- WHY FATIMA
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- PRAYER & DEVOTION
Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco. She gave them a message to be delivered to the faithful everywhere. She told them that men must stop sinning and return to God. She told us we must pray the Rosary every day and that we must fulfill the duties of our state in life day by day.
God worked a very great miracle before more than 70,000 people at Fatima so that all people would listen to His Mothers pressing appeal. She came to Fatima out of Her maternal concern for us, Her children, but if we ignore Her, then terrible things will happen. Many souls will go to hell forever and all of us on earth will be enslaved in a worldwide prison of Communism. If we listen true peace will be given to the world and many souls will merit eternal happiness in Heaven.
Our Lady said: "Many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray for them and make sacrifices for them.
"If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and there will be peace." But let us especially remember She said: "If My requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.
"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer several nations will be annihilated."
Sister Lucia of Fatima was left on earth to explain the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world. She has stated clearly that if we do not heed Our Ladys requests then Communism will enslave the whole world, including the United States.
In answer to the question: "What must the individual Catholic do in order that peace be given to the world, Communism be turned back and the annihilation of nations be averted" Sister Lucia gave the Peace Pledge Formula, which is as follows:
Dear Queen and Mother, Who promised at Fatima to convert Russia and bring peace to all mankind, in reparation to Your Immaculate Heart for my sins and the sins of the whole world, I solemnly promise: (1) to offer up every day the sacrifices demanded by my daily duty; (2) to say part of the Rosary (five decades) daily while meditating on the Mysteries; (3) to wear the Scapular of Mount Carmel as profession of this promise and as an act of consecration to You. I shall renew this promise often, especially in moments of temptation.
(This pledge is not a vow and does not bind under pain of sin. Nevertheless, it is a promise your word given to your Heavenly Mother.)
NOTE: Baptized Catholics may be officially enrolled in the Scapular1 to gain the promise. A non-Catholic may wear the Brown Scapular and will receive blessings for doing so.
We urge each one of you to give your word to Our Lady that you will keep this above-mentioned peace pledge and sign your name to the pledge.
We would suggest that you send your name and address and inform us that you have signed the pledge. (But, even without sending in your name and address, you may join the Rosary Crusade by just simply giving your word to Our Lady that you will fulfill the pledge.) If you have signed the pledge already, it would be good to renew your resolution, your promise to Our Lady, and let this serve as a reminder to you to keep the pledge for the rest of your life.
Of course, Our Lady would be especially pleased if, besides fulfilling Her requests as summarized in the pledge, we were to pray more and make more sacrifices as the children of Fatima did. Let us keep the Five First Saturdays of Fatima and make devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary better known. Let us learn more about Our Lady of Fatimas teaching and always try to be as generous as possible with Our Spiritual Mother.
1. The Blessed Virgin Mary promised Catholics who are enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as follows: "Take this Scapular, whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation a protection in danger and a pledge of peace." This promise was made to St. Simon Stock in 1251 in England and since that time many Popes down through the last seven centuries have encouraged Catholics to wear the Scapular. Pope Paul Vl, explaining on February 2, 1965, what the Vatican Council wrote about devotion to Our Lady had these words to say: "Ever hold in great esteem the practices and exercises of devotion to the Most Holy Virgin which have been recommended for centuries by the Magisterium of the Church. And among them we judge well to recall especially the Marian Rosary and the religious use of the Scapular of Mount Carmel."