Daily Catholic Mass – 2017-10-13 – Fr. Joseph

By | September 8, 2019


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET JOEL. GIRD YOURSELVES AND WEEP, O PRIESTS! WAIL, O MINISTERS OF THE ALTAR! COME, SPEND THE NIGHT IN SACKCLOTH, O MINISTERS OF MY GOD! THE HOUSE OF YOUR GOD IS DEPRIVED OF OFFERING AND LIBATION. PROCLAIM A FAST, CALL AN ASSEMBLY; GATHER THE ELDERS, ALL WHO DWELL IN THE LAND, INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, YOUR GOD, AND CRY TO THE LORD! ALAS, THE DAY! FOR NEAR IS THE DAY OF THE LORD, AND IT COMES AS RUIN FROM THE ALMIGHTY. BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION, SOUND THE ALARM IN MY HOLY MOUNTAIN! LET ALL WHO DWELL IN THE LAND TREMBLE, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS COMING; YES, IT IS NEAR, A DAY OF DARKNESS AND OF GLOOM, A DAY OF CLOUDS AND SOMBERNESS! LIKE DAWN SPREADING OVER THE MOUNTAINS, A PEOPLE NUMEROUS AND MIGHTY! THEIR LIKE HAS NOT BEEN FROM OF OLD, NOR WILL IT BE AFTER THEM, EVEN TO THE YEARS OF DISTANT GENERATIONS. VERBUM DOMINI. DEO GRATIAS. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE. I WILL GIVE THANKS TO YOU, O LORD, WITH ALL MY HEART; I WILL DECLARE ALL YOUR WONDROUS DEEDS. I WILL BE GLAD AND EXULT IN YOU; I WILL SING PRAISE TO YOUR NAME, MOST HIGH. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE. YOU REBUKED THE NATIONS AND DESTROYED THE WICKED; THEIR NAME YOU BLOTTED OUT FOREVER AND EVER. THE NATIONS ARE SUNK IN THE PIT THEY HAVE MADE; IN THE SNARE THEY SET, THEIR FOOT IS CAUGHT. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE. BUT THE LORD SITS ENTHRONED FOREVER; HE HAS SET UP HIS THRONE FOR JUDGMENT. HE JUDGES THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE; HE GOVERNS THE PEOPLES WITH EQUITY. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD WILL NOW BE CAST OUT, AND WHEN I AM LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH I WILL DRAW ALL TO MYSELF, SAYS THE LORD. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO. LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM LUCAM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>WHEN JESUS HAD DRIVEN OUT A DEMON, SOME OF THE CROWD SAID: “BY THE POWER OF BEELZEBUL, THE PRINCE OF DEMONS, HE DRIVES OUT DEMONS.” OTHERS, TO TEST HIM, ASKED HIM FOR A SIGN FROM HEAVEN. BUT HE KNEW THEIR THOUGHTS AND SAID TO THEM, “EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF WILL BE LAID WASTE AND HOUSE WILL FALL AGAINST HOUSE. AND IF SATAN IS DIVIDED AGAINST HIMSELF, HOW WILL HIS KINGDOM STAND? FOR YOU SAY THAT IT IS BY BEELZEBUL THAT I DRIVE OUT DEMONS. IF I, THEN, DRIVE OUT DEMONS BY BEELZEBUL, BY WHOM DO YOUR OWN PEOPLE DRIVE THEM OUT? THEREFORE THEY WILL BE YOUR JUDGES. BUT IF IT IS BY THE FINGER OF GOD THAT I DRIVE OUT DEMONS, THEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME UPON YOU. WHEN A STRONG MAN FULLY ARMED GUARDS HIS PALACE, HIS POSSESSIONS ARE SAFE. BUT WHEN ONE STRONGER THAN HE ATTACKS AND OVERCOMES HIM, HE TAKES AWAY THE ARMOR ON WHICH HE RELIED AND DISTRIBUTES THE SPOILS. WHOEVER IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST ME, AND WHOEVER DOES NOT GATHER WITH ME SCATTERS. “WHEN AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT GOES OUT OF SOMEONE, IT ROAMS THROUGH ARID REGIONS SEARCHING FOR REST BUT, FINDING NONE, IT SAYS, ‘I SHALL RETURN TO MY HOME FROM WHICH I CAME.’ BUT UPON RETURNING, IT FINDS IT SWEPT CLEAN AND PUT IN ORDER. THEN IT GOES AND BRINGS BACK SEVEN OTHER SPIRITS MORE WICKED THAN ITSELF WHO MOVE IN AND DWELL THERE, AND THE LAST CONDITION OF THAT MAN IS WORSE THAN THE FIRST.” VERBUM DOMINI. LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE. SISTER LUCIA OF JESUS AND THE IMMACULATE HEART, [SHE WAS] ONE OF THE SHEPHERD CHILDREN [OF FATIMA]. SHE WAS TEN, AT THE TIME OF THE APPARITIONS OF FATIMA. SHE DIED ON FEBRUARY 13TH 2005 AT THE AGE OF 97. AS A CARMELITE NUN [IN COIMBRA]. THERE WAS A DOCTOR AT HER BEDSIDE AS SHE WAS DYING. DR. BRANCA THE GIFTED DOCTOR AND PAINTER, WAS THERE AT HER SIDE TAKING HER PULSE. HE FELT HER LAST HEARTBEAT. LUCIA DID NOT DIE OF ANY SICKNESS OTHER THAN THE FLU THAT WAS GOING AROUND ALL OF PORTUGAL, AT THE TIME AND MOST ALL OF THE NUNS IN COIMBRA HAD IT. LUCIA HAD DIED OF OLD AGE, AND THE FLU WAS MORE THAN HER BODY COULD TAKE AT THE AGE OF 97. LUCIA WAS NOT GOING TO LAST LONG AND ACCORDING TO HER DOCTOR HER BREATHING BECAME DIFFICULT AND HE COULD DO NOTHING BUT WAIT FOR THE END. THEN SUDDENLY LUCIA MOVED HER HEAD FROM RIGHT TO LEFT AND BACK AGAIN LIKE SHE WAS LOOKING AT SOMETHING AS IF TRYING TO SEE EVERYTHING IN FRONT OF HER. SHE WAS SEEING SOMETHING AND MORE THAN ONE THING. AND SHE CRIED OUT “FOR THE HOLY FATHER! OUR LADY, OUR LADY. HOLY ANGELS. HEART OF JESUS. HEART OF JESUS. WE ARE GOING. WE ARE GOING.” HER SUPERIOR, MOTHER CELINA [ASKED HER] “WHERE?” [LUCIA SAID] “TO HEAVEN”. [MOTHER CELINA ASKED] “WITH WHOM?” [LUCIA REPLIED] “WITH OUR LORD, WITH OUR LADY. AND THE LITTLE SHEPHERDS.” JACINTA AND FRANCISCO. AND SHE BREATHED HER LAST. IT WAS EVIDENT THAT LUCIA WAS SEEING OUR LADY, JESUS AND THE ANGELS AND JACINTA AND FRANCISCO AND WHO HAD COME TO TAKE HER TO HEAVEN AND FINALLY SHE SAID “LET US GO” NOT “LET ME GO” BUT “LET US GO” FOR SHE KNEW THEY WOULD GO UP TO HEAVEN TOGETHER AS THEY HAD COME DOWN TO TAKE HER WITH THEM. JACINTA AND FRANCISCO HAD FELT SORRY FOR LUCIA WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT LUCIA WOULD NOT GO TO HEAVEN WITH THEM RIGHT AWAY, BUT THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD PRAY FOR HER FROM HEAVEN. LUCIA, AT THE JUNE APPARITION, COMPLAINED THAT SHE WOULD BE ALONE WITHOUT HER TWO LITTLE SHEPHERDS WITH HER. BUT OUR LADY PROMISED TO BE WITH HER ALWAYS AND TO COMFORT HER AND TO BE HER REFUGE. NOW HER TWO LITTLE FRIENDS HAD COME WITH THE HEAVENLY HOST TO GET HER AND TAKE HER WITH THEM TO HEAVEN. SO TODAY WE REMEMBER THE 100TH APPARITION OF OUR LADY, THE ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY’S APPARITION IN 1917 IN WHICH THE MARVELOUS MIRACLE OF THE SUN TOOK PLACE. WE’RE BLESSED TODAY TO HAVE A NUMBER OF WONDERFUL ITEMS HERE WITH US IN THE CHAPEL. I WILL DESCRIBE WHAT THOSE ARE AS I BEGAN THE HOMILY. FIRST OF ALL WE HAVE THE STATUE OF OUR LADY THE IMMACULATE HEART. IN HER RIGHT HAND, IS A BEAUTIFUL ROSARY. THIS WAS A GIFT LAST YEAR THAT PROFESSOR WILLIAM THOMAS OF THE PONTIFICAL MARION ACADEMY DONATED TO THE FRIARS FOR OUR CHAPEL HERE FOR THE TELEVISED MASS. IT IS A REMARKABLE ROSARY. OUR LADY ASKED AT THE OCTOBER APPARITION THAT A LITTLE CHAPEL WOULD BE BUILT AT THE SITE OF THE APPARITIONS. AND IT WAS WHEN THEY WERE DOING EXCAVATIONS THERE THAT THEY DISCOVERED SOME VARIEGATED MARBLE AND THE MARBLE WAS MOSTLY WHITE BUT IT ALSO HAS UNUSUAL COLORFUL STREAKS IN IT. THINK OF THE COLORS OF THE SUN PEOPLE SAW. RED AND YELLOW AND BLUE. ALL THESE DIFFERENT COLORS. EVERYTHING WAS BATHED IN THOSE COLORS. IT WAS FOUND ON THE SITE WHERE OUR LADY APPEARED IT IS VARIGATED MARBLE MOSTLY WHITE WITH UNUSUAL COLORFUL STREAKS AND THEY DECIDED TO MAKE A LIMITED NUMBER OF ROSARIES FROM THAT USING IT FOR THE BEADS IN THE HONOR OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF FATIMA. