April 2nd - First Saturday of the month.
Today I and a small congregation celebrated the First Saturday of the month, as we do each month, in answer to Our Lady of Fatima's request for the First Saturday devotions in honour of Her Immaculate Heart and in reparation for sins against Her and Her Son. This devotion involves Confession, Mass (which I say in the Extraordinary Form, as more fitting), the Rosary and fifteen minutes of meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.
It is a great pity and tragedy for the world that more Catholics do not take Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima to the three children and subsequently to Sister Lucia in her convent more seriously. A few years ago, the then Cardinal Ratzinger and the now Cardinal Bertone gave the impression in a press conference that the prophecies of Our Lady, and especially the so-called Third Secret, all pertained to events which had passed and gone. However, so many questions were left unanswered that I, for one, cannot altogether accept what we were then told. It seems to me that the need for prayer to at least slow down the punishments of God, and diminish them, is even more urgent than ever. The situation in the world today is so volatile that the possibility of the destruction of whole nations, which is understood to be a part of the Third Secret, is terribly conceivable.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!