MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH
THE MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS
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Praying in the spirit of the MMP
in time of pandemic (COVID-19)
Message from fr. Luca Pescatori
Dear members of the MMP,
the Coronavirus health emergency has rapidly reached all parts of the world and limited almost everywhere the possibility of meeting. In spite of this, many of you in every continent have proposed new forms of Cenacle: either directly via the internet, or suggesting at what times to pray together each in their own home, or with international chats where you share the times of cenacles in cities of different nations... in this way you have joined spiritually and want to offer to our Heavenly Mother that prayer that She has asked us insistently to offer her, in Her Immaculate Heart, to the Most Holy Trinity. I would now like to give you a criterion with which to pray.
This is certainly a time of trial.
Suffering has suddenly reached many families affected by bereavement, sickness and social hardships that are emerging. The alarm around contagion is such that almost all over the world faithful have been asked not to participate in The Holy Mass and many churches are closed. It is a great trial for the Church, paralyzed in her pastoral life and for the faithful, who, in addition to the present sufferings, are deprived of the one true Treasure, the Eucharistic Lord Jesus.
In this suffering many people do not see it as a problem that they cannot have the Mass and receive the Eucharist: in fact, the Eucharistic Jesus takes the back seat to the current demands of earthly life which they try to defend - with such generosity - by all means.
Dear all friends of the MMP, who love to be guided by Our Lady in the light of Her Immaculate Heart... She has always asked us to be a "balm of love" for this suffering humanity. She insistently calls us to Jesus’ teaching: at the basis of brotherly love is the path in the Kingdom of God, the life of faith in the Church and fidelity to the Gospel, in the richness of the sacraments and in the practice of virtues... She helps us so that we ourselves help others, because we are the continuation with Her of Her Son's Saving Work.
In many hearts the warmth of the Eucharist is in danger of being chilled by this storm: our prayer (and our offering) at this time of pandemic cannot just be for the necessary freedom from the virus, but so that in this suffering all of us in the Church may grow in faith, grow in love for the Eucharistic Jesus, who at this time is almost everywhere denied us, and so that all may find the need to seek God and listen to him, to leave what is sin and let themselves be inwardly healed by him.
Jesus tells us: "seek first the Kingdom of God, and the rest will be given to you" (cf. Mt 6.33). If we ask only for freedom from earthly evil and not from spiritual evil, we are very unbalanced and we fail in the truest dimension of our lives. Jesus said of his friend Lazarus' illness: "This sickness will not end in death but in God’s glory" (cf. Jn 11.4). This Coronavirus suffering can not only be about death, nor only be about earthly life... Jesus expects us to face this trial as a reminder that will make us grow in faith and conquer evil: so from this unpleasant trial we will emerge healed even inwardly, and this will be to the Glory of God.
Our Lady teaches us not to restrict ourselves to our earthly affairs but to look at them with her own eyes: the medicine to heal our lives from evil comes from the Heart of Jesus (11 Feb 1977; 19 Apr 1992), from which She herself is given to us to heal us (14 Feb 1985; 11 Feb 1993): so we ourselves can be medicine for our loved ones, the Church, the world, in a life more enlivened by the Holy Spirit who renews us (13 Sept. 1984; 3 Dec 1986).
To the little shepherds of Fatima She taught them to face trials by "transfiguring" them, seeking in the Lord the strength and goal of all things: "O Jesus, it is for love of you, for the salvation of souls and to repair the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
At Lourdes She left us the beautiful sign of the spring of water and then explained to us the meaning: "Wash at the spring" She tells us many times (e.g. 11 Feb 1977, 1995), it is the Grace of God in the sacraments, especially in Confession. With that miraculous water and the sign of physical healing, She teaches us that our earthly health is an image of the path to eternal salvation: she does not wish only earthly health for us, for which she protects us and is as happy as every good mother, but Her great Work is to make us live daily in the Grace of God, in spiritual health, healed of sin and "vaccinated" against apostasy.
Dear friends, let us be taught by our Mother how to face this trial as well. "If they do not accustom themselves now to seek me alone, to listen to me alone, and to entrust themselves to me alone, how are they going to find me at the moment of the great tempest when everything will be plunged into darkness? Let them accustom themselves as of now to see me as the light of their every action!" (10 Feb 1974).
