August 7, 2016

Preparing for 100th Anniversary of Fatima

On Sunday May 13, 1917 Our Blessed Mother appeared to three little shepherds in Fatima, Portugal.  Mary asked the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta to come back to that exact spot on the 13th of each month until October.  At the request of Lucia, Mary promised that at the October visit she would provide a miracle, ‘so that all will believe.’  At the end of the October visit, the sun ‘danced in the sky like a catherine-wheel.’

  Our Lady of Fatima asked at each heavenly visit of 1917 that the children pray the rosary for peace in the world and an end to the war (WWI).  She also revealed to the children ‘three secrets’ that dealt with the conversion of sinners.  In July of 1917 Our Blessed Mother showed the children a vision of hell, and asked for the following prayer to be said at the end of each decade of the rosary.  “O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.”  This is the prayer that many of us know, the originally prayer was slightly different, but the same in substance.  Our Blessed mother said, ““You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace…”  The consecration of Russia was the second secret, while the vision of Hell was the first secret.  The third secret described an apocalyptic vision of the bloody 20th and beginning of the 21st century.  There is a vision of the Holy Father being killed (John Paul II). 

But beyond the three secrets of Fatima and the miracle of the sun is the continuing call of the gospels for repentance, prayer, sacrifice, reparation and conversion.