Shall We Not Heed To the Request of the Wounded Heart of Our Mother?
by Archbishop Arulappa
On December 10, 1925, Our loving Mother Mary appearing to Lucia, one of the survivors of those who saw Our Lady at Fatima, spoke these heart-rending words:
"My child, behold My Heart surrounded with the thorns which ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console Me. Announce in My name that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall:
1. Go to confession and receive Holy Communion,
2. Recite the Rosary,
3. And keep Me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary,
4. With the intention of making reparation to Me."
N.B. The Confession may be made during the eight days before or after the Communion. The Rosary (five decades) may be recited at any convenient time of the day, and the fifteen minute meditation may be made at any time of the day, either on all the mysteries as a whole, or on one special mystery.
When Sister Lucia, in prayer, asked Our Lord about the why of the five Saturdays, He answered:
"My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1. Blasphemies against Her Immaculate Conception.
2. Blasphemies against Her Virginity.
3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the
same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.
4. The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference, or scorn, or even hatred of this
5. The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her Holy
"Here, My daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little act of reparation ..."
Are there not enough devotions? But, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is one about which it has been said in the apparitions at Fatima, that GOD wants this devotion to be established and should mean the beginning of a greater devotion of the same heart; and that this devotion should mean placing the Mother's heart beside that of the Son.
It does not seem that such significant and meaningful words have been spoken about any devotion!
An Act of Consecration
Immaculate Heart of Mary, who together with the Heart of Jesus, Your Son, suffered so greatly for the salvation of the world, You manifested Your fervent desire that we should consecrate ourselves to Your Heart and practise the special devotion of the Five First Saturdays. I hereby wish to do as You desire: Obtain for me the grace to live so as to be truly consecrated. I wish to do this reparation for the sins wounding Your Motherly Heart.