Thousands commit to family consecration at Fatima confab

Thousands commit to family consecration at Fatima confab

Marian theologian Dr. Peter Howard talks about the centrality of family consecration to the Fatima message, at the National Marian Congress on the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima at the SMX Convention Center, July 8, 2017. EDWIN VALLES

PASAY City– More than a thousand people said yes to paving the way for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart in the world – one family at a time – during the National Marian Congress on the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima at the SMX Convention Center on July 8, Saturday.

“Our Lady’s desire of having the whole world consecrated to her is not complete until every home, every family, every parish, every diocese, every nation is consecrated to her. So we have a lot of work to do …beginning with our family,” said Marian theologian Dr. Peter Howard, who gave a talk on a “new Pentecost” and how it is linked to family consecration.

The solution to global crises and issues like abortion, wars, the threat of the terrorist group ISIS, the breakdown of traditional family, and gender ideology, said the lay speaker, is the consecration of entire families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady requested at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

She wants everyone

“…She wants her family back. And she wants that family to grow and there’s nobody that she doesn’t want … even our enemies. She wants those who are in ISIS…back. Right now they’re under the possession of satan, but we have a mother who’s more powerful than him, who will crush his head. Bringing consecration to everyone…even to our enemies is the greatest hope we have to bringing this world back to God,” stressed Howard, who heads the U.S.-based movement Heroic Families.

Pinpointing similarities between the U.S. and the Philippines, which are both consecrated to the Blessed Virgin under the title the Immaculate Conception, he said the call is strong for both countries to work double time for the conversion of families.

“Will our nations rally our children and our families behind our Lady of Fatima? If we focus first and foremost on our families, your family will be a magnet for thousands of others. [If] we get every family in this room living the consecration, imagine the fire that will set!” said Howard.

It can be recalled that the Philippine bishops consecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in June 2013, also calling for family consecration to cascade its pastoral impact to the grassroots.

Strong families, strong countries

Howard was also quick to link the destiny and state of families and children to the over-all well-being of the country.

“The question that we have to ask ourselves [is]…Do we want our families to be the strongest that they can possibly be? Do we want to see our kids live a heroic life for Jesus? Do we want the Philippines to be the most authentically, powerfully influential Catholic country in the world?” he asked in closing.

A Eucharistic celebration ended the event, led by Bishop Roberto Mallari and concelebrated by Digos Bishop Colin Afable. CBCPNews