October: Month of the Holy Rosary…

October: Month of the Holy Rosary…

October: Month of the Holy Rosary...

As we enter this month of the most holy rosary, informed Catholics are dismayed at the reported comments from papal interviews. Things in the Church are going from bad to worse. It is difficult for many of us to keep faith.

Yet, the Message of Fatima teaches us to do precisely that; to expect the “diabolical disorientation”, to remain faithful despite outward appearances, to wear the Brown Scapular, and to pray our rosary every day.

Some ask “why the rosary?” Well, we can discuss that. But even if we fail to comprehend the “why”, faith requires us to comply with this request of Our Lady. The Fatima seer, Sr Lucy, explains that the rosary has been given a new power in our times…

Regarding the Holy Rosary, Sister Lucy said: “Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

Click on the Fatima picture to read the entire article.

This thread is firstly to give honour to Our Lady of the Rosary, to discuss the rosary in all its aspects and – for those who choose to do so – to offer particular intentions for us all to include in our rosaries.

To kick start that part of our discussion, may I suggest that, in addition to our personal and family intentions, we might all include the intention of special graces for Pope Francis during this month of the rosary.

Comments (54)

  • editor

    I’d like to ask bloggers to remember, in your October rosaries, the daughter of our American readers, because she suffered a very serious assault several weeks ago and is really traumatised by it. Please pray for “G” Thank you.

    Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for “G”.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Chrisis

      I ask bloggers to please remember me in their rosaries. I am a 53 year old male who has fathered 2 sons outside marriage, their mother and I were both “modern” Catholics” and are now separated. I am now married to a non Catholic who has 3 sons, we were married in the Catholic church and achieved this by using, what the priest called, a “loophole” in Canon law. My mother, God rest her, was a devout Catholic (probably classed conservative) who did her best to teach and rear me in the faith, she also had great devotion to Our Lady. I only, fairly recently, discovered your website and also the Fatima Network website and the awful reality hit me regarding the state of my soul. Throughout all this I have always attended weekly mass but at least was given the grace to realise I could not receive the precious body and blood of Christ. Since accessing both websites I have started saying the rosary as often as possible, I am retired and have time to myself during the day, My intention is; that I and all the poor souls whom I have affected be converted completely to the true Catholic faith and that we may be made worthy of meeting Jesus as the King of Mercy.

      O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.

      October 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm
      • editor


        Firstly, apologies for the delay in releasing your post from moderation – I’ve been out all day. First posts go into moderation but thereafter, go straight onto the blog. Welcome!

        Your comment has touched me deeply and please be assured of a remembrance in my rosary during October, for what my prayers may be worth.

        It is just thrilling for the Catholic Truth team to learn of someone like yourself who has gained insight and support from our apostolate – you have no idea how much that means to us.

        Your desire/hope – “that I and all the poor souls whom I have affected be converted completely to the true Catholic faith” is a wonderful intention and will be answered by God – no question about it.

        Thank you for your honest remarks about yourself and your background/situation. We are very privileged to have you join us.

        God bless you.

        October 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm
      • Petrus


        What a lovely post. You will be greatly blest for your courage and your desire to make reparation. Remember, there is more joy in Heaven for one lost sheep who returns to the fold, than for the other ninety nine who never went astray. God bless you.

        October 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm
      • Chrisis

        Dear Editor and Petrus,

        God Bless you both and thank you for your kindness. May we all pray the Rosary and fast in order to pave the way for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

        October 6, 2013 at 3:04 am
    • Josephine

      It must be completely terrifying to be assaulted, so my sympathy and prayers go to “G”.

      October 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    • Lily

      I will remember “G” in my rosary this month. I can’t imagine the horror she must have gone through being assaulted.

      October 4, 2013 at 12:25 am
  • Bradders

    Yes indeed, Editor. That’s a terrible thing to have happened “G”. I’m going to Adoration shortly and will offer the hour for her, along with the Rosary for her recovery and protection.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    • editor

      Bradders, thank you. Much appreciated.

