13. Mary, Mother of the Church

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In these lengthy locutions, Mary acts as Mother of the Church.  First, she speaks about the Popes.

The Pope Consecrating Russia

The secret of the First Pentecost was that Peter gathered with me and I was able to prepare him to receive the Holy Spirit, my spouse.  I was God’s lowly handmaid, but I was instructed by the most high God and knew the secrets of the king.
The crowds at Pentecost did not overwhelm Peter. His clear words invited the people to do what he had done, to repent and to receive the Holy Spirit.
I took great hope that day.  I saw that my Son’s message would be preached until the end of time.  I saw all of Peter’s successors, the long line of popes.  They were all placed in my heart.  As Mother of the Church I accepted them all.
How I have watched over them, even those whose personal lives were not in order, making sure that they did not err in faith and morals.  And the holy popes, I have used to enlighten the world.
What should I say of the recent popes?  They have all blessed my Church, opening doors to the Holy Spirit encouraging vast works and inviting all to participate in Church life.
But the great work is still to be done, left to the last minute, so to speak, the work I spoke about at Fatima and which I later commanded to be done. – the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and devotion to the five First Saturdays.  These two are joined together, the mutual work of the Pope and the faithful.  Do not ask why the Pope delays.  That is in my hands.  My desire is that the faithful do not delay.  No one holds them back.  They must begin to practice the Five First Saturdays immediately.  The power will build and sweep the Holy Father along, then both head and members will be ready with full heart to consecrate Russia to my Immaculate Heart.

Comment:  Although these words center on the popes, the real message is for you, the reader.  Begin now to practice the Fire First Saturdays.  You will be hastening the papal consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

 

The Five First Saturdays

To fulfill Mary’s request, you must do four things on the First Saturday of five consecutive months.

1. Receive Holy Communion  (If this is not possible on Saturday, then the Sunday following)
2. Receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (a week before or a week after)
3. Say a Rosary (5 decades)
4. Meditate for fifteen minutes on a mystery of the Rosary.
Your motive for doing these must be to make reparation for sins against Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

Mary and the Priests

I see my priests.  Some are worthy.  Some are unworthy.  Some bless the Church and some disgrace the Church.  But they are all my priests and for each I have a word that they need to hear, a word that comes from a mother’s heart.

To My Sinful Priests

These priests hear many words from their consciences which reprove them, but they do not respond.  Their emotions are empty and they are helpless.
So, to you my sinful priests, I speak no word of rebuke.  I speak a mother’s word.  Do not act upon my word immediately for you are in too much pain.  First, let my word heal you.  Then, arise from your sickness and walk to your brother priest in sorrow and repentance.  I will greet you there in the sacrament of penance.
Oh, you have been to confession often but without the repentance needed to rise from your sins.  Notice, I will have you rise first.  You will already have repentance before you confess your sins.  When the sacrament is over, we will walk together.  This, too, you have lacked in previous confessions.  You had no one to guide you after you confessed.
The secret lies in my words.  Listen to these words and let them surround your heart.  Do not dismiss them.  They are my messages of hope and healing.  If you take my words into your heart, recalling them and remembering them frequently, I promise that you will arise from your sins.  If this does not happen immediately, remember that these are words of grace which must first permeate you and attract you into the light.
I speak these words to you, yes to you my sinful priests, who have done unspeakable things which cling to your memory and weigh upon your heart.  These deeds are like an anchor which does not allow you to come to Jesus, even though you are invited so often during the liturgical year.  The following are your heavenly mother’s words.  They come from my heart, so listen carefully.
I know your name.  In your heart right now, I am speaking your name.  Listen to your name spoken by the Queen of Heaven.  How do I know you?  Of course, I know you.  A mother never forgets her priest son.
Why did you stray?  What took you so far away from your priestly life?  Who led you down the wrong road?  These questions have answers but does it really matter now?  Why pull up those memories?  Why recall your mistakes?  What good does it do?  That road is too long and you will never come to the end.  You must turn around.  You have wandered because of human love – for things or for others.
By these words, I reveal my human love for you.  Yes, my human love, a mother’s love.
I do not want you to perish in hell.  A priest in hell is a special trophy for the Evil One, a splendid victory that he marches around because it displays his craftiness.
Also, I do not want your remaining years on earth to be filled with remorse, emptiness and darkness.  Satan will claim you as early as he can, dragging you into his darkness long before your death.  In this way, you are his and his victory is sealed, many years before you actually die.
I want you to come into my light and into a new fruitfulness in your priestly ministry.  I want to give you spiritual children whom you bring into the light.  I have waiting for you a happy priesthood, filled with those who love you and will walk with you into eternal life.
Which life do you want for yourself?  Do you want years lived in your sins, filled with indescribable loneliness which lead only to the grave and to hell?  Or a new life, filled with people who need your priestly powers, who will pray for you and be with you.  Yes, I will send them, but you must repent.  These final years can lead to a happy death and to life everlasting.
Look at the two roads!  Look at the two roads!!
Right now you are on the wrong one and are unable to choose the right one.  Your only hope is in my words.  Read them again and again until the tears stream down your face.  Then, go and find your brother priest.  He will be a fountain of God’s mercy.  I will wait for you there.

Comment:  Mary knows that the sinful heart is anchored, hopeless and unable to repent.  Even her loving powerful words do not have instant results.  Slowly they permeate.  Although the process is long, the results are true and lasting – a priest restored to grace, a true pastor of his people.

To My Discouraged Priests

You experience a pervasive darkness, thinking that you are a failure.  You do not say this aloud nor proclaim it to others, but the feeling gnaws away.  It is a truth that confronts you at every turn, in the poor response of your people, in your small harvest and in your loss of enthusiasm.
You try so many remedies!  Sometimes you lose yourself in entertainments.  Sometimes you see new ministries.  O you discouraged priests, return to the initial spring of your call.  Those waters still flow.  You drank from them in your youth but you think that they are no more.  I promise you that I will release them afresh within you.
I ask these questions.  Did I not call you to your priesthood, saying, “Come on this path.  Do not walk another.  Give up wife and children, home and family.”  In those early days, did you not hear my voice?  Did you not turn away from all that your human nature so powerfully sought?
Now answer me this question, “Did I stop speaking to you?  Did I lead you into the priesthood and then abandon you?  Is it my joy to see you overwhelmed with failure, your years spent in darkness?  Go back.  Recall how you heard my voice, the spring of your priestly call.  This voice still flows within you.  Do not plunge into your recreations or into your empty works.  Go back and plunge into the power of my words that brought you to the priesthood.  We will begin again and search together.  As your mother I will lead you by my words.
You have looked outside of yourself but you have not looked inside of yourself to the voice of your mother who led you to the priesthood.

Comment:  The priesthood is an inner call, and Mary highlights this mystical inner spring of her voice that led the young man to embrace his priestly call.  Now, she calls him back to her voice and her words.