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                                     Mosaic of Saint Patrick in Leeds Cathedral 

 

 

A PRAYER TO ST. PATRICK.

 

 

O glorious St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland ! I praise,
bless, and glorify God for thy sanctity, thy zeal, thy
charity, thy labours, and the success of thy labours.
I thank thee, O great St. Patrick, for watching over,
and preserving the faith of the Irish people. O dearest
St. Patrick ! heed not the unworthiness of thy children;
but continue, in the future as in the past, to pray for them.
O glorious Apostle, St. Patrick, guard and preserve, to
the Day of Judgment, the purity of the faith and morals
of thy people in every land and in every clime. O beloved
St. Patrick ! obtain from God that Erin, our dear country,
may become again what she formerly was, "THE ISLAND
OF SAINTS AND SCHOLARS." Amen.

 

 

Source: "St. Patrick: His Life, His Heroic Virtues, 
His Labours, and the Fruits of His Labours",
By Very Rev. Dean Kinane, P.P., V.G., Cashel,
Pages 273-274, Imprimatur 1920 A.D.

 
"In the formal Decree of 1930 drawn up by the Ecclesiastical Commission, the Bishop of Leiria wrote these words among others: 
 
'This phenomenon [the Miracle of the Sun], which was not registered in any astronomical observatory — a fact  which shows that it was not natural — was seen by persons of every class and grade of society, by believers and incredulous, by journalists representing the principal Portuguese newspapers, and even by persons miles away. This destroys any explanation based on collective illusion.'" ("Fatima and the Rosary: A Brief History of the Wonders of Fatima, Portugal", By Fr. Cacella, pp. 4-5, 1947 A.D.)

Continuing with TCW's postings on
"The Triple Message of Fatima:
Penance, Daily Rosary and Devotion
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary," 
please see Part II - THE ROSARY.

 

 

  "OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF FATIMA,
    PRAY FOR US." (300 days indulgence).


THE MESSAGE OF THE ROSARY


In each of the apparitions at Fatima, six
in all, Our Lady was insistent upon the daily
recitation of the Rosary. She made her ap-
pearance with a Rosary hanging from her
hand. On the occasion of the Solar Prodigy,
she was pleased to designate herself as: "I
AM THE LADY OF THE ROSARY." Over
and over again she insisted on the daily rec-
itation of the Rosary, saying: "YOU MUST
RECITE THE ROSARY EVERY DAY."

 

In the days of yore, the Rosary was used to
advantage in times of peril that threatened
civilization. Again, Mary has come to Fatima
to warn mankind of impending evil - and
to help us to avoid this evil she recommends
the daily Rosary. She has asked us to add
an ejaculation at the end of each decade of
the Rosary. It is sometimes referred to as
the *"Post-decade prayer". This ejaculation
is: "O my Jesus forgive us our sins. Save
us from the fire of hell, and lead all souls
to heaven, especially those who have most
need of your help."

 

*(Note: the author of this book also prints a
version of the "Post-decade prayer", in his 1947
book, "Fatima and the Rosary: A Brief History
of the Wonders of Fatima, Portugal", Page 2 as:

 

"O MY JESUS, PARDON OUR SINS.
SAVE US FROM THE FIRE OF HELL.
RELIEVE THE SOULS IN PURGATORY,
ESPECIALLY THE MOST ABANDONED.")

 

The FAMILY ROSARY is a very effective
means of uniting the family. "Where there
are two or three gathered together for My
sake, there am I in the midst of them." The
FAMILY ROSARY raises the family unit to
a supernatural level. It unites the parents
and children in devout prayer. It is the prac-
tical way to unite and strengthen the family
life, weakened by the modem way of living.
It is an anti-dote to the godless ideology that
is sweeping the world.

 

POPES AND THE ROSARY

 

"Have recourse daily to the Queen of The Rosary."
                         (Pope Leo XIII)

 

From the voice of the Sovereign Pontiffs
has come much praise in favor of the daily
recitation of the Rosary. Since the time of
St. Dominic more than fifty Popes have rais-
ed their voice on behalf of the Rosary. Pope
Leo XIII above all has repeatedly explained to
the Church the supreme importance of the
Rosary, with an insistence so pressing that
he has been styled "THE POPE OF THE
ROSARY."

 

It is unique in the annals of the Church
to see the same Pope speaking to the faith-
ful on one single subject - THE ROSARY
- in twelve encyclicals and almost as many
decrees and apostolic constitutions.

 

And other Popes have since preached the
necessity of the Rosary. Pope Pius X has
said: "The Rosary is the most beautiful and
the most rich in graces of all prayers, it is
the prayer that touches the Heart of the Moth-
er of God . . . and if you wish peace to reign
in your homes, recite the Family Rosary."
And in support of the weighty authority
of the voice of the Popes come the wondrous
events of Fatima. Consider the apparitions
of Fatima, with their words and prodigies.
Recall the great day - October 13, 1917 -
when Our Blessed Mother was pleased to
reveal herself and designate herself as "I
AM THE LADY OF THE ROSARY," in proof
of which she caused the incomparable Solar
Prodigy.

