Day Eighteen Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Prayers for this week, Days17 - 22 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you."
Look at this picture, especially the heart. What do you think it symbolizes?
Here is the story behind the picture in the first meditation. This is a picture of the statue of our Lady of Fatima. Fatima is in Portugal. The Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children. For more detail, google Apparitions in Fatima, yourself. Essentially, Our Lady taught the children some prayers, particulary the Rosary. She gave them some messages and encouragement. The children were interrogated and even jailed. What I think is cute is that the children, while incarcerated, taught and prayed the Rosary with their fellow inmates. As usual, people flocked to the site of the apparition. In one of Our Lady's apparitions, she told the children that
Our Lady's heart tells of her Son. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Mary leads you to Jesus. Her heart is surrounded by His Crown of Thorns and on fire for love. This is the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to which we are making this very Consecration during Lent.
Pray this prayer, which Our Lady of Fatima asked to be prayed between each decade of the Rosary.
Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy. Amen
End the day by praying, "Mary conceived without sin, pray for me."
End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me.
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?