      October 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Since becoming a Catholic nearly 30 years ago, Fatima, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, has always had such a big influence on my life. Like Sister Lucia, I have always asked the Immaculate Heart of Mary to ‘be my refuge and the way that leads me to God’. I guess living the Fatima message could be summarised as this:-

    1) Pray the Rosary daily
    2) Morning Offering and performing one’s Daily Duty according to one’s state of life
    3) Personal Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and enrolment in, and wearing of, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a sign of that consecration.
    4) The First Five Saturdays devotion (Our Lady said we only had to do one set of five to gain the promise, but many Fatima devotees do them continuously, following Sister Lucia’s example)
    5) Prayer and petition the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with the bishops of the world.
    6) All in a spirit of reparation for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    I am currently re-reading Sister Lucia’s memoirs, volumes I and II, and thoroughly recommend them – although with one reservation – the newer editions carry the 2000 party-line Vatican document ‘The Message of Fatima’ as an addendum, but leaving that aside, the actual writings of Sister Lucia are simple but profoundly moving – especially the 2nd volume which describes life in the Dos Santos family home prior to, during and after the apparitions.

    Wishing you all a fruitful and blessed October. For anyone in the vicinity, don’t forget the wonderful Rosary Crusade of Reparation in London on Sat 12th October. Further details here:- http://www.rosarycrusadeofreparation.blogspot.co.uk

    October 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    • editor

      Westminster Fly,

      Very helpful comment – many thanks.

      Apart from Amazon (I presume they stock it at extortionate prices) have you any idea where would we find copies of Sr Lucia’s memoirs?

      October 3, 2013 at 10:23 am
      • westminsterfly

        I had a quick look on Amazon – you can buy them used for £6 – £8 or £12.95 new. The only other online place I know, Theotokos books, (which is linked to the World Apostolate of Fatima, who accept Cdl Bertone’s interpretation of Fatima) sell them new for nearly £12 each.

        October 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm
      • editor

        Thanks, Westminster Fly. That’s great news. When I checked Amazon for two of Michael Davies’ books to recommend, I was horrified to see them priced at several hundred pounds sterling, would you believe.

        I’ll use Amazon – no way would I give any business to a dodgy Fatima group. Thank you for all of that information.

        October 4, 2013 at 12:17 am
      • westminsterfly

        That often happens. People put religious books on Amazon at ridiculous prices, thinking because they are ‘specialist interest’ they’ll get the price they want. But if you check the Amazon marketplaces, you can often pick up good religious books second-hand very cheaply. I was recently looking for a copy of John Haffert’s excellent book on the Brown Scapular, called ‘Sign of her Heart’, and couldn’t get it anywhere, but found a second-hand copy on Amazon for about £10. I recommend this book – but certainly not his later works as I think he went somewhat awry about Fatima and also on unapproved apparitions before he died. ‘Sign of Her Heart’ was first published in the 1950’s I think.

        October 4, 2013 at 11:13 am
  • Catherine

    I love the month of the rosary. I would be interested to know if anyone can tell me about the virtues attached to the different mysteries. As far as I know there is a virtue attributed to each mystery, for example in. the Joyful mystery, the annunciation is attributed to the virtue of Faith, the 2nd joyful mystery is attributed to the virtue of charity, and the 5th joyful mystery is attributed to the virtue of obedience. Correct me if I have this wrong, because I am not 100% sure. I would be grateful if someone can fill in the blanks for me for the other sets of mysteries? Thanks.

    October 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    • 3littleshepherds

      Hello! Here’s a list I found.

