Re: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Attacks Against Our Lady


There never was, and never will be, an offering on the part of a pure creature greater or more perfect than that which Mary made to God when, at the age of three years, She presented Herself in the temple to offer Him, ... Her entire self, consecrating Herself as a perpetual victim in His honor.”

(Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, The Glories of Mary, p. 337)

October 2011
Month of the Holy Rosary

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

Many are aware of the fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple by Our Lady. As part of the Holy Rosary we meditate on this event in the lives of the Holy Family.

But how many meditate or even think about the Presentation of the Holy Virgin, the Child Mary, in the temple?

Here is some of what one of the great Doctors of the Church, Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, wrote relaying what many of the saints — such as Saint Germanus, Saint Epiphanius, Saint Gregory of Nyssa — said about the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple:

The enclosed prayer card, honoring the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple, depicts the image of the Child Mary leaving Her parents, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, and ascending the steps of the temple.

On the back of the card is the Hail Mary and the prayer (i.e. the Collect) from the Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, which is November 21.

We are sending it to you now hoping you will have sufficient time to request more copies to give to others before Our Lady’s Feast day.

Attacks Against Our Lady

As you know, part of the Secret of Fatima that has been revealed is the desire of God to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

You have likely read or heard about movies, television shows, “artwork”, etc. that blaspheme our Holy Mother.

There are also many non-Catholics, mainly Protestants, who speak vehemently against Our Lady.

They do not understand how much She is loved by God. And they certainly do not understand how much we all owe Her.

These two things, how much Our Lord loves Our Lady and how much we owe Her, explain in part why Our Lord desires that the devotion to His Mother’s Immaculate Heart be propagated and lived and why He wants Reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.

Here is a story recently told about the vehemence expressed against Our Lady:

This is diabolical! The devil hates Our Lady and attacks viciously those who are devoted to Her.

He succeeded centuries ago in sowing this horrible error in the hearts of many of the world’s heretics, that is, fallen away Catholics who were the ancestors of today’s Protestants.

And today’s Protestants have inherited that error, that hatred, from their heretical ancestry. If the devil had not successfully attacked this devotion to Our Lady, Protestants would have found their way back to the One True Faith from which their ancestry sprang.

The viciousness of those displaying such hatred, or at the very least antagonism, toward Our Lady, gives us one very good reason why non-Catholics cannot be saved unless they convert.

One cannot be an enemy of the Mother of God and expect to be saved. It will not happen. Our Lord will not take kindly to anyone who treats His Mother in a disrespectful, hateful or blasphemous manner.

Simply put, an enemy of Our Lady is an enemy of Our Lord. And Our Lord made it clear in the Gospel, “he who is not with Me is against Me.”

This contempt for Our Lady has to some degree seeped into the minds and hearts of some Catholics, even some priests today. It is partly because some of the errors of Protestantism have crept into their people’s minds.

As devotees of Our Lady and Her Fatima Message we must do all we can to heed God’s Will in spreading devotion to Her and promoting reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.

We hope the enclosed prayer card will help you do that.

For more copies of the prayer card The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, call us at 1-800-845-3047.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords