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The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima of Michigan,

Detroit Archdiocesan Division

Father John Hedges– Our Spiritual Director and

Pastor of St. Stephen, New Boston 



                      

Fr. John Hedges, Spiritual Director
Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima
  

        

May Our Lady keep you safely under her Mantle and through her protection.

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY

FAST AND PRAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WORLD APOSTLE OF FATIMA  2014

 

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PRAY TO END ABORTION !
O Mary conceived without sin Pray for us who have recourse to thee

From Fr. John’s Journal

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. It is a consolation that the mercy of God purifies the soul after death in order to prepare it for the eternal beatitudes of heaven. What would become of most of us if there were no purgatory? Since only the pure of heart may see the Face of God, and no soul with a blemish can enter into the holy of holies, only the innocent child without sin and the saint purified by penance on earth could go straight to heaven at the hour of death.  Even some of the saints came back to tell us that they had to pass through purgatory first.  An example which comes to mind is St Claude de Colombiere who came to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and shared her experience of the purgatorial fires.

Our Lady at Fatima reminded us of the existence of purgatory and the great need to give aid through prayer and penance to the holy souls who cannot help themselves.

Remember to offer Masses and rosaries, mortifications and indulgences for your own family members, friends and neighbors. How long should we pray for someone who has died? Pray for them until you see them again in the next life!

The Infant Jesus and Fatima are linked together in that beautiful chain of prayer we call the rosary.

Silent night, holy night….” Some of my cherished memories of Christmas are the silent hours between the “Children’s Mass” and the Midnight Mass. With the crowds gone home to celebrate Christmas with their own families, I’d go into the quiet Church; and with only the Christmas lights illuminating the manger and Sanctuary I’d recite the Joyful mysteries of the rosary. It was a peaceful time to think of the silence of the stable that first Christmas, and to contemplate Mary holding her Infant-God in her arms while Joseph slept—the shepherds having already returned to their flocks and fields praising God for appearing on earth.

As a young boy and teenager I often spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparents. From early morning on Christmas Eve until late at night, the house was always filled with family and friends. But by ten thirty or eleven o’clock at night, everyone was gone. Grandpa was asleep and Grandma K. and I would sit quietly by the Christmas tree, bask in the Christmas lights, and reminisce quietly about past Christmases…. just as I do now on Christmas Eve night with Jesus in the tabernacle.

Silence is a rare commodity in our lives today. There is simply too much noise—T.V., radio, internet, iPhones, continual useless chatter, etc., etc., etc….We have bought into the lie that we must be available to everyone who tries to get a hold of us seven days a week, 24–hours-a-day. I think that notion of perpetual availability comes from the devil. He tries to keep us from the silence which leads to prayer and contemplation and communion with God. Silence is not only necessary for prayer, it is absolutely necessary for a happy, healthy, and holy life. The lesson of silence must be revisited today, and these two months of November and December—the “Month of the Holy Souls” and the “Month of the Nativity” - provide plenty of opportunities to consider the interior silence needed for the spiritual life. In Purgatory silence reigns! The souls undergoing purification are now totally open to God with no distractions. They are intent only on living in the Divine Will. Their interior silence enables them to hear God and  to follow their only burning desire; union with God in heaven. The holy souls in this state are also aware of our thoughts and prayers for them, and at the same time are eager to assist us in our needs. In the Christmas mystery Our Lady teaches us to ponder all the lessons her Son has taught in our hearts. Mary is the embodiment of interior silence and recollection. When I contemplate Mary during Advent it is her silence which comes to mind as She prepares for His holy birth. St. Joseph is another model of interior silence. Because he possesses this gift. He is able to hear God speaking to him at every turn, one to promptly obey God’s every command. In St. Joseph we see the great value of silence in our lives in order that we may remain united to God’s Will in all things. The infant Jesus brings peace on Christmas to men of good will. How is a “good will” fostered? Only through interior silence which gives way to obedience to God and His commandments. God comes into our world in the silence of this night, to a Mother enveloped in interior silence, with a foster Father who listens with the heart and loves God above all things. May the silence of God envelope us, too. May we turn away from all unnecessary noise to live in God’s Will and to prepare for His coming.

Francisco preferred to spend time praying to the “Hidden Jesus” in the Tabernacle over all else. His great concern was to console His sorrowing Lord and the Heart of His Mother. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Francisco  answered, "I don't want to be anything. I want to die and go to heaven."

In October 13, 1917, the Infant Jesus appeared in the arms of St. Joseph to bless the world. In 1925, on December 10th, the Child Jesus appeared to St. Lucia announcing His desire for the Communions of reparation on the First Saturdays in order to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  At a time of moral and economic crisis in the world, we need to remind ourselves that the Infant Jesus (and St. Joseph!) are associated with Divine Providence and trust in God. Over the years, the Infant Jesus has provided for my needs not only spiritually, but materially as well. St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion to the Infant Jesus and St. Joseph who provided for all the needs of the Carmelite order. We pray for all those in need of conversion (moral crisis), and in need of jobs and material aid (economic crisis), realizing that God is the Source of all gifts in the order of nature and grace. The Infant Jesus of Prague promised Fr. Cyril: “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you!” This is true! I have experienced it in my life, and you will experience it in yours.