      . Joyful mysteries (recited habitually on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from Advent to Lent)

      1. Annunciation (Lk 1,28) – Love of Humility

      2. Visitation (Lk: 1,42) – Love of Neighbor

      3. Nativity (Lk 2,7) – Spirit of Poverty

      4. Presentation (Lk 2,28) – Virtue of Obedience

      5. Finding in the Temple (Lk 2, 46) -Virtue of Piety

      II. Sorrowful Mysteries (Said habitually on Tuesdays, Fridays, and every day during Lent)

      1. Agony in the Garden (Mk 14,35) – True Contrition

      2. Scourging at the Pillar (Mk 15,15) -Virtue of Purity

      3. Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15,17) -Moral Courage

      4. Carrying of the Cross (Jn 19, 17) -Virtue of Patience

      5. Crucifixion (Lk 13, 33) – Final Perseverance

      III. Glorious Mysteries (For Wednesdays and Saturdays, and for Sundays from Easter to Advent)

      1. Resurrection (Mk 16,6) – Virtue of Faith

      2. Ascension (Mk 16,19) – Virtue of Hope

      3. Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2,4) -Love of God

      4. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Devotion to Our Lady

      5. Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary -Eternal Happiness

      October 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm
      • 3littleshepherds

        We ask for “perseverance in grace” for the Fifth Glorious Mystery.

        October 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm
      • Catherine


        Thank you very much for that list of virtues. It will help me with my rosary.

        October 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm
      • bededog

        3Little Shepherds,
        Thank you very much for posting this – I was looking for it too.

        October 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm
  • 3littleshepherds

    The Rosary
    by Joyce Kilmer

    Not on the lute, nor harp of many strings
    Shall all men praise the Master of all song.
    Our life is brief, one saith, and art is long;
    And skilled must be the laureates of kings.
    Silent, O lips that utter foolish things! Rest, awkward fingers striking all notes wrong!
    How from your toil shall issue, white and strong,
    Music like that God’s chosen poet sings?

    There is one harp that any hand can play,
    And from its strings what harmonies arise!
    There is one song that any mouth can say,
    —A song that lingers when all singing dies.
    When on their beads our Mother’s children pray
    Immortal music charms the grateful skies.

    October 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm
  • 3littleshepherds

    My family would very much appreciate your prayers this October.
    Thank you to all those who remember us in their rosaries!

    October 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  • Theresa Rose


    I am sure that is the first time I’ve read Joyce Kilmer’s poem The Rosary. A lovely poem indeed. I will remember you and your family and also “G” in my rosaries.

    Sunday the 13th October is the 96th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. We know that Our Lady asked that Russia in particular be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. We also know that there is the 3rd Secret given to the three children at Fatima. Sister Lucia wrote this Secret on one sheet of paper and said that it should be opened in 1960 or upon her death, whichever came first. Why 1960? Because it would be clearer then.

    This Secret has never been released, nor, has Russia been consecrated. Our Lady I’m sure made it clear when she appeared to Sister Lucia in 1929 that it was time for the Consecration to be done. Yet, no Pope has carried out Our Lady’s request whom God Himself had sent.

    Yes more than one Pope has consecrated the world to her Immaculate Heart. Several countries have been consecrated by Bishops. Now Pope Francis intends consecrating the world on the 13th of this month. Why?

    Is this in outright disobedience to her request? Lack of courage? Diabolical disorientation?
    There was no lack of courage when the Rome/Moscow agreement, otherwise known as the Metz Pact was signed in 1962, in which Communism was NOT to be condemned by Rome itself. And this was signed on the eve of Vatican II.

    Many Rosaries, Holy Hours and sacrifices need to be made, so that Pope Francis and the Bishops find the courage to do as Our Lady asked, so that Russia specifically be Consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.

    What chastisements will happen if our Holy Father the Pope in conjunction with the Bishops refuse or simply fail to do as they were asked by Our Lady and ultimately God Himself.


    October 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • Lily

    I think we should all remember the intention of getting grace for Catholics to be honest about what is happening in the Church. Michael Voris’s video today is about getting heads out of the sand. I think that is a good rosary intention for October.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • Vianney

    The rosary seems to be making a comeback. I know of at least five parishes where it is now recited before weekday Masses. On three occasions I’ve seen people praying the rosary on the bus and even one lady walking along the street rosary in hand saying her prayers. I stopped her and said it was nice to see someone praying the rosary and she said “some folk think I’m daft but I don’t care and some folk stop me and ask about the rosary so I hope I’m doing some good.” I’ve also seen people buy a few rosaries to hand into Edinburgh Royal Infirmary because apparently they are given out to the patients..

    October 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm
    • editor


      How very heartening to read your comment about Edinburgh. Amazing stories there. I wonder who is behind the rosaries given out to the patients in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – that’s wonderful. Some little group or humble soul has taken that on as an apostolate. If anyone knows who, please let us know.

      October 3, 2013 at 10:19 am
      • Magdalene

        This is not new – we have been collecting rosaries to pass to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for at least a couple of years now.

        October 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm
      • editor

        Who is “we”?

        October 6, 2013 at 8:04 am
      • Magdalene

        The parish.

        October 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm
      • editor


        While it would be wonderful to think the entire parishioner membership were giving out rosaries at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, I’d presumed it would be a small group within the parish. – the Legion of Mary, SVDP. a pro-life group,or A.N. Other. However, worry not – “the parish” will do nicely. Great work!

        October 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm
      • Magdalene

        The “entire parishioner membership” is not giving out rosaries at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I asked our PP if, with his permission, rosaries could be donated by any willing members of the congregation. A basket was put at the back of the church, the rosaries, were/ are collected and taken to the Royal Infirmary. As simple as that!

        October 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    • Petrus

      Excellent news, Vianney. We all know Edinburgers need more prayers!!!

      October 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  • Leo

    Thank you, Editor for putting up this thread.

    In this time, when it appears as though the world is engulfed in heresy, depravity, lies and every form of evil, and when the kingdom of satan is waging all out war against the Kingship of Christ, it is not just reassuring, but essential to keep our minds and hearts directed towards the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I think the importance of the Message of Fatima is becoming more obvious by the day.

    I’ve no doubt that Our Lady steadied Saint Peter and the other apostles, gathered around Her after the Ascension and before Pentecost. Likewise, at this time of unprecedented crisis in the Church we must never forget that our Mother does not, and never will, abandon those who stay close to Her, the Mediatrix of All Graces.

    We should all have those words of Sister Lucia to Father Fuentes concerning the Rosary constantly in our minds. What more incentive do we need to say our daily Rosary?

    I would also remind readers of an excellent article by Kathy Sinnott in the May 2012 Newsletter telling of a magnificent example of the power of the Rosary.

    I’ve posted the following quotations more than once before, but I’m sure no one will object to the repetition:

    One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.
    Saint Dominic

    You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
    Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

    When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.
    Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

    If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.
    Blessed Alan de la Roche

    The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.
    Saint Francis de Sales

    My most pleasant task is saying my Rosary and praying to my most heavenly Mother. It is the most pure joy of my heart.
    Saint Francis de Sales

    Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.
    Blessed Pius IX

    The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God… and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.
    Pope Saint Pius X

    The salvation of the whole world began with the “Hail Mary”. Hence, the salvation of each person is also attached to this prayer.
    Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

    Never will anyone who says the Rosary every day be led astray. This is statement I would gladly sign with my blood.
    Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

    Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if – and mark well what I say – if you say the Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.
    Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

    October 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    • editor


      Brilliant quotes – great to have them all in one place, so again thank you for that.

      October 3, 2013 at 10:20 am
    • westminsterfly

      Good quotes. Ex-satanist Bartolo Longo (now Blessed Bartolo Longo) was converted through the rosary http://www.catholic.org/saints/story.php?id=42086

      October 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    • Petrus

      Thanks, Leo. Some very inspiring quotes.

      October 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Our Lady said at Fatima ‘God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world’. One simple way to do this – especially among lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics is to give them a Green Scapular with explanatory leaflet. One was given to me before I was received into the Church. It has the advantage of not having to be formally enrolled in it (like the Brown Scapular). Ask the recipient to wear it or at least keep it around them, and if possible to remember to say the prayer each day ‘Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death’. The scapular and leaflet usually cost about 50-70p each. I, and others I know, give these out to people who show the slightest sign of interest – the Green Scapular has historically been connected with conversions. It’s a concrete little thing we could all do to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. More info about the Green Scapular here:- http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/green-scapular.htm

    October 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Westminster Fly,

      You will never know how grateful I am for that info on the Green Scapular. To be honest, I have dismissed it, thinking that the Brown Scapular was most important but your explanation about those who show some interest and not having to enrol is just so clear. I will make a point of getting some and put them into circulation. Thank you so much. Why do we never hear priests speaking of these devotions?

      October 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    • Petrus

      Thanks, Westminster fly. That has inspired me to get my hands on some green scapular and give them out to potential convertees!

      October 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Margaret Mary,

    I would certainly agree that the Brown Scapular is the scapular ‘par excellence’ and the one that Our Lady held out at Fatima. Sister Lucia said that the Brown Scapular is an integral part of the Fatima message. There is an excellent cassette by Fr Rafferty, O. Carm. demonstrating this, called ‘My Visit with Lucy – Seer of Fatima’ available from the http://www.ourladyofgoodsuccess.com website (under ‘Audio and Video). The advert for the tape says:-

    “A tape cassette is available of the original 1958 recorded message given by Fr. Howard Rafferty O.Carm. entitled “My Visit With Lucy, Seer of Fatima”. Although Fr Rafferty’s meeting was over 56 years ago, Fr Rafferty’s 1950 interview with Sr. Lucy is even timelier than when it was recorded in 1958. This tape rejuvenates the message of Our Lady of Fatima by reminding us of the 5 conditions of the Fatima message which includes the Brown Scapular, the calling into question the 7th appearance of Our Lady of Fatima that is yet to come and finally during this very exclusive and intimate interview Sr. Lucy promises to pray every day a special prayer for those who listen to this message.” Hopefully they can get this onto CD sometime, as cassette players are becoming defunct.

    I feel, perhaps because of my own personal experience, that starting people who are lapsed or non-Catholic with the Green Scapular – some sort of basic introduction to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – will ultimately lead them to full personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and enrolment in the Brown Scapular. That is what happened to me. Before I became a Catholic (I was agnostic) I was given three things by a friend – a little black plastic rosary, a Green Scapular and Mgr Eugene Boylan’s great book ‘This Tremendous Lover’. The next year, in July 1985 I was received into the Church. In August 1985 I was enrolled in the Brown Scapular Confraternity at the Carmelite Church in Kensington. Happy memories!

    October 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    • Lily

      Westminster Fly,

      I’ve really enjoyed all your posts. I will re-read them to make sure I’ve not missed anything but thank you for your story of conversion and information about the Green Scapular, which I didn’t know.

      This is a really great thread, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

      I would like to ask for prayers in October for a single parent I know who has the cross of having a very difficult child to cope with. She is very depressed because of this child’s bad behaviour. I know she would be very pleased to know she is being remembered in lots of rosaries in the month of October.

      October 4, 2013 at 12:22 am
  • Leo

    Westminster Fly

    That’s a great account of Bartolo Longo’s conversion. Such an example is very relevant in these times, when the powers of darkness are running wild. Thanks also for all your other great posts.

    The power of the Rosary has been demonstrated time and again throughout history.

    In the 12th century Saint Dominic’s struggle against the Albigensian heretics only began to be successful after Our Lady appeared to him and taught him to pray and promote the Rosary.

    I’m sure everyone here is familiar with the story of the great victory against the forces of Islam at Lepanto on 7 October 1571, obtained through Our Lady, as a result of Pope Saint Pius V calling on all Catholics to pray the Rosary.

