On Monday, January 14th, we entered into the Church’s liturgical season of Ordinary Time. It’s truly hard to believe that the Season of Advent and Christmas arrived in the blink of an eye and departed just as quickly as it came. I could not help but think this “time“ is so very far from the definition of being ordinary. All we need to do is to look around at the complete chaos going on in the world, in government, in communities, in schools, in our relationships, in our families, in our homes and in our Church.
So for me, too, my life has been far from the “ordinary.” It seems since Mama Mary arrived here last June (2018) in the presence of the statue of the “Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima,” my life has not been the same since!
As an example of this statement, I was ahead of schedule with my drafted blog and ready for Dan, my editor, to take a look and get it ready for posting for January 25th. I had my featured image in and thought everything seemed to be A-okay! Nada!!!! As I said, my life has flipped upside down in all areas, including this blog!
The morning my posting was due, before going to Mass, as I sat praying before the Pilgrim Virgin statue in my living room, I heard that “gentle whisper” from within: “Rewrite your blog!”
Ohhhhh no! I really wasn’t hearing that. . . was I? I looked up at her beautiful face and serene look and knew that yes, it was Mama who was speaking to me from within. How could I say no? She had my “yes” once again so I emailed Dan telling him of Mama’s request. He’s a pretty dutiful son to her and also gives his “yes” in so many ways. “Okay“ was his reply, “Rewrite the blog. Mama said to!”
So there I sat in front of the computer. Once again I was looking at a blog that was really ready to go, finished and ready for editing and posting!!!
Ohhhhh! Was I positive I wasn’t talking to myself?
This draft seemed pretty good to me! Deeply within, I heard, “Surrender Anita, and begin again!”
The only thing I left from the former posting was her featured image. I felt that the Blessed Mother was desiring the picture to remain for all to view. As I gazed at her image, I couldn’t help but feel the pain and sorrow expressed in her eyes. The tears in those eyes just seemed to be welling up in the this image of the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima! It then occurred to me. It was like I was hit with a bolt of lightning! “Write about my tears.”
This is why she wanted me to rewrite my blog! She wanted me to write about “Her Tears”
I find it almost full circle that I am writing about her tears, for this is how I began my blog in 2017. It was then that I related the story of how I saw the statue of Our Lady of Fatima shed tears before my ten year old eyes in a Church in New Jersey. It was about her tears then and it’s truly about her tears now!
It’s a “dire” message for us. One to be heard and to be acted upon!
So what is she telling me and what is she telling you, personally right now? I think it might be helpful if I go back to New Years Eve and the vision I had during Mass. To reiterate once again:
“Our Lady was in a white dress;
walking wistfully through a cemetery;
passing between the tombstones.
The cemetery was very large encompassing the whole world.”
The tombstones symbolized the “cold and stony hearts” of those who are not hearing her call to convert and come back to her Son. My prayer intensified with this thought after I sat with the vision and pondered it in my heart. I felt I still needed the discernment of a dear and holy priest who is filled with much wisdom. I felt he could shed light on this situation and set me straight. Either I was losing it and making up some crazy scenes in my head or the mother of God was revealing her pain to me in the loss of so many souls for eternity.
I set out to meet with this priest for his clarity, but also for interior peace for myself as well. I knew the Holy Spirit was sending me into his presence for light and sure enough he was able to shine his own “flashlight of wisdom” clearly on this dark scene of a cemetery with the Blessed Mother walking through.
“Yes,” he said, “She certainly could be showing you this! “Why not? Look at the world right now! Didn’t she show the little children of Fatima the vision of hell and what the poor souls looked like that ended up there?”
So, thankfully, he took away any thoughts from my heart that I was running this scene before my own mind’s eye.
He continued on with these these words to me: “Our Mother gets so many no’s to “her callings” She searches for our “yes” to her.
As a mother, I remember myself calling my sons to do their homework after school. Just moments before they had been eating a snack before my very eyes in the kitchen and then they disappeared conveniently deaf to my call.
Is that what happens to us? We become deaf to her call and do not want to do the “homework” that she is asking of us? So what is “Mama” asking of us right now?
We all could certainly reflect on these questions and answer individually in a more personal way for sure. This might be something we need very well to do and to work on. However, I thought I would take this opportunity to write about what the “Call” was in Fatima to the little children (Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco) in 1917 and what it is now for us in 2019.
At Fatima, Our Lady predicted the moral and spiritual breakdown of our society if her requests were not heeded. She offered us a spiritual means for restoring the moral order and establishing peace in the world. Her Message is a message of hope and sure guidance in this era of moral confusion. Our Lady promised that in the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and an era of peace will be granted to mankind (Spiritual Guide for the Salvation of Souls and World Peace/World Apostolate of Fatima, USA).
The Angel of Peace gave the children of Fatima the following prayer in 2016 before Our Lady appeared in 2017 :
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I beg pardon of Thee for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.
He also said to the children:
“Pray thus, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”
The word “supplications” seemed to be key here for me, especially the phrase “voice of your supplications.”The word means to make a humble entreaty – to pray to God; to ask humbly and earnestly of. This sounds like what Our Lady of Medugorje tells us as well, “to pray with the heart.”Are we not praying with the heart? Is this causing her tears?
Our Lady “called” the Fatima children and us to pray for conversion of sinners and one way she has asked us to do that is the devotion of First Saturdays. She asked this of the children on July 13, 1917, when she showed them the “vision of hell” where there were both demons and lost souls in terrifying torment and despair. Our Lady told the children, “you have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
Jacinta was so frightened by this vision that her whole life changed and she offered up sacrifice after sacrifice. She was just a little girl who had been tending sheep with her cousins. She went from the “ordinary” to the “extraordinary” by her reparation for sins.
One of St. Jacinta’s quotes was:
“Our Lady also said that we should pray much and that we should make many sacrifices of the senses, which please Our Lord so much; that we should love God with our whole heart; that we should respect priests, who are the salt of the earth and serve to direct souls onto the path of Heaven.”
On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared with the Child Jesus to Lucia at the Dorothean convent in Pontevedra, Spain. Our Lord asked Lucia to have pity on the Heart of her Most Holy Mother and to offer Acts of Reparation. Then Our Lady said: “Look my daughter, at my heart encircled with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who on the First Saturdays of five consecutive months:
- Receive Holy Communion,
- Recite five decades of the Rosary, and
- Keep me company for fifteen minutes meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.
I truly cannot imagine a heart being”encircled with thorns” and yet Our Lady asks her daughter Lucia to “look. “The Blessed Virgin Mary shows us her tears and she also shows us her heart encircled with thorns. Why is that heart encircled with thorns?
According to Sister Lucia, the Five First Saturdays of Reparation were requested to atone for the ways people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
- Attacks upon Mary’s Immaculate Conception;
- Attacks against her Perpetual Virginity;
- Attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of Mankind;
- For those who try to publicly implant in children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother; and
- For those who insult directly in her sacred images.
The first day this blog will be posted will be on Friday, January 25, 2019, the Feast Day of the Conversion of St. Paul! No coincidence here with this publication date nor Our Lady’s request for me to rewrite my blog! Let us dry her eyes of tears by saying “YES” to her requests to pray for the conversion of sinners.
Let 2019 Be The Year of our Total “YES” to Our Lady!
©2019 Anita Guariglia
Youtube: Our Lady of Fatima song
Quotations from “Spiritual Guide For the Salvation of Souls and World Peace” – World Apostolate of Fatima, USA