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Saints

Ten New Saints

Pope Francis celebrated Mass and the canonization of 10 men and women today on May 15th, 2022.

The follow is a brief overview of our new saints from St. Louis Review and CNS:

• Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, an Indian layman and father who was born to an upper-caste Hindu family in 1712 and converted to Christianity in 1745. The Vatican said his refusal to participate in Hindu ceremonies and his preaching about “the equality of all people,” denying the Hindu caste system, led to his arrest, torture and his death in 1752.

• Blessed César de Bus, the France-born founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, a religious congregation dedicated to education, pastoral ministry and catechesis. Born in 1544, he enjoyed life and parties until he had a conversion experience in his early 30s and began dedicating his life to prayer and helping the poor. Ordained to the priesthood in 1582, he was a pioneer in educating the laity in the faith, using illustrations he painted himself and songs and poetry he wrote. He died in 1607.

• Blessed Luigi Maria Palazzolo, an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor. Born in 1827, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1850. The Vatican biography said, “At that time there was an abundance of clergy and, like the majority of priests from wealthy families who stayed at home and generously dedicated themselves to good works, Don Luigi chose to devote himself to young people” at an oratory in a poor neighborhood. He opened a school that offered evening classes in reading and writing to men and boys before opening a separate oratory for girls and founding the Sisters of the Poor to run it.

• Blessed Giustino Maria Russolillo, an Italian who, on the day of his ordination to the priesthood in 1913, vowed to establish a religious order dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life, but his first attempt was stopped by his bishop. Eventually, though, he founded the Society of Divine Vocations for men and the Vocationist Sisters.

• Blessed Charles de Foucauld was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1858. He strayed from the faith during his adolescence, but during a trip to Morocco, he saw how devoted Muslims were to their faith, which inspired him to return to the Church and, eventually, to join the Trappists. After living in monasteries in France and in Syria, he sought an even more austere life as a hermit. Ordained to the priesthood in 1901, he lived among the poor and finally settled in Tamanrasset, Algeria. In 1916, he was killed by a band of marauders. His writings inspired the foundation, after his death, of the Little Brothers of Jesus and the Little Sisters of Jesus.

• Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto, founder of the order now known as the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Rubatto, was born in Carmagnola, Italy, in 1844 and died in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1904.

• Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first superior general of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family. Born in 1862 in Castelletto di Brenzone, Italy, she dedicated her life to serving the poor and needy as well as assisting the sick and the elderly. She died in 1934.

• Blessed Titus Brandsma was born in Oegeklooster, Netherlands, in 1881 and entered the Carmelites in 1898. Ordained in 1905, he was sent to Rome for further studies and, while there, became a correspondent for several Dutch newspapers and magazines. When he returned home, he founded the magazine Karmelrozen and, in 1935, was named chaplain to the Dutch Catholic journalists’ association. During World War II, he was arrested and sent to Dachau for treason after defending Jews and encouraging Catholic newspapers not to print Nazi propaganda. He was killed with a lethal injection in 1942 at the age of 61 and cremated at the camp.

• Blessed Marie Rivier, a Frenchwoman who founded the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in 1796 during the time of the French Revolution, when many Catholic convents were closed and religious activities were outlawed. She was born in 1768 and died in 1838.

• Blessed Carolina Santocanale, also known as Blessed Mary of Jesus, an Italian nun born in 1852, who founded the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculate of Lourdes. She died in Palermo in 1923.

May all these newly canonized saints, pray for us!

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Lent

Eating Meat This Friday Will Make You Holier

Tom Nash – Catholic Answers

Closing up our celebrations on Easter Sunday misses an important liturgical truth: the Easter season lasts for fifty days, and the first eight of those days, the Easter octave, are so important that the Church directs that we feast for the whole week—even on Friday!

Each day within the eight-day celebration of the Easter octave is a solemnity, the Church’s highest class of feast. This means Catholics must shift their thinking when it comes to the usual Friday penance. Whereas the Church requires Catholics to abstain from meat, fast, or substitute some other penance on Fridays for almost the entire year, all of these practices are contrary to Church discipline when it comes to the celebratory spirit of the Easter octave!

