In Preparation for the FEAST DAY of the FLAME OF LOVE OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, on 2nd February (which is shared with Candlemas), we will begin to pray our 9-Day Flame of Love Novena on Tuesday January 24th. The Novena will finish on Wednesday, 1st February which is the Vigil of the FEAST DAY and also St. Brigid’s Day.
The intention for this 2023 Novena is to promote the spread of the Flame of Love into more and more Irish Parishes with a special focus on men and youth.
We will pray each day of the Novena Prayers at our usual online Cenacles in the jit.si, folirlcar23 Room and at the 8pm Rosary in the jit.si, folirlrosaryea Room.
The NOVENA DAILY MEDITATIONS can also be found in Section Three of our IRISH FLAME OF LOVE REFERENCE BOOK OF PRAYERS and accessed on the HOMEPAGE of our website https://flameoflove.ie or simply by CLICKING HERE
MARY:“Put immediately into action the outpouring of graces of my Flame of Love. To your group, I give a wonderful strength to all and to each one in particular. Your responsibility is great but your work will not be in vain. There must not be a single soul missing in this common effort. The soft light of my Flame of Love will light up, spreading fire over the entire surface of the earth. Satan, humiliated and reduced to powerlessness, will not be able to exercise his power. However, do not seek to prolong these birth pangs.”
Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann, 27 November 1963
Our newest member to the working group is Claire Turley (Ozzy), who has taken on the Role as Social Media Coordinator. She is in charge of posting all our news via Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Claire has also volunteered to help with the Newsletter and has led some of our Online Daily Rosary times. We are so grateful for Claire’s help in spreading Our Blessed Mother’s Flame of Love via Social Media. If anyone would like to help Claire, please let us know be emailing us at email@example.com or to Claire directly at SMedia@flameoflove.ie
Also, if you haven’t checked out our Social Media Platforms (Facebook and Instagram), please do so, like and share with others!
The 3rd Retreat HAS BEEN MOVED TO 28th JANUARY 2023 at 1:00 PM
The Third Session of our Four-Part Retreat Series – BUILDING ON SOLID ROCK was postponed from the 14th to the 28th of JANUARY 2023 at 1:00 PM. The date was moved because of the illness of John Sullivan. He is now on the mend and we pray for his continued healing.
The presentation, led by John Sullivan, International Assistant Coordinator of the Flame of Love Movement, will run a little over two hours. Those who can stay are invited to then join us to pray the Flame of Love Rosary and the Chaplet of the Adored Jesus.
In the 3rd part of the Series, we will take a deep dive into the Unity Prayer as the “Why” of Salvation. One cannot overestimate the importance of the Unity Prayer. It is not just the heart of the Flame of Love Movement but it is the heart of all Christianity. Join us as we explore the binding love that is the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and how it fundamentally changes our relationship with God. We will examine from the scriptures many examples of distorted relationships with God – distortions which we may find painfully familiar. We will see how literally Jesus IS the way and how union with Him IS salvation. It is only in this context that we can properly understand the practices of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Flame of Love itself.
With the breath-taking pace at which our Blessed Mother is spreading the Flame of Love of her Immaculate Heart around the world, it is important that those doing the blessed work of spreading it understand it well so information is conveyed accurately. Frankly, it is not necessary to understand the Flame of Love in order to pass it heart to heart but it is helpful especially as we encounter more priests and bishops who are interested.
This series will provide a solid grounding for the Flame of Love at the heart of the Church. The Flame of Love is all about Grace – it is the greatest outpouring of graces since the Word was made flesh. If we do not understand Grace, we will not understand the Flame of Love. If we do not understand what Salvation is, we will not understand Grace. This series will give the overview of Salvation, the role of Grace and thus the critical importance of the Flame of Love to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Divine Heart of Jesus as the effect of Grace.
If you registered for either of the previous sessions, you do not need to re-register. The link and Handouts will be sent by email the day before the event to anyone who has registered. We hope to see you all there. Also, please feel free to share this invitation to family and friends.
2022 was a significant year for Our Lady’s Flame of Love Movement in Ireland! The Movement ‘officially launched’ in Dromantine Retreat Centre in Newry, N. Ireland on the 7th of May during our first All-Ireland, in-person Conference. (See our Statues for more information on the organisation of the Movement). This was the first time that devotees who had been praying together during COVID lockdowns were finally able to meet face-to-face.
