This past April, thousands of homes across America received a full color picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus accompanied by a Consecration Card, a set of beautiful address labels and a small red candle.
For those who returned the small candles, ANF pledged to melt them into one great big candle. It would then be lit at Paray-le-Monial, France, the place where Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, and revealed the devotion to His Most Sacred Heart, and made marvelous promises to the young nun.
For those who returned the Consecration Card, ANF promised to deliver them to the same sacred spot.
On October 3, ANF volunteers Mr. Michael Gorre and Mr. Fernando Nunes, arrived in Paray-le-Monial as bearers of not one, but two great candles, made from 20,629 small candles returned! The Consecration Pledges barely fit into Michael’s back pack, and weighed thirty-seven pounds.
Though physically weighed down, the two volunteers felt spiritually uplifted as they lit the candles and offered the pledges at the place where Our Lord appeared and pledged His own Heart as our refuge and our defense. As they lit the candles, they prayed for America Needs Fatima and for all its members whose intentions were symbolically “locked” into the wax, and whose names were on the pledges.
They also prayed at the tomb of Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J., the confessor and spiritual father of Saint Margaret Mary.
Mr. Michael Gorre reported that Paray-le-Monial is a place of blessings, “…many of the people there were true pilgrims... The influence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ccould be felt in the townspeople, who were sweet and welcoming.”
As they took one last look back at the great Romanesque church of Paray-le-Monial, the ANF volunteers thought of all those pledges and of the two huge red candles burning for days on end before the original shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus bless America Needs Fatima. And may He bless America.