THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS AND REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
The practice of the Five First Saturdays consist 1) in Making Our Confession and Communion. 2) In saying the Rosary devoutly. 3) In spending a Quarter of an hour, in meditation, on one or more of the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making REPARATION.
Little Jacinta, the youngest of the three Seers of Fatima was a tower of strength to the others, and God gave her special lights to understand Our Lady's Message, baby girl though she was! After going to Hospital the little girl said to Lucy: “I am going to Heaven soon. You are going to stay on here to tell the people that God wants to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you are going to tell them that, don't hide yourself. Tell everybody that God gives us His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that they must ask for them through Her; that the Heart of Jesus wants to be honoured, side by side, with the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that they must ask for peace through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because God has given it into Her keeping.”
Our Lady left, the years passed by, Francisco and Jacinta went to Heaven, and Lucy became a Nun. Then one day, eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Lucy once again, carrying in Her arms the Baby Jesus.
The Holy Mother showed Her Heart to Lucy, all surrounded with thorns. Then the Baby Jesus, pointing to the Suffering Heart of His Mother, said: “Have pity on this Heart, continually tormented by the ingratitude of men, with nobody to make Reparation!”
After the Infant Jesus had said this, Our Lady added: “Look, My child, look at My Heart surrounded with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it, at every moment, by their blasphemies and ingratitude! Do you, at least, try to console Me; and tell everybody from Me that all, who on the First Saturday of Five consecutive months shall make their Confession and Communion, shall say the Rosary, and shall keep Me company for 15 minutes, while meditating on the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation, tell them from Me that I promise to help them, at the hour of their death, with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”
Two months later, on February 15, 1926, Our Lady again appeared with the Holy Child and urged Lucy to persevere in propagating the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, in spite of all difficulties.
Lucy asked Our Lady if it was sufficient to make the Confession “during the week”, when it was not possible to make it on the First Saturday. Our Lady answered “Yes”, provided that the Communion was received in a state of grace, and with the intention of making the required Reparation.
(From “The Five First Saturdays and Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” by L. F. Harvey, 1958.)
MEDITATION ON THE HOLY ROSARY
1. The joyful mysteries teach us faith through the mystery of the Incarnation as those mysteries portray for us the Son of God becoming man out of infinite love. The scene of the Annunciation discloses God Himself awaiting Mary's royal word of consent at the very fullness of time.
What faith beyond compare did the humble handmaid of the Lord exercise in order to believe the message of Gabriel, to believe that the infinite and august Deity was becoming man within her chaste bosom through purest love without the slightest detriment to her sacred vіrgіnіty. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost, cries out in ecstasy at this unparalleled faith on the part of God's Mother: “Blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” Elizabeth, John (as yet unborn), Zachary, Joseph, the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon and Anna, and we too are all blessed by the faith of Mary since we share in it and enjoy its fruits.
Mary adores her own Infant as the God of heaven and earth in the abandoned cattle cave. She offers to His Father this Infant of forty days, the destined victim for the sins of the world. When He is twelve years old, she hears Him acknowledge in the Temple, God in heaven as His eternal Father—yet He returns to Nazareth for eighteen years to be subject to Joseph and to her. What a life sublime and unequaled faith are required of Mary as Mother of the Son of God!
We are exercising faith in the same Incarnate God now present in the Eucharist, which is daily presented for us from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, presented in sacrifice as a clean oblation, present at all times in the temple of our Church, hidden there in the Blessed Sacrament as He was in Joseph's modest home. Yet more: He dwells within our souls through sanctifying grace just as really—though even more obscurely than at Nazareth—and we too can exercise a Marian faith in this real presence of the divine guest dwelling in our souls.
2. The sorrowful mysteries teach us hope through the mysteries of the Redemption. To contemplate Christ in mortal agony in a bloody sweat for love of us, Christ beneath the lash in atonement of our sensuality, Christ thorn-crowned, laboring beneath the cross, and finally dying in shame upon it—here in the infinite love of His Sacred Heart is the true source of all our hope.
Mary is associated with Him in this work of our redemption, even as Eve was associated with the first Adam in our fall. Mary stands beneath the tree of pain to offer the sacrifice of Jesus in order that we, her children of adoption, might live. She is coredemptrix and dispensatrix of all the graces won for us by Jesus crucified. Certainly this Mother of mankind is our hope, because in the very exercise of her spiritual motherhood of men she is obeying the dying commission of her Son. By the wounds of Christ, imprinted throughout His sacred body and stigmatized in His Mother's heart, we lay claim to the eternal life which He died to obtain for us.
3. The glorious mysteries allow us to see the goal of our existence and so enkindle charity. He arose and ascended into heaven, there to prepare a place for us. He sends the Holy Ghost to carry to completion the work of the Incarnation and the Redemption by the sanctification of mankind through this Spirit of divine love, who is poured forth upon us. Mary our Mother reigns glorious with Him in heaven, there exercising her divinely given office as Mediatrix of All Graces until the last of the elect will have been brought to the goal of final and eternal union with the most blessed Trinity in eternal union of love.
(From “Are You Heeding Fatima?” by Lester M. Dooley, S.V.D., The Queen's Work, 1948.)
Composed by St. Francis de Sales.
Most Holy Mary, vіrgіn Mother of God, I (N. N.), most unworthy though I am to be thy servant, yet touched by thy motherly care for me and longing to serve thee, do, in the presence of my guardian angel and all the court of heaven, choose thee this day to be my queen, my advocate, and my mother, and I firmly purpose to serve thee evermore myself, and to do what I can that all may render faithful service to thee. Therefore, most devoted Mother, through the precious blood thy Son poured out for me, I beg thee and beseech thee, deign to take me among thy clients and receive me as thy servant forever. Aid me in my every action, and beg for me the grace never, by word or deed or thought, to be displeasing in thy sight and that of thy most holy Son. Think of me, my dearest Mother, and desert me not at the hour of death. Amen.