The octave of Easter, by the way, is not the only octave in the liturgical calendar. Historically, there were several, including the octaves of Christmas, Epiphany, and Pentecost. Since 1969, only the octaves of Easter and Christmas remain. Although the Christmas octave is also a time of joyous celebration, it’s worth knowing that, unlike in Easter, the Friday of that octave retains its penitential character.

What makes Easter and the Easter octave—and Sundays in general, for that matter—so special? Easter annually commemorates Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. Thus, Easter is, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides, the “feast of feasts” and the “solemnity of solemnities.” In addition, Jesus rose from the dead “on the first day of the week” (John 20:1)—that is, on Sunday. Consequently, while most Sundays are not solemnities, Sundays in general are still considered on par with solemnities. In one sense, Sundays even transcend solemnities. Why? Because they are “little Easters” that commemorate the day on which Jesus rose from the dead. That is why every Sunday is a holy day of obligation that requires our participation in Mass, whereas many solemnities, including six of the eight days of the Easter octave, have no obligation.

The Church’s discipline that we should feast on a Friday—where else but Catholicism can you find discipline and feast in the same sentence?—is a wonderful reminder that we are ultimately made for celebration in our risen Lord Jesus Christ, and that suffering can be redemptive, not pointless (see 2 Cor. 12:8–10). Every penance, every sacrifice, every moment of carrying our cross (Luke 11:23–24) is ordered so we can participate—and participate well—in the life of our risen Lord, both here on earth and in the hereafter. So Lent is ordered toward Easter, Good Friday toward Easter Sunday, and our lives in general as the Church Militant in the temporal world toward our participation in the Church Triumphant in heavenly glory.

After a Lent full of redemptive suffering, we should be ready to feast for eight straight days, as is proper for the Easter octave. And if you want to get your children more interested in God and the Church, eight consecutive days of special meals, desserts, movies (for example, Jesus of Nazareth), etc. are guaranteed to foster their favorable attention. Participating in Mass on at least one day from Easter Monday through Easter Saturday is highly recommended, or at least reading the daily Mass readings at your festive family meals. And the Lenten-Easter journey can also demonstrate that the Church’s challenging moral teachings are not infringements on our freedom, but rather doctrines that liberate through genuine, disciplined love when patiently and joyfully embraced.

Read the full article on Catholic.com

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Lent

Holy Thursday – Love One Another To Be Happy

Bishop Robert Barron – dailycatholicgospel.com

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. He is giving them a visual proclamation of his new commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

When we accept this commandment, we walk the path of joy. When we internalize this law, we become happy.
And so the paradox: happiness is never a function of filling oneself up; it is a wonderful function of giving oneself away.

When the divine grace enters one’s life (and everything we have is the result of divine grace), the task is to contrive a way to make it a gift. In a sense, the divine life—which exists only in gift form—can be “had” only on the fly.

Notice please that we are to love with a properly divine love: “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” Radical, radical, radical. Complete, excessive, over-the-top.

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Read today’s Gospel (John 13:1-15)

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Prayer

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

About the Angelus prayer (from Catholic.com):
The Angelus is traditionally offered at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. every day. It is one of the simplest yet most profound prayers in the Church: daily recalling to our minds that universe-shaking moment when the omnipotent, eternal God, through the consent of a teenage girl, willed himself to become a human embryo. It is so immense and absolute an idea that the very words almost resist being typed.
By praying the Angelus, boldly repeating the same words that set our salvation in motion even as we had just been eating or playing golf or watching TV, we reflect and re-present the Incarnation’s radical parameters. A little over 2,000 years ago in ancient Judea, the world was just going about its business when suddenly the King of the world burst into it and nothing was ever the same. Yet the world continued on its course, watching and waiting for the revelation of the gospel (in Christ’s ministry, now past) and the glory of the kingdom (in his Second Coming, still future). In the Angelus we interrupt our business to recognize the importance of that moment, then we, too, go back to the mundane labors and pleasures that make up regular life, watching and waiting for Christ to complete his work in us.

