Following a discussion about the devotion of the Five First Saturdays and prayers of reparation, a dear friend sent me a message which seems so relevant to our times that I want to share it with our readers.
Always bearing in mind that whilst the Church does not require belief in any apparition or private revelation, those which have been declared ‘worthy of belief’ have for many proved to be a source of abundant graces:
In the words of Our Blessed Mother, to Sr Agnes of Akita:
“If you love the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you. Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him, to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair, by their suffering and their poverty, for the sinners and ingrates.
In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him, forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger. I desire from your community, that it love poverty, that it sacrifice itself, and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men.
As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be greater than the deluge, such as one never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate, they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you, will be the Rosary, and the Sign (the Cross) left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church, in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres, church and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.”
“Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone, am still able to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me, will be saved.”
Our Lady said much the same at Fatima, “only I can help you.” Just as only Queen Esther could intercede with the king to save the Jews from destruction, so the Queen of Heaven, alone, can intercede with the Divine King, to save us. But, She requires our co-operation. We must pray, ardently, urgently, and unceasingly, in order to, as Pope Paul VI said, “turn to Her, and give Her the justification to say to Her Divine Son, ‘Son, they have no peace.’ ” But She can only do this with the justification of our prayers.
Prayers of love and reparation. So let us commend everyone to Our Lady. Everyone without exception. That is love. Forgiving all who have offended us, and begging God, through Our Lady, to forgive us and them. In this way we respond truly, to Our Lady’s urgent request to “pray and offer sacrifices for them” because, as She said, “many souls go to hell because there is nobody to pray for them.”
Satan works hard and tirelessly to snatch souls from God. We must, with Our Lady, work ceaselessly and tirelessly, to snatch souls from Satan. Let us therefore be courageous, be generous, just as Our Lady is. All Her life here on earth, as now also in Heaven, She ceaselessly prays, intercedes, and makes reparation for all of us, Her children.