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The Time for Penance is Now: Offer it from the Heart!

Alexandra Clark | The Daily Knight

Offering Prayers and Lighting Candles for Penance (My Catholic Life)

If we are to save our souls, and the souls of those around us, we must do as Our Lord has asked, though the Blessed Virgin Mary, who urgently told us to do penance, make the Five First Saturdays, and pray the Rosary every day.


The evils of the “Deep State” and the “Deep Church” have come to the surface and in a frightening reality that is seeming to take the whole world over.


As Archbishop Vigano stated in his Letter to President Trump: Daily we sense the attacks multiplying of those who want to destroy the very basis of society: the natural family, respect for human life, love of country, freedom of education and business. We see heads of nations and religious leaders pandering to this suicide of Western culture and its Christian soul, while the fundamental rights of citizens and believers are denied in the name of a health emergency that is revealing itself more and more fully as instrumental to the establishment of an inhuman faceless tyranny. A global plan called the Great Reset is underway.”


Right when we think it can’t get worse it does. The United States witnessed the steal of the Presidential election by the notorious pirate Biden, and as Archbishop Vigano put it, we are seeing how “…in the Bergoglian church de facto concubinage can be legitimized with Amoris Lætitia, to the point that Avvenire speaks today of “LGBT parenting” with the ease of a gender propaganda pamphlet; an idolatrous rite worshipping Mother Earth can be celebrated in Saint Peter’s winking at Malthusian environmentalism; the matter for the Sacrament of Holy Orders can be modified, conferring ministries on women; the death penalty can be declared immoral while casually keeping quiet about abortion; Communion can be administered to public sinners while denying it to those who wish to receive it on the tongue in order not to commit sacrilege; and access to the classroom can be denied for Catholic school students who are not vaccinated, as has already happened in Ireland…when you stop believing in God, you can believe anything.”


We know that the everlasting fiery of satan is to seek the destruction of souls. He is the father of lies and would enjoy seeing us all suffer for eternity with him. He wants to strip us of our Hope—Desolate our Faith—Corrupt our Love and ultimately uproot our salvation.

Therefore, let us not forget that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that man can be saved.”


What must be done then? What can we do during these great times of evil? What have good souls done in the past?


The answer is PENANCE!


Many do not know what penance really is and because of fear or many excuses, they never offer up any sort of daily penance.


The word penance has taken on a negative and distasteful feeling to many, maybe because as the dictionary defines it, penance is: “voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong.”


Yet, penance is much more than that. It is not simply a pain one takes onto one self, nor is it a mere fasting on bread and water for the rest of one’s life. Look at the original origin of the word in Latin, paenitentia which means ‘repentance’, or from the verb paenitere which means to ‘be sorry.’ Being sorry and having repentance is a good thing, and we should desire to be sorry for all the terrible sins we have done against such a Good and Loving God. With all the horrendous sins being committed to the Divine Goodness, as was listed above, who would not want to turn to God and beg for forgiveness for such evil offences against His Love?


In the Catechism of Trent is states that the Virtue of Penance “consists in turning to God sincerely and from the heart, and in hating and detesting our past transgressions, with firm resolution of amendment of life, hoping to obtain pardon through the mercy of God,”(C.C.T. p.280).


Think of penance then, as our sorry and our sacrifice to make satisfaction to the Heart of God for our sins.


Yet, what is the penance required? What is it exactly? Let Our Lord Himself tell you as He did when Sister Lucia, one of the three visionaries at Fatima, who asked him this very question:


“For many, thinking that the word penance means great austerities and not feeling in themselves the strength or the generosity for these, lose heart and rest in a life of lukewarmness and sin. Our Lord said to me: ‘The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My Law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.’


Therefore, the penance Our Lord is requiring is the sacrifices of just living a normal life in accordance to His Holy Laws. Think about that for a moment. How hard is it to just live normally today? Take for example, if you live the truth that there are only two genders, or that you stand against the killing of babies in abortion? Not so easy today, the simply living the truth and commandments of God today is a type of penance.


Our Lord’s words are very important here and bear repeating: “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My Law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.”

Now is the time for penance! We must start today! “Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” St. John the Baptist. In August of 1917 Our Lady told the children at Fatima, "pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them."


Many souls go to hell because, as 10-year old St. Jacinta said herself: "The sins which cause most souls to go to Hell are the sins of the flesh." We have all seen numerous “sins of the flesh” today that are leading souls to hell, yet, what are we doing about it? Have we offered up penance?


St. Luke reminds us in his Gospel the great necessity of penance “…but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish,” (Luke 13:3&5)


St. Jacinta, too, shortly before her death remarked: "If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives . . . mortification and sacrifice give great pleasure to Our Divine Lord."


Even the Angels at Fatima spoke to the children in 1916 urging them to: "Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you."


In the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, Sr. Lucia says: “At the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’

In close, listen to Our Blessed Mother once more in her urgency and call for penance, a penance filled with sorrow for sins, a love for God and a sacrificial offering of our daily lives for the salvation of souls:


Our Lady of Good Success:

“The secular clergy [priests that do not belong to a religious or monastic order] will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God… Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of my most holy Son to take pity on His ministers.”


Our Lady of Fatima:

"Pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them."


Our Lady of America:

I come to you, children of America, as a last resort . . . Be my army of chaste soldiers ready to fight to death to preserve the purity of your souls…Make the Rosary a family prayer …. Those found in the circle of my Rosary will never be lost.”

Our Lady also spoke sternly about the future of the United States and the world. She spoke specifically about “my children in America.” “Unless they do penance by mortification and self-denial and reform their lives, God will visit them with ‘punishments as yet unknown.’”


Our Lady of Lourdes:

“Penance! Penance! Penance!”


Our Lady of Good Help:

“I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is good. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”


Our Lady of Akita:

"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger.”

Fatima Prayers:


'My Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'


“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”


My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”


O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

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