    On the morning of 6 August, 1945, four Jesuit priests and four laymen were in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, praying the Rosary at the time the first atomic bomb was dropped. The centre of the nuclear explosion was only eight block away, yet none of the eight were killed, wounded, or even affected by radiation (even though 90% of the city was destroyed and 130,000 people were killed or wounded).Over 200 scientists examined these survivors during the following years, but no one had a medical or scientific explanation for their survival.

    Three days later after Hiroshima, 75,000 people were killed by a second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. This time, a small group of Franciscan Friars happened to be at the centre of the explosion, and emerged unscathed. They attributed their safety to the fact that they were living the Fatima message of prayer and penance.

    What about the Soviet occupation of Austria after World War II. In 1948, tens of thousands of Austrians committed themselves to praying the Rosary every day until the Soviet forces left their country. In 1955, without any warning and without making any demands, the Soviets suddenly departed from eastern Austria. The date was May 13.

    Also in 1948, Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, the heroic leader of the Church in Hungary, in his last sermon before being imprisoned by the communists, said, “Give me a million families with Rosaries in their hands, uplifted to Mary. They will be a military power, not against other people, but for all mankind…With the Rosary in our hands, we shall conquer ourselves, convert sinners, do penance for our country, and will certainly move the merciful, mild, and benevolent Heart of Mary.”

    Westminster Fly has already mentioned the Five First Saturdays devotion. Surely it’s a return offer of assistance that none of us can turn down. Catholics need to hear a lot more about this great promise of Our Lady “to assist at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation, those souls, who, on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months, confess, receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of removing (from My Heart) these thorns” (the thorns of “blasphemy and ingratitude”).

    October 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Westminster Fly,

    I had not heard of Bartolo Longo’s conversion before. I too agree with Leo about all your excellent posts.


    Also with excellent posts. And I agree with you about the power of the Rosary throughout history, so many miracles have occurred. A short letter written by a Stephen Wells, addressed to Fr Gruner and published in the Fatima Crusader tells of the Soviet forces leaving Austria in 1955, see link:


    There are not many hymns I have heard of in honour of Our Lady of Fatima, but I found this:


    October 4, 2013 at 9:36 am
  • westminsterfly

    Yes! The First Five Saturdays. Crucial, crucial, crucial. I’ll say it again. Crucial ! Sister Lucia did them all the time, not just five, and I would urge others to follow her example. As well as the Confession, Holy Communion, and 5 decades of the Rosary, all with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady asked for 15 minutes meditation on the mysteries of the rosary, but this was always understood as being separate from the rosary.

    Some people (even priests) are now saying that the meditation can be made at the same time as the rosary and that this suffices, but this was not what Sister Lucia taught either by word or example. So on the First Saturday we should pray the rosary as usual, meditating on the mysteries, but also make an extra separate 15 minute meditation on one or more of the mysteries.

    Sister Lucia used to meditate on just one mystery a month during the 15 minutes every First Saturday, starting with the Annunciation, until she did the whole 15 mysteries over 15 months, and then started at the beginning again, and so on. I think this way is very good, because it gives us a bit more time to make a more in-depth meditation about the particular mystery, and insights can sometimes be given which might be missed during a shorter meditation while praying the decade.

    As an aside, there is a website for Sister Lucia’s beatification:- http://www.lucia.pt/ingles/irlucia/lucia.php You can send a prayer request via email and it will be placed in the cell where Sister Lucia lived and died in the Carmel of Coimbra, and placed at the feet of the Image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    Thanks Editor CT for the latest CT which came yesterday, and especially for the enclosed ‘Make it known to My Ministers’ prayer card, which is a beautiful prayer, and which I didn’t have. I will be starting it today as a novena, leading up to the 13th October.

    October 4, 2013 at 9:51 am
  • editor

    Westminster Fly,

    Thank you for all of the information you’ve provided to date on this thread – absolute gold-dust.

