Our Lady of Fatima and the Boy Scouts

Three words from the Boy Scout Oath or Promise are of critical importance to the fulfillment of Our Lady’s Fatima requests by sufficient numbers of people soon enough to avoid the ultimate chastisement depicted in the third part of the Secret of Fatima.

As we know, Our Lady has asked us to make a sacrifice of our daily duties, to pray the rosary every day, to wear our scapulars, living the consecration they signify, and to practice the Communions of Reparation on First Saturdays. Most of the people God has asked to do things over the centuries have been lacking in the skills necessary to do what He’s called them to. Noah, Jonah, Moses, and the prophets come to mind.

I can’t begin to tell you how many people I’ve spoken with who tell me they’ve heard the Message of Fatima and recognize its urgent importance, and yet are reluctant – sometimes actually afraid – to make a commitment to honor her requests because they fear falling short of what will be expected of them.

Some question their ability to pray a rosary every day. Others wonder about their ability to be consistently faithful to the practice of the First Saturday Devotion. Still others are full of trepidation about the wording of certain prayers and the minutest details of various devotional practices.

This tentativeness on the part of so many frustrates the efforts of those dedicated souls who strive to spread the message of Fatima and motivate people to honor Our Lady’s requests. But more importantly, it serves only the interests of the evil one who will dissuade as many people as he can in whatever devious ways he can from paying attention to his nemesis, Our Lady. It is entirely unnecessary and must be overcome.

What can we do? I suggest we begin by turning to the Boy Scouts, with specific reference to The Boy Scout Oath or Promise.

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Can you pick out the three words which apply to our dilemma? Did you happen to notice that the first line did not read On my honor I will do my duty…. Go back and take another look. The last three words are do my best.

God and Our Lady are not sitting up in heaven looking for ways to disqualify souls. Their disposition is one of immense desire that each of us do our best, and merciful understanding of our human frailty. I believe if these three words from the Boy Scout Oath were instilled into the minds and hearts of those about whom I am writing, their reluctance could be dispelled and a devious deception of the evil one defeated.

Now, just to be sure that no reader gets the wrong idea, I’m not suggesting that the details of Our Lady’s requests be downplayed or ignored, or that we ought not strive for perfection in honoring them. The details and requirements are important or they would not have been provided, but they can be gradually incorporated into our efforts once we begin instead of being used as an excuse for not beginning at all. And as for perfection, I’d sure like to hear from you if you’re out there.

If you’ve been hesitant yourself, or if you know someone who is reluctant, please consider those three words from the Boy Scout Oath.

 

 

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