Let’s do the work that’s been given to us

By Barb Ernster –

In just over a week we will celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart, Fri., June 8 and Sat., June 9. In celebrating these two feast days right next to each other, the Church accomplished what Our Lord wanted at Fatima – that devotion to the Immaculate Heart be placed alongside devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Now it is up to us to bring these two devotions into our hearts.

Every month, we have an opportunity to show our devotion to the two Hearts on the First Friday and First Saturday. Our Lord and Our Lady seek our participation in the work of redemption and salvation of souls. We can atone for the sins of others and obtain great graces for ourselves.

In the First Friday devotion, Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in the 17th century and asked her to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart at a time when religion was declining and the hearts of men and women had grown cold. Jesus asked for special prayers and practices in reparation for this neglect of reverence and love for God. For those who did this faithfully, he revealed to St. Margaret Mary the “Great Promise” which was the last and greatest of the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“I promise you in the unfathomable mercy of my heart that my omnipotent love will procure the grace of final penitence for all those who receive communion on nine successive first Fridays of the month; they will not die in my disfavor [the grace of final repentance], or without having received the sacraments, since my divine heart will be their sure refuge in the last moments of their life.”

At Fatima, Our Lord also wanted devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary spread throughout the world. Despite all that was done before Fatima to honor the Immaculate Heart, God now desired a new extension of this devotion to be established in the universal church. Now it must become a devotion for everyone. In His love and mercy, He wishes to inflame us with the flame of love of the Heart of Mary, a flame that is one with His Heart.

If we are inflamed with the Heart of Mary (and Jesus), we are concerned about the things that greatly concern her—namely the salvation of souls. She showed the three children hell where poor sinners go. “To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart,” she said. Lucia writes:

“Yes, God wishes to use her, as the Mother of the people of God, gate of salvation, gateway to Heaven, refuge of sinners who appeal to her with faith, hope and love, Help of Christians, Mother of the Savior, who by her intercession with God obtains for us the grace of pardon, for those who ask for it with sincere repentance and the grace of conversion.”

Mary told the shepherd children, “If you do what I say, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

So…Mary wishes to use us now. She asks our participation with her in this great work of salvation. At Fatima, her request was to practice the First Saturdays, which is for the salvation of souls and to which is also attached a “Great Promise”:

“I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”

Let’s look at this in a different way – you have been chosen by God to do this work, and this work has a great purpose in the eternal order. It is a work of love and mercy and it shows your great love and devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

It is a hidden work; it is under the radar, just like the hidden lives of Jesus and Mary. It is a work despised by the elites of the world, looked upon as pious behaviors of simple-minded and abased people. Yet, like the humility and obedience of Jesus and Mary, it is powerful; perhaps contributing to the salvation of those same people who despise it, and who will be eternally grateful to you when this earthly life is over.

So let’s do this work without any hesitation, even if there are not two Great Promises attached to them. We can start this weekend!

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  1. My best friend died a month ago. Knew him for 55 yrs. However he forgot his catholic faith and did not receive the sacraments. Plz pray for his soul. He was a good guy.

    • Please let me know his name that he may be mentioned in the rosary and a candle lite for God’s Mercy.

  2. Please pray for the conversion of my children and son in law and That my grandchildren get baptized

    • I too pray for my kids conversion back to Christianity of the Church and Faith. I no longer Preach or scold, I simply light a Candle every week at mass.

      • You are not alone. Many people are experiencing this and they all did what they could to raise their kids in the faith. Praying everyday for conversions, especially among the younger generation. God bless.

  3. I love our God for the goodness He has given His people but devotion needn’t be so lengthy! He knows what is in our hearts and followers to you I am sure grow tired of all the words! I do. And dont read it all. give us some marvels and answers that people have experienced to keep us fast to our pleas to God. Would you like to read mine?

  4. Please let me know his name that he may be mentioned in the rosary and a candle lite for God’s Mercy.

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