Posts Tagged ‘Rosary’

A priest once asked Lucy, one of the visionaries of Our Lady of Fatima, “Why five Saturdays, and not nine, or seven, in honour of the Sorrows of Our Lady? (Our Lord had previously requested this from Seer Lucy in one of His apparitions).

That same evening, in May 29th 1930, while in deep prayer the seer implored Our Lord to inspire her with an answer to this and other questions that her confessor, Father Gonçalves, had asked. A few days later she reported the following answer to her confessor:

“When in the chapel with Our Lord, during a Thursday nigh adoration -as it was her habit to do – Our Lord explained the following to her:

“My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

  1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception
  2. Blasphemies against her perpetual virginity;
  3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as 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 Immaculate Mother.
  5. The offenses of those who outrage Her holy images.

Here, My daughter, is the reason why the immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little Reparation…”

Please follow link for more info on the Reparation of the First Five Saturdays.

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The Virgin Mary with Angels

Today I thought I’d write about the antagonism expressed by most non-Catholic Christians in regards to the Blessed Virgin Mary and/or the Catholic views on Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Most protestants tend to become emphatically averted  towards Catholicism because of Mary and it is not uncommon to hear people blaspheme and insult the Virgin Mary, because of their strong opposing opinions on the subject. It seems that however well-meaning and good intentioned they may be, many  fail to acknowledge the importance of the Holiest woman of all times, the one who carried Jesus in her womb. 

One obvious question that comes to my mind is why would any one who loves Jesus choose not to honor His mother? Certainly, God wouldn’t have chosen Mary to become the mother of Jesus,  if she wasn’t very special.  Would God choose any-one else but  the most worthy woman to be  the Mother of Christ, Who comes from the Father and is One with the Father?

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and will name him Jesus.  Lk 1:30-31 

Anyhow, it seems that  such resentment is caused either because of ignorance or prejudice, or both.  Unfortunately, there are many Christians who believe that Catholics worship Saints, or that we hope to get to Heaven through faith in Mary rather than in God! When in fact,  Catholics hold that salvation is a free gift of God and that there is nothing we can do to for ourselves to ‘deserve’ or ‘earn’ our salvation. In spite of their faith in God, Catholics  rely entirely on His mercy and grace to gain eternal salvation. 


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