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In This Issue

Pope John Paul II’s Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart

The following is the Prayer of Consecration with which Pope John Paul II consecrated the world, inclusive of Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, in fulfillment of the Fatima request. – Ed.

“We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God.”

As we utter the words of this antiphon with which the Church of Christ has prayed for centuries, we find ourselves today before you, Mother, in the Jubilee Year of the Redemption.

We find ourselves united with all the pastors of the Church in a particular bond whereby we constitute a body and a college, just as by Christ’s wish the Apostles constituted a body and college with Peter.

In the…


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The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary: The Revelations of Berthe Petit

What are still little known worldwide are the private revelations of Our Lord made public through the famous and very holy Belgian mystic, Berthe Petit, a Franciscan Tertiary (1870-1943), who enjoyed the highest respect of Cardinals, Bishops, theologians and other members of the Church hierarchy at the time. While attending midnight Mass in 1909, she saw the wounded Heart of Jesus and closely adherent to it was the Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Then she heard these words: “Cause My Mother’s Heart transfixed by the sorrows that rent Mine to be loved.”

Then on February 7, 1910, she saw the Hearts of Jesus and Mary interpenetrating each other and hovering over the Hearts was a Dove. Jesus then spoke: “You must think of My Mother’s Heart as you think of Mine; live in this Heart as you seek to live in Mine; give yourself to this Heart as…


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The Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Theology and Practice of Reparation

I. Introduction

“Reparation” is a term which has been largely and unfortunately ignored in theological circles since the Second Vatican Council. It has been all too often relegated to the category of “pious devotions” by some activists who claim that it has been rightly replaced by the “option for the poor” and by no few religious communities which were originally founded with reparation as one of their fundamental ends. It is nonetheless, I am convinced, a topic which calls for the attention of Catholics who are serious about the spiritual life and apostolic activity. I also believe that it is of particular relevance to those involved in the pro-life movement in this era which seems more contemptuous of human life than any previous period in history.

No doubt this is precisely because our world has almost entirely lost “the sense of sin,” a prophetic declaration which was first sounded…


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Conformity to Christ and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Coredemptrix

Having reflected on the spiritual journey of the soul from conversion right up to a mystical transubstantiation into the Immaculate, and having seen the crucial role of our Mother Coredemptrix throughout, it would be extremely negligent not to treat of that final destination of the journey which is Jesus Christ. To be perfectly conformed to Jesus Crucified, to be espoused to Him in a transforming union: this is the supreme summit of holiness that is attainable during this earthly pilgrimage. There is no spiritual height which surpasses Jesus Christ who is Himself “our sanctification” (I Cor. 1:30). Union with Him, by grace in this life and by glory in the next; this alone constitutes blessedness.

Obviously it is beyond the scope of this short essay to cover this exhaustively. For our purposes it shall be sufficient to show how perfect conformity to Christ Crucified and transforming union with Him is…


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Reparation to the Immaculate Heart: Theological Considerations

Devotion to the Heart of Mary is a topic that has received much focus in Catholic devotion and pious practice following the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The Fatima apparitions greatly emphasized the need to offer reparation to the Heart of Mary, saddened by the sins of mankind. This reparation generally takes the form of the “First Saturdays” devotion along with communions of reparation, praying the Rosary, and accepting the daily sacrifices we are given. While this practice of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is growing among devout Catholics, the theology that underlies this devotion remains highly uncharted. This article seeks to explore and clarify the theological basis for offering reparation to the Heart of Mary.

This task must begin by analyzing what the word “Heart” means in theology along with how devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary has developed in the Church’s history….


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The History and Nature of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following article by Fr. Louis Verheylezoon, S.J., represents a classical treatment of the history and nature of devotion to Our Lady’s most Immaculate Heart. – Asst. Ed.

Before the thirteenth century there is no trace to be found of a special devotion to the Heart of Mary. The first pious considerations on this subject occur in the writings of St. Mechtilde (1298), St. Gertrude (1302), Tauler (1361), St. Bernardine of Siena (1444), Justus Landsberger (1539), and especially of St. Francis of Sales (1622).