Since that time, the working group has continued to strive to respond to Our Lady’s call to spread her Flame far and wide. We are in the process of establishing the Flame of Love Movement as an Irish Charity (which is still pending) and coordinating more efficient communication with all who are interested in learning more about the Flame of Love (our Emails, Website, WhatsApp Groups, and Social Media Platforms – Facebook & Instagram). Read more about the Flame of Love Movement Ireland on the ABOUT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE
In April 2022, Ireland’s Flame of love Movement was invited to participate in the International Cenacles which are hosted by the Flame of Love Philippines Movement. These cenacles take place every Friday night at 1am in the summertime, and 12am (Midnight) in winter. This is a beautiful way to participate with others while doing a night vigil. You will find the links (Facebook or YouTube options) to the Live Streams on theHomepage of Our Website under International Cenacles.
In May 2022, the international community led by the Philippines, introduced the 2000 Hail Marys’ in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This event takes place on the 8th of every month. Ireland are very happy to be part of this special devotion. We are always looking for volunteers to pray 100 Flame of Love Hail Mary’s to represent our assigned Irish times. If you would like to lead or respond, please let us know. Alternatively, anyone may participate via the Facebook and YouTube Livestream every 8th of the Month. Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram for the links.
In October 2022, the International Flame of Love family introduced a Global Thursday Holy Hour of Reparation to Jesus. This takes place at 10pm on https://meet.jit.si/folthursday10 – EVERY THURSDAY. As the clock moves to 10PM in each time zone around the world, Flame of Love Members may join in this meet.jit.si room to honour Our Ladys’ request to “Offer a very special reparation to my Divine Son, Adore Him with great fervour, making reparation for the many offences inflicted upon Him.” (Diary pg. 25)
October 2022 also marked the First of our 4-PART FORMATION RETREAT SERIES of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) online ‘Building on Solid Rock’. These formation retreats are led by John Sullivan and take place on the second Saturday of each month at 1pm Irish Time. The purpose of these live streamed, recorded talks is to grow in understanding and love of the Flame of Love so that we may more effectively spread the effect of grace to others.
In November 2022 we started praying 4 DAILY FLAME OF LOVE ROSARIES, 6 days a week. This is strengthening us in our daily prayer and growing our apostolate. This has proved to be very popular from the start. We took a break for the Christmas Octave and resumed on the 2nd January.MARY: “Whenever someone does adoration in a spirit of atonement or visits the Blessed Sacrament, as long as it lasts, Satan loses his dominion on the parish souls.”6-7 November 1962)
GOALS for 2023
As we enter this new year, we pray that Our Lady’s Flame of Love continues to spread into parishes throughout our country. Internationally there is a strong emphasis to reach out to MEN and YOUTH. We also pray that more and more devotees introduce Our Lady’s Flame into parishes and other ministries. We have prepared INFORMATION PACKETS that can be shared with priests and bishops and prayer group coordinators in order to help facilitate this. These can be found on our website on the CHURCH APPROVAL page. We are always happy to help in any way that we can.
MARY: “My little Carmelite, I ask you to continually increase your desire for my Flame of Love…With my Flame of Love, I want to make the home come alive again with love. I want to unite families that are scattered.” (8 August 1962)
The Holy Spirit Guides Us in Every Choice and Decision by Marie Kelly
I heard about the Flame of Love Movement through the 32 County Prayer Group during Covid (early 2021). I prayed the Flame of Love rosary on my own initially and then joined a Flame of Love Virtual Cenacle. I felt a strong urge to bring the Flame of Love Devotion to my own parish – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. I think that this inspiration may have come from my consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was a ‘consecration pact’ – my part was to bring souls to Jesus and Jesus’s part was to look after my personal interests. The more I would keep ‘my part’, the more Jesus would look after my interests.
A friend and I had already set up ‘Mothers Prayers’ in St. Cronan’s, Roscrea and we were holding our meetings in the Parish Centre there. I was also a member of the Legion, and of Joan Buckley’s Monthly Prayer Group in Moneygall through which I had met others who had helped me along my spiritual path.
My desire to bring this devotion to my parish led me to join the virtual Flame of Love Leadership Meetings, and to get to know the leaders of this devotion which was in its early set-up phase in Ireland in 2022. Initially one of our leaders, Frances Devaney, was going to give the Introduction to the Flame of Love in Roscrea. Then John Sullivan, Assistant International Co-Ordinator of the Flame of Love Movement (who is based in the U.S.) announced that he would join us in the Dromantine Retreat Centre, Newry for our Formal Launch and First Day of Prayer, Formation and Fellowship on 7th May, 2022. John said that he would stay in Ireland for six more days and give Introductory Presentations on the Flame of Love wherever we could organise to hold them.
