What is the Flame of Love?
Why does my parish need another devotion?
Is it approved by the Church?
Yes. The local ordinary, His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö, Primate of Hungary, established The Flame of Love Movement as a Private Association of the Faithful with Juridic Personality. That last phrase is important. Private Associations are not necessarily approved but any Association with Juridic Personality must be approved by a competent ecclesiastical authority. So though the Movement was established in Budapest, the approval is for the Universal Church.
Canon 322 – § 1 . A private association of the Christian faithful can acquire juridic personality through a formal decree of the competent ecclesiastical authority mentioned in can. 312. §2. No private association of the Christian faithful can acquire juridic personality unless the ecclesiastical authority mentioned in can. 312, § 1 has approved its statutes.
“I had learned from my dear mother the value of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monsignor Vincent Walsh had introduced me to the Flame of Love more than 3 years ago. I have come to appreciate Mother Mary’s maternal care for me and her spiritual children, especially the quality of maternal love of her Immaculate Heart! While Satan continually and often subtly confuses, and works to destroy us, I am certain that Mary blinds him! In every time and place, all people may be assured of victory over Satan because of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! My parish has 2 cenacles, as witness to the undeniable power of Mother Mary’s victory over Satan.”
Father Mike Davis
Beloved Pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Feasterville, PA; VP, FOL Board of Directors