The Peace Plan from Heaven
During the past two months I have summarized the story of Fatima, the apparitions, the historical context, and the message. I have been doing this not just because we are celebrating the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima, but also because during this centenary year our parish has been given the inestimable privilege of being chosen for a visit of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, which is currently making its “Fatima Centennial US Tour for Peace”. The Statue will arrive in our parish at 1:30PM on August 3 and depart at 9:30AM on August 4. The presence of the Statue, which brings a special presence and grace of the Virgin herself, will be a tremendous moment of grace for this parish.
The official website for the Statue Tour provides us with the Blue Army’s classic summary of the message of Fatima, under the title of “The Peace Plan from Heaven”.
Today I present you with that summary:
“Our Lady came to Fatima, appearing often as a sorrowful Mother concerned for her children on earth. She warned about the coming moral evils that largely unfolded throughout the 20th Century beginning with WWII, if people did not cease offending God. But she gave us a Peace Plan from Heaven that could avoid these evils and bring peace to the world. The story of Fatima is amazingly powerful and for our times because peace has not been achieved.
Our Lady exhorted all her children to become fervent in working for the salvation of souls. Our penances and prayers for others are central to our Lady’s message because she identified the conversion of sinners as the key to peace in the world.
Her message is one of hope as she promised: ‘In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’
The Essential Requests of Our Lady of Fatima – the Peace Plan – are the following:
Offer daily the sufferings that God permits in your life for the conversion of sinners
‘Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’
Pray the rosary every day
‘Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary…because only she can help you.’
The Blessed Mother requested this at each of the six apparitions, May – October, 1917, especially to obtain peace in the world.
Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
‘You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.’
Consecrate yourself to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of your devotion to her.
Practice the First Saturdays Communion of Reparation
‘I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays…’
- Go to confession
- Receive Communion
- Recite the 5-decade Rosary
- Meditate for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary
Our Lady requested this devotion on five consecutive months with the intention of making reparation for the offenses against her Immaculate Heart: 1) against her Immaculate Conception, 2) against her virginity, 3) against her divine maternity at the same time refusing to recognize her as Mother of men, 4) of those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference or contempt and even hatred for this Immaculate Mother, 5) of those who directly outrage her in her sacred images.”
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