It is right and appropriate to pray for the end of the terrible pandemic but, of Her Movement, Our Lady asks us to "work" and "fight" for the souls of the sick and the healthy with the Cenacles, the Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart and love of the Eucharistic Jesus (where churches are closed, you can at least take advantage of Adoration streamed on line), to emerge from this trial stronger in faith, together with our brothers and sisters, so that with Her Work the Church will take a step forward towards the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and of the Eucharistic Jesus, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. United in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
April 2, 2020
don Luca Pescatori with the Spiritual Council of the MMP
Restrictions due to the COVID-19 coronavirus
Message from fr. Luca Pescatori
Dear Members of the MMP,
The safety provisions for public health issued by the governments of many countries, and the decisions made by many Episcopal Conferences following the spread of the COVID-19 virus, limit the possibility of meeting in public places and also in churches, to avoid the possibility of contagion. This is sometimes making it difficult to meet for the Cenacles in those countries.
There is sometimes the temptation to be content to say “we can’t have cenacles” instead of asking “how can we have a cenacle in this situation?” ...
On June 10, 1987 our Blessed Mother told us,
“I am calling all the children of the Church to gather together with me in cenacles of unceasing prayer. Most of all I desire that the holy rosary be recited often, particularly by the little ones, by the sick, by the poor and by sinners. Surround the world with the chain of the rosary in order to obtain grace and mercy for all. Multiply your cenacles of prayer.” (#356, June 10, 1987)
Already in 1974 she had taught us: “It is not necessary that they come together in great numbers: even two or three are enough. These gatherings must constitute real and true cenacles (…) For it is then that I myself accomplish in them my maternal task of interceding before God for all my children.” (#34, January 17, 1974)
At this time when attention to public health must limit our possibilities, I ask you then to remember the great value of the Cenacles for the Church and for the world, not to lose the gift and not to miss the grace of the Cenacle. Multiply them wherever and whenever possible and – when it is not possible to meet as before – temporarily transform the regional, diocesan and parish Cenacles into many family or priest cenacles, so that no one misses the request and expectations of our Heavenly Mother. When it is not possible to leave the house or reach other members of the MMP in other cities, then pray the rosary all together at the same time, reading the same message and renewing the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in spiritual union among you and with all the members of the MMP in the world. You can also try to make a cenacle via phone or video calls via Skype and Whatsapp.
The Cenacles are a gift of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for our time, and with them we are always united with Her to invoke the gift of the Holy Spirit, in this special and difficult Hour of Grace.
March 8, 2020
Don Luca Pescatori
and the Spiritual Council of the MMP
PUBLIC USE OF THE BOOK
"To the Priests,
Our Lady's Beloved Sons"
Communique from Fr. Laurent Larroque
A Sicilian priest, in contestation against the Catholic Church, is using the name of the Marian Movement of Priests and the book "To Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons", the spiritual patrimony of this Movement, for his own ends of rebelling against the Church.
The Marian Movement of Priests takes a clear stand against this attitude and does not accept the assertions that this priest has made by taking passages out of context from this book, without knowing the Marian spirituality of this Movement which he is presenting. In no way does this spirit of rebellion go along with the spirit of Mary.
We firmly reiterate the three characteristic commitments of our Movement:
1) Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
2) union with the Pope and the Church united with him;
3) bringing souls to devotion to Mary.
These three commitments are reflected in the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which for 46 years has been repeated all over the world by many members of the Hierarchy, by hundreds of thousands of priests and by millions of the faithful, especially regarding fidelity to the Pope.
“Above all, we wish to be united with the Holy Father and the hierarchy, firmly adhering to all their directives, so as thus to set up a barrier to the growing confrontation directed against the Magisterium, that threatens the very foundation of the Church. Under your maternal protection, we want moreover to be apostles of this sorely needed unity of prayer and love for the Pope, on whom we invoke your special protection.” (from the Act of Consecration)
The legitimate Pope is Pope Francis. A famous dream of Don Bosco shows us the Church as a large boat during a storm and in the midst of its enemies, always guided by the Pope who anchors the Church to two large pillars in the midst of the sea: the Eucharist, “Salus credentium,” and Mary, “auxilium christianorum.” He who separates himself from these three “criteria of catholicity” strays away from catholicity and has made himself unworthy of speaking, not only in the name of a Movement and of a Book that he does not fully comprehend, but even in the name of the Church itself.
Como, July 18, 2018
The Director General of the MMP and his Spiritual Council