Newsletter for Sunday 7 August 2022

5 Aug

This is the month dedicated to Mary’s love for all of us – let’s celebrate it!

August is the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and this August is an especially fitting time for us to find strength in this devotion, as we handle constraints and stress stemming from war and conflict in Ukraine, rising prices of everything, the Covid 19 virus still around and worries for us all as Autumn and Winter draw nearer.

So, what better time is there to run to our spiritual Mother? We should never keep our distance from her and are always safe in her arms. Our Lady of Fatima famously said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” She also said, “Don’t lose heart … My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” We can put our anxieties aside by resting in Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The Memorare reminds us: “Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgins of Virgins, Our Mother.”

This month let’s fly to our Mother’s Immaculate Heart. To help you do that why not: 

Remember the first five Saturday’s devotion. This devotion is also called the Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was requested by Our Lady of Fatima. For five months in a row, on the first Saturday of the month, you make an act of reparation to Mary by receiving Communion, praying the Rosary, keeping Mary company for another 15 minutes by meditating on the Mysteries, and going to Confession within 8 allotted days. If you are reading this after 6th of August, mark your calendar and resolve to start next month! It’s a beautiful devotion that never fails to produce rich rewards.

Call your mother first thing in the morning. Your Heavenly Mother, that is! Celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary by praying the Fatima Morning Offering daily this month, as it concludes with these words, invoking the Immaculate Heart:

Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Amen.

Pray the Rosary every day. Our Lady of Fatima told us to pray the Rosary every day. In the words of St. Padre Pio: “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her the Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” 

Worried about your children? Bind them to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as you pray the Rosary and let Our Lady see and care for their souls.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Fr David Jones OLW

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