About six weeks before the Introduction in Roscrea I was nominated to the Parish Council in my parish. I believe that this was Our Lady putting me in touch with others to help plan and promote the event.
I had the privilege of having John stay at my house for two nights whilst giving the Introduction in St. Cronan’s Catholic Church, Roscrea on Sunday, 8th May. John introduced the Flame of Love Devotion at the 11.30 mass to a full church. Then we had a longer session at 4pm which was attended by 70 people who came from various surrounding towns as well as from Roscrea itself. After the formal introduction was over a group formed around John and they had further discussions with John for an hour or so.
A Flame of Love cenacle commenced in my parish shortly after the Introduction. We have had seven members from the commencement. We meet at 7.30pm every Wednesday in the Parish Centre, St. Cronan’s Catholic Church, Roscrea. One lady in our group had been praying the Flame of Love rosary with her family for 3-4 years having heard about the Devotion on EWTN. She had not met anyone else in the Flame of Love Movement previous to the Introduction to the Devotion in Roscrea.
Anyone who would like to join us on a Wednesday evening is most welcome.
Our Lady and Jesus placed people around me to help prior to the Introduction, on the day of the Introduction and later to set up the cenacle in Roscrea. It is amazing how God places the people we need around us when we do something to promote his interests.
After our Dromantine Retreat a volunteer was needed to distribute our Flame of Love Literature. I felt urged again by the Holy Spirit to take on this role which would help to bring souls to Jesus. Again this was accomplishing ‘my part of the Sacred Heart Consecration Pact’ which I had taken three years ago. These are not coincidences, but God-Incidences and they happen every day!
Come Holy Spirit, come, come by means of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Marie Kelly is our Distribution of Literature Coordinator Volunteer
When you order literature, Marie Kelly is the person who will be sending it out to you!
I visited one country recently where zealous members of the Movement were concerned that the perception in their country is that the Flame of Love is something old ladies pray in church. I was talking to leaders in another country with a conspicuous lack of men and they said their husbands joked about it being the ladies’ night out to pray. No, no NO! Yes, it’s great that the women are praying but there are two serious problems in viewing the Flame of Love this way.
First, the Flame of Love is so much more than just another prayer devotion. As a prayer devotion, it is one of the most powerful ever given to the Church with its ability to shatter the influence of evil but it is even bigger than that. It is nothing short of our Blessed Mother’s plan to renew the entire Church and world by the effect of Grace. It is on par with the first Pentecost. Shouldn’t men have a part in this?!
Listen to Jesus’ words:
By her [Mary’s] powerful intercession, she obtained from Me for families this great effusion of grace, which she also wants to extend to the whole world. As she said: ‘Nothing comparable to this has happened ever since the Word became Flesh.’ 1
The Lord Jesus had a really deep conversation with me. . . . . He spoke to me at length about the time of grace and the Spirit of Love quite comparable to the first Pentecost, flooding the earth with its power. That will be the great miracle drawing the attention of all humanity. All that is the effusion of the effect of grace of the Blessed Virgin’s Flame of Love. 2
1 Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Spiritual Diary (First Edition 2014), 187 2 ibid. 149
And look at how our Blessed Mother describes it:
I assure you, my little one, that I have never before given into your hands such a powerful force of grace, the burning flame of the love of my heart. Ever since the Word became Flesh, I have not undertaken a greater movement than the Flame of Love of my heart who rushes to you. Until now, nothing could blind Satan as much. And it is up to you not to reject it, for this rejection would simply spell disaster. 3
3 ibid. 60
If the first problem is to underestimate the Flame of Love as “just a prayer devotion”, the second is to consign it exclusively to women. The Flame of Love is the greatest force given since Jesus walked the Earth to break the stranglehold of Satan on our families, our countries and our societies – to drive out the influence of evil in the world. IF MEN ARE NOT IN THE VANGUARD OF DRIVING EVIL OUT OF THE WORLD, TELL ME WHO SHOULD BE! Men, this is your calling – your calling to take up spiritual arms and make a difference in this world!
