♫♫ Rays of Love ♫♫

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us find our way.  Lead us daily to your heart.  Make us love Jesus more and more each day.  When we pray your mysteries, keep us bathed in the light of your grace.   

     Rays of love, come down from your heart.  The thorns pierce it each day.  We want to console you, Mother, we offer reparation today.  We offer our love today. 

       Immaculate Heart of Mary, we on each first Saturday, we offer ourselves to your heart.  We offer reparation to you today.  But as we look to your heart, never forget our hearts do go astray. 

       Rays of love, come down from your heart.  The thorns pierce it each day.  We want to console you, Mother, we offer reparation today.  We offer our love today.

        Rays of love, come down from your heart.  The thorns pierce it each day.  We want to console you, Mother, we offer reparation today.  We offer our love today.
 

♦♦ A Brief History of Fatima ♦♦

        “Do not fear.  I am the Angel of Peace.  Pray with me.”  With these supernatural words, the story of Fatima began.  These words were spoken to three shepherd children in Portugal during 1916.  The children’s names are:  Lucia dos Santos, age 9; her cousin Francisco Marto, age 8; and his sister Jacinta, who was only 6 years old.  During the course of 1916, the Angel appeared to these children three times.  The Angel taught them some prayers, gave them Holy Communion, and prepared them for the future visions of Our Lady.  The Angel told the children to pray and to make daily sacrifices, and “above all, accept and bear with submission, the sufferings which the Lord” would send them.  The children were so enraptured by the supernatural that they told no one about these visions. 

      The following year, 1917, from May 13 to October 13, the Virgin Mary appeared six times to the children at Fatima.  In the course of her appearances, the Virgin Mary told the children that many disasters would embrace the entire world if people didn’t stop offending her Son and if they ignored her message of peace.  After showing the children a vision of hell, the Virgin told them many souls will be saved if they turn to her Immaculate Heart and leave sin behind.  Therefore, the Virgin Mary came to Fatima to give the world a peace plan from heaven.  This plan is under the complete protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who promises to lead all souls to Jesus

       From the very beginning of the visions, most people did not believe the children’s story.  As proof of the authenticity of the visions, the Virgin Mary performed a miracle with the sun, “so that all may believe.”  The miracle of the sun marked the last appearance of the Virgin and people who once persecuted the children finally believed in them.  The people believed, because the sun danced in the sky and came plunging down to earth, but stopped suddenly, and resumed its normal position in the sky. 

      Within the course of her visions, Our Lady made several requests.  This recording will outline those requests so that many more souls will follow the Fatima way, a way of confidence and love.
 

♦♦ 1st Fatima Request: Stop Offending Jesus ♦♦

  “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended... People must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins.”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, OCTOBER 13, 1917.

        When Our Lady said these words, she was very sad.  Look at the world today:  abortion, homosexuality, murder, racism, oppression of the poor, adultery.  All these deadly sins are offending the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Mortal sin is the greatest evil someone can do, for it directly offends God and it affects our neighbor in a negative way.  Mortal sin makes a man a slave of the devil. 

       Therefore, Our Lady came to Fatima to lead us back to God and asked that we stop sinning so as to become true children of a much-offended God by living an authentic Christian life, a life of sacramental grace.

        In order to do this, we must amend our lives by turning away from sinful situations and places and by asking God’s forgiveness for all our sins. 

       We do this by sacramental confession, where the soul is cleansed from sins, forgiveness is granted, and a sacramental life flows into the soul making it very pleasing and special to God.  Reconciliation with God brings a peace and happiness that only He can grant.

        Thus, we can clearly see that if we cease offending God by sin, we shall become peaceful — loving God and our neighbor in spirit and truth. 

       Our Lady in her Fatima message has given us the plan that will enable us to live a life of deep sacramental grace.  All we have to do is say yes to her motherly invitation.
 

♦♦ 2nd Request: Pray, Especially the Rosary Daily ♦♦

         “Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary,  in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war, because  only she can help you.”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, JULY 13, 1917

        Prayer unites us to God and establishes a relationship between  God and man. This creates a powerful, intimate union that makes man  love and serve God.  

