Act of Entrustment to Our Lady of Fatima

Following is my (rather literal) translation of the prayer of entrustment (consecration) that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, recited at the end of Mass this morning. It is on the Vatican web site in Italian but has not yet been translated into English. His homily has been translated, however, and I encourage you to read it.

As Prayed by the Supreme Pontiff, Francis, on October 13, 2013,
following Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima,
with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence
we unite our voices to those of all generations
that call you blest.

In you we celebrate the great works of God,
who never tires of bowing down with mercy to humanity,
afflicted [as it is] by evil and wounded by sin,
to heal and save it.

Receive with a Mother’s kindness
[this] act of entrustment that we make today with confidence,
before this, your image, that is so dear to us.

We are certain that each one of us is precious in your sight
and that, of everything that dwells in our hearts, nothing is irrelevant to you.

We allow ourselves to be touched by your sweet glance
and we receive the consoling caress of your smile.

Guard our lives in your embrace:
bless and strengthen every good desire;
enliven and nourish [our] faith;
sustain and enlighten [our] hope;
kindle and vivify [our] charity;
guide us all on the path of holiness.

Teach us your own preferential love
for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suffering,
for sinners and those of dismayed heart:
gather everyone under your protection
and deliver all to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus.


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3 Responses to Act of Entrustment to Our Lady of Fatima

  1. rr146 says:

    I know this might sound bitter, but I honestly do not believe that Pope Francis said that Mary is the Mother of God. Prior to this he has always called Mary the Mother of Jesus. After all, someone who is a non-believer might be offended by that other apellation, just like they could be offended by the Sign of the Cross, so he refused to make it in blessing. Second, I find it ludicrous that the Pope would make a statement like: “The culture of the ephemeral, the relative, also takes it toll on the way we live our faith.” I actually laughed at that, at the incredible evil of it. Isn’t this the man who said there is no good or bad, right or wrong, true or false only wishing makes it so….or words to that effect. Yea, I think it is. I know you won’t post this….gotta keep your job after all.

    • If you read the homily you will see that he said “Mother of God”, and if you still don’t believe, you can watch the video and hear him say “Madre di Dio” in Italian. If he chose to use the biblical title, “Mother of Jesus”, on other occasions, clearly he is free to do so, and even still consider himself Catholic. It is you who are indeed being bitter – and also a practitioner of recreational outrage – in making these rash statements.

      As to the quotation concerning the “culture of the ephemeral”, clearly this is a valid and Catholic statement. You choose to read it in an incredibly sinister way and so you set yourself up as judge over the Holy Father, who can only be judged by God. You put your soul in grave danger with these attitudes and I urge you to do what is necessary to make your peace with our current Pope, who enjoys the same charism of infallibility as all the previous Popes and leads a Church that still has the same character of indefectibility that she has always had. It seems you are failing to make proper distinctions; moreover, that even when the Pope speaks in a clearly and unmistakably Catholic way, you cannot be satisfied.

      I hope that you pray daily for the Holy Father to his immediate superior – God – and that you also do so with an open heart, for it could very well be that the Lord wants to change your heart, not the Holy Father’s. In any case, this comment is very disturbing and I pray that you will find peace.

  2. Kathy says:

    Praying for the commenter as well – beautiful prayer Fr. Thank you for posting it!

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