Praying on the Feast of the Apparition of
Our Lady of Lourdes,
for Our Blessed Mother's intercession for all mothers and fathers of born and unborn children, to follow after
St Anne and St Joachim,
in chaste love for God and their families.
iHOPE Rosary Vigil Friday 11th February
12:00 Westminster Bridge;
12:30 Holy Mass; St George's Cathedral, Southwark;
16:00 Finish Rosary Procession, at St George's, after return from IPPF HQ (Global) [IPPF: Interational Planned Parenthood Federation]
Dearly beloved in Christ and Our Blessed Mother,
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
As we approach the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes, we find ourselves with yet another beautiful period, to call to mind that singular privilege and grace from the Omnipotent God, upon the daughter of St Anne and St Joachim, to be preserved free from all stain of original sin, from the first instant of Her most blessed life. As the Mother of the Eternal Son of God spoke with the little, humble St Bernadette Soubirous (clasping Her breast, wherein lay Her Most Immaculate Heart), looking up to Heaven in pure, simple and sublime adoration of Her Creator, She proclaimed, "I am The Immaculate Conception."
St Maximilian Kolbe - since the affirmation of the third Marian Dogma, at Lourdes, by the Mother of Christ, Herself - stated that Our Lady, being the Created Immaculate Conception, has taken the name of Her Divine Spouse, God the Holy Ghost: the Uncreated Immaculate Conception.
"If among human beings the wife takes the name of her husband because she belongs to him, is one with him, becomes equal to him and is, with him, the source of new life, with how much greater reason should the name of the Holy Spirit, who is the divine Immaculate Conception, be used as the name of her in whom he lives as uncreated Love, the principle of life in the whole supernatural order of grace?”
This understanding is another revelation that the Holy Ghost has granted to The Church, through one of Her greatest saints, and a truly devoted son of Our Blessed Mother’s [see here True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by St Louis Marie de Montfort], so as to understand, more fully, the ineffable beauty of the espousal of God to the Blessed Virgin. The reflection of uncreated love and divine life, in the Mirror of Justice and the Mother of Divine Grace, is shown with even greater clarity, when we understand that the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother (in whose soul is the summation of all created love), from the chaste love of St Joachim and St Anne, is a reflection of the uncreated Immaculate Conception of God the Holy Ghost, who proceeded from the perfectly chaste love of the Father and the Son, for one another.
In our knowing of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, The Lord has willed, as has been the case through salvation history, for us to be granted, by His grace, some understanding of the Divine Mysteries.
In the blessed womb of a humble Hebrew woman named Anne, under the patronage of her husband, St Joachim, the one predestined from all eternity, to be the Mother of God, the Queen of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the one to crush the head of the serpent, was conceived without sin. How blessed can we count ourselves, poor, unworthy sinners, to be when we, the adopted children of God, can call the same Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, Our Mother, also. The first Marian Dogma, the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, has raised the dignity of motherhood to the right hand of Christ the King, where Our Blessed Mother sits before the Eternal Throne of The Blessed Trinity.
We are beginning to see the dignity of motherhood being restored, on earth, as in some parts of the world today, we see a rekindling of widespread support of the wonderful gift of maternity and, furthermore, sacred life from the moment of conception, in sharing the image and likeness of God.
May we all thank God, sincerely and with much fervour and love, for granting these consolations to us, in a time when darkness and sin are bearing down heavily upon family life and the life of The Church, the Spotless Bride of Christ.
Let us pray, that as the next generation of mothers and fathers come into adulthood, The Lord of the harvest may send workers into His harvest, and vocate knights and maids for life, to rebuild holy families in society, and great sanctity in His Church.
Let us pray, that just as St Anne and St Joachim were beseeching God to grant a child to them, that rather than offending The Lord by rejecting and destroying human life, by contraception and abortion, that mothers and fathers may be open and well disposed to receive the joy of one of those good and blessed fruits of sanctified married life: the family.
Let us pray, also, that Our Lord’s priests may minister well to His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and teach all nations to observe all that Our Lord has commanded us: "Going therefore, teach ye all nations... Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" [Mt 28:19-20], so that we may, in humility, faith, hope and charity, respond faithfully to His grace, to dispose our souls to receiving the incomparable joy of holy family life, exemplified by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Let us pray, finally, that the work being done by so many pro-life organisations and groups throughout the world, may continue to aid the progress of the restoration of right order in a good, moral society, so that the family and nations, may once again flourish, and that souls may be lead to the true joy of eternal life in Christ and His Church.
May the triumph of the Most Immaculate Heart of Mary come quickly, so that the end of the culture of death may come, and so that the Mother of all the living and Her Divine Son, may once again reign in the souls of all Her children.
"When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own." [Jn 19:26-27]
The Memorare: Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To Thee do I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
“One day through the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world.” – the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Dominic
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This month ofFebruary, is the Month of The Holy Family [Litany of Loreto here]. Let us console the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother, and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lord, by offering prayers and sacrifice in reparation for the grievous sins that cry out to Heaven, because of the murdering of innocent unborn children, and the contraception used to reject human family life.The Golden Arrow is a powerful prayer and expression of love, for the Most Holy Name of God, and consoles Our Lord's Sacred Heart, in reparation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. For our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.
In all faith and confidence, we should never lose hope for the end of abortion and the entire culture of death, nor the salvation of souls, for we can ever trust in the aid of Our Most Holy Mother, the Help of Christians and the Refuge of Sinners: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph".
- Our Lady of Fatima, 13th July 1917
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Join us either in person, from 12 noon with The Angelus, on Friday 11th February (joining details at the head of the email), or at Mass at your local parish church, in front of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, or praying The Rosary, from wherever you may be.
We are all children of Our God and Our Blessed Mother; so, let us console the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary; make reparation for the sin of abortion and all other sins, and seek to obtain the graces needed in our time, on our knees, praying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and The Most Holy Rosary.
Strengthen and persevere in your general efforts for prayer and sacrifice for the protection and sanctification of the unborn and the family, in this period of preparation for Lent. The victory is ours, by the grace of Our Merciful God, but we have to fight in this war, to the end, to assist in accomplishing what Our Blessed Mother prophesied: the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.
Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, save us. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
With love to you all, always in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Germain and Miriam Burton, with Amelia-Rose and Michaelangelo