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO PROF. WILLIAM THOMAS, WHO LIVES IN IRELAND, FOR DONATING THAT TREASURE FOR US FOR THE STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA. ALSO WE HAVE IN FRONT OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA THE RELICS OF JACINTA AND FRANCISCO AND A PIECE OF THE OAK TREE WHERE OUR LADY APPEARED. IT WAS QUICKLY DESTROYED AS PEOPLE WERE TAKING PIECES OF IT AS RELICS BUT IN THIS RELIQUARY IS A PIECE OF THAT ORIGINAL TREE WHERE OUR LADY APPEARED. AND JOHN PRICE PRESIDENT OF THE FATIMA FAMILY APOSTOLATE LET US USE THAT FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY. JOHN PRICE HAS EIGHT CHILDREN. I BAPTIZED THE LAST ONE LAST AUGUST. THE YEAR THAT MOTHER ANGELICA DIED. THE CHILD IS NAMED ANGELICA ROSE. JOHN IS GOING TO BE ON THE TERESA TOMEO RADIO PROGRAM THIS MORNING ON EWTN RADIO TALKING ABOUT HIS RECENT BOOK ON FATIMA FOR OUR RADIO LISTENERS. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO JOHN PRICE AND HIS FAMILY FOR LOANING US THESE PRECIOUS RELICS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY. FIRST OF ALL LET’S RECOUNT WHAT TOOK PLACE ON OCTOBER 13TH 1917 AND I HAVE THE MOST FAMOUS PICTURE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT WAS TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT DAY DURING THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN. OUR LADY APPEARED WHEN THE SUN WAS AT ITS ZENITH AT ITS HIGHEST POINT AND OUR LADY APPEARED. IT HAD RAINED ALL THE NIGHT BEFORE. IT WAS RAINING ALL THAT MORNING AND PEOPLE WERE THERE WITH THEIR UMBRELLAS. THEY WERE SOAKED. IT WAS MUDDY. YET THEY WERE COMING IN THOUSANDS IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS. SEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE ESTIMATED TO COME THERE. THEY CAME TO THE HILL TO THAT BOWL OF THE COVA [TO THE AREA OF THE LITTLE OAK WHERE] OUR LADY WAS APPEARING TO BE THERE. OUR LADY APPEARED, AND LUCIA WAS THE ONE WHO CONVERSED WITH OUR LADY AND SHE ASKED “WHAT DO YOU WANT OF ME?” [OUR LADY TOLD LUCIA] “I WANT A CHAPEL BUILT HERE IN MY HONOR. I WANT YOU TO CONTINUE TO SAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY. THE WAR WILL END SOON. THE SOLDIERS WILL RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.” THAT WAS WORLD WAR ONE. THAT TOOK PLACE. LUCIA ASKED HER [AS SHE HAD] ASKED MANY TIMES BEFORE AND OUR LADY HAD ONLY SMILED, “WILL YOU TELL ME YOUR NAME?” [OUR LADY SAID] “I AM THE LADY OF THE ROSARY.” LUCIA SAID “I HAVE MANY PETITIONS FROM MANY PEOPLE, WILL YOU GRANT THEM?” [OUR LADY SAID] “SOME I SHALL GRANT, AND OTHERS I MUST DENY. PEOPLE MUST AMEND THEIR LIVES. AND ASK PARDON FOR THEIR SINS. THEY MUST NOT OFFEND OUR LORD ANY MORE. HE IS ALREADY SO MUCH OFFENDED.” LUCIA ASKED “IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO ASK?” OUR LADY SAID “THERE IS NOTHING MORE.” I THINK OF THE READINGS TODAY. WE HAD THE