Day 6 - Novena to Our Lady of Fatima for Conversion
Day 6 Novena Reflection
While there are reports of serious scrutiny being given to purported appearances of Our Lady by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in recent days, the Appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal has been affirmed as worthy of reliance.
From May 13, through October 13, in the year 1917, Our Lady spoke to the three children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, among other matters, of Russia.
During these same months, the Bolshevik revolution was underway. Atheistic Marxism seized hold of that once great Nation and subjugated the people for decades.
On July 26, 2000, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued what is called The Message of Fatima. It should be read by anyone who seeks to understand the approach that the Church, as mother and teacher, takes to private revelation.
In that document, the Congregation specifically addressed what is referred to as the Third Secret of Fatima. It was explained to now Saint John Paul II by Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries, while he served as the successor of Peter.
Few messages have ever received as much interest as this third secret, at least in some in contemporary Catholic circles.
The interest has sometimes led to excessive curiosity and, in some circles, some of the reaction has smacked of a contemporary form of Gnosticism.
The core of the message of Fatima, when properly understood and received, is a call to repentance and genuine conversion to Jesus Christ.
It is a little gospel.
The children were told by Mary, the Mother of God, to tell all of us to repent from sin, do penance, turn back to Jesus Christ.
Then, to live lives of prayer and sacrifice, to become holy - in order to participate in the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ as it continues through the work of the Church, which is his body.
Some of what was told to the children concerned the consequences which would occur if people did not exercise their freedom properly by turning away from sin and turning back to God.
But the reason for the warnings is precisely to lead people to repentance, to turn people back to God not to cause fear.
Prophetic warnings are conditional. Our Reponses matter.
Our Lady of Fatima Pray for us.
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,
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I pray for the conversion of my own Nation, the United States.
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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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