My last blog posted two weeks ago was written during the horrific wildfires in California. As of this writing, mandatory evacuations have occurred in the vicinity of Santa Rosa and so our hearts and prayers continue to be with the good people of this State.
The wildfires brought me into a contemplation of the message of Fatima the Blessed Mother gave to three little shepherd children in 1917. They were shown what the fires of hell looked like and were left with images that would never leave their minds and hearts.
It brought them into prayers for conversion of souls and into prayers of reparation. They surely were warriors of the highest realm, giving up their daily lunch and feeding the sheep they were tending with these morsels of food.
They gave up drink,
They gave up their play time, and
They truly gave up their lives to the throngs of people
who would come and ravage their grazing fields with tired feet
who were searching for God and His Love
by way of the messages of His mother –
The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Angels of Peace
They could have been considered “Angels of Peace” at that time, for surely they did not fight back against the authorities that tried to disprove their story of how Our Lady was appearing to them on the 13th of each month from May to October. The authorities displayed anger and disproval and the children displayed steadfast trust in Our Lady’s words to them. The government officials even threatened them with being boiled in oil one by one unless they confessed that the whole thing was a hoax. Yet, they remained solid as rock in their conviction of what their hearts and minds told them to be truth.
What made them so strong, perseverant and filled with faith and trust in Our Lady’s visits to them?
It is interesting to note that they were visited actually in the spring of 1916, one year before the apparitions began in 1917, by an Angel of God who would be known as the “Angel of Peace.” The Angel came to teach them the following “Pardon Prayer:”
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.
With the Blessed Sacrament suspended in the air, the Angel of Peace prostrated himself and recited this prayer during his third apparition to the children in 1916:
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 indifference 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.
The Angel of Peace gave two beautiful and mighty prayers to these children to pray in reparation and for conversions, but they were not only given to these three shepherd children. They were given to us!
Our Lady would ask them on July 13, 1917, to “sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice,” the following prayer:
“O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
The question placed before us in this time of social upheaval, is what can we do? How can we be “Angels of Peace” in a chaotic world?
Well, these two people, these two great Saints, give us a strategy, a path of peace to pray on.
St. Mother Teresa tells us the following:
“Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person.”
We have been shown so clearly in these times that we are experiencing, exactly just that!
We cannot wait for leaders whether they be in the Church or our Government. We need to ACT NOW just as the three shepherd children did. When the Angel of Peace caught them playing instead of praying, he rebuked them gently as follows, “What are you doing?”
PRAY, PRAY VERY MUCH!
He followed those words up with the strong command of “pray, pray very much!” We might ask ourselves the very question that the Angel of Peace asked the children: “What are you doing?”
What are we all doing? Are we praying very much? Are we praying in reparation and praying for the conversion of sinners? It’s so easy to get caught up in all the world events and happenings that inundate us each day. We surely are in a spiritual combat and we should not be recoiling. We need to fight. We need a strategy, and the month of October provides us with one.
Padre Pio was never seen without a rosary held in the clasp of his fingers. He sends us out to battle with the following:
“The Rosary is the weapon for these times.”
October is designated as the “Month of the Holy Rosary.” What better way to make reparation and pray for the conversion of sinners including our own conversions than to take up our weapons and fight the battle for the Eternal Kingdom of Christ and for souls for whom He dearly loves and thirsts?
Here are some worthy commands to have us hit the ground running to the front lines right now with our weapons in hand. Those front lines might be right in the heart of your homes, so let’s listen up!
Ven. Fulton J. Sheen:
“If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary.
One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary – or he will get the gift of Faith.”
Pope Pius XI gives us the following instructions:
The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin. . .
If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.
Servant of God – Joseph Kentenich tells us:
The rosary is a sort of machine gun and atomic bomb, namely a weapon that is far superior to all the weapons of modern warfare in overcoming the enemy of God.
She Travels the World
Seeking us out! Yes, Our Lady of the Rosary. . . Our Lady of Fatima. . . travels the world looking for “Her Children. . . Her Army” that will fight this battle with Her right now, right in the place that you have been planted.
I leave you with the following words from Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J:
I am pleading with you
to become apostles of the Rosary.
Promote the Rosary
Urge the Rosary
Teach the Rosary
Shall I say, advertise the Rosary
It is through the Rosary that we can bring countless souls
back to Christ from whom they have strayed.
It is through the Rosary that we can make them lovers of Christ
through the mediation of His Mother,
the Mother of Miracles
since the marriage feast at Cana
even to the dawn off eternity!
Offering Her Bouquets
We are fighting the battle with “Rosary in Hand” but with that Rosary we are offering the Mother of God countless roses of prayers, fragrant roses that have been incensed with the words of the Hail Mary, the Our Father and the Glory Be to God. Is there anything else more beautiful?
Wasn’t it Jesus that taught the “Our Father” prayer to the apostles when they asked Him how to pray.
It truly is very simple. We have been given our weapon and it is a weapon of peace.
It makes us “Angels of Peace” because with the weapon in our hands and prayerfully sent up to the Heart of God, we can make miracles happen all around us.
I believe Sr. Lucia gives us a beautiful mission statement and guideline for the Holy Rosary:
There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
Sr. Lucia of Fatima
©2020 Anita Guariglia
Photo Credits/Instagram & Pinterest