Third Sunday of Easter
May 1, 2022 •
Jesus to Sr Lucia: "Have compassion on the Heart of your most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, which ungrateful men place therein at every moment, while there is no one who does an act of reparation to withdraw them from Her."
Mary to Sr Lucia: "Behold my daughter, My Heart encircled with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment with their blasphemies, and ingratitude. Give Me consolation, you at least. And make known on My behalf that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the grace necessary for salvation all who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months confess their sins, receive holy communion, recite five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes meditating on the mysteries of the rosary with the purpose of making reparation to My Immaculate Heart."
We're going to begin this First Five Saturdays devotion, here officially at St Dorothy's beginning this month - May 7, continuing, God willing, throughout the year
Father continues and explains the exact requirements needed to fulfill the devotion, the benefits not only to the Heart of Mary but for ourselves, and others.
In 1939, this is what Sr Lucia herself said: "Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently. Especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven.”
And why five First Saturdays? Why not four, or ten? Jesus told Sr Lucia there are five blasphemies against our Lady, so the five devotionals are for the sake of consoling Her Heart against all of these blasphemies. They are:
Against Her Immaculate Conception
Against Her perpetual virginity
Against Her divine and spiritual maternity
The rejection and dishonoring of Her images
Lastly, and this one struck me:
Neglect of implanting in the hearts of children a knowledge of, and love for, this Immaculate Mother.
Our Lord expects - at the very least - every single Christian to instill in their children a love of Jesus Christ and a love of His Holy Mother. That is His expectation.
So it is these five things which we are fighting against. These five ways in which we are trying to console the Heart of our Holy Mother.
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Rv 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19
Homily begins at 20:39