Support Swells for Consecration of California to Immaculate Heart of Mary

by Stephen Wynne  •  •  December 7, 2017   

Catholics interceding for conversion of Golden State

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LOS ANGELES ( - Along the Pacific coast, final preparations are being made for the consecration of California to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

On Saturday, Catholics in California and beyond will come together to pray for the conversion of the Golden State.

The act of repentance and reparation will entrust the state to the care of Our Lady, a century after her apparitions at Fatima.

Targeting the Culture of Death, the initiative, called Consecrate California to Mary, will intercede "for the unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted and for an end to the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism and sex trafficking."

Organizers are asking anyone interested to gather from noon–2 p.m. PST on December 9 "in public, around churches close to you or near the California coastline" to "pray for the conversion of California and in reparation for sins in our state."

Among the many confirmed participants are actor Eduardo Varastegui; pro-life activist and Live Action founder Lila Rose; Emotional Virtue founder Sarah Swafford; evangelists Jesse Romero, Tim Staples and Patrick Coffin; musician Paul J. Kim; exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger and groups like the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property and Catholic Answers.

"People have been writing us from many different countries and different states, telling us they'll be praying with us on Saturday," Libutti shared. "Seeing the genuine reaction of people and priests here in California — their joy and their hope — it's been one of the most exciting experiences in my life," he added.

Angelo Libutti

More information, including a list of participating parishes and consecration prayers, can be found on the event's website.

The consecration effort is being pioneered by Los Angeles-based director, writer and storyboard artist Angelo Libutti.

Inspiration for the initiative came to him during a 2–4 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration session when, while in prayer, he was struck by a profound awareness of California's spiritual barrenness.

"Of all the states," he notes, "California is certainly the most distant from God, the least faithful to His Commandments."

Speaking with Church Militant on Thursday, Libutti observed that even as Advent gets underway, too many hearts are set on purchases and parties, instead of God.

"So few have thought of presenting to God the Father, to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit, to Mary and to all the Angels and Saints the very best gift they could give this Christmas: their hearts and their home — California itself," he lamented.

He explained the consecration "is so important to me because I live in a state where, right now, hundreds of homes are burning to the ground and people are being made homeless, yet the majority of the population doesn't even think of stopping to humble themselves and ask God for His protection."

Libutti regards the firestorms of 2017 as chastisements for sin and is concerned that worse may be to come.

In view of this, he sees great irony in the fact that the state government has begun distributing flyers to California residents urging them to prepare for natural disasters, even as plans are being made in Sacramento to legalize prostitution.

"We blame God when bad things happen, like these fires or the great earthquake that sooner or later will come," he observed.

"We forget mea culpa, mea grandissima culpa. Because we don't trust God, we don't ask Him or the Blessed Mother for help. That has to change," he added.

I pray December 9th will become the "Catholic D-Day." I hope every Catholic in the U.S.A. joins our brothers in California and storms Heaven with the Holy Rosary on bended knees.

This, Libutti said, is what the consecration is all about. "We can blame God for our misfortunes, and the government and the media for encouraging sin, but what are we really doing to stop it? Have we done everything we can? How long are we going to wait?"

"If we love the Blessed Mother, we should clear our busy Saturday schedules and show up for the consecration, to demonstrate to her — not just with words, but with action — our sincere love for her and her Son."

California's deepest roots are Catholic — planted centuries ago by St. Junípero Serra, the "Apostle of California," who founded 21 Catholic missions along the coast.

Its religious heritage is reflected in the names of its great cities: San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and others. The capital bears the name of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ: Sacramento. Its largest city, Los Angeles, is named for Our Lady, Queen of the Angels.

Mission Dolores, San Francisco

With a $2.6 trillion economy and a population approaching 40 million (11 million of whom are Catholic), California is the reigning heavyweight among U.S. states.

It is also the most influential, home to America's entertainment (Los Angeles) and technology (San Francisco) capitals, through it which shapes the values of people across the globe.

For this reason, organizers say California seems especially targeted by the diabolical; for this same reason, every Californian, every American and every Catholic need conversion to take hold in the state.

In the lead-up to Saturday's event, Church Militant spoke with Catholic author and evangelist Jesse Romero about this need.

"California is the battleground state and ground zero for the Culture of Death," he said. "Satan has set up a beachhead command post from [which] California is exporting all manner of sin throughout the country and throughout the world."

In view of this, the San Fernando native observed, a massive faith effort is required to scatter the shadows that have fallen across the state.

"Politics cannot defeat this by itself," he declared, recalling Ephesians 6:12: "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

Jesse Romero

"California needs God's grace to be unleashed like Niagara Falls upon this state," he said, adding, "The only way it can be done is by tens of thousands of people praying the Holy Rosary for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of souls and the slaying of demons."

The three-time World Police Olympics boxing champion pulled no punches in rallying Catholics to respond.

"This is a blue-collar, rank-and-file movement of lay faithful," he said. "The time for wavering is over."

The initiative is supported by Abp. Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bp. Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, but it remains largely a lay effort.

On Thursday, Libutti told Church Militant he is praying California's bishops will deepen their involvement with the consecration.

"Our Lord gave them the power to turn back the gates of Hell," he said. "We as laity, we can only pray for it — as we will do this Saturday all along the California coast."

Many Catholic people here in California, we are lifting up our voice like a trumpet to our bishops. We are the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.' We ask you to come and join us — your presence will mean the world to us and to God.

Likewise, Romero is rallying Catholics both inside and outside California to participate in the consecration.

"I pray December 9th will become the 'Catholic D-Day,'" he told Church Militant. "I hope every Catholic in the U.S.A. joins our brothers in California and storms Heaven with the Holy Rosary on bended knees."

After all, he said, "We serve Our Lady, a twelve-star general. The Rosary is a mystical sword in the hands of Mary's children."

"This is California's Esther moment," Romero added. "California was destined for such a time as this."

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