This prayer originated in the 12th century, but its present form was evolved in the 16th century. More information about it here at ourcatholicprayers.com

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Lent

Ash Wednesday

The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century. On this day all the faithful according to ancient custom are exhorted to approach the altar before the beginning of Mass, and there the priest, dipping his thumb into ashes previously blessed, marks the forehead of each the sign of the cross, saying the words: “Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.”
The ashes used in this ceremony are made by burning the remains of the palms blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. In the blessing of the ashes four prayers are used, all of them ancient. The ashes are sprinkled with holy water and fumigated with incense.
Catholic Encyclopedia (Thurston, Herbert)

CODE OF CANON LAW
Can. 1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.

Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

The formula for fasting is to only have two small meals and then one regular-sized meal that’s no larger than both those small meals put together.

Fasting isn’t meant to be very difficult, and the purpose isn’t for one to starve. What’s difficult is this is a fast day whether we like it or not. This is a day when we’re called to eat less. We’re called to act differently, whether we like it or not.

The same thing is true when it comes to Mass every Sunday and Holy days of obligation. It’s a thing that we’re called to do whether we like it or not.

Here’s why that’s so good:

What is love? Love is willing the good of the other. It’s willing or choosing the good of the other, so we’re called to love our neighbor, and we’re called to love the people in our families. We’re simply called to love others.
How do you love God? Love is willing the good of the other, so you’re typically providing for something they lack, or you’re giving them something they don’t have. But when it comes to God, He has everything.
How we can love God is basically through three ways:
– We can love God through giving Him glory. By praising Him, by giving Him thanksgiving, or by worshiping Him.
– We love God by serving our neighbor.
We love God through obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We show our love by saying yes to God. Why? Because God has everything in the world, He has everything in the universe, except for one thing, and the one thing God doesn’t have is your heart.
When we say yes to His will, we’re giving Him our heart.
When we say yes to His law, we’re giving Him our heart.

It’s not about how hard the fast is, it’s about us doing this because we’re asked to do it. When it comes to going to Mass, it’s about going there because we’re asked to go there.
The heart of every sin is not caring what God wants and just doing what we want to do.

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, God’s call for us is to fast and to abstain from meat. He asks us through His Scripture and through His Church. When we say yes to this, we’re saying yes to him, and being obedient is an ultimate expression of our love.

This Lent, what you and I are called to do, is simply obey God’s commands. Why? Because we want to show our love to Him.

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Apologetics

Why Jesus Died for Our Sins Instead of Just Saying, “You’re Forgiven”

Highlights from Trent Horn – Catholic Answers

Satisfaction theory: Christ’s death on the cross is not a punishment as if he were a bad person, but it is a sacrifice and a reflection of him as a good person. Jesus did not HAVE to be crucified. Instead, Christ wanted to offer himself to the Father as the ultimate and perfect sacrifice of love to demonstrate his love for humanity and desire for the sins of humanity to be forgiven.

What we would say, then, is that rather than Jesus being punished with all of our sins and that’s why our sins go away, rather we would say that Jesus’s death on the cross is so good, it’s so meritorious, it’s of infinite value, because Jesus is God and man—He’s divine, so what he offers the Father in that act is of infinite value, because He’s divine—that it outweighs the harm caused by our sins. It outweighs the damage, the punishment due. Imagine balancing the scales of justice, that when you have our sins put the scales one way, Christ’s sacrifice punches the scales infinitely in the other direction.

And he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

(1 John 2:2)

John says that Christ’s propitiation, or sacrifice, not just for our sins or the sins of believers, but for the sins of the whole world. Christ’s death on the cross was so good that it’s superabundant. More grace was merited in Christ’s death on the cross than would ever be necessary to atone for the sins of humanity. There’s more than necessary. Now, that doesn’t mean everybody’s going to heaven, it just means there’s more than necessary.

For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. A man who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?

(Hebrews 10:26-29)

What can stop that grace is you choosing to not allow it to be applied to your life, or rejecting it later. Hebrews 10 says he who goes on sinning deliberately, for him “no sacrifice for sins remains.” The sacrifice of love outweighs our sins. It is more good than how bad our sins are, and we choose to let Christ apply that to our souls by receiving him primarily in baptism.

