Novena to Our Lady of Fatima: Day 5


The Angel appeared to the three children in the Autumn of 1916 for the third time. He prostrated on the ground before the Host and Chalice suspended in the air and prayed three times with them the prayer below. The children then received Holy Communion after seeing the Most Precious Blood flow from the Host into the Chalice. And then again the Angel repeated in adoration the prayer three times.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He, Himself is offended. And I draw upon the infinite merits of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that You might convert poor sinners.

Meditate on the great gift of the the Most Blessed Sacrament and make reparation to our Lord for all the sacrileges committed against the Blessed Sacrament.


Most Holy Virgin, who 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 favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

4th Day of the Novena and First Saturday: October 2017


“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and your sure path to God.”

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Our Lady of Carmel appeared to the little children in Fatima on 13 October 1917, during the miracle of the sun. Coming to the children at Fatima, shows us just how important the devotion of the five First Saturdays is and how faithful Our Lady is to her children and how necessary it is to pray the Rosary each day and wear her brown scapular.

Novena prayer: 

Most Holy Virgin, who 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 favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima: Day 3

The site of the second visitation, nearer the homes of the children.

Meditation for the 3rd day of the Novena, followed by the Novena prayer:

In the second visitation of Saint Michael to the three little children in the summer of 1916, he urged them to pray. It was a lesson for them and remains a lesson for us on perseverance in prayer. Not only on perseverance, but the words also give insight to the mystery of the grace of being able to commune with God in prayer. 

On this Friday, the day of Our Lord’s Passion, let us kneel down and hear Saint Michael, our guardian angel, the choirs of angels and saints, speak these words to us:

“What are you doing? Pray! Pray very much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”

Little Lucia asked, “How are we to make sacrifices?”

The Angel responded, “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners…Above all, accept and bear with submission on the suffering which the Lord will send you.”


Most Holy Virgin, who 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 favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima: Day 2

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Most Holy Virgin, who 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 favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

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Saint Michael continued in prayer with the three children. He knelt down, bowed with forehead touching the earth. The children did the same and repeated the words of his prayer.

Prayer doesn’t have to be so difficult. We have many examples: in Saint John resting upon the chest of Our Lord, able to hear His heartbeat; the Penitent, Mary Magdalen, making reparation by anointing Jesus and washing His Feet in her tears before His coming Passion, with compunction of heart; and Mary, the Immaculate, her heart pierced with sorrow in the Passion of her Son. Note the particularity of these instances. Each Saint relates to Our Lord according to the graces he has received, even the difficult graces, of trials and sufferings.

Humble yourself, and repeat these words three times, in prayer, as the little children did when taught by the Angel:

My God, 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!

The Angel, having prayed these words with the children, rose and said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” After which, he departed from the children.

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Novena to Our Lady of Fatima: Day 1


Most Holy Virgin, who 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 favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.


Meditation:

Take the first words of Saint Michael to the three little children as an exhortation to yourself: 

Do not be afraid! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me!

Hear your guardian angel speak these words to you, kneel down, and adore the Lord. Our Lady will be there too, and the love of her Immaculate Heart will guide you.

Fatima Novena: October 4-12

In preparation for the 100th anniversary of 13 October 1917 apparition of Our Lady to the children at Fatima, I will post a Novena starting tomorrow and going until October 12.

Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini will be having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Most Holy Rosary for this Novena. This reminds me of a dream of Saint John Bosco:

He explains it: “The enemy ships are persecutions. The most serious trials for the Church are near at hand…Her enemies are represented by the ships that tried to sink the ship if they could. Only two means are left to save her amidst so much confusion: DEVOTION TO MARY MOST HOLY and FREQUENT COMMUNION, making use of every means and doing our best to practice them and having them practiced everywhere and by everybody.”

Make visits to the Blessed Sacrament during this Novena and commit yourself anew to the Most Holy Rosary, and if you are already accustomed to both then do the same with an increased devotion and with greater love. 

Feast of Saint Therese

Happy Feast of the Little Flower! As I have mentioned before, she has done so much in my life, especially in my last years of school and in the college seminary, in forming me and helping me discern my vocation. 

I renew my devotion to her in gratitude for her constant fidelity as a friend in Heaven. 

Please pray for a special intention of our young man who has helped so many receive graces from pilgrimages to Fatima. The devil surely doesn’t like all that he has done for Our Lady, and is now showing in full force his distaste for the glorious work of a faithful servant of Mary. I think Saint Therese is up to the task to intercede for this fellow.


O Glorious St. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your miraculous intercession. So powerful are you in obtaining from God favors and graces that Holy Mother Church has called you ‘the greatest saint of modern times.’ Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition:

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And to carry out your promises of spending heaven doing good upon earth, and of ever letting fall from heaven a shower of roses. Henceforth, dear little flower, I will fulfill your plea to be made known everywhere, and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.