 

May we heed the Message of Fatima and
practice the daily recitation of the Rosary.
Wherever possible may we practice the Fam-
ily Rosary, the second condition laid down by
Our Blessed Mother for bringing this world
out of the chaos in which it is struggling.

 

(End of Part II of The Triple Message of Fatima)

 

Extracted from: "The Story of Fatima: A New 
Historical and Devotional Résumé of Fatima."
By Fr. Joseph Cacella, pp. 22-24, Imprimatur 1949

 

Related Link:

The Triple Message of Fatima (Part I Penance)

"If he who destroys what is conceived in the womb by abortion is a murderer, how much more is he unable to excuse himself of murder who kills a child even one day old."
Pope Stephen VI (Epistle to Archbishop of Mainz, SA 670 - Sept 14, 887 A.D.)

The Triple Message of Fatima:
Penance, Daily Rosary and Devotion
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

  Our Lady Appeared at Fatima, Portugal in 1917

 

... Let us therefore summarize the MESSAGE
of FATIMA. Its Message is threefold consist-
ing of the MESSAGE OF PENANCE, the
MESSAGE of the ROSARY, and the MESS-
AGE of the DEVOTION TO THE IMMAC-
ULATE HEART OF MARY. In so doing we
will understand what Our Blessed Mother,
Our Lady of Fatima, requires of each and
everyone of us. To quote the words of the
illustrious Cardinal Schuster of Milan: "If we
comply with these demands, Our Lady of Fa-
tima promises us the cessation of the war,
the return of Russia to Catholic Unity, and
the beginning of a new era of apostolate and
conquest for the Catholic Church."

 

In the following chapters we shall set forth
the triple MESSAGE OF OUR LADY OF
THE ROSARY OF FATIMA: PENANCE,
DAILY ROSARY, AND DEVOTION TO THE
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

 

Let us study it fervently, lovingly and de-
voutly, and by faithfully practicing it, and
spreading it around us, we will more effica-
ciously draw down the blessing of God on
ourselves, our families, our country and the
world.

 

THE MESSAGE OF PENANCE

 

As we have seen in the Angelic Prepara-
tion of the three children, the Angel asked for
prayers and sacrifices in reparation for the
sins of the world, and to obtain
the conversion of sinners.

 

 

The Three  Seers at Fatima did Heroic Penanaces

 

The insistent, ever-recurring 
content of each apparition empha- 
sized PENANCE. Our Blessed 
Mother emphasized the importan- 
ce and the necessity of an amend- 
ment of life. She said: 'MEN 
MUST AMEND THEIR LIVES, 
AND ASK PARDON FOR THEIR 
SINS." And again in a more sor- 
rowful tone she added: "MEN MUST NO 
LONGER OFFEND OUR LORD, WHO IS AL- 
READY OFFENDED TOO MUCH." This 
shows that we must not only repent of our 
sins and expiate them faithfully but we must 
seek to change our lives for the future and 
break completely with sin, which grieves God 
and draws down on us His castigation and 
punishment.

 

This repeated demand for penance by Our
Lady made a deep impression on the chil-
dren. So great was this impression that they
entered an era of penance far beyond their
years. Lucy, the sole surviving member of
the three Seers of Fatima, says: "That which
has remained most deeply imprinted on my
heart is the request of our Heavenly Mother,
begging us to no longer offend God Who is
already offended too much."

 

 

 Lucia Santos (R) with her Cousin Jacinta Marto 

 

Even Jacinta, the youngest of the three
shepherd children of Fatima, says: "Oh, if
men only knew what eternity is, how they
would make efforts to amend their lives."
Continuing, Jacinta added: "The sins of the
world are too great. The sins which lead most
men to hell are the sins of the flesh. Oh
men must do penance! If they amend their
lives, Our Lord will still pardon the world,
but if they do not, the chastisement will come."

 

The avoidance of sin, which presupposes a
great and everlasting sacrifice at every mo-
ment of the day, is to be a part of our daily
duty. These sacrifices we must offer up for
the conversion of sinners. Thus, those of us
religious or laity, who shirk our duties, are
to that degree retarding the triumph of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

Mary has told the world that the triumph
of her Immaculate Heart would be a sign of
the conversion of Russia, and of world peace.
To accomplish that triumph a sufficient num-
ber must make sacrifice and fulfill her de-
mands. PENANCE is one of her requests.
Let us do penance.

 

(End of Part I of The Triple Message of Fatima)

 

Extracted from: "The Story of Fatima: A New
Historical and Devotional Résumé of Fatima."
By Fr. Joseph Cacella, pp. 21-22, Imprimatur 1949

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