When we say: Beat the Heat (and we are talking spiritually, of preparing for the judgment by being reconciled in Christ Jesus) we also are wise to ask for Mary’s help, of whom Jesus has placed as a spiritual helper for us.
MARY’S AD BEAT THE HEAT
Today, June 13th, is one of the days of Mary’s Visits to the world in Fatima Portugal, about a century ago. It was Mary’s second appearance to three young persons. In the first visit, Mary told them the need for people to pray to God humbly, and of the need for Jesus’ followers to pray fervently in petition for others to turn to God. The prayer that Our Lady of Fatima taught them to pray (and to teach others) was this little aspiration (now used in the Rosary): “O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.” On June 13th, 96 years ago, her message continued: “Pray the Rosary daily! Establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart, which she then revealed in an image of her loving heart, surrounded by thorns, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation for them.”
You might say that today’s anniversary makes for a special message (or AD from Mary) on a better way to beat the heat than just a cool beverage purchase. (Gatorade’s Beat the Heat solution can only last an hour!)
We believe Jesus uses His Mother Mary for purposes of leading us to eternal life. She, after all, is the model of the obedient disciple who finds glory. Her prayer is that her soul (and all souls) would “proclaim the greatness of the Lord, and rejoice in God (as) our Savior…Who has mercy on those who fear (revere/respect) Him in every generation.” (Luke 1) In the Book of Revelation, she is “the Woman clothed in the sun (not burned by it), with the moon and stars under her feet (she is raised up by God from the earthly to heavenly). ” It’s a sign of Beating the Heat of Judgment, and rather Joining the Lord in holiness. Wow.
Today, many non-Catholics, and too many Catholics too, spurn Mary’s help and involvement to the Church. A Gift from Jesus at the Cross, Mary has been involved as a model of holiness for the redeemed to imitate and join in her prayer for the reparation of man to Her Son. His Spirit is outpoured to the Church for renewal, but much sin is in the way. Mary points out our fault in taking our sins lightly, and the world’s very imprudence to ignore her sin and the Savior’s mercy for their lives. They turn away.
Mary “Ad” at Fatima says: Before you get overly involved in your choice of sunscreens, sunglasses, pool memberships, beach trips and beach umbrellas, and what ice cream or gelato or shaved ice you want (shaved ice? that doesn’t sound appealing to me!)— consider how you are practicing your Faith and also helping the world to know how to Beat the Heat. (Of avoiding Gehenna by a serious discipleship in Jesus. And having Mary’s help.)