the priest entered the room, he found the poor man on his bed, his head supported by two pillows.  There was a chair next to him, so the priest supposed that the man knew he would come to see him.

- I suppose you were waiting for me, said the priest;
- No, replied the ill man.  Who are you?
- I’m the priest your daughter called to pray with you.  When I came in, I noticed the empty chair next to your bed.  I thought that you knew I was coming to visit you.
- Oh, yes, the chair.  Would you mind closing the door?

Surprised, the priest closed the door.  The ill man continued:

- I’ve never told this to anyone, but I lived all my life without knowing how to pray.  When I went to Church, I always heard about prayer, how to pray, and the advantages of doing this, etc.  But these prayers, I don’t know … they went in one ear and out the other.  Anyway, I never had the slightest idea how to do it.  Then, a long time ago, I gave up praying completely.  This lasted until about four years ago, when I was talking with my best friend who told me “José, the point of praying is just to have a talk with Jesus.  This is what you should do.  Sit down on a chair, and put an empty chair in front of you; and with faith you look at Jesus sitting opposite you.  It’s not a mad thing to do because He said ‘I will always be with you’.  So, speak to Him and listen to Him, just the same as you’re doing with me today.”  I did this once, and I liked it so much that I went on for about two hours at a time, every day.  I always take care that my daughter doesn’t see me …  If she saw me, she’d have me locked up straight away in an institution.

Hearing this, the priest was very moved and said to José that it was a good thing he did, and above all, never to stop doing it.  Then he said a prayer with him, give him a blessing and returned to his parish.

Two days later, José’s daughter called the priest to tell him that her father was dead.  The priest asked:

- Did he die in peace?
- Yes, just before I left the house, at around two o’clock in the afternoon, he called me and I went to him.  He told me he loved me and he embraced me.  When I came back after a few errands, an hour later, I found him dead.  But there’s something strange about his death, because apparently just before he died, he pulled the chair next to his bed and laid his head on it.  I found him like that.  What do you think of that?  What could that be about?

The priest, profoundly moved, forced back the tears which came to his eyes and replied:

- We should all hope to be able to leave in such a serene way.

So, let’s ask our Guardian Angel to teach us to pray like José and to remind us, now and then throughout the day, to recite the prayer taught by the Angel of Peace.

For those who wish to go further into the subject, here are two good books to begin with:

  • Du temps pour Dieu by Father Philippe,
  • Cent lettres sur la prière by Father Cafarel.

 

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Letter from cardinal Burke

Rome, the 18th of September 2107

 Dear Sir,

   I thank you for your kind and encouraging letter dated the 28th of August.  I have been very touched by your thoughtful words, by your pious initiative and by the list of all those who are associated with your endeavour.

   God will hear all those prayers which rise up to Him to ask pardon for the offenses made against His Mother, the Immaculate Conception.  He will also enlighten the Holy Father so that he consecrates Russia according to Our Lady’s requests.

   I congratulate you for your association which enables the message of Fatima to be better known and practised.  May Our Lord continue to increase in us Divine Charity and the great virtue of Hope.

    Asking God’s blessing for you, for your association and for all those who are involved in your initiative, while confiding your intentions to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, to the Immaculate Heart of the Holy Virgin, to the Most Pure Heart of Saint Joseph, and to Saint Yves, I am

   Your most devoted in the Sacred Heart of Jesus

                                                            Raymond Leo Cardinal BURKE

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Letter to Cardinal Burke

  Letter to Cardinal Burke


Association Cap Fatima 2017
1518 Avenue du Commandant Houot
83130 La Garde (France)

 

To His Eminence, Monseigneur Cardinal Burke

 

Your Eminence,

In the conference which you gave to Rome Life Forum on the 19th of May 2017, you invited all Catholic faithful “to work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” and you specified:  “But, today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction.”

The association Cap Fatima 2017 was launched two years ago to contribute to the aim of celebrating the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima with the greatest possible dignity.  To this end, the association has worked to make known Fatima’s message and to spread the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in response to Our Lady’s words on the 13th of June 1917:  “Jesus wishes to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world”, words which She repeated on the 13th of July 1917. 

We were particularly moved by your appeal as we are in complete agreement with your declaration:  “The requested consecration is at once a recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace, and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.”

We also fully endorse that which Monseigneur Schneider said in considering your initiative “asking the Holy Father to explicitly consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” to be “very important” because it “fulfils Our Lady of Fatima’s request more completely and more perfectly and procures abundant graces for us all, for the Church, as well as Russia and the Church in Russia, in order to obtain a complete conversion, in other words to be Catholic, in full communion with the Holy See”.

This is why, through this letter, we wish to express our warmest and strongest support for your initiative.  We will respond by reciting our Rosary with this intention, by consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and by practising the communion of reparation of the first Saturdays of the month.  In particular, we are offering the series of the five first Saturdays from June to October 2017 so that the Holy Spirit inspires and gives strength to the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in following the “explicit instruction” of Our Lady.

You will find below the names of all those who wish to be associated with this initiative.

Please accept, Your Eminence, the expression of my deepest respect.

Yves de Lassus,
President, Cap Fatima 2017.

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