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Yesterday I attended a special Mass followed by the Consecration Prayer at St. Joseph’s in Westphalia. The pews were packed, albeit mostly with parish school kids and, I’m guessing, fifty or sixty adults. I had expected far more.
How was your experience? Did you attend a local consecration? Was the church full? Let me know in the comments section or email me at email@example.com.
Granted, it was 11:00 a.m. on a work day, possibly suppressing attendance. But many Catholics I know were not even aware that (a) Pope Francis would consecrate Russia/Ukraine on March 25, 2022; (b) Our Lady had appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, requesting this consecration to prevent the spread of Russia’s errors; and (c) previous popes had either ignored the request or botched the consecration. More surprisingly, some didn’t know that March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation! (Note to our bishops: Your flock is woefully uncatechized. Perhaps instead of hosting listening sessions, teaching the Catholic faith should be Priority Number One.)
In any case, I choose to believe yesterday’s Act of Consecration satisfied Our Lady’s request, even if it did go well beyond the sanctification of Russia. The resulting graces are surely flowing, in spite of what might seem to be obstacles, as I wrote about in The Day After the Consecration of Everything and Everyone.
Indeed, the only certain obstacle is us, if we deny this awesome gift. Let us be grateful and step up our prayers for massive conversions worldwide while resolving to get our own spiritual houses in order. Keep the daily Rosaries and First Saturday Devotions going strong — and enlist others to join us. (Reminder: the First Saturday of April is one week away as I write this.)
Let the Consecration of March 25, 2022, be not just Our Lady’s moment — but ours, as well.