Jesus didn’t HAVE to do that, why? Aquinas offered several reasons. One of them that sticks out to me is that it’s a visceral reminder of God’s love for us. Why did God ask the Israelites to offer animal sacrifices? He didn’t HAVE to do that.

As human beings, ritual helps us…sometimes we understand things not just through what we are told, but through what we do. So offering your lambs and your goats and the animals you’d really like to eat, and killing them and giving them to God is a way to reinforce “Hey, God is more important than your lamb, your goat, your hut, your tent, your tabernacle—he’s more important than anything. So Jesus dying on the cross shows us that God loves us; a visceral, stark, and graphic reminder of how much God loves us and is willing to give of himself for us. It’s the supreme demonstration of Christ’s sacrificial love. As Jesus says of the Greek love “agape,” that no man has greater love than he who would lay down his life for a friend. It’s that stark demonstration of God’s love for us.

The suffering and death of Jesus does not mean that the Father poured out his wrath on the Son and punished him for our crimes because it doesn’t make sense to punish an innocent person for somebody else’s crimes.
Read Jimmy Akin’s article, “Did God Punish Jesus on the Cross?” to learn more about this subject.

A caller asks Trent Horn, Catholic Answers Apologist, why Jesus had to die for our sins instead of simply forgiving us. Was it a choice that God made or was Jesus’s death on a cross mandatory for our salvation?
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Variety

Advent Season Resources

The exhortation to be watchful resounds many times in the liturgy, especially in Advent, a season of preparation not only for Christmas, but also for Christ’s definitive and glorious coming at the end of time. It therefore has a distinctly eschatological meaning and invites the believer to spend every day and every moment in the presence of the One ‘who is and who was and who is come,’ to whom the future of the world and of man belongs.

St. Pope John Paul II

Essentials

Give alms – Food basket donations, clothing donations, monetary donations to the Church and trusted charity organizations, volunteering your time to those who are in need, are needed all year long, but Advent is a good time to start. Praying for others is a very important way to help others too, and everyone can do it.

Home Advent Wreath – Light a candle each week during Advent leading up to Christmas Day. Weekly prayers are available here from Dynamic Catholic.

Arrange a Nativity Scene – Having a Nativity scene in your home can be a helpful reminder for you to reflect on the birth of Jesus. If possible, set up an outdoor Nativity scene in front of your home for people walking by to see.

Pray the Rosary – Praying the Rosary, especially the Joyful Mysteries, can help draw you closer to Jesus through Mary. See a Rosary Guide here.

Fast – Fasting is not just for lent, it is a great way to remind us of our need for God. It can be a great thing to do during Advent as we prepare for Christmas

Advent Music

Videos

Other Advent Activities

Advent Preparation with St. JosephClick here for a list of videos and resources from Ascension Press for a meditation and discussion on the Nativity through the eyes of St. Joseph.

Daily Gospel ReflectionsSign up for Bishop Barron’s daily email reflections during Advent from Word on Fire.

Family ActivitiesClick here to see a list of activities from Loyola Press for all age groups.

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Life

The Narrow Path to Heaven

There are two ways to live and they can be described by the paths we travel on through life. One path is easy, the other is difficult. The easy path is more popular, it is full of pleasures and, generally, most people will relate to the stuff you do on it, but it does not lead to God. The difficult path is less popular, but it leads to eternal life because this path is purely set on God’s will.

One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.

DIARY Of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska Divine Mercy in My Soul, 2005, Marian Press Stockbridge, MA

It’s not always easy to follow the path to eternal life with Jesus. Sometimes you need to make sacrifices to stay on this path, and it requires you to lay down your life in love.

Even though the difficult path is full of obstacles, trials, and struggles; remember that this is the right path. We need to stay on this path no matter what.

Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Luke 12:51-53

Even if your family, friends, co-workers ridicule you or think you’re foolish… who cares. By staying on the narrow path, you have your heart set on eternal life.

