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Musings 2006/200

However, the Woman of Scripture of Revelation 12, is interpreted also, as The Universal Church because the Universal Church is our Mother, raising us to a Christian maturity, feeding us Truth and strengthening us with The Sacraments. The Church also gives birth, in the holy Eucharist, to a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne. (Apocalypse 12.5.)
And how do you tell who is a true member of The Universal Church, having faith in Her Magisterium; in Her Pope; in her Tradition; in Her interpretation of Holy Scripture?
By observing those Catholics who say The Holy Rosary - of course.
So, whether you look at the real-Catholic personally you will observe him saying The Holy Rosary and if you look at The Universal Church as a whole, you will observe Her -
in Her members - saying The Rosary.
Fatima and The Holy Rosary
Following the apparitions (approved by The Church) at Fatima, Portugal, 1917, Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the visionaries, gives details of what took place:-
P Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal. The first part is the vision of hell. ...
We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly: "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go.

To save them,
God wishes to establish
in the world
devotion
to my Immaculate Heart.

If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes,

by means of war,
famine, and
persecutions of the Church
and of the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays.
If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and  there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.

In the end,
my Immaculate Heart
will triumph.

The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and

a period of peace
will be granted
to the world". P

(As presented by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, - now Pope Benedict XVI - the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)
On the 13th. May, 1917, on the occasion of the first apparition of Our Lady, she stated to these three children:-

Say The Rosary every day
to obtain peace for the world
and end of the war.

And during the apparitions thereafter, Our Lady repeated:- ...Continue to say The Rosary every day.
At the October, 1917, apparition, Our Lady said:-

I am The Lady
of The Rosary.

It is transparency clear that the Fatima apparitions proclaimed that the prayer,

The Holy Rosary,
is essential for peace in the world.

What astounds me is the realisation, the conscious perception, that all this

is true!!

The Immaculate Conception
And it all leads back to Mary in her Immaculate Conception, for the Immaculate Conception is not a description of Mary.
No, it is the
Name of Mary.
Mary IS The Immaculate Conception.
By this great and singular honour given to mankind - to creation -
by way of Mary, The Eternal-son was enabled to take flesh from her and become the Son of Man.
By these stupendous honours - this Motherhood and this Immaculate Conception - reflecting The Goodness and The Fatherhood of God-the-father, Mary was confirmed as

The Woman of Scripture, .

And what does The Immaculate Conception ask of us?

Say The Rosary every day.

Such a simple prayer it is - saying the Rosary - quoting throughout passages from The Holy Bible - and from Church Tradition dating back to Christ Himself!

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