Circular Letter No. 6/2011
June 30, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the MMP,
The month of June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The liturgical celebration is set every Friday (for the Sacred Heart) and Saturday (for the Immaculate Heart), after the second Sunday after Pentecost. This year’s celebration falls on July 1 (Friday) and July 2 (Saturday).
Our Lady mentions the two Hearts in various chapters of the blue book. The following message is remarkable:
“If you only knew the chastisement which awaits you if you again close the door of your hearts to the anguished voice of your heavenly Mother. Because, the divine Heart of my Son Jesus has entrusted to my Immaculate Heart the last and extreme attempt to lead you all to salvation.” (Message 411-l)
The second part of the message catches attention: “Because, the divine Heart of my Son Jesus has entrusted to my Immaculate Heart the last and extreme attempt to lead you all to salvation.” This act of entrustment is not surprising at all. The Lord entrusted the beloved disciple to His Mother before He died in Calvary. (John 19: 26-27) That was a symbolic act of entrusting humanity to Her. What is surprising is the phrase “the last and extreme attempt.”
We need to look back to two important sets of events. The first is the apparitions at Fatima in 1917. Of particular significance is the third apparition which took place on July 13, where Our Lady gave the children a vision of hell and revealed to them the request of the Lord to establish the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. The second happened much earlier, sometime in 1673 to 1675, at Paray-le-Monial, where our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Alacogue on numerous occasions. Known as the apparition of the Sacred Heart, the Lord already indicated at that time a serious situation in the world: “Behold, this heart which loves men so ardently, but is so little loved in return.”
Looking at this grim revelation in Paray-le-Monial side by side with the prophetic messages at Fatima, we see a situation that has gone from bad to worse in the course of time. Humanity apparently has turned deaf and obstinate. The vision of hell alludes to this, which explains the call for the establishment of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart. The seemingly helpless condition of humanity, in a progressively worsening pattern, indicates “the last and extreme attempt.”
Presented in the symbol of the heart, the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart both signify love. They vary in their distinctive natures. The Sacred Heart symbolizes God’s immense love for humanity; although ignored, despised and outraged. The Immaculate Heart, on the other hand, signifies Mary’s interior disposition, particularly Her fiat and her purity. Seeing Her as the model for humanity on how to love God, the Lord asked for its devotion.
Through her Immaculate Heart, our Lady offers much hope to this helpless world. “The world is not lost, even though it is now walking along the road of perdition and of its own destruction. Through a trial which I have foretold to you many times, it will in the end be saved by an act of the merciful love of Jesus, who has entrusted you to the action of your heavenly Mother.” (Message 167 c)
Confident that humanity will be saved by the merciful love of her Son, she is offering her Immaculate Heart in “the last and extreme attempt” of her Son to lead all to salvation.
- I am gathering you all into my Immaculate Heart. It is the refuge which your heavenly mother has prepared for you. . . Here, you will be formed by me according to the plan which the Heart of my Son Jesus has entrusted to me. (Message 177 c)
- Enclosed within my Heart is the plan of the merciful love of my Son Jesus, who wants to lead the world back to the Father for the perfect glorification of God. (Message 167 b)
In sum, we find here the real significance of the Two Hearts. Devotions to them are not mere instances of piety. They involve the life and salvation of the Church and the world. In this decisive period of our time, the Sacred Heart has entrusted the last and extreme attempt to the Immaculate Heart, giving her unprecedented prominence in the work of salvation. To this, Our Lady said: My time has come: this extraordinary intervention of mine must be clearly recognized by all. (Message 177 h)
As we celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, let us renew our consecration. Let us make a pledge for greater commitment to live in the yearnings of their Hearts and to promote these devotions, “the last and extreme attempt to lead all to salvation.”
Here now are some updates:
1. Mmp Phil on Facebook
Just a month after the first anniversary of our website, (www.mmpphil.com), we are blessed with another milestone in spreading the work of Our Lady through the web-based technology. We launched our Facebook account: “Mmp Phil” last Sunday, June 26, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
Our Facebook account drew much inspiration from the Eucharistic mystery. We hope that our entry into the fabric of social networking will help realize the vision of our Blessed Mother on the Eucharistic reign of the Lord. She said: “The Lord’s presence will become increasingly stronger and will shine over the earth like the sun and will mark the beginning of the new era. The coming of the glorious reign of Christ will coincide with the greatest splendor of the Eucharist. Christ will restore his glorious reign in the universal triumph of his Eucharistic reign.” (Message 360 v)
I encourage you to support this new effort. No doubt, Our Lady wants us to go beyond our frontiers in spreading her work. She has brought MMP Philippines to Moscow through our website. With our Facebook account, how far could Our Lady lead us and how many more groups can She bring us? Her work is really amazing.
The group in Moscow is praying for us. Let us also pray for them: Leontina, Anna, Valentina, Adelya, Antonina, Bronislava, Ludmila, Stefania, Maksim, Natalia, Yadviga, Lidiya, Natalia, Vera, Irina, Vladimir, Alisa and Ekaterina. Despite the difficulty in language, they took great effort to communicate with us through an interpreter. Their dedication is also admirable. The group meets for cenacle prayer every day before the evening Mass, while the youth group meets every Sunday after the morning Mass.
2. Lay Formation in June
The 2nd Quarter Formation for the Laity last June 11 in Pasig was very successful; attracting the most number of participants compared with the previous Formations we've had thus far. We thank the different cenacle groups for their support and cooperation.
Encouraged by this outcome, the 2nd Quarter Formation will be duplicated in the south for the Muntinlupa-Paranaque-Las Pinas groups. This will be held on July 16 at St. Anthony Parish, in Paranaque. Sis. Cory and Sis. Leovy are the lay-responsibles for this activity. Details will be announced later.
The Laguna-Batangas cenacle groups had their formation last June 18 in Nagcarlan. As expected, they came in big numbers and in various colors. Sis. Nini and Bro. Boy told me that this "color-coding scheme" is meant to identify the different groups. With their continuous work of spreading the cenacle, they certainly will be able to complete the colors of the rainbow. Hearing new names and seeing new faces in that gathering indicates to me how Our Lady seemed to have accelerated their work further to other town and barangays.
May the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary inflame our love for God.
Yours in the Immaculate Heart,
REV. FR. ROMERICO A. PRIETO
Marian Movement of Priests – Philippines