Grace to you and Happy Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
On this special day, may I share with you a poem I composed last year on the Birthday of Mary (September 8).
The poem flowed from a deep love for Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To her intercession I attribute my self-awareness of God’s love and life in my poor soul. She is one of the pillars of my spiritual life, and the spiritual life of many of those I personally know who are deeply in love with Christ in the Trinity of Love. The poem is entitled, The Lady I Love So Much.
As you read the poem, remember to present to Jesus the petitions so dear to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely conversion of sinners. The three secrets of Fatima, indeed, the messages of Mother Mary during the six consecutive Apparitions to Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta in May 13 to 13 October 1917, and the three preceding visions of the Angel, remind us of the urgency to pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. We are also to do reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pray this Angel Prayer which was revealed by the Angel of Portugal to the three children of Fatima:
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee 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 indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
A day like this would be apt to say the rosary before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima or any statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I love Our Lady of Grace statue too. Divine Graces abound on this Feast Day.
Pray for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the world and for the end to abortion and social structures of sin such as racism, discrimination and injustice.
Pray also for the safety of those in the Bahamas, Florida, etc., as the triple hurricanes—Irma, Jose and Katia—threaten lives and property. Continue to pray for the victims of the Harvey in Huston that they receive the support they need to rebuild.
Pray for the pope, the bishops and the clergy for the grace of apostolic fervor and holiness of life. Pray for married people for the grace of holy, joyful and sacrificial love for one another and fidelity in their marriage bonds.
Pray also for me today through Sunday as I give a keynote address on the Fruits of the Message of Fatima, as well as participate in a special EWTN Live discussion on the Message of Fatima with three other quests and host Marcus Grodi, at the EWTN Family Celebration in Worcester Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Pray for families, the church of the home (the domestic church).
Pray! Pray!! Pray!!!
Click here to read the poem….
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.