Dear Child of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Today, (15th August) we celebrate the most important liturgical Marian Feast, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which honors Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven and confirms for us the hope of eternal life. And today, we also launch a 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Vigil for the cause of the Fifth Marian Dogma.
"Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of Original Sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things" (Catechism of the Catholic Church: 966). Her glorious assumption into Heaven is the Fourth Marian Dogma of the Catholic Church affirming that Mary was transported into Heaven with her body and soul united and recognizing "her singular participation in her Son's Resurrection."
The Assumption of Mary was defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 in his "Munificentissimus Deus." He declared, "Anyone who publicly dissents from the dogma has fallen away completely from the Divine and Catholic Faith."
The additional Marian Dogma of the Council of Ephesus in the year 431, which is acknowledged by all Christians, solemnly defined Mary as the Mother of God. Mary's Perpetual Virginity was proclaimed in the year 649 and Mary's Immaculate Conception was defined as dogma in 1854 – "by the singular grace of God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved immune from Original Sin.". The dogmas provide a rich meaning for our spiritual life and a deeper understanding of Mary as Our Spiritual Mother, given to us by Jesus from the Cross as His final gift to humanity. "Behold thy Mother." (St. John 19:27)
Fervent Prayer is needed for the Fifth Dogma.
We pray that we will see in our lifetime, the Holy Father solemnly proclaim the Fifth and final Marian Dogma as the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as "Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all Graces and Advocate."
Dr. Mark Miravalle, a well-known Marian author, speaker and professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, has devoted his life to promoting and educating people throughout the world about Our Blessed Mother and the importance of the Fifth Marian Dogma to the "Triumph of the Immaculate Heart."
As many of you may know, Dr. Miravalle is President of the international Catholic movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici (Voice of the People for Mary Mediatrix) and has published numerous books in the area of Mariology and is an international lecturer and media consultant on mariological issues. He also published the book, "It is Time to Meet St. Philomena."
He joins cardinals, bishops, and more than five million lay people who have humbly petitioned the Holy Father to define officially this dogma which includes key truths illuminated in scripture and recognized as Church doctrine.
Dr. Miravalle has made a special appeal to the Catholic world to pray fervently for the solemn proclamation of the Fifth Dogma.
You can review many of Dr. Miravalle's articles and "Mary Casts" at which he explains:
1) Mary as Co-redemptrix – Mary's role as Co-redemptrix began at the moment she said yes to the angel Gabriel (St. Luke 1:38) and gave Jesus his body, the instrument of salvation for us all. In the presentation of Our Lord (St. Luke 2:35), Simeon identifies Jesus as the Messiah and Mary's role saying "and you yourself a sword will pierce." At Calvary, Mary's heart is inseparable from the Heart of Jesus and she is one with Him in His mission of redemption. Mary's perfect obedience and intense sufferings, united so intimately with those of her Son, have contributed to "the Redemption of us all."
2) Mary as Mediatrix of all Graces – Popes and saints throughout history have referred to Mary as participating with Christ, the essential "Mediator." When Jesus is presented to those with an open heart, graces and sanctification are poured out. In scripture, Mary mediates to Elizabeth and to the unborn John by bringing Jesus to them resulting in John's sanctification (St. Luke 1:41). At the Wedding Feast of Cana, Mary acted as a "go-between," placing herself in the middle bringing the needs of the people to Jesus which resulted in the miracle of the wine. Even after Mary ends her earthly life, she continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation as the Mediatrix of all Graces.
3) Mary as Advocate – Mary has long been revered and loved as the Advocate of her children. As Our Spiritual Mother, she speaks to Jesus on behalf of the entire human family. Mary presents our petitions to Christ and transmits divine gifts and graces to us through His most Sacred Heart. We can, with absolute confidence, entrust the whole of our lives to this good Mother."
Your Role as a Co-redeemer:
The Message of Fatima affirms Mary's role as Co-redemptrix and is our invitation from Our Lady to serve in the work of redemption to obtain the salvation of all humanity by: 1) praying the Rosary daily; 2) offering everything we can as a sacrifice; and 3) offering the First Saturdays of Reparation (First Saturday of each month for five consecutive months) through confession, receiving Holy Communion, praying five decades of the rosary, and spending 15 minutes with Our Lady in meditation of any of the 15 mysteries of the rosary. All of these acts are done with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is our call from God to cooperate in the salvation of souls!
The Reparation of Daily Duty is our vocation.
- Morning Offering.
- Fifteen minutes mediation on the truths of our Faith each day.
- Attend daily Mass and, as often as possible, make a Spiritual Communion many times during the day.
- Seek always to live in God's presence.
- Spend 15 or 30 minutes each day reading from good spiritual books.
- Avoid all occasions of sin and do all things in moderation.
- Waste no time in profane or light reading.
- When temptation assails you, make the Sign of the Cross and call upon God to help you.
- Never be discouraged – if you fall into sin, make an Act of Perfect Contrition.
- Accept all the trials and humiliations which God may send you, saying: ‘Thy Will be done!'
Consecrate your life to Mary and live that consecration to the fullest! Wear the holy Scapular! "The Scapular will be for all the Sign of our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!" (Pope Pius XII)
I urge you, based on the convictions of your heart as a child of Mary, to join your brothers and sisters in Christ to help bring about the consecration of all souls to Mary which will contribute to ushering in the era of peace promised at Fatima.
I ask you to please keep the Fifth Marian Dogma in your daily Rosary intentions, your Mass intentions, and in your daily sacrifices.
40 Days Vigil of Prayer and Fasting:
Please also consider joining our 40 days vigil of prayer and fasting beginning today on the Feast of the Assumption for the fulfillment of the request made by Our Lady of Fatima.
Spread the Message:
We are all called to defend this truth with great love and charity just as you would defend your mother. More than ever before, the whole Church needs to be spiritually united through our devotion to Our Lady's most Holy Rosary, and let it be our mission to ensure all generations call her blessed (St. Luke 1:48).
Remember the words of Jesus Christ: "Son, behold thy Mother!"
Let us rejoice in the Lord always and pray for the triumph of His Kingdom in the world through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We are devoted to bringing every soul to Our Lady and Our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST,
Please pray for me as I will pray for you all the days of my life!