Day 1 - Novena to Our Lady of Fatima for Conversion
Day 1 Novena Reflection
On the hundredth anniversary of the Apparition of Mary, the Mother of the Lord, to the children of Fatima, Pope Francis spoke to hundreds of thousands who gathered for prayer
Francis has a deep love for Mary, the Mother of the Lord. He is a champion of popular piety as a strength for the faithful and a vehicle for a genuine renewal of devotion for the whole Church.
However, after affirming that, along with them, he was there as a pilgrim, he used the opportunity to reset Marian Piety for Catholic Christians.
In his plain-spoken manner, he juxtaposed two approaches to Marian Piety. He cautioned against one.
Then, he revealed the better way, an evangelical way, of practicing Marian Piety in a way which helps one draw closer to Jesus Christ.
The Pope asked the faithful:
Pilgrims with Mary ... But which Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the narrow way of the cross by giving us an example?
Or a Lady unapproachable and impossible to imitate? A woman blessed because she believed always and everywhere in Gods words? Or a plaster statue from whom we beg favors at little cost?
The Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer? Or a Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God? One sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge? One more merciful than the Lamb slain for us?
As we begin this Novena, nine days of prayer, let us ask the Mother of Mercy for Mercy for all the Nations, including the United States,
Let us ask, through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, for a fresh outpouring of the grace of conversion.
And, let us pray the prayer the angel taught the three children
Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sin, save us from the fires of hell,
Lead all souls to heaven
Especially those most in need of your Mercy
Novena Prayer Asking the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters.
Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church, which is Your family.
Our Savior Jesus taught us that "whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."
We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we now turn to you in prayer, as OUR FATHER, ABBA.
Before your Son and our Savior gave up the last drop of His Sacred blood - and breathed his last breath - to set us free from sin and death -
He turned to His Beloved Mother at the foot of the Cross.
'Woman, behold your son.'
Then he said to the disciple whom he loved with a special affection, John, and said,
'Behold your mother'" (John 19: 26-27).
Throughout the Church's history and Tradition great theologians, mystics, popes and saints have all viewed John as representing each one of us.
So, the last gift Jesus gave to us - before giving Himself fully - was His Mother
to be our Mother.
The Mother of Jesus is the Mother of His Church -
and our Mother.
Father, in your loving plan of salvation, you promised through the prophets of Israel that a Virgin would conceive - and bear a Son - who would be called Immanuel, God with us (Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:23)
You taught us to hope for salvation.
You fulfilled your promise. You gave us the complete fulfillment of that hope
As the Apostle Paul taught, in the fullness of time you chose that woman, born under the law to redeem us - and make us your sons and daughters. (Gal. 4:4)
Jesus Christ the Lord
The humble Virgin whom you chose is Mary.
Her "Yes" - her FIAT, brought heaven to earth and earth to Heaven.
She responded to the message of your angel and all of human history was changed.
She is now a part of that great cloud of witnesses gathered in your communion of love.
And she prays, for each one of us, in the Body of Her Son, the Church.
She participates in His ongoing redemptive mission, to bring all men and women to faith in Jesus Christ, holding a special place of honor and veneration.
She is a Messenger of His Mercy, calling the whole world to turn away from sin and turn toward Jesus -
to be converted, made holy by being made new in Him.
In that ongoing role in your plan of salvation, she has appeared to some whose hearts are simple, childlike and open to the continued work of your Holy Spirit.
In her appearance to the three children of Fatima, she warned of what would occur if men, women and Nations made the wrong choice
refusing to repent,
refusing to turn away from sin and turn toward Jesus Christ.
But always with the goal of repentance and conversion.
Like Her Son, who said "Let the children come to me", (Matt 19:4),
His Mother Mary often appears to children.
We believe that she appeared to Lucia, Jacinto and Francisco in the fields outside of Fatima Portugal in 1917 at a pivotal time in history.
She gave them a series of messages, accompanied by a miracle, which continue to inspire and move men, women and Nations,
to conversion to Jesus Christ.
Oh, how we need sincere, heartfelt and life changing repentance and conversion today.
So, Through her intercession, the Intercession of Our Lady of Fatima
- we pray for the ongoing conversion of Russia,
I pray for the conversion of my own Nation, the United States.
Here, add your own Nation...
We pray for the conversion of all Nations.
Through her intercession we pray for the graces we need to continue to turn away from sin and be more deeply converted to Jesus Christ.
And Now Dear Father, in the name of Jesus, and under the maternal care of Mary, His Mother, under her title of Our Lady of Fatima, and I present my own personal intention:
Finally, as the Family of God, let us join in praying that beloved prayer which includes the words which the Angel of the Lord spoke to the Mother of the Lord
followed by the heartfelt cry of believers throughout the centuries who have sought her assistance through her ongoing prayer and intercession for the Nations:
Hail Mary, Full of Grace,
The Lord is with You Blessed are You among women And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, Now and at the hour of death Amen
Final Blessing: May the Blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you forever AMEN
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