O Blessed Mother, Impossible for me to imagine, really, all those years with him who was love incarnate, growing up straight and tall , a graceful sapling turnng into a man.
I can imagine him playing games through the streets of Nazareth, sitting at Joseph's feet among the wood shavings, watching you sewing. Yet, to be with him all that time - Did not the villagers notice something special about the youth growing in their midst?
The Apparitions of Mary at Fatima by Brother John Raymond Throughout the Old Testament God, in His great mercy, chose prophets to call His people back to Him. The Marian Dimension of the Death of John Paul IIIn speaking last week of the holy death of the Servant of God John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI alluded to First Saturday of the Month, I thought it might be helpful to recall the origin of the First Saturday devotion and the practices associated with it. Book "Book of Hours Catholic prayers and meditations for the use of the faithful" by Prince Alexander Hohenlohe, paris, 1827 of XIXth century. Finding it difficult to sustain the Lenten spirit, Christians turned to the writings of Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.
From his sermons and spiritual writings, believers drew ever greater Lenten wisdom and strength. Meditations for Lent features fifty brief but remarkably powerful meditations that complement the daily readings at Mass during the Lenten season, thus serving as the perfect companion for a thoughtful and fruitful Lent. Although I received the book a little late (after Ash Wednesday), I started to use it right away. I feel such peace and more of an understanding of God's love for me and for me to give thanks for what I have been given.

This particular image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the work of a priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of Saint Joseph, Father Gianfranco Verri.
One of the apparitions of the Mother of God in this century took place in 1917 at Fatima, a little village in Portugal. Our Lady came there to warn us of the harm we would inflict upon ourselves as a result of our sins: wars, famines, plagues, persecution of the Church and the loss of many souls in Hell. On December 10, 1925 she said to Sister Lucia:Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. God, in His great mercy, wished to save us from these miseries through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen decades of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me. Because of attempts to implant indifference, contempt, and coldness in the hearts of her children.5.
Our Heavenly Mother revealed at Fatima a plan of hope for this world which continues to plunge headlong toward its own destruction. To those who honour her requests she promises her assistance at the hour of death, the salvation of souls, and peace.
Concerning devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Trappist Father Raphael Simon, an illustrious convert from Judaism, wrote: In these times, when sin threatens to engulf the entire world in an irresistible flood, the Father has opened to all the Immaculate Heart of Mary as an ark in which they may find refuge and sanctity. The children felt so enveloped by God's Presence that they remained bowed to the ground for a long time repeating this prayer.

Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness.
But Lucia would have to remain to help establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. They understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, for which reparation had to be made.
She said, "I want you to continue to go to Cova da Iria on the thirteenth day and to continue to recite the Rosary every day.
She said some should be used for a procession on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the rest should go for the support of the chapel which the people would build.
Then it whirled rapidly, emitting flames of fire which reflected many different colors upon the earth. Finally it appeared to be plummeting from the sky toward the crowd which frightened the people very much.

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