The Call of the Holy Angels to Expiation
Vol. XI, August, 2005
The Angel of Fatima, in the course of his second apparition, implored the children: “Offer constantly to the Almighty prayers and sacrifices,” and “Offer a sacrifice to atone for sins that offended Him.”
Still more expressly at the third apparition, he asked them “Jesus Christ [is] terribly outraged by the ingratitude of men. Offer reparation for their sins and console your God.”
May this message not fail its purpose with us: the angels are ever looking for those who will accompany Jesus as they do, especially at times when men normally would flee, in hours of suffering, when He appears “as One from whom men hide their faces” (Is 53:3).
Pope John Paul II’s exhortation similarly surprises us, when he exhorts us: “Let us take the time to kneel before Jesus present in the Eucharist, in order to make reparation by our faith and love for the acts of carelessness and neglect, and even the insults which our Savior must endure in many parts of the world” (Mane nobiscum Domine, 18b).
Inspired by St. Peter Julian Eymard (cf. Eymard Library, vol 3: Eucharistic Retreat, 315-336), and based on the faith of the real and continuous presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, let us hear in this month the call of the holy angels to “reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He (Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world) is offended”.
To this end, we want to reflect upon the life of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ask pardon for all our negligence and for that of each one of our confreres (brothers) in the holy priesthood.