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Our Lady of Fatima

JP II & OL Fatima.jpgBlessed are you, holy Virgin Mary and worthy of all praise. For the sun of justice, Christ our God, was born of you.


Lord, take away the sins of your people. May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us, for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
Today is the 28th anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II by the Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca. The pope credited his survival to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and subsequently made a pilgrimage to her shrine in Portugal to place the bullet in her crown.

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The press reports that he now wants to convert to Christianity after his release from prison on January 18, 2010. May the Holy Spirit warm the heart of Agca and the rest of us to closely follow Christ.
The booklet published by the Catholic Information Service titled “The Message of Our Lady of Fatima” by Father Frederick L. Miller will give you the needed theology and context for this 1917 Marian apparition.
Pray the Rosary!

Remember, O Creator Lord



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Remember, O Creator Lord,

that in the Virgin’s sacred womb

Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh

didst our mortality assume.

 

Mother of grace, O Mary blest,

to thee, sweet fount of love, we fly;

shield us through life, and take us hence

to thy dear bosom when we die.

 

O Jesu! born of Mary bright!

Immortal glory be to Thee;

praise to the Father infinite,

and Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.

 

This
is the traditional hymn for the
Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary for
the hours of Terce, Sext, None, and Compline.

Maternal encouragement of the Blessed Virgin Mary: May, the month of Mary


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Mary helps us,
she encourages us to ensure that every moment of our life is a step forward on
this exodus, on this journey toward God. May she help us in this way to make
the reality of heaven, God’s greatness, also present in the life of our world.
Is this not basically the paschal dynamism of the human being, of every person
who wants to become heavenly, perfectly happy, by virtue of Christ’s
Resurrection? And might this not be the beginning and anticipation of a
movement that involves every human being and the entire cosmos? She, from whom
God took his flesh and whose soul was pierced by a sword on Calvary, was
associated first and uniquely in the mystery of this transformation for which
we, also often pierced by the sword of suffering in this world, are all
striving.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM, August 15, 2008

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort


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O God, who willed to guide the steps of your priest, saint
Louis-Marie, into the way of salvation and of delight in Christ in the company
of the Blessed Virgin, grant that we, by following his example, may meditate
the mysteries of your love and devote ourselves tirelessly to the upbuilding of
your Church.


Saint Louis-Marie’s Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
Mary
can
be followed here.

And if you want to know more about the rosary, read a classic: The Secret
of the Rosary
by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.

A brief biography of Saint Louis-Marie can be read here.

All of Montfort’s works are worthy of time but especially noteworthy is the Total Consecration.

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

OL Good Counsel.JPGHoly Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and aquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darknesses or error and of evil that plots our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.

Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error so that they may not be seduced by evil masquerading as good; strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and of sin.

Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from thy Divine Son the love of virtue and the strength to choose, in doubtful and difficult situations, the course agreeable to our salvation. Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm along the paths taught us by the word and example of Jesus our Savior, following the Sun of Truth and Justice in freedom and safety across the battlefield of life under the guidance of thy maternal Star, until we come at length to the harbor of salvation to enjoy with thee unalloyed and everlasting peace.

Pope Pius XII

23 January 1953

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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