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Almighty God tells us in Holy Scripture that the Blessed Virgin will defeat the devil, his followers and plots: "I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, and thy seen and Her seed: She shall crush thy head and thou shalt lie in wait for Her heel." (Gen. 3:15). In Her appearances at Fatima, the Mother of God solemnly promised us final victory over the forces of evil in our own time. "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph," She told us, "the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me. Russia will be coverted and a period of peace shall be given to mankind."
Because the warnings that Our Lady gave the world at Fatima are so stern and terrible, many have mistakenly characterized Her Message as "apocalyptic." Yet at the heart of the Fatima Message is the promise of peace which the Blessed Virgin offers to all men and women of faith and good will. In both its simplicity and its universality, Our Lady's Message is an unique Heaven-sent opportunity for all people everywhere to work for a real, lasting peace in our homes, churches and nations.
"If people do what I tell you, many, souls will be saved and there will be peace."
Our Lady's Peace Plan is founded on three simple, but powerful requests. The first is a request for prayer, most particularly the Holy Rosary and the devotion of the Brown Scapular. The second calls for us to make reparation for the sins and outrages perpetrated against God's Grace and blasphemies against the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The third request is for consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, both on a personal basis and, publicly, that of Russia (and Russia specifically) by the Pope and all the world's bishops.
PRAYER. Each time the Blessed Virgin appeared to the three children at Fatima, She repeated Her requests that we pray the Rosary each day. In the final vision, on October 13, 1917, Our Lady silently held out the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel as a sign of Her desire that we undertake this great devotion. In fact, Sister Lucy has stated that "the Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable." Emerging from faith, prayer becomes the unshakeable foundation for peace in Heaven's plan for our salvation.
CONSECRATION. To consecrate is to make holy, to dedicate to God and to declare as sacred. Our Lady's Plan for Peace is a call to both personal and public consecration. In accordance with Holy Gospel, the Mother of God asks each of us to consecrate our lives to Her Immaculate Heart, letting it become our gateway to Her Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At the same time, Our Lady also asks the Church to publicly acknowledge Her divinely-appointed rôle as the Mediatrix of all Graces and Queen of Peace by consecrating Russia (and specifically Russia) to Her Immaculate Heart in a public ceremony by the Pope and all the world's Catholic bishops. "By this means," She promises, "to convert that poor nation" and bring peace to the world. Speaking to Sister Lucy, Our Lord has confirmed that it is His intention that this great public act shall glorify His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart throughout the world. Deriving as it does from charity or selfless love, the act of consecration is the single most important element in Our Lady's Plan for Peace.
Speaking to Sister Lucy, Our Lord has said: "I wish My Church to...put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart." The Plan for Peace which Our Lady announced at Fatima is, in essence, an effort to unite the hearts of millions with those of Herself and Her Divine Son, the union of which is the very source and wellspring of true peace in the world.
St. James the Apostle has written that he who can do good and does not, does evil. Our Lady has given us a simple Three-Point Plan to bring peace to our families, to our nations, to our communities and to the entire world. She asks so little, yet promises so much. Join us in working for the great triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the peace of Heaven that is promised through the Grace of Her Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.