Let There Be Peace on Earth
"Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it" — Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917.
The news seems to get worse every day.
Violence and war throughout the world; terrible persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East; civic unrest and the horrific disease Ebola in the United States — the world feels like it's coming unglued. Who would have thought there would come a day when mainstream media outlets would be covering publicly announced black masses offered by self-professed Satanists in a civic center in Oklahoma City, Okalahoma, and Boston, Massachusetts?
But we've been told that many troubles would come and given the remedy by Our Lady at Fatima: praying the Rosary; repenting of sin and turning to God; fasting and offering other sacrifices in reparation for sin and for the conversion of poor sinners.
Father Dan Cambra, MIC, explained that Mary calls us "to consecrate ourselves as beacons of prayer, praying not just for ourselves, not just for our own family or nation, but praying for world peace, as she called us to at Fatima, and in a very particular way to recognize the importance of consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
Why the importance of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Because this is "the Heart of Mary which loved God first and foremost; the Heart of Mary which was always the handmaid of the Lord; the Heart of Mary which became the refuge of the Christ Child; the Heart of Mary which was the one that comforted Jesus and consoled Him in His Passion; the Heart of Mary which was the heart of His first disciple and the woman who became the center of the cenacle of prayer for the Apostles at Pentecost; the Heart of Mary who is still at the center of the Church and to whom all of the bishops, along with our holy Father, will hopefully consecrate themselves, the Church, and indeed the world, that we might all help bring about God's kingdom here on earth."
The Church dedicates the month of October to the Holy Rosary, and Oct. 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. So this month especially, we ask all our readers to take Our Lady's call seriously: Pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world.
"At Fatima, Our Lady didn't ask us to go to Mass daily," said Fr. Dan. "She didn't ask us to make pilgrimages. She didn't ask us to read a lot of books. She asked us to do something that was easy and accessible to everyone — to children; to the educated; to the uneducated; each of us in our own way: to pray the Rosary for peace in the world."
Let us ask Our Lady of the Rosary to pray for us that we might be faithful to the Rosary, offering prayers of intercession for ourselves and our neighbors with great trust and love. Let us ask Our Lady's intercession for peace in the world, which we so badly need.