Your faithfulness shown by staying on the narrow path is a way to lead by example because some people will see how you live your life and will realize the path they’re on is empty. The wide path that many people are on is vain and pointless, it leads to nowhere. We need to joyfully take up our cross following Jesus every day and stay on the narrow path, and eventually, some will see the light and join us.

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2

This post was inspired by Fr. Goring’s homily at St. Mary’s on October 21, 2021 (watch the homily here).

Staying on the narrow path will lead to saintdom, here’s a related video:

The Church is filled with wonderful examples of holiness and sainthood, and they can act as guides for us on our way to Heaven.

But a lot of the time, we look at these great saints and think, “I could never be like them,” when in fact, sanctity is more accessible to us right now than we could ever even imagine.

We know we should be striving to be saints, but what does that look like for people like you and me?
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Variety

The Cross: Love’s Harsh and Dreadful Beauty

Fr. Billy Swan – Word on Fire Blog

From being a sign of malediction, the Cross was transformed into a sign of blessing, from a symbol of death into a symbol par excellence of the love that overcomes hatred and violence and generates immortal life.

Pope Benedict XVI

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross draws our eyes and hearts to the mystery of Calvary, where the cross is lifted up as both a mirror and a window. First, the Lord’s cross is a mirror; it holds up before us the sin that is in us all and the dysfunction that needs healing. A precedent is found in the first reading for today’s Mass, Numbers 21:4-9, where Moses prescribed a healing remedy for the Israelites who were bitten by fiery serpents. To recover their health, he instructed them to gaze on a bronze serpent fixed to a standard and raised on high. This ritual seems odd to say the least, but its healing power centers around the need to look our own rebellion straight in the eye. Somehow, in that reality check, the outward sign functions as a mirror in which we can see the ugliness that we must acknowledge as a first step to healing. We find something similar with the prophet Isaiah in the first reading on Good Friday. There, it speaks of a man brutalized by torture being “lifted up, exalted, rising to great heights” (Isa. 52:13). Before such a sight, we are told that “kings stand speechless before him” (52:15). And before his cross, we too fall on our knees praying “Lord Jesus Christ, be merciful to me, a sinner” as we see our need for his mercy and healing.

In the Gospels, Jesus is revealed as the one lifted up before the world, not only as a mirror but as a window into the depths of God’s saving love: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up” (John 3:14). The horror of the cross externalizes the horror of sin, but it also reveals the love that swallows it up. That is why Jesus linked his lifting-up on the cross to his mission of love, sent by the Father: “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish” (John 3:16). With the cross as a window, we catch a glimpse of the extent to which divine love was prepared to go in order to seek out and reach those who were lost. Jesus’ love was even greater than his unimaginable suffering.

Christ your life is hanging before you, so that you may look at the Cross as in a mirror… Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the cross can a person better understand how much they are worth.

St. Anthony of Padua

… In the cross as in a mirror, we see our own need for salvation and the ugliness of our own sin. In the cross as a window, we see the truth of Dostoevsky’s words that love is indeed a “harsh and dreadful thing.” Yet this was the greatest love the world has ever known that overcame every darkness and evil that afflicts humanity and whose power is still active and triumphant in the lives of Christians. Here lies the real meaning of today’s feast as a sign of hope.

Read the full article here on the Word on Fire Blog

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Prayer

The Five Prayers of Fatima

The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell,
lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy
mercy. Amen.

Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.

The Sacrifice Prayer

O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].

Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June 13th, 1917.
The prayer is meant to be recited when you are offering up suffering to God.

The Pardon Prayer

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

This prayer was given to the children by the angel that visited them in 1916, the year before Mary appeared to them.

The Angel’s Prayer

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

This is another prayer given to the children by the angel. There was a Eucharistic host and chalice suspended in the air, and the angel led them in kneeling before it and praying this prayer.

The Eucharistic Prayer

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

When Mary appeared to the children for the first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” According to Lucia, a bright light shone all around them, and without thinking about it, they all started reciting this prayer.

Prayers from the Church Bulletin of Our Lady of Fatima Parish