O Jesus, please accept this modest attempt to make reparation for the vile depictions of Thy Most Blessed Mother in the visual arts of this century. Her beauty is incomparable and so sublime that even a masterpiece can but approximate her glorious countenance! I love her, O my Savior, although I love her most imperfectly of all her consecrated children, all too mindful of more own transgressions. I ask for the grace to love her as perfectly as I can and place here this little graphic as my pledge of fidelity to her and Thee.
Blessed be Mary Most Holy, the Great Mother of God!
ACT OF REPARATION
To be recited on the First Saturdays, but one may do so at any time.
MOST HOLY VIRGIN / and our beloved Mother, / we listen with grief / to the complaints of thy Immaculate Heart, / surrounded with the thorns / which ungrateful men place therein / at every moment / by their blasphemies and ingratitude. / Moved by the ardent desire / of loving thee as our Mother / and of promoting a true devotion / to thy Immaculate Heart, / we prostrate ourselves at thy feet / to prove the sorrow we feel / for the grief that men cause thee / and to atone by means of / our prayers and sacrifices / for the offenses with which men / return thy tender love.
Obtain for them / and for us /
the pardon of so many sins. / A word from thee /
will obtain grace and forgiveness for us all. /
Hasten, O Lady, / the conversion of sinners /
that they may love Jesus / and cease to offend God, /
already so much offended, / and thus avoid eternal
Turn thine eyes of mercy / towards us /
so that henceforth / we may love God with all-our heart
/ while on earth / and enjoy Him forever
in Heaven. / Amen.
ACT OF CONSECRATION
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
For Parishes, Families, and Individuals.
O IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, / Queen of Heaven and earth / and tender Mother of men, / in accordance with thy ardent wish / made known at Fatima / I consecrate to thee myself, / my brethren, / my country / and the whole human race. /
Reign over us / and teach us how to make / the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph / in us and around us / as It has reigned and triumphed in thee. /
Reign over us, dearest
Mother, / that we may be thine /in
prosperity and in adversity, / in joy and in sorrow, /
in health and in sickness, / in life and in death. /
O most compassionate Heart of Mary, / Queen of Virgins,
/ watch over our minds and hearts / and
preserve them / from the deluge of impurity /
which thou didst lament / so sorrowfully at Fatima. /
We want to be pure like thee. / We want to atone for
the many sins committed / against Jesus and thee. /
We want to call down / upon our country and the whole
world / the peace of God / in justice
and charity. /
Therefore, we now promise /
to imitate thy virtues / by the practice of a Christian
life / without regard to human respect. /
We resolve to receive Holy Communion / on the first
Saturday of every month / and to offer thee five
decades / of the Rosary each day / together
with our sacrifices / in a spirit of reparation and
penance. / Amen.
Imprimatur: + Joseph E.