On the morning of June 21, 2014 I headed up to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was touring the U.S. and I went to the Mass and the talk on Fatima afterwards. That morning I was blessed with a sublime spiritual moment from our Blessed Mother that continues to impact me every single day of my life. And it just so happens that Sacred Heart is hosting the statue with Mass, Adoration, and a talk this Friday, May 5. My advice, adjust your schedule for Mary and go! (Click here for the schedule)
Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is very beautiful and I decided to sit close to it during the Mass at St. Patrick’s that Saturday morning. While I was praying before Communion I heard (or you could say felt) very clearly in my spirit our Blessed Mother urge me to pray the rosary everyday. It was impressed upon me that I needed to do this for my own salvation. I don’t know exactly what was going on. The only thing I can say is I left that day and felt like I had clear instructions from Mary, the Mother of God, that I needed to pray the Rosary everyday for the rest of my life.
Everyone knows they should listen to their mother, especially when it is the Blessed Mother. Yes she is asking, but can I really tell her no? It has been almost 3 years now. I can still get back to the moment, the look on her face along with the gentle plea. I’ve been praying the Rosary everyday since then simply because Mary told me I should.
Okay, there have been times I have fallen asleep and not finished it. When that happens I pick up where I left off in the morning. I don’t let myself off the hook. I also gently remind myself that Mary asked me to pray the Rosary everyday. Completing it before I go to sleep instead of finishing it up the next morning is what she intended for me. Not every Rosary is fervent or amazing. But they are all life changing.
I think having prayer times that are set; like Morning Prayer, interceding for others, the Rosary, the Angelus, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Magnificat, praying over the Gospels, and Night Prayer help me grow in virtue. Set prayer times or requirements are bound to be inconvenient. They seem downright impossible to handle some days and can be overcome by feelings of dryness or drowsiness. I realized that making the decision to pray in spite of obstacles will help me grow in that virtue. It will become easier to pray over time.
Why do I feel compelled to pray the Rosary now? Because I happened to go on that Saturday in June of 2014 and I knew, like every son or daughter, that I should listen to my Mother. I hope you can make it to Sacred Heart on Friday. Our Lady of Fatima will be there waiting for you!