There are 5 things Our Lady asked of each of us during her apparitions at Fatima. They are:
1. Daily Reparation; 2. Daily Rosary; 3. Brown Scapular; and 4. 1st Saturday Communions of Reparation and 5. Spread the Message of Fatima to others.
Daily Reparation is related to the July 13 apparition during which Our Lady requested it in saying: “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
You may recognize “O Jesus,…” as the words of The Sacrifice Prayer.
The shepherd children, and all of us by extension, were taught how to honor this request of Our Lady during the 2nd apparition of the Angel in 1916 when he said: “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. … Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you.”
So, as we pray our Morning Offering at the beginning of each day, we include an expression a disposition of mind and heart which offers up all of the aches and pains, trials and tribulations and sufferings of any kind which God permits to touch our lives in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners.
Daily praying of the Rosary was asked for during each of Our Lady’s six apparitions in 1917.
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The wearing of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as one of Our Lady’s Fatima requests is based upon her last appearance on October 13, 1917. During what has come to be known as The Miracle of the Sun, while the crowd was witnessing the solar phenomena, there were three apparitions only the children saw. During the 3rd Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Brown Scapular is, in fact, a miniature version of the Carmelite habit.
We are not. however, simply asked to wear the scapular. We are called to embrace and live the consecration to Our Lady it signifies. We wear the scapular 1st as a sign of our consecration; 2nd as a reminder of that consecration; and finally as a protection against the snares of the Devil.
The 1st Saturday Communions of Reparation were not actually requested until December 10, 1925, when Our Lady appeared with the Child Jesus to Sister Lucia at the Dorothean convent in Pontevedra, Spain. Its connection with Fatima as one of Our Lady’s requests is based upon the fact that during the July 13, 1917 apparition Our Lady told the children she would come back to ask for it. “To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communions of Reparation on the First Saturdays.” While Our Lady used the words “Communions of Reparation,” because she specified that it was to be done on the first Saturday of each month, it has come to be known as The 1st Saturday Devotion.
It is critically important that we not overlook the close connection between the consecration of Russia which was asked of the Pope and Bishops throughout the world, and the practice of the 1st Saturday Devotion which is asked of everyone. The conversion of Russia and world peace are conditioned on the honoring of both of these requests. While the consecration of Russia Our Lady asked for was finally accomplished on March 25, 1984, there are not yet sufficient numbers of people faithfully practicing the 1st Saturday Devotion. Until there are sufficient numbers, the pace of the conversion of Russia underway will continue to be slow and world peace will remain an elusive dream.
A complete explanation of the 1st Saturday Devotion is located here. 1st Saturday Devotion
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