In the previous post we examined one of the prayers required to be recited daily by all American Catholic Solidarity members. Today we examine another one. This is “The Angel’s Prayer at Fatima”. This prayer is a truly wonderful prayer.
Before the Virgin Mary appeared to the three children at Fatima, Portugal, an angel appeared to them. His appearance was a preparation of the coming of the Mother of God. The angel revealed himself as the guardian angel of Portugal. During the course of his appearances to the children, the angel taught them a special prayer to God. This prayer is said three times in honor of the Blessed Trinity. Let us take a look at “The Angel’s Prayer at Fatima”.
“Oh, Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly.”
There is a lot in this short statement. Basically, we are acknowledging our belief in the Trinity. A belief that distinguishes Christianity from every other religion. We then name the Persons of the Trinity. This is important because we want to be clear who the Persons are. They are not the Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. These are functions of the Persons of the Trinity. Who the Persons are are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Next, we affirm our adoration of the Triune God. Yet, we not only affirm our adoration. We actually say we adore the Trinity profoundly. And why not? After all, what is more profound than the ineffable, mysterious, and indescribable Trinity?
“I offer You the most precious body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world.”
Here we are acknowledging the sacrificial nature of the Holy Eucharist. It isn’t merely that Jesus offers His body and blood to us. We offer this body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ to the Father. Jesus died for our sins. Before that, however, at the Last Supper, He gave us His body and blood in the Eucharist. We acknowledge that the elements become Jesus Himself at Mass, and we unite ourselves to His sacrifice on the cross to take part in the graces He earned.
“In reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended.”
What do we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for? In 1 Corinthians 11, St. Paul warns us against receiving the Eucharist unworthily. Yet so many ignore this warning. The language Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 11 is the language of homicide. So we are guilty of murdering Our Lord when we receive Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin. Even many priests commit this offense.
Two more problems are disbelief in the Real Presence and indifference. Many Catholics don’t believe Jesus is actually present in the Eucharist. For those who lack this faith, they ought to refrain from reception. Still others don’t care. Such people want to live their lives as they see fit, and they aren’t about to concern themselves with the will of God. Besides, how can we know Jesus is really in the Eucharist. You can’t detect Him there with your senses.
“By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”
Because Jesus is God, He is infinite. Because He is infinite, Jesus earned an infinite amount of grace by His suffering. As Christians with sanctifying grace on our souls, we have access (though not unlimited access) to these graces.
In addition, it is the belief of Catholics that Mary suffered with Christ. Any mother would suffer watching her child die a slow and brutal death. So much so that it would be as if the mother was suffering just as much as the child. Well, Mary was the only mother to be completely without sin. Hence, She was able to suffer with Christ in a unique way, because She was unhindered by sin or any unnatural attachments. So Mary can be said to be the Co-Redemptrix. It is thus that Catholics appeal to Her, and the graces She earned.
What do we appeal to the graces of Christ and Mary for? We appeal to them for the conversion of sinners. This is what matters in life. Bringing souls to Christ. This is what we appeal to the Holy Trinity for. Further, since we are all sinners and need to always improve in our Christian lives, we are essentially praying for our own conversion! That is what it’s about. Bringing others to Christ while achieving sainthood ourselves!
Peace in Christ,
David J. Pollard
American Catholic Solidarity