Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Will you embrace whole-heartedly the devotion of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecrate to her your entire being? Will you let her fulfill in you her great promise of salvation? Will you let Mary use you to bring others to salvation through her Immaculate Heart? The world will obtain peace only through the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is the Will of God, the key to Heaven! By it, we will have peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our country, in the Church and in the world.
“God wishes to establish in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart! I promise salvation to those who embrace it.”
God has given over to Mary the special work of mothering the life of grace in us and ruling as our Queen. He has confided to her Heart, the mediation of all the treasures of His heavenly storehouse. Mary by her perfect surrender to God ~ her perfect consecration ~ became full of Grace, perfectly filled with God. By our consecration to Mary, we take on a new sacredness and strive, henceforth, to be only and always used for Mary’s hallowed mission. We pledge ourselves to learn of her, to love her dearly, to ‘spend and be spent’ in her sacred service, to call upon her in all our needs and to trust her absolutely!
The first condition of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is based upon a true love of Mary. We cannot love someone we do not know, and the sad truth is that all too few know the Woman! We consecrate ourselves not because we are perfect, but rather to become perfect. True devotion is promptitude of WILL; it is a matter of setting one’s own will aside. If we are devoted to the Heart of Mary, it will not matter how we feel or what we want; always we will be instant and eager to be in her sacred service.
Pope Leo XIII speaks to us of the mystery within the mysteries of the Holy Rosary: To Jesus through Mary! When we turn to Mary in prayer, she is able to fulfill uninterruptedly the office she holds before the throne of God as Mediatrix of Divine Grace. The merciful Heart of Mary appears in no other form of prayer so manifestly as the Holy Rosary. Mary’s Heart of love is reaching out across the world to gather people from every corner of the earth to her feet. She has been given the power to give souls to Jesus and Jesus to souls. Total Consecration unlocks the door of her Heart, the living tabernacle of the Most Blessed Trinity. Wherever we find true devotion to the Heart of Mary, there we will find true love of God. Nothing will be more effective today to bring forth the full intensity of Christian life in the world.
Night Is Closing In, We Must Act Now!
Please pray for me as I will pray for you all the days of my life!
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Living Rosary,
May the Peace and Joy of Our Blessed Lord and Our Lady abide with you always! Please pray for me, as today is a “double” birthday for me: the day of my birth into the world, and my birth into the Immaculate Heart of Mary through Total Consecration!
The old devil is always ready to use whatever means he can to dilute and divert the essential message of sacrificial, devoted and generous dedication to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, God’s instrument for achieving peace in the world. Mary appeals to us to love Jesus with all our hearts; to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world; to offer our lives in sacrifice for souls and to live the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with love and devotion to our daily duties. Mary has called us together to make our Total Consecration or to renew it. We are her slaves of love and Our Queen and Mother is here to ignite in our poor hearts this fire so pure, so ardent and so Divine! She is here to renew the precious graces we received on the day of our Baptism. Our Mother desires to grant us the grace of spiritual childhood which the little Fatima seers received and lived to perfection!
Let us do what Our Lord tells us by filling our jars with the waters of desire, filial requests and humble disposition of heart, awaiting with TRUST all that is His Holy Will.
REPARATION, PENANCE AND PRAYER
The Immaculate Heart of Mary taught the three children of Fatima to accept all their sufferings, misunderstandings and humiliations in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners. This is what reparation is all about: “to lift up the chalice” of our sufferings, whatever form they may take, and offer them to Our Lord through the most Pure Heart of Mary. When we offer everything to God, we atone for countless numbers of souls who are distant from Him. To be a slave of love is to become a victim of Love. Our Blessed Mother invites us all to allow ourselves to be consumed by Love.
Our Blessed Mother urges us to stop COMPLAINING and start OFFERING, to stop MURMURING and to start GIVING of ourselves. Love must become our only goal and the motive for that all we do. May Francisco and Jacinto teach us, at every moment, their childlike trust which was TOTAL! They became Eucharistic souls, little victims of the Eternal Victim!
Our Lady asked the little children to “pray the Rosary” every day for peace. Even before the apparitions of Our Lady, the Angel of Portugal appeared to the children and taught them this prayer:
We are called to be intercessors!
In prayer, we bring before Our Lord the whole world, people we are not able to reach and may never encounter. Like the healing of the paralytic whose stretcher was lowered through the roof at the feet of Jesus. When Jesus saw his faith, He healed the sick man. (Luke 5:20) Intercessors love God with undivided hearts and give witness to this love by their lives. The intercessors slave for love! They, like Moses, with uplifted hands, lift up their brothers and sisters to win the battle of faith! (Exodus 17:8) They are on fire for souls. They defy pain, persecutions and sacrifices for the salvation of souls. Their lives are a sweet smelling holocaust (Lev. 8:28), pleasing to God.
Be intercessors for the world. Pray for our religious and all consecrated souls, for families, for Holy Mother the Church, for the faithful departed. Pray without ceasing, for the devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Not everyone can be blessed by a vision of Our Lady but we can all have the humble, simple and docile hearts of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. Filled with love of God, they were prompt in making sacrifices and courageous in facing suffering. The children of Fatima have left us their simple secret for the transformation of the world. They trusted Our Lady and consecrated to her Immaculate Heart their entire lives and they lived that consecration! They were caught up in the Fire of Divine Love and were completely consumed by that Love. Consecration and obedience must go together! Disobedience is nothing short of “idolatry”, love of self!
All of us are consecrated to God in Baptism. We receive Holy Communion and are sealed with the Presence of the Holy Ghost. But, do we bear fruits that last or are we like the fig tree that is barren? Our Blessed Mother has gathered us together through the Universal Living Rosary. She pleads with us to make and live our Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart.
Our Blessed Mother ardently desires to communicate to us…
The Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena is a happy and concrete response to the Peace Plan of Our Lady at Fatima. May the heavens sustain you and increase your numbers throughout the whole world!
You are always in my heart and my prayers and your intentions are presented, daily, at the Holy Altar of Sacrifice.
With love and blessings,
Fr. Michael Uche Akaigwe