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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thinking about Our Lady on First Saturday

Today is the first Saturday of the month. If you've never made the five first Saturday devotion, a new opportunity knocks every month. The requirements to secure the promises include performing these prayers and works for five consecutive first Saturdays:

    • Going to Mass and receiving Communion 
    • Going to Confession within eight days before or after
    • Praying the rosary
    • Spending 15 minutes reflecting on events in the life of Our Lady in addition to the rosary
    • Do these things in reparation for the offenses and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary
And here are the promises given to Sr. Lucy by the Blessed Mother:
1. Salvation of our own soul
To all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months ... fulfill all the conditions requested, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their soul. This little devotion practised with a good heart, is then enough to procure infallibly for us - ex opere operato so to speak - as with the sacraments - the grace of final perseverance, of eternal salvation! And this promise is without any exclusion, limitation, restriction. To all who ..... I promise. Heaven for eternity for five Holy Communions! 
2. Salvation of sinners
So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray. (Our Lady to Sister Lucy at Tuy, June 13,1929.) In consideration of this little devotion, They (Jesus and Mary) wish to give the grace of pardon to souls who have had the misfortune of offending the Immaculate Heart of Mary, wrote Sister Lucy in a letter of May, 1930. 
3. Peace in the world
Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven. 
Sister Lucy, March 19,1939.
How much Our Lady loves us and wishes for our salvation. Will you begin the five first Saturdays today? What consolation and peace accompany them. How can you refuse?

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