These interesting times call for prayer and penance

By David Carollo –

“The times are bad. The times are difficult. This is what people say, but we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are. Such are our times.” St. Augustine

The day before he announced the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII saw a miracle of the sun similar to the Fatima miracle while walking in the Vatican gardens. The pope witnessed this phenomenon four times that year, on October 30 and 31 and again on December 1 and 4. He took this as a sign that the dogma of the Assumption was accepted by heaven. Cardinal Frederico Tedeschini, as papal legate, divulged this information in his homily at Fatima on October 13, 1951, the close of the Jubilee Year.

Today we celebrate this great feast day, recalling the words of Mary in the Magnificat “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”

In Munificentissimus Deus, defining the dogma, Pope Pius XII wrote: “Now, just like the present age, our pontificate is weighed down by ever so many cares, anxieties, and troubles, by reason of very severe calamities that have taken place and by reason of the fact that many have strayed away from truth and virtue. Nevertheless, we are greatly consoled to see that, while the Catholic faith is being professed publicly and vigorously, piety toward the Virgin Mother of God is flourishing and daily growing more fervent, and that almost everywhere on earth it is showing indications of a better and holier life. Thus, while the Blessed Virgin is fulfilling in the most affectionate manner her maternal duties on behalf of those redeemed by the blood of Christ, the minds and the hearts of her children are being vigorously aroused to a more assiduous consideration of her prerogatives.”

It seems, he could have been speaking about our times today, nearly 70 years later. We truly live in interesting times, when the prophecies of Our Lady seem to have either come true or are unfolding. This is the age of Mary, when Mary is leading her children and they are “being vigorously aroused to a more assiduous consideration of her prerogatives.”

Mary never stops calling us to join with her and her Son in the Economy of Salvation. She has repeatedly called us to participate through daily prayer and penance, particularly the Rosary. She also showed us at Fatima, through the third part of the secret, that the angel cried out for “penance, penance, penance” as a warning to stave off our own destruction. And she implored the shepherd children, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them.” (Aug. 19, 1917).

Therefore, we entreat you to join in the 54-day novena of Rosaries sponsored by the Holy League, and offer daily your trials and sufferings as penance for the sins of the world. In addition, please try to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays during the novena, which goes from August 15 – October 7.  St. John Paul II and many, many other saints, believed that the Rosary is powerful enough to bring down nations. Mary is leading her army and we should all wish to be part of it.

Sister Lucia of Fatima stated: “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

On this feast of the Assumption of Mary, let us all appeal to the “woman” who has been ordained to crush the head of the serpent:  “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women…”

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