Not long before becoming pope, Our Holy Father Pope Francis (as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) urged the world to look towards Mary and the Holy Family with fervor for defense and protection. He promoted St. John Bosco’s famous dream asserting: “Devotion to Mary, along with the Eucharist, are the immovable anchors that will guide the Church on the path to Heaven.” As Cardinal, Pope Francis professed “The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, can completely become a Magnificat.”
So too, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI urged us to be vigilant. He stated: “Whoever thinks the prophetic mission of Fatima is over is deceived.” Our Lord stated to Sister Lucia of Fatima: “I want my whole Church to acknowledge that Consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary…so that it may…put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart”.
In a recent approved message by the Church to Elizabeth Kindelmann of Hungary, our Blessed Mother professed: “This Flame of Grace coming from my Immaculate Heart must go from heart to heart. It will be the Great Miracle whose light will blind Satan.” Our Lord Jesus stated: “I could compare this torrential flood (of grace) to the first Pentecost…This renewing of the earth, tested by suffering, will take place through the power and imploring force of the Blessed Virgin!” As times grow darker, the protection of the Consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart grows more important and more necessary to every faithful Catholic. If we love God, how can we deny Him this request? “The most effective way to have devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” (St. Margaret Mary)