Champions of the Rosary

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This cartoon was drawn for club spiritual director Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, by members of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a cloistered contemplative community of religious women that prays for priests. It shows Fr. Donald answering the call of Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared under the title of “Our Lady of the Rosary,” to encourage everyone to pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world.

'Console Your God'

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As many of our club members know, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima. But the three young Fatima visionaries had begun to receive messages from Heaven the year before, in 1916. Lucia dos Santos recorded the autumn apparition of the angel in her memoirs:

As soon as we arrived there [the hill called the Cabeco], we knelt down, with our foreheads touching the ground, and began to repeat the prayer of the Angel: "My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You...", I don't know how many times we had repeated this prayer, when an extraordinary light shone upon us. We sprang up to see what was happening, and beheld the Angel. He was holding a chalice in his left hand, with the Host suspended above it, from which some drops of blood fell into the chalice. Leaving the chalice suspended in the air, the Angel knelt down beside us and made us repeat three times: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners."

Then, rising, he took the chalice and the Host in his hands. He gave the Sacred Host to me, and shared the Blood from the chalice between Jacinta and Francisco, saying as he did so: "Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God." Once again, he prostrated on the ground and repeated with us, three times more, the same prayer "Most Holy Trinity..." and then disappeared.

We remained a long time in this position, repeating the same words over and over again. When at last we stood up, we noticed that it was already dark, and therefore time to return home.

To learn more about the apparitions at Fatima and what they mean for us today, see Champions of the Rosary by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, pages 143, 244-249, and The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

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Elizabeth - Oct 12, 2016

We need to pray the rosary now more than ever for peace here at home and around the world.