PROPHET JOEL AND THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF HIS MESSAGE THAT HE COMMUNICATES. YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER WE HAD PROPHET JOEL AT THE BEGINNING OF LENT ON ASH WEDNESDAY. WE HEAR “RENDER YOUR HEARTS NOT YOUR GARMENTS. RETURN TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GRACIOUS AND WONDERFUL.” TODAY WE HAVE THE CALL OF JOEL TO RETURN TO THE LORD. TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SINS AND TO DO PENANCE AND REPARATION FOR SIN. BUT THE OTHER ASPECT OF JOEL WE HEAR AT PENTECOST. THERE IS A PROPHECY WHEN GOD WOULD GIVE HIS SPIRIT. “I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL THE FLESH AND YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY. THERE’S GOING TO BE A DAY, THE DAY OF THE LORD.” HE MENTIONS THIS FIVE TIMES. SPEAKING ABOUT THE JUDGMENT IN THE PSALM TODAY IT TALKED ABOUT THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD. THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN WE ALL HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT, WHETHER WE HAVE 10 YEARS LIKE JACINTA AND FRANCISCO OR 97 YEARS LIKE LUCIA, OF OUR LIFE AND HOW WE HAVE SPENT IT. WE WILL HAVE TO RENDER AN ACCOUNT FOR IT. NOW IS THE DAY OF CELEBRATION. NOW IS THE DAY TO TURN BACK TO THE LORD. THESE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA ARE A RENEWAL OF THE CALL WHICH WE NEED TO HEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES BECAUSE WE TEND TO GROW INDIFFERENT AND TURN AWAY FROM THE LORD AND WE SEE THAT IN OUR WESTERN SOCIETY THAT HAS ACHIEVED SO MANY BENEFITS BECAUSE OF OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HERITAGE NOW GROWING INDIFFERENT AND EVEN HOSTILE TO THAT FAITH. THIS IS THE RENEWAL OF THAT CALL OF JOEL AND THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE ESSENTIALS OF OUR CATHOLIC FAITH OF OUR FAITH. ONE [ESSENTIAL] IS RETURNING TO THE LORD. BEING CONVERTED IN OUR HEARTS. THE OTHER ELEMENT OF JOEL IS THAT THERE WILL BE THE DAY OF SALVATION. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED INJUSTICE AND OPPRESSION. THERE WILL BE THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON THOSE THE ONES WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD AND WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE LORD AND RETURN TO THE LORD. THIS IS A CALL TODAY FOR US TO RENEW THAT DESIRE IN OUR OWN HEARTS. TO TURN AWAY AND REJECT SIN BECAUSE THE LORD, AS OUR LADY SAID DURING THAT OCTOBER 1917 APPARITION, HE IS ALREADY TOO MUCH OFFENDED AND IT IS FOR US TO HAVE THAT CHANGE OF HEART AND RETURN TO THE LORD AND BEG HIM TO POUR HIS SPIRIT OUT ON THIS COUNTRY. AFTER THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR LADY, OUR LADY ROSE INTO THE FIRMAMENT. LUCIA SAID “LOOK AT THE SUN.” AT THAT POINT THE CHILDREN WERE SEEING SAINT JOSEPH AND THE CHILD JESUS AND OUR LADY. [SAINT JOSEPH AND THE CHILD JESUS] SEEMED TO BLESS THE WORLD AND THEY SAW [OUR LORD AND] OUR LADY OF SORROWS AND OUR LORD IN HIS PASSION SEEMED TO BLESS THE WORLD AND THEN [ONLY LUCIA SAW] OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. BUT THE PEOPLE WERE SEEING THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN. THEY WITNESSED THE SAME THING. THEY TALKED ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS; WHAT THEY HAD EXPERIENCED THERE. HERE ARE SOME OF THE