. . . . this priest understood the essential message, which is ‘to blind Satan.’ This is the principal and only purpose of the Flame of Love of the Blessed Virgin. She, herself, promised an outpouring of graces so great as have not happened on earth since the Word became Flesh. 4
4 ibid. 198
Yes, men, if you are not leading the charge to drive out Satan by the effect of grace, who is? The Flame of Love needs you and you need The Flame of Love. Answer the call.
If men are not in the vanguard of driving evil out of the world, tell me who should be!
A Special Note to FATHERS
Fathers, teaching your children to be active participants in grace begins with YOU!
Fathers, it is not enough to try to protect your children in our world; evil is too pervasive and accessible. If all you do is try to protect your children, you will fail. That’s fighting a defensive war and you can’t win a defensive war.
Yes, it is not enough to try to protect our children. We must teach them to go on the offensive; we must make them active participants in the life of grace so that when – not if but when – they are confronted with evil, THEY are the ones driving it out. Yes, the Flame of Love is for children – to bring them deeply into a life of grace – to make them the ones who drive out evil around them.
Fathers, teaching your children to be active participants in grace begins with YOU! You must be an active participant in grace; you must be actively driving evil out from around you; you need to be living the effect of grace of the Flame of Love. You must be the ones who show them the way, not just their mother. When they see YOU living a life of sacrificial love, of making Jesus so present in your life that Satan’s influence is completely driven out, then they will know driving out evil is possible and they will know how to do it.
This is especially true of our sons. You know how much you have been spiritually assaulted and tempted. It is worse for them. Do not leave them without the means to resist. You need to be saints for them; you need to show them the way to holiness and that is what the Flame of Love does; it is a rocket ride to holiness for everyday people. Jesus told Elizabeth Kindelmann:
Do not believe that this is impossible because you are a living proof. I placed you in a family setting, so others could see how they can and ought to live. You serve both the family and God at the same time. 5
5 ibid. 229
The world needs us to be great saints – not because we are great but because the need is great. Your children need you to be saints to show them that they can be saints. That’s what the Flame of Love does – the greatest outpouring of graces since the Word became flesh. Fathers, be saints for your children by participating in the grace of the Flame of Love. Yes, you need the Flame of Love and the Flame of Love needs you.
During this month of November, we want to remind Flame of Love Devotees and those new to the Flame of Love Movement about Our Blessed Mother’s promise to Elizabeth Kindelmann for the souls of the faithful who are in Purgatory.
The Blessed Mother said to Elizabeth:“Whenever My Flame of Love is invoked and three Hail Mary’s are recited in My honor, a soul is released from Purgatory. During November, the month of the deceased, ten souls will be released from Purgatory for each Hail Mary recited. Suffering souls must also feel the effect of grace of the Flame of Love of My maternal Heart.” (13 October 1962)
“My Flame of Love which from My Heart I wish to spread on you in an increasingly large measure also extends to the souls in Purgatory. Pay good attention to what I am saying, write My words down and hand them over to the concerned persons: Families doing the hour of atonement on Thursdays or Fridays will received the special grace of delivering from Purgatory, within eight days, one deceased member of their family after one single day of severe fasting.” [on bread and water] (24 September 1963)
JESUS: “Whoever fasts on Monday on bread and water while referring to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary delivers the soul of a priest from Purgatory. Also, he who follows that prescription will receive the grace, during the octave following his death, to be delivered from Purgatory by My Mother”.
MARY (added later): “For all those who observe absolute fasting regularly on Monday, they can cease it at 6.00 p.m. But instead, they must pray on the same day a five-decade Rosary for the souls in Purgatory.”
MARY: “The priests who observe the fasting on Monday release during each Holy Mass they celebrate during that week, at the moment of consecration, innumerable souls from Purgatory. The religious and the laity who observe absolute fasting on Monday will deliver during that week, every time they receive Communion and at the time they receive the Sacred Body of the Lord, a host of souls from Purgatory.” (August 15, 1980)
“You see, My daughter, when the Flame of Love of My Heart is inflamed upon the earth, its outpouring of graces flows out to the dying as well. Satan is blinded and with the help of your fervent prayers, Satan’s fight against the dying will cease. Under the serene beam of My Flame of Love, even the most hardened sinners are converted for I do not want any soul to be lost… Make sure that not a single minute goes by during the night without prayer. As long as there is someone awake and praying in honour of My Flame of Love, I promise you that not a single dying person in their surroundings will be damned. The more fervently you pray, the more thoroughly will Satan be blinded, and the dying soul will find renewed strength to decide wisely as to her future destiny.”