Living the Call of Fatima and the Immaculate Heart

The triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is ultimately nothing other than the triumph of the Merciful Heart of Christ. The Marian Fathers invite you to join them in their mission/spirituality.

By Br. Eliott, MIC

Living the calls of Fatima and the spirituality of the Marian Fathers help us hasten the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The Church approved apparitions in Fatima, Portugal (1917) reflect the spirituality of the Marian Fathers in a striking way.

The apparitions in Fatima directly or indirectly relate to the three essential points of our charism: 1) proclaim and honor the mystery of the Immaculate Conception; 2) assist the dying and the Holy Souls suffering in Purgatory; and 3) spread the kingdom of God on earth, serving Christ and the Church. 

Serving Mary Immaculate
Our Lady of Fatima (whose feast is May 13) humbly said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” This is the essence of the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady gives us hope as she draws humanity back to her Immaculate Heart.

In the same way, the Marian Fathers have the mystery of the Immaculate Conception as the essence of our charism. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is at the core of the message from Our Lady of Fatima, and it is the mystery that guides the hearts of us Marians.

Helping the Holy Souls
The message from Our Lady of Fatima also relates to the second point in our charism — praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. One of the key elements in the message of Fatima is about making reparation (repairing) for our own sins and the sins of others. Our Lady wants us to become conduits of God’s mercy, so that no soul will be lost.

In fact, in the first apparition to the three shepherd children on May 13, 1917, Lucia asked Mary about two of her friends who had passed away. Our Lady responded to Lucia, saying that one was in Heaven, but the other, “Amelia,” was in Purgatory. Our Lady spoke plainly about Purgatory (for those who have a great debt of temporal punishment due to sin), and the reality of hell (for those who freely choose to be eternally separated from God). The remedy is devotion to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

Serving Christ and His Church
Finally, the message from Our Lady of Fatima is related to the third element of the Marian Fathers’ charism: “spread the kingdom of God on earth, serving Christ and the Church.” We Marian Fathers do this in a number of ways, and one of the most well-known is through spreading the Divine Mercy message and devotion. By spreading Divine Mercy, we are spreading God’s message of forgiveness “on earth as it is in Heaven.” By doing so, we serve Christ and His Church as we hasten the triumph of Christ’s Merciful Heart.

The triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is ultimately nothing other than the triumph of the Merciful Heart of Christ. Saint John Eudes (1601-1680), the great promoter of devotion to the Two Hearts, explains that these Two Hearts can’t be separated.

First Saturdays
The Marian Fathers invite you to join them in their mission/spirituality. You are invited to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, help the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and hasten the triumph of the Two Hearts. One practical way is to join us in our First Saturday devotions (in person or via live-stream). Our Lady of Fatima asked for the Five First Saturdays devotions for reparation on Dec. 10, 1925.

Come join us every First Saturday — the next opportunity is May 4. It simply consists of the following elements, performed with the intention of reparation, for five consecutive months:

•  Confession (shortly before or after the First Saturday — so long as one receives Holy Communion in a state of grace);
•  Holy Communion received on the First Saturday;
•  the Holy Rosary, five decades recited sometime during the day; and
•  meditating for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary (one or more).

Join the Marian Fathers at 11 a.m. EST on May 4 for First Saturday devotions in person at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, or via livestream on Facebook and on our YouTube Channel: Divine Mercy.
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