A deeper appreciation of “Abba, Father”

This recent post on Justin Taylor’s blog gave me much to ponder.  The reference to Hebrews 5:7 in the last paragraph will undoubtedly surface in my upcoming rosary meditations on the First Sorrowful Mystery.

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Prayers for a novena to Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto (feast is February 20th)

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Litany of Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Bd Francisco, you loved seeing Our Blessed Mother, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, you found it beautiful seeing Our Lord in the light emanating from Our Blessed Mother, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, promised by Our Blessed Mother that you would go to heaven after praying many rosaries, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, you were motivated to console Jesus and make him happy, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, you preferred to pray behind the altar at the foot of the tabernacle so as to be hidden and close to Jesus, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, you received your ‘official’ First Holy Communion on your deathbed, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, on your deathbed, you asked pardon of your family for all your faults, pray for us.
Bd Francisco, you died from influenza, pray for us.

Bd Jacinta, you were a child who enjoyed dancing and singing, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, you were often moved to tears when pondering the Passion of Jesus, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, you were filled with horror at the vision of Hell, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, your heart burned with love for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, you were motivated to profound acts of prayer, sacrifice, penance and mortification to prevent souls from going to Hell, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, you were told by Our Blessed Mother that “war is a punishment for sin,” pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, you prayed much for the Holy Father, pray for us.
Bd Jacinta, your face remains incorrupt to this day as a sign of your sanctity, pray for us.

Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, children of a simple, country family, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, raised in the Catholic faith by your parents, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, to whom the Angel of Peace appeared three times in 1916, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you learned profound reverence in prayer from the Angel, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you often prayed the special prayers of pardon taught to you by the Angel, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you first learned from the Angel to make sacrifices in reparation for sinners, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you received the Precious Blood of Jesus from a chalice held by the Angel, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, to whom Our Blessed Mother appeared six times in 1917, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you were supported by your parents, who believed from the beginning that Our Blessed Mother had truly appeared to you, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you developed a great desire to console Jesus and Mary, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you agreed to pray the Rosary daily at Our Blessed Mother’s request, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you became eager to suffer and make sacrifices in reparation for the sins of others, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, taught by Our Blessed Mother to have an offering prayer accompany your sacrifices, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, confident in the promise of Our Blessed Mother that the grace of God would be your comfort in times of suffering, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you were shown a vision of Hell and its sufferings by Our Blessed Mother, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, so moved by the vision of Hell that no mortification or penance seemed too great to help save sinners, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you were kidnapped, imprisoned for three days, and threatened with death by the Freemason Administrator, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, imprisoned among a group of thieves, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, you offered your imprisonment and interrogation in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, your humble example caused your fellow prisoners to join you in praying the Rosary in jail, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, told by Our Blessed Mother that “God is pleased with your sacrifices,” pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, to whom Jesus and St Joseph also appeared during the October apparition, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, promised by Our Blessed Mother that she would escort each of you to heaven after your death, pray for us.
Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, messengers to the world of the need for devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Let us pray:

God of merciful love, you desire that all men strive for holiness, live in peace and join you in eternal Trinitarian communion.  You graced your servants, Bd Francisco and Bd Jacinta, with hearts willing to respond heroically to the challenging requests made of them by the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit, and through their intercession, may we be courageous in employing the weapons of prayerful sacrifice, ongoing conversion, reparational intercession, and penitential mortification, fulfilling our role in the battle which will bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and Mother.  We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

You might want to pray each of the following prayers three times, as the children were taught to do by the Angel of Peace in 1916:

Pardon Prayer

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

The Angel’s Prayer

O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you 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 indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

Consider offering a sacrifice of some sort each day in their honor, accompanied by this prayer which was taught to them by Our Blessed Mother during the July apparition:

Sacrifice Prayer

O Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners.

If you have time for additional reflection, you may want to read St John Paul II’s homily at their beatification Mass.