Hi everyone, I was initially saddened by the death of our holy father. Watching and keeping vigil with the polish and those at the vatican, I witnessed it all, his last statement for us the youth to take Christ out to the world and the videos of him that aired which confused me for a while because I thought he made it through only for me to realize from the outfit of the audience that it was the video of the beginning of his papacy and finally the news of his death and the announcement that Cardinal Sordano(sp?) would say the Mass in his honor today. While listening to EWTN's roundtable discussion, a cardinal made mention that his death took place on a saturday which is the first saturday of the month and the eve of the divine mercy sunday. Was it a mere coincidence or divine providence? It is interesting to note that our holy father consecrated himself to our Lady several times. One of them before he joined the seminary and he did this following De Montfort's total consecration to Mary. It rang a bell in my mind and I quickly went in search of the promise of the first saturday devotion. I found the text in bold below: On Dec. 10, 1925, The Child Jesus and the Most Blessed Virgin Mary came to Lucy of Fatima, who was now a religious sister in her convent cell in Pontevedra, Spain, to make of us this special request: "Look, My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me, and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for the salvation, all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me." On a subsequent occasion, Sister Lucy placed before Jesus the difficulty that some people had about confessing on Saturday, and asked if it might be valid to go to Confession within eight days. Jesus answered, "Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." Isn't it amazing that our lady's promise to assist devotees of the first saturday devotion at the hour of death was today fulfilled in the passing away of the Holy Father. He preached to us even in his death directing us to also say Totus tous Maria; entirely yours Maria. The second interesting aspect of his death is that he who championed the cause of the beatification of St. Faustina with her message of the divine mercy to us has gone to celebrate that Feast which promises us the following in the bold text below: The Lord said to St. Faustina (1905-1938): "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you.... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior..... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will." " I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory "(Diary, 47, 48). " I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus I trust in You" (Diary, 327). "I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world" (Diary, 47). - Imprimatur: John A. Marshall, Bishop of Springfield, Mass. (February 22, 1993) I have no doubt that our holy father has joined the rank of the holy communion of saints to celebrate the feast of divine mercy which promises help at the hour of death and he is now in the arms of our mother who promised her unparalled help to us if we console her. My sadness is replaced with so much thrill. I'm besides myself thinking about these things which seem like coincidences but by the mercy and wisdom of God are definitely not. His Mama (our Lady) came for him and I pray that she will someday come for us too. Sorry that this is so long! I'm besides myself with joy and I think we all ought to be dancing at Mass today but most of all, I implore everyone especially Catholics who read this to avail themselves of our Lord and Lady's promise.