FATIMA CELL PROGRAM FOR JANUARY
THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS. Holy Mother Church, having made known to us the Incarnation of the Son of God in the glorious Feast of His Nativity, now unfolds to us, during this month, the glories of His Most Holy Name. The origin of the feast of the Holy Name goes back to the sixteenth century. Among the Israelites a child received his name at the Rite of Circumcision. On the day that the Divine Infant was circumcised, He received the Name of Jesus, which signifies "Savior," and which had been given to Him by the Angel before He was conceived. That Name, so beautiful, so glorious, the Divine Child did not wish to bear for one moment without fulfilling its meaning. Already at the moment of His circumcision He showed Himself a Savior, by shedding for us that Precious Blood, of which a single drop is more than sufficient for the ransom and salvation of the whole world. The Church begins the year with the Name of Jesus, because She wishes that it should be imprinted upon us each day of the year. May the adorable Name of Jesus be impressed, above all, upon our whole being, upon all our actions; may it ever be on our lips, and in our hearts! "Whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Col. 3:17)
THE HOLY FAMILY. In order to understand what makes marriage and family life truly pleasing to God, we need only consider the example of the Holy Family. Concerning Our Lord’s hidden life at Nazareth with Our Lady and St. Joseph, the Gospels sums it up in that "He was subject to them," and that He "advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men." Having stooped so low as to take a nature like to ours, sin excepted, He wished also to be "obedient unto death." Jesus could say of His Mother and Foster-Father what He said of His Heavenly Father, I do always the things that please Them. Out of a life of thirty-three years, Jesus, Who is Eternal Wisdom, chose to pass thirty years in silence and obscurity, obedience and labor. In a word, He gave us the perfect example of universal and heroic humility. Truly, He is a hidden God! Moreover, the Holy Family is a model for all Christian families. In the family life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are exemplified the proper relations that should exist between husband and wife, parents and children. There was filial devotion to God in that family circle of the three holiest Persons Who ever lived. While Saint Joseph supported the Holy Family by his labor, Mary managed the household, and Jesus assisted both of Them. They were united in Their daily tasks, and sanctified them by prayer and meditation. By practicing the domestic virtues of charity, obedience, and mutual help, They sanctified family life. We should often implore Them to sanctify our own family lives – that thy may worthily reflect Theirs. Our Lady lamented at Fatima, "Many marriages are not pleasing to God." They are not pleasing to God because they are not centered in Christ. Humility, docility and obedience are essential for family life to be centered in Christ. Daily family prayer and spiritual reading are a necessity, as well as proper parental supervision and discipline of the children, lest they be ruined by their weak, irregulated wills and the wanton spirit of our times. Reflect seriously upon the tragic warning of Our Lady of Good Success concerning the destruction of frivolous souls, and the value and importance of Fatima "family cells."
THE CHAIR OF UNITY OCTAVE. The Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome is celebrated on January 18th. The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul is observed on January 25th. Holy Mother Church has always united her praises for the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter, with Her veneration for the zeal and holiness of St. Paul, a "vessel of election" for the spread of the infant Church. Thus, She has reserved eight days of solemn prayer—from the Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome until the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul—for the observance of "The Chair of Unity Octave"; eight days of solemn prayer for the One, Holy, Catholic Apostolic Church. The only unity for which the Church and Her faithful children can pray, as countless Pontiffs and Holy Councils have decreed, is that which results from the conversion of those who are outside the One, True Fold of the Church. Thus, each of the days of the Chair of Unity Octave is dedicated to prayers for the conversion of some poor segment of mankind which is still "walking in darkness," imploring that they may open their hearts to God's grace, and be converted to the true Shepherd of their souls. This is the exercise of true charity. To imagine, as do the heretical liberal ecumenists of our day, that we can achieve "unity" by pretending that those outside the Church do not stand in desperate need of conversion, is to deny the foundation of Christ's One True Church, and to renounce the very reason for the heroic apostolic labors and martyrdom of the Holy Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul.
OPENING PRAYERS: * Come Holy Ghost * The Rosary with meditation on each mystery
* The Litany of Our Lady of Loreto * Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
* Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary * Hymn to Our Lady
* Prayer to the Divine Infant Jesus
MEDITATION: * from "My Imitation of Christ"; or The Glories of Mary on the Immaculate Conception.
STUDY & DISCUSS: * Officer's reports; Cell Memos; reading of the Salve Maria Regina Bulletin.
CLOSING PRAYERS: Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus and Hymn
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort’s Prayer to Jesus
The Fatima Prayers
LEAFLETS OF THE MONTH: Peace be to You; And His Own Received Him Not
CELL PLAN OF APOSTOLIC ACTION FOR JANUARY
* Adoration, reparation, total consecration
* Make an act of love and reparation to Our Immaculate Queen and Her Infant Son at every hour.
* To promote the Message of Fatima * Sanctification of self, family, neighbor
* Conversion of sinners, salvation of souls
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort's Prayer to Jesus
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere: that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Savior, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering a dost desire me to renew it. And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august Princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
O Holy Ghost, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance. O Holy Ghost, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.