       The Holy Rosary is a dynamic and contemplative prayer that  invites us in a prayerful way to meditate on the twenty mysteries of our redemption.  Because of our close contact with  these sacred mysteries, the Rosary creates a prayerful atmosphere in our  daily lives that enables us to live a peaceful life with God and our  neighbor.  As a result, the Rosary can stop war, restore peace, and  change negative situations into positive channels where God’s grace  abounds. 

        Furthermore, devotion to the Rosary helps us to enter fully into  a life of intimate communion with the Mother of God.  Mary treasures  the mysteries of Jesus’ life and death in her Immaculate Heart and  communicates the most intimate secrets that only a mother can know. 

        In this way, the Rosary increases our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and lets us enter into a prayerful communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  

♦♦3rd Request: Offer Sacrifices and Sufferings to Jesus♦♦

    “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially  whenever you make some sacrifice:  O Jesus, it is for Your love, for the  conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of  Mary.”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, JULY 13, 1917.


         THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF SACRIFICES THAT GOD ASKS OF US:  Voluntary sacrifice such as moderating our eating habits, restricting our use of entertainment, and the like.  Fulfilling one’s religious and daily duties faithfully.   This means observing the Commandments of God and the Church, which  enable us to fulfill our religious duties.  Fulfilling our daily duties  perfectly gives us another opportunity to offer acceptable sacrifices to  God; such as, getting up on time, performing our daily work and chores,  like cleaning and studying, as perfectly as possible, and making sure  we go about our work as cheerfully as we can for the glory of God.


         With this in mind, sacrifice becomes a way of life which proves to Jesus we love Him, saves souls from damnation, and makes reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


         “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the  sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation and in  supplication for the conversion of sinners?  You are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”    – WORDS OF OUR LADY, MAY 13, 1917.         God wants us to trust in Him completely by accepting all  sufferings from Him as an act of filial love.  When daily sufferings are  accepted in this way, they bring a deep sense of peace to our souls,  since faith teaches us that everything God sends to us is good for our  salvation.


         Furthermore, Our Lady promises us that if we accept sufferings,  humiliations, unjust accusations as she did while living in our world,  the grace of God will comfort us. 


        When seen in its true light, suffering becomes a source of blessing for us.   We also make reparation for the sins committed against God, and we save sinners from eternal damnation.   

♦♦4th Request: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary♦♦

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  “Our Lady showed us (Lucia wrote later) a great sea of  fire which seemed to be under the earth.  Plunged in this fire were  demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all  blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now  raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves,  together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like  sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks  and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble  with fear.  The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and  repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and  transparent...


         We then looked up to Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:         ‘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.  If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved, and  there will be peace.’”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, JULY 13, 1917


        Our Lady showed hell to the shepherd children, not to frighten  them, but to stimulate in them devotion to her Immaculate Heart.  This devotion, when lived  authentically, will convert sinners who otherwise would be damned, and  will create peace in the world.


         God has given us, in our times, a tremendous sign to follow in  order to arrive safely to heaven — the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In  order to comply with God’s wish, we should consecrate ourselves to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary daily by devoutly praying “The Golden  Prayer”.  This prayer is a beautiful pictorial presentation of what  consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary should be:  pure, filial,  trusting, hopeful, imploring, reparatory, and peaceful.


         We should always remember, there is no sin too great for God’s  mercy to forgive through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of  Mary.  

♦♦5th Request: Make the Five First Saturdays♦♦

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   “Look at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men  pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.  You at  least try to console me and announce that I promise to assist at the  hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those  who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall go to confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the  Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the  fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation  to me.”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, DECEMBER 10, 1925


        Our Lady is asking us to live in a spirit of reparation to atone  for the sins committed against her Immaculate Heart, setting aside, for  this purpose, the first Saturday of the month.  When we look at the  Immaculate Heart of Mary surrounded with piercing thorns — the sins of  mankind — how can we not want to remove them with special acts of love? 


         God wants us so much to make acts of reparation to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary that to those who embrace this way of life, He  makes two promises:  peace in the world and the salvation of souls.  


       We should, then, become like a raging fire burning with zeal to  make this devotion a moving spiritual force in our lives and to spread  this devotion everywhere in order to reach as many souls as possible. 