TESTIMONIES OF THE PEOPLE ON THAT DAY. THE FIRST, FROM A WOMAN DR ALMEIDA GARRETT, PHD. FROM COIMBRA UNIVERSITY. SHE WAS THERE. SHE SAID “THE SUN TURNED EVERYTHING TO DIFFERENT COLORS. YELLOW, BLUE AND WHITE. THEN IT SHOOK AND TREMBLED. IT LOOKED LIKE A WHEEL OF FIRE THAT WAS GOING TO FALL ON THE PEOPLE. THEY BEGAN TO CRY OUT, “WE SHALL ALL BE KILLED.” OTHERS CALL TO OUR LADY TO SAVE THEM. THEY RECITED ACTS OF CONTRITION. ONE WOMAN BEGAN TO CONFESS HER SINS ALLOWED ADVERTISING THAT SHE HAD DONE THIS AND THAT. WHEN THE SUN STOPPED MOVING WE BREATHED RELIEF THE WE WERE STILL ALIVE AND THE MIRACLE THE CHILDREN HAD FORETOLD HAD BEEN SEEN BY EVERYONE. THE WAS A NINE YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WENT TO A LOCAL VILLAGE SCHOOL SEVERAL MILES AWAY FROM FATIMA. THERE WERE OTHERS IN SCHOOL THAT DAY. HIS NAME IS IGNACIO LORENCO. HE BECAME A PRIEST LATER. HERE IS HIS TESTIMONY THAT HE WROTE OF WHAT HE EXPERIENCED. “I WAS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME AND I WENT TO THE LOCAL VILLAGE SCHOOL. AT ABOUT MIDDAY WE WERE SURPRISED BY THE SHOUTS AND CRIES OF MEN AND WOMEN PASSING IN THE STREET IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. THE TEACHER, A GOOD PIOUS WOMAN ALTHOUGH NERVOUS AND IMPRESSIONABLE, WAS THE FIRST TO RUN INTO THE ROAD WITH THE CHILDREN AFTER HER. OUTSIDE THE PEOPLE WERE SHOUTING AND WEEPING AND POINTING TO THE SUN AND IGNORING THE AGITATED QUESTIONS OF THE SCHOOLMISTRESS. IT WAS THE GREAT MIRACLE THAT ONE COULD SEE DISTINCTLY FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL WHERE MY VILLAGE WAS SITUATED. THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN ACCOMPANIED BY THE EXTRAORDINARY PHENOMENA. I FEEL INCAPABLE OF DESCRIBING WHAT I SAW AND FELT. I LOOKED AT THE SUN THAT SEEMED PALE AND DID NOT HURT THE EYES. LOOKING LIKE A BALL OF SNOW REVOLVING ON ITSELF; IT SUDDENLY SEEMED TO COME DOWN IN A ZIGZAG, MENACING THE EARTH AND TERRIFIED I RAN AND HID MYSELF AMONG THE PEOPLE EXPECTING THE END OF THE WORLD AT ANY MOMENT. NEAR US WAS SOMEONE WHO WAS AN UNBELIEVER WHO HAD SPENT THE MORNING MOCKING AT THE SIMPLETONS WHO HAD GONE TO FATIMA TO SEE AN ORDINARY GIRL. NOW HE SEEMED TO BE PARALYZED. HIS EYES WERE FIXED ON THE SUN. AFTERWARD HE TREMBLED FROM HEAD TO FOOT. LIFTING UP HIS ARMS FELL ON HIS KNEES IN THE MUD CRYING OUT TO OUR LADY. MEANWHILE THE PEOPLE CONTINUED TO CRY OUT, ASKING GOD TO PARDON THEIR SINS. WE RAN TO THE TWO CHAPELS IN THE VILLAGE THAT WERE SOON FILLED TO OVERFLOWING. DURING THOSE LONG MOMENTS OF THE SOLAR PRODIGY OBJECTS AROUND THIS TURN OUT ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. WE SAW OURSELVES BLUE YELLOW AND RED. ALL OF THE STRANGE PHENOMENON INCREASED THE FEARS OF THE PEOPLE AND AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES THE SUN NOW DULL AND PALLID, RETURNED TO ITS PLACE AND WHEN THE PEOPLE REALIZED THE DANGER WAS OVER, THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION OF JOY AND EVERYONE JOINED IN THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE TO OUR LADY.” THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT BISHOPS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE USED THIS YEAR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY ESPECIALLY TO CONSECRATE THEIR DIOCESE TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. A WONDERFUL