Rosary

Only “By This Means” Will You Avoid Enslavement 

St. John Paul the Great's effort to comply with Our Lady of Fatima's request for  a collegial consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

St. John Paul the Great’s effort to comply with Our Lady of Fatima’s request for a collegial consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

By Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)

This article is being re-printed here, on this site, in accordance with the expressed wishes of  its author, who states in the last paragraph, “It is our duty to publish the truth about this vitally urgent need we have for the consecration of Russia. It is a duty incumbent on all of us, especially we who publish about the Message and Miracles of Fatima” (c.f. http://www.fatima.org)

In this article we give the actual words of Our Lord and Our Lady to Sister Lucy concerning the most urgent request of the Consecration of Russia. Our only hope is the prompt fulfillment of this request. We must do all we can to see that the Pope and the bishops consecrate Russia in a solemn and public way in the immediate future.

Our Lady came to Fatima in response to Pope Benedict XV’s anguished cry to Her on May 5, 1917, asking Her to help him and all humanity to find peace. Our Lady responded eight days later on May 13, 1917, by coming for the first time to Fatima, to offer Her help and tell us all the one and only road to peace. On July 13, 1917, She explained this ‘Peace Plan’ further, and said that She would come back at a later time to ask the Pope to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.

Fatima’s Most Solemn Request

On June 13, 1929, Our Lady did come back as She promised, and on that day She made the request for the consecration of Russia. Here is Sister Lucy’s own description of the apparition:

“I had asked and obtained permission from my superiors and confessor to make the Holy Hour from 11:00 p.m. until midnight from Thursday to Friday. Being alone one night, I knelt down between the Communion rail in the middle of the chapel to say the prayers of the Angel, lying prostrate. Feeling tired, I got up and knelt, and continued to say them with my arms in the form of a cross.

“The only light came from the sanctuary lamp. Suddenly a supernatural light illumined the whole chapel and on the altar appeared a cross of light which reached to the ceiling. In a brighter light could be seen, on the upper part of the cross, the face of a Man and His body to the waist, with a Dove of Light on His breast and, nailed to the cross, the body of another Man.

“A little below the waist, suspended in mid-air, was to be seen a Chalice and a big Host onto Which fell some drops of blood from the face of the Crucified and from a wound in His breast. These drops ran down over the Host and fell into the Chalice. Under the right arm of the cross was Our Lady (Our Lady of Fatima with Her Immaculate Heart in Her hand) … Under the left arm, some big letters, as it were of crystal-clear water running down over the altar, formed these words: ‘Grace and Mercy’.

“I understood that it was the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity that was revealed to me … “ (more…)

Reflections on the Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries

“Madonna dell Granduca” – A painting by Raphael (1483-1520).

by Jayson M. Brunelle

With Labor Day upon us, the “unofficial” end of summer and the beginning of the truly beautiful season of autumn, Holy Mother Church, in her liturgical calender, presents us with two consecutive months dedicated to Our Lady: September – the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows, and October – the Month of the Most Holy Rosary.  Moreover, within these two months are numerous magnificent feasts of our Lord, our Lady, and many very popular, patron saints to keep in mind.  For instance, in September we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 8th, the Most Holy Name of Mary on the 12th, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the 14th, Our Lady of Sorrows on the 15th,  St. Robert Bellarmine (Doctor of the Church) on the 17th, St. Joseph of Cupertino on the 18th, St. Matthew on the 21st, Padre Pio on the 23rd, St. Vincent de Paul on the 27th, and the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael on the 29th.  Additionally, in October, we begin the month with a number of significant feasts and commemorations: The Little Flower – St. Therese of Lisieux on the 1st, the Holy Guardian Angels on the 2nd, the great St. Francis of Assisi on the 4th, and the great St. Faustina Kowalska (Secretary of Divine Mercy) on the 5th.

This brings us to the great feast to which this series of articles is devoted; namely, the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, formerly, Our Lady of Victory, celebrated on October 7th.  Wikipedia, the very reputable online encyclopedia,  quite possibly among the largest of information databases in the world, provides a very succinct history of the evolution of this particular feast: “In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted “Our Lady of Victory” as an annual feast to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Lepanto.[1][2][3] The victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a rosary procession had been offered on that day in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the success of the mission of the Holy League to hold back Muslim forces from overrunning Western Europe. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this feast-day to “Feast of the Holy Rosary”. This feast was extended by Pope Clement XI to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays” (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_the_Rosary). (more…)