    I’m delighted you like the little prayer cards – we had a load left over from when Fr Gruner was here and had been waiting for the best time to give them away. With yet another consecration of the world set to take place on 13 October, we thought that time had come.

    A special thank you for the link to the website for Sr Lucia’s beatification and the information about the prayer requests. I’ll be making good use of that myself!

    October 4, 2013 at 10:07 am
  • westminsterfly

    Somewhat off topic, but couldn’t resist sharing this about Medjugorje. Please God let it be true! :- http://te-deum.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/did-pope-francis-show-his-hand-on.html?m=1

    October 4, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • Margaret Mary

      That’s great news. All the Medjugorje people were claiming that the new pope was pro-Medjugorje so that is a relief that he’s not.

      I wonder though if the pope really does believe in Fatima and the consecration of Russia when you read the things he says about peace. This article is an example

      October 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    • Miles Immaculatae

      My personal opinion is that there will never be a pronouncement from the Apostolic See concerning M. I believe the issue will remain unresolved indefinitely (or at least until the end of the age the Church presently finds Herself in, and nobody but God knows when that will be). As for this international commission debacle, I’ll believe it when I see it.

      I think it is impossible to know what the Pope really thinks about it.

      October 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae

        I also believe that the divergent Medjugorje movement will eventually evolve into a schismatic breakaway sect, much like the Palmarian Catholic Church, and numerous other groups based on dubious phenomena.

        October 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • leprechaun

    Madame Editor,

    Apologies if you have made the following information available elsewhere, but it is of such importance that I hope you will leave it standing here. It concerns the proposed consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday October 13th 2013.

    E-mail from Fr. Gruner:


    I’d like to ask you a serious question… Would you trade 5 dedicated minutes for true and lasting peace for your loved ones, friends…. the entire world?

    That’s all it would take Pope Francis, his Cardinals and bishops… just 5 minutes utilized exactly as divinely instructed!

    On October 13th, the “Consecration of the World” will be professed from St Peter’s Square in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Shrine in Portugal as Pope John Paul did it on March 25, 1984.

    There’s just one problem with that…. During Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima She gave explicit instructions to consecrate Russia…. not the world. We have had unending war and strife since the last consecration of the world.

    Please understand, this is not a slight against Russia…. In fact, it is glorious! Russia has been divinely chosen to save the world and create lasting peace for all races and nations…. And you are probably asking: but why Russia? The answer is very simple…. Only God knows His ways and paths to our salvation.

    Please stand up and ask Pope Francis to consecrate “Russia” this time! Make it known to him before we misuse yet another special gift from Heaven. The fate of this world does rest in our hands by showing the Pope support in what must be a difficult choice… to consecrate Russia!

    Just send the following request to our Holy Father. You have nothing to lose and peace to gain. Imagine peace could be so simple.

    This is the message to copy and send:


    Your Holiness,

    It is with great respect that I ask you to comply with Our Lady of Fatima’s request for the Consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart on October 13. Our Lady asked for this Consecration, with the specific mention of Russia.

    I know that you intend to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart on Oct. 13, and graces would certainly flow from such a Holy Act, but Our Lady did not ask for the consecration of the world — She asked specifically for the consecration of Russia, by the Pope and the bishops.

    When this is done solemnly and publicly as She specified Our Lady promises world peace.


    End with your own salutation and then send it to :


    with a copy to :


    October 5, 2013 at 8:06 am
    • editor

      Many thanks for that, leprechaun.

      October 5, 2013 at 10:09 am
    • Petrus

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention , Leprechaun.

      October 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm
  • Theresa Rose


    I also thank you for that, hopefully many will send it. I wonder what Pope Francis will make of it.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm
  • Josephine


    I also thank you for those links. What a great post, too, thanks.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Don’t forget that the 13th October is also the feast of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa of Portugal, who the Portuguese call ‘the fourth seer of Fatima’. http://www.blessed-alexandrina.com

    October 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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