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Two quick, but important, notes:
– For the January 5th blessing: You’re welcome to bring water containers, no smaller than 1/2 gallon please, and salt for your personal use.
– For the January 6th blessing: Bring a piece of chalk to be blessed, we will provide the handout with the prayers for the house blessing.
The Midnight Mass WILL be celebrated as scheduled
1917 saw one of the bloodiest revolutions in history: the Communist Revolution in Russia. That said, communism has never limited itself to Russia. When Pope Pius XI condemned communism in the 1930s, he wrote the encyclical in Latin – for the whole world (as opposed to the two encyclicals condemning Fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany were written in Italian and German respectively).
1917 also witnessed the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. On July 13, 1917 Our Lady showed the children Hell. She also spoke to them of the sins and offenses against her Son that had caused World War I and would possibly lead to another war if mankind did not repent of its offenses against Jesus. To avoid impending suffering, Our Lady asked the children to spread the following message (which is relevant today):
Mary said, “To prevent this I come to ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If they listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not she will scatter her errors through the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyrized, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and it will be converted and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.” (The First Saturday Communion of reparation is to receive Holy Communion on the first Saturday of each month in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.)
In other apparitions Blessed Mother asked the children to pray the Rosary for the conversion of poor sinners.
Our Lady’s promise has come true as in 1984 St. John Paul II consecrated Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. It was soon thereafter that communism in Eastern Europe fell, beginning in Poland. The Catholic Faith is free in most of the former ‘Eastern Bloc’. Communism also fell as a political party in Russia, though there are many ‘former communists’ in power. The Catholic Faith is ‘mostly free’ to operate in Russia today.
Was there bloodshed in this Revolution of Our Lady? The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe was, for the most part, a bloodless revolution led by Our Lady
Herself through Pope St. John Paul II. It was this pope who consecrated himself to Our Lady as a 20 year old. He loved to pray the Rosary daily. He was miraculously spared by an assassin’s bullet on May 13, 1981 – the anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima. It was this saint who was ordained a priest in secret during the communist rule of Poland. He consecrated his papacy to Our Lady. He it was who led this revolution through the Rosary, his courageous teaching and courageous action.
In the midst of an attempt to a social revolution in our country to socialism and a removal of a government ‘by the people’, may we follow Our Lady’s words to pray the Rosary daily and make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and peace! May we learn from St. John Paul II to use the weapon of Truth in action to shine on the errors of darkness that seek acceptance of immorality as well as limit our freedoms, especially our religious liberty!
September 3rd is the feast of St. Gregory the Great who was pope from 590-604. During his reign as pope, he endured a plague in Rome. In bringing about an end to the plague he processed through Rome with the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. At the conclusion of the procession, he saw an angel in the sky sheathing his sword. It was at this point that he – with the angel’s cooperation – composed the ‘Regina Coeli’ prayer – ‘Queen of heaven rejoice, Alleluia! For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia! Has risen as He said, Alleluia! Pray for us to God, Alleluia! Rejoice and be glad of Virgin Mary, Alleluia! For the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!’
The castle over which the angel appeared is called to this day, ‘Castel San Angelo.’
As we continue to live through tumultuous times it is vital that we, as Catholics, realize and use the weapons of peace and unity that God has given us. In addition to the sacraments, it is His Mother’s Intercession!
One hundred years ago Our Lady gave the Rosary to the three children of Fatima for the world to pray as a weapon for peace. When was the last time you we prayed the Rosary? When was the last time our family prayed the Rosary?
If we want peace and unity in our country, Our Lady’s Rosary is the weapon against the Divider – the Devil. Every day, can I, can my family commit to five decades of the Rosary? Twenty minutes for God and His Mother? For the good of our nation and our families?
May we follow the example of St. Gregory the Great – and so many others – who have gone to Our Lady in trouble for her protection and intercession!
Bishop Burbidge is inviting the faithful of the Diocese of Arlington to join with him in offering the attached novena to Our Lady, which begins on the August 6 to entrust healthcare workers and all who suffer from or have died from COVID – 19 to the intercession of the Blessed Mother.
Thank you to everyone who has committed to an hour or more to Adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It has been tremendous to witness as a priest.
As we go forward, can we see if we can regularly have adorers for the weekend hours? Presently, we have a good many hours open on Saturday mornings, afternoons, evenings and Sunday mornings. One can see the open hours through the SignUpGenius on this blogspot. Please consider spending an hour in Adoration over the weekend.