INITIATIVE. OUR OWN OWN BISHOPS BAKER DID THIS ON MAY 13TH AND IN OVER TWO DOZEN DIOCESES IN THE UNITED STATES THE BISHOPS HAVE DONE THIS AND TODAY IN FACT ON EWTN, CARDINAL WUERL WILL BE AT THE NATIONAL BASILICA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, THE SHRINE, UNITED STATES’ SHRINE, IF YOU WILL, TO ENTRUST UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. BISHOPS IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND IN ENGLAND AND WALES, THE NETHERLANDS AND POLAND AND THE HEAD OF THE MARONITE CHURCH CONSECRATED LEBANON IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE IMMACULATE HEART. ALL OF CANADA’S 61 DIOCESES WERE INVITED TO DO THIS AND SCOTLAND AS WELL ENTRUSTING THEMSELVES TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. ON OCTOBER 7TH THE PEOPLE OF POLAND, ABOUT 1 MILLION OF THEM, WENT TO THE BORDERS OF THEIR COUNTRY AND THEY PRAYED THAT THE ROSARY TOGETHER, ASKING FOR OUR LADY’S HELP IN THESE ANGUISHED TIMES THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN. IT IS INTERESTING THAT IN A LOT OF THE DISASTERS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE, OFTEN, AND THERE WAS AN ARTICLE THAT I READ, THERE ARE STATUES OF OUR LADY THAT REMAIN UNSCATHED AS A WITNESS TO US THAT SHE REALLY IS OUR REFUGE IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES AND THAT WE CAN TURN TO HER AND TODAY WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A CONSECRATION TO HER. JUST AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR WE HAD THE PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY HERE AND AS CHAPLAIN OF EWTN, I CONSECRATED THE WORK OF EWTN TO OUR LADY AND I WANT TO RENEW THAT TODAY AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HOMILY WE WILL MAKE THE CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. FINALLY WHEN WE THINK OF SISTER LUCIA AND THE IMMACULATE HEART, WE CANNOT THINK OF HER WITHOUT THINKING OF THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA. SHE WAS TO STAY ON LONGER SO THAT DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY WOULD BE EXTENDED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD COME TO KNOW AND LOVE HER. A QUESTION FOR ALL OF US TO CONSIDER THIS DAY IS WHERE ARE WE GOING? WHAT IS THE PATH THAT WE’RE HEADED TOWARD? OUR LADY IS CALLING US AS JOEL WAS CALLING THE PEOPLE IN HIS TIME TO RETURN TO THE LORD. TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE LORD. TO EXPERIENCE THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD BY THE RETURN TO HIM BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT. LUCIA WAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO PROPAGATE THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA; THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT WAS A RENEWAL REALLY OF THE BASIC ESSENTIALS OF OUR CATHOLIC FAITH. WHAT IS THE MISSION THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN TO EACH ONE OF US? IT IS IMPORTANT WHATEVER IT IS, WHETHER IS PUBLIC OR NO; WHAT HE IS GIVEN US TO DO, TO BE OUR LADY’S INSTRUMENT TO BRING ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF FAITH IN THE WORLD IN WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES. JOIN ME NOW AS WE PRAY. LET US KNEEL [AND PRAY THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TOGETHER].

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