        THESE ARE THE FIVE BLASPHEMIES THAT PIERCE THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: 

1)  Blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception.
2)  Blasphemies against her Perpetual Virginity.
3)  Blasphemies against her Divine Maternity, refusing also to accept her as the Mother of all mankind.
4)  Blasphemies of those who try publicly to implant in children’s  hearts indifference, contempt, and even hatred against our Immaculate  Mother.
5)  Blasphemies of those who insult her directly in her sacred images. 

        Let us always remember these sins and do everything we can to make reparation for them.  

♦♦6th Fatima Request: Wear the Brown Scapular♦♦

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     “In October, Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”   – WORDS OF OUR LADY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1917


        During the magnificent miracle of the sun, Our Lady appeared for  the last time, holding the Child Jesus in her arms as Our Lady of Mount  Carmel.  In her right hand, she held out the Brown Scapular to the world, asking her children to wear it as a sign of  consecration to her Immaculate Heart.         As we can see, the whole message of Fatima is filled with devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; so it was quite natural for Our Lady to give us a sign of her Immaculate Heart. 


        The Brown Scapular, then, is our personal contract with Our Lady  signifying that we belong to her Immaculate Heart.  This makes the Scapular our shield against the  temptations of the devil and of all worldly things.  It is the holy  garment of Our Lady, who watches and protects all who wear it devoutly.


         However, the Scapular must not be an empty external habit.  We must wear the Scapular with the intention of reforming our lives by an interior conversion of the heart, giving special attention to the virtue of chastity in our state of life.  “Take this Scapular, whosoever dies  wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of  salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.”   – Our Lady's Scapular Promise 

♦♦Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Moun Carmel♦♦

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  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


  OPENING PRAYER:  O Queen and Mother of Mount Carmel, you gloriously appeared at Fatima  and held out to the world your powerful Brown Scapular, urging us to  wear it as a sign of devotion to your Immaculate Heart and to protect us  from the snares of the devil.  Grant us the grace to love you more and  to imitate the virtues so dear to your Immaculate Heart:  purity,  chastity, humility, patience, charity, and obedience.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us. 


Glory be to be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As  it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end.   Amen.  


NOVENA PRAYER:  O Queen and Mother of Mount Carmel, you promised us that “whosoever dies  wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.”  May your  Scapular, which we faithfully wear, protect us from falling into sin,  which offends the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son.  Shield us from any person, place, or thing that can hinder our union with you and Jesus


        With confidence and love, we place all our petitions before your  Immaculate Heart, begging for your maternal help and intercession,  especially for the intentions of this novena.  (Here, mention your requests.) 


        Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
        Glory be to be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy  Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world  without end.  Amen.


  AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL:  O Virgin of Carmel, you are the spotless lily of the Holy Trinity,  filled with grace and holy virtues that perfume the Kingdom of heaven!
        We consecrate ourselves to your most pure and Immaculate Heart  and will always wear your Brown Scapular as a reminder and sign of this  personal consecration.
        Help us to be pure like you!
        Help us to live a deep life of love for God and neighbor!  Help  us never to offend Jesus again in thought, word, and deed.
        O dearest Mother Mary, strengthen our union with your Immaculate  Heart every day of our lives, so that with you we can love Jesus with  humble and contrite hearts.  Amen.


         In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  

♦♦ Saint Jacinta Marto, Child Seer of Fatima ♦♦

    11 March 1910 – 20 February 1920

        Canonized 13 May 2017, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fátima, Portugal by Pope Francis


        Blessed Jacinta Marto was perhaps the most favored of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima.  In 1920, Jacinta was taken to a hospital in Lisbon.  Our Lady told her she was to suffer there, all alone, without her family, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


        Before Jacinta died, at the age of almost 10 years, she spoke the following words which echo the very Gospel itself:


    ●  Love poverty and silence.

    ●  Have charity, even for bad people.

    ●  Do not speak evil of people, and fly from evil speakers.

    ●  Mortification and sacrifice please Our Lord very much.

    ●  Confession is a sacrament of mercy, and we must confess with joy and trust.  There can no salvation without confession.

    ●  To be pure in body means to be chaste.  And to be pure in mind means not to commit sins, not to look at what one should not see, not to steal or lie, and always to speak the truth even if it's hard.

    ●  You mustn't lie or be lazy or disobedient, and you must bear everything with patience for love of Our Lord if you want to go to Heaven.

    ●  If men knew what Eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.

    ●  The sins which cause most souls to go to hell are the sins of the flesh.