From the sixteenth century onward, theologians and spiritual writers make mention of this devotion. St. John Eudes (1680) quotes, among the writers who speak of it, twelve Jesuits, whom he calls “the twelve apostles of the divine Heart of Mary,” the most famous of whom are: St. Peter Canisius, Suarez, Nierenberg and Cornelius a Lapide.

Yet it is to St. John Eudes that is due the honor…


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Heart of Mary, Altar of Sacrifice

We come to this prerogative of this holy heart: It is the altar upon which a great and perpetual sacrifice, most agreeable to God, is constantly offered. On it are immolated all the natural passions which reside in the human heart. There are found at once the concupiscible and the irascible appetites of the soul, given by God to man that they may be led to hate, fear, avoid, combat and destroy the things that hurt them, and to love, desire, hope for and seek that which will benefit them. These two principal passions comprise eleven others, which are like soldiers fighting under two captains, or like weapons and instruments used to attain the two ends mentioned above.

The irascible appetite possesses five passions, namely hope, despair, daring, fear and anger. The concupiscible appetite includes six: love, hatred, desire, abhorrence, delight and sadness.

Man’s revolt against the commandments of God caused…


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Fatima’s Great Message, July 13, 1917

The Fatima apparition of July 1917 has much significance for today. Many are weakening or have lost faith in the existence of the infinite and just God. Among many there is little or no faith in the reality of hell. Yet, in the July apparitions the three little shepherd children were shown a vision of hell so terrible that Sister Lucia wrote that if they had not been promised they would all go to heaven she thought they would have died on the spot.

God’s mercy is infinite. So is His justice. For God’s infinite mercy through the precious blood of Jesus to avail souls, faith, repentance and openness to his merciful love is required. Otherwise His justice must prevail.

The children beheld countless souls of sinners in hell. Our Lady, who is our Mother of Mercy, kindly but sadly said, “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My…


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Medjugorje and Recent Comments by Pope Francis: 7 Points to Consider

On his return flight from Fatima to Rome on May 13, 2017, Pope Francis offered some personal comments about the Medjugorje apparitions in response to a question from an Italian journalist. These comments have led to false and misleading secular headlines such as “Pope Declares Medjugorje A Hoax,” and “Pope Nixes Medjugorje Apparitions.”

For a proper understanding of the comments of the Holy Father on Medjugorje (see full comments here), the following points should be kept in mind:

  1. The comments of Pope Francis do not in in any way constitute an official or final Church declaration on the status of the Medjugorje apparitions. Rather, they were impromptu comments made by the Holy Father, who further qualified his remarks by stating, “This I say as a personal opinion.”

 

  1. The papal evaluation of Medjugorje continues, and Pope Francis specifically mentioned the further report which he will be receiving from his…

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An Immaculate Offering in the Temple

When Our Lady revealed to Sr. Lucia the five greatest offenses against her Immaculate Heart, I have to believe she was being a typical mother to us by not drawing attention to the countless other sufferings she endures. Even within each of the five offenses are hundreds of distinct ways in which the world turns their hearts and minds from her.

In order to make some reparation for these little swords, and in honor of her Immaculate Heart, I thought it only appropriate to reply to an argument against her sinless nature:

If Mary was without sin, why did she make a sin offering at the temple in Luke 2:22-24? (1)

Mary made a sin offering at the temple because she, like Christ, was born under the law (Gal 4:4). In his Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas explained that Christ submitted to the burdens of the law, like circumcision, even though he…


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Fatima 2017 Petition Drive for the Fifth Marian Dogma

During the 2017 centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the international Marian Movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, is initiating a 2017 worldwide petition drive for the “Fifth Marian Dogma”: the solemn definition of Mary as Spiritual Mother of humanity by our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Since the beginning of the Church movement for the papal definition of Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood by Cardinal Mercier in 1915, millions of petitions have been sent to the Vatican in support of this dogmatic crown for the Mother of Jesus, who was personally given to us by Jesus to be our Spiritual Mother (Jn. 19:26).

Now, during this monumental year of Marian grace, we ask all the faithful and people of good will to send a brief personal letter to Pope Francis in humble request of his prayerful consideration to define Mary as the “Spiritual Mother of humanity” under its three essential aspects as…


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