May 6th….the first Saturday of the month. May…the month for mothers…the month of Our Lady….and her apparitions in Fatima….And don’t forget the request she made to the children of Fatima….First Saturday Devotion as requested by Our Blessed Mother.
The 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s visit to the children of Fatima, is right around the corner….there is still time to make Five First Saturdays before October 13th…but time is getting close….
The Fatima message is being spread wide and far this year…there are Pilgrim Statues traveling throughout the country…Check your local parishes and see if one is making a stop near you…It is time… to convert our hearts….wear the miraculous medal….the brown scapular….it is time for all of us to pray our Rosary on a daily basis.
100 years …times have changed so much…humanity has changed so much….I’m afraid not for the better..every day we see more and more examples of people falling away from God…the loss of innocence in children… Think about it…The Fatima children were young and innocent, yet the Blessed Mother warned them that they would spend time in purgatory if they did not change their ways… We had better pray…those children were far more innocent than most of us…We are so much of the world…our tablets…our t.v.’s and smart phones….How much time do we devote to them??? How much time do we devote to the Rosary? We carry our phones with us wherever we go, and yet when we are told to pray the Rosary…it’s like: “What? Everyday?? ” The world will not be saved by a smart phone… but according to the messages…the world can be saved with a Rosary….So grab those beads and start praying….
Why Five First Saturdays?
Our Lady explained those Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, on Dec. 10, 1925, in the following way:
See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the … mysteries of the Rosary.
Why five First Saturdays in particular? Jesus explained this to Sr. Lucia on May 29-30, 1930, saying:
“Daughter, the motive is simple: There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
First: blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception.
Second: against Her Virginity.
Third: against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind
Fourth: those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate for this Immaculate Mother
Fifth: those who revile her directly in her sacred images
“Here, dear daughter, is the motive that led the Immaculate Heart of Mary to petition Me to ask for this small act of reparation. And, out of regard for her, to move My mercy to pardon those souls who have had the misfortune to offend her. As for you, seek endlessly, with your prayers and sacrifices, to move Me to mercy in regard to these poor souls.”
Will you continue to be one of the poor souls who offends Our Lady?.. Who offends Our Dear Lord??? There is still time to change…the Rosary is a very powerful means of conversion…for ourselves…for the world…..Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Here is a simple prayer to add to your Rosary, it is a powerhouse of a prayer that was given to the children by the Angel of Peace.
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.