The message of Fatima is perceived by many as to be even more important in our present day and time than it was back in 1917!
In 1916, an angel appeared to three shepherd children of Fatima to prepare them for six apparitions of Our Lady which would occur in 1917; May 13th – October 13th of that year is when Our Lady appeared. This past January I wrote a couple of posts about the Fatima story which you can read here (Part One) and here (Part Two).
Today’s post is inspired by a YouTube video that I received from one of our readers. This video features a man by the name of Deacon Bob Ellis, the national coordinator of the World Apostolate of Fatima in the United States, being interviewed by Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN Live. I encourage everyone to watch the whole video which I’ve attached at the very bottom of this post. Not only does Deacon Bob provide some fascinating insights into the message of Fatima, but he also presents the message of Fatima as a message of hope that is infused throughout his whole presentation. By the end of the video, you can’t help but feel as if you want to be a part of that message!
In the meantime, I’ve included some of the video’s highlights below, in case you are short of time and need to return to the video at some future point.
What is the Message of Fatima?
The message of Fatima is threefold:
1) Hell exists, and souls are being lost to Hell because they have no one to pray for them; no one is making reparation for their sins.
2) War is a consequence of sin.
3) In order to bring about the conversion of sinners, which is required to save souls from Hell and bring peace to the world, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is to be spread throughout the world.
The Message of Fatima and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
During the July 13th apparition, when Our Lady said that God wishes devotion to her Immaculate Heart to be established in the world, she immediately said that if what she says to us is done, souls will be saved and peace will come to the world. She also said that if what she asks of us is ignored, there would be consequences:
– Russia would spread the errors of atheism throughout the world.
– There would be persecution of the Church.
– The good would be martyred.
– The Holy Father would have much to suffer.
– There would be a greater and more destructive war then World War I which was raging at the time, and there would even be the annihilation of entire nations.
In 1929, when Russia was beginning to spread atheism throughout the world, Our Lady came back, asking for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until fifty-five years later, on March 25th, 1984, that Pope John Paul II finally consecrated Russia. Meanwhile, during that fifty-five years, the errors of atheism had spread throughout the entire world, infecting every nation.
The Message of Fatima and Our Lady’s Five Specific Requests
So the question is: In what does devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary consist? The answer to that question is that we need to honor all five of the specific requests that Our Lady made in her Fatima apparitions. They are:
1) The sanctification of our daily duties of our life, called the Morning Offering. The purpose of this offering is to humbly accept whatever God chooses to bring into our lives on any given day, including the good, the bad, our work, our joys, sufferings, etc. We are to offer everything to God for the reparation of our sins, and the sins of the world, so that souls can be saved and that peace can come to the world.
2) The wearing of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Wearing the Scapular is a sign and a reminder of our consecrating our day to Our Lady, as well as a protection against the snares of the Devil.
3) Pray the Holy Rosary for the reparation of sin and to bring peace into the world. The Rosary brings us closer to Christ and gives us perspective of Him from Mary’s point of view.
4) On December 10th, 1925 Our Lady asked for the Communion of Reparations for five consecutive Saturdays in a row, also called First Saturday Devotion. This devotion consists of receiving the Sacrament of Penance, receiving Holy Communion, praying the Rosary and meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary for fifteen minutes.
5) When Our Lady said that God wishes devotion of her Immaculate Heart to be spread throughout the world, she intended for all of us to spread it, laity included.