St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Walking the Camino - Acts of Reparation for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

We all do it, or have done it, through our sins we have offended the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We have taken the name of Jesus in vain.  We have been indifferent to Him.  We have committed sins of pride and arrogance.  We have insulted our great God by thinking that we know better than He. We have heard others repeat blasphemies against Our Lord and His Mother and have said nothing.  We have returned His Unending Love with grievous hurts.  This is why we need to perform acts of reparation to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Acts of Reparation can be actions and/or prayers.  We can offer up a stomach ache in reparation for sins.  We can refuse to buy something we really want as reparation for sins.  We can fast anytime in reparation for sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We can bite our tongues when we want to return hate filled words for the hate filled words that were directed at us.  We can be silent in the face of gossip directed at us.  All of these things, and more, can be offered up in reparation for the sins of mankind that so deeply hurt the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

We can pray.  The Rosary is a wonderful prayer to offer up in reparation for sins.  Say a rosary a day for this intention.  Our beautiful Church also offers us a plethora of prayers to be said in reparation.  Google is a wonderful tool for finding these prayers.

At Fatima, Our Lady, herself, gave us prayers of reparation to say as we offer up acts of reparation.

“Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Our Lady asked us to add this prayer of reparation  at the end of each decade of the Rosary.

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.

This prayer, again given us by Our Lady, became known as the Pardon Prayer.  It is an act of reparation those who do not believe.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

The Angel of Portugal gave this prayer to the young visionaries of Fatima.

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

When Jesus showed Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque His Sacred Heart, He said to her,

“Behold the Heart that has loved men so much that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to them Its love. But in return I receive from the greater part of mankind only ingratitude, by reason of the contempt, irreverence, sacrilege, and coldness shown Me in this Sacrament of Love.”  Then, Jesus gave her this prayer.

Adorable Heart of Jesus, glowing with love for us and inflamed with zeal for our salvation. O Heart that understands the misery to which our sins have brought us, infinitely rich in mercy to heal the wounds of our souls, behold me humbly kneeling before You to express the sorrow that fills my heart for the coldness and indifference with which I have so long returned the numberless benefits which You have bestowed upon me.

With a deep sense of the outrages that have been heaped upon You by my sins and the sins of others, I wish to make reparation to Your most Sacred Majesty. It was our sins that filled Your Heart with bitterness; it was the weight of our guilt that pressed down Your face to the earth in the Garden of Olives and caused you to die in agony on the Cross. But now, repentant and sorrowful, I implore Your forgiveness.

Adorable Heart of Jesus, Source of true consolation and ever merciful to the penitent sinner, impart to our hearts the spirit of penance that we may be sincerely sorry for our sins. Pardon them, O Lord, in Your mercy, and let all who have sinned against You in the Sacrament of Your love be converted and return to You. Deliver us from our sins. And in order to repair the sins of ingratitude by which we have grieved Your most tender and loving Heart, may we love and honor You in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar, where You are present to hear and grant our petitions and to be the food and life of our souls.

Merciful Jesus, be our Mediator with Your heavenly Father, whom we have so grievously offended. Help us to amend our ways. As Your Sacred Heart is our refuge and our hope when we have sinned, so let it be the strength and support of our repentance, and nothing in life or death shall ever separate us from You. Amen.

As you continue to walk this Camino, stop and offer acts of reparation and prayers of reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Walk this Camino in prayer and sacrifice.