†God’s blessing, Fr. John

 

 

Fast and Pray for the  End Abortion.
Some of us pray and fast for souls of others. Here are some quotes from Mother Nadine that apply fasting!“ We have to be careful that we stay out of the spirit of the world. We live in a world that puts a great deal of emphasis on food. The world uses the term “diet”’ the Church uses the term “fasting.” Both have a discipline, but the motives are quite different as a rule. Dieting is usually for myself, while fasting is for God. Our motives make all the difference in the world.
…..fasting is good for us and it has the power to release Satan and any ties he may have on us. “ “This kind does not leave but by prayer and fasting” (Mk 9:29).
There is a correct way to fast. If you want to fast correctly, you have to eat correctly so that you will have the energies to fast. Try fasting from wrong foods. A discipline will come that was not there before and you will feel great. We need to cultivate our spiritual hunger and thirst if we do not have it. Jesus told us to labor not for food that perishes, but for food that remains (John 6:27). It is like Jesus is saying to us, “ I will feed you with Myself, not only at Mass, not only in the Eucharist, but I’ll feed you every day in prayer and we’ll cast out gluttony. “
Jesus said, when tempted by the serpent to turn the stones to bread, “Doing the will of Him who sent Me and bringing His work to completion is My food” (John 4:34)
Mother Nadine in her book about the Seven Capital Sins

   

 

                                                                  The real history of Mary Undoer of Knots.

How this devotion started?To show us the mission granted to the Virgin Mary by Her Son, an unknown artist painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:
"Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it".

But what are these knots?

They are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution.
Knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between

 husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. They are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution

 of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion,

depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and

separate us from God.

The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is not new. The devotion is more than 300 years old. However, it is not based on an apparition of the

Virgin Mary to a person, or persons, as in Lourdes or Fatima, but rather it is a revered devotion as many others in the Catholic Church, despite

Virgin Mary is only one.
The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is becoming more and more known in many different countries, and the Novena has been printed

in 19 languages, as well as in Braille. In the last 4 years, the Sanctuary of Mary Undoer of Knots has welcomed more than 600,000 pilgrims

 from all over the world.

At Mass, there is a multitude of people: the young, the elderly, rich and poor, all asking for help from Our Lady to simplify their lives.

Day after day, more and more Christians kneel to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the Fair Love.
Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many

jobs have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have been on their knees praying and giving

thanks for graces received from our sweet Mother.

We are living in difficult times where the problems, the knots, the temptations, the lack of peace and the evils are all around us.

Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil, prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
(1 Peter 5,8)

For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was chosen by God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal

 Herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because She wants to undo the knots of our sins which

 dominate our lives, so that - as sons of the King - we can receive the promises reserved for us from eternity. She comes

with promises of victory, peace, blessings and reconciliation.

Then, free from our knots – filled with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world, like pieces of God’s heart or

 small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue

 those who cry without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor Mother.

Mother of the Rising Sun, Immaculate, our Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God and made by Him our Mother, this is how

Mary, Undoer of Knots is presented. Above all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us, who has compassion for us

and hurries to rescue us, praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.
Is it possible that the Lord does not answer Her?
 

May Mary Undoer of Knots bless you today and forever. Amen!

Novena is known around the world…..and can change your life.

Why a Novena? Why nine days?

Mary stayed during nine days surrounded by the apostles in the cenacle, praying for the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In this persevering type prayer, She taught us the constancy and ardour of faith, so that we do not get discouraged when direct a petition to God. The Mother of God prayed and gave courage to the apostles to pray for the duration of nine days, in order to receive the most important and precious treasure for human life - The Holy Spirit.


We need to learn to persevere because it is written in Ecclesiasticus 2,15-16, "Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God; Woe to them that have lost patience" and James says, "But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord."
( James 1,6-8).

Prayer is man’s strenght which shakes the heart of God because “nothing is more powerful than a man who prays” (St. John Chrisostomus) for they are participating in God’s power.
James tells us again, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly” (James 4,3) and St. Basil says, “If you have asked and did not receive, is because you have asked wrongly, with no faith or superficially or you asked something you did not need or because you have abandoned the prayer.”
“All graces we desire need to be asked through Mary, She provides everything we need” (St. Alphonsus Ligori). “All gifts, virtues and graces are dispensed by Her hands to whom She wants, when She wants and how She wants” (St. Bernardin of Siena).

To order Novena - go to     http://www.maryundoerofknots.com/novena.htm


 

 


 

 

My prayer is that you and your family will be blessed with all the graces and blessings you wish for thru Our Blessed Mother. One of my New Year resolutions is to continue to keep each of you in my prayers and daily rosary.  Father John

Thank you Fr. John for all the Masses that you say and for keeping us on the path of the Holy Spirit!

We are praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & Immaculate Heart of Mary for you!
Pray the Rosary Wear the Scapular

“Come... Sit With Me”
Jesus would like you to visit Him in reparation
for the outrages against His Sacred Heart and the
Immaculate Heart of Mary!

 

 
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