It's Saturday, which means it's time for another Fatima post! And not only that, but it's the first Saturday of February. First Saturdays have a special significance for those devoted to Our Lady's Fatima message.
We've been talking about the events which happened around Fatima in 1917; but to explain about the First Saturday aspect of Fatima, we actually have to fast forward in time to 1925. We also have to shift our focus from Fatima, Portugal to Pontevedra, Spain, where Lucia, the only remaining seer of Fatima, had become a nun in a convent there.
One day in December, Mary and the Christ Child appeared to Sr. Lucia and lamented the sins of mankind. Little Jesus said,
"Have compassion on the heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them."
From Christ's words, we learn the terrible result of our sins. When we hurt Jesus, we hurt Mary, too; and when we hurt Mary, we hurt Jesus. Their hearts are so close to one another that each feels whatever is done to the other as though it were done to Him or her. What could be crueler than to harm somebody's mother? The thorns in Mary's heart must hurt Jesus more than the thorns in His own heart.
There are thorns in Mary's heart, "and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them."
What can we do?
After Jesus' sorrowful words, Mary said to Lucia,
"Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me and announce for me that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
Jesus and Mary have given us something to do, some way to console the hurting heart of Mary--and surely, at the same time, the hurting heart of Jesus.
All we have to do is, for five First Saturdays in a row:
1. Go to confession.
2. Receive Holy Communion.
3. Pray five decades of the rosary.
4. Talk to Mary for fifteen minutes, meditating on one or more of the mysteries of the rosary.
5. Do all the above with the intention of consoling Our Lady's heart and making reparation for the sins that hurt her so.
This is a favor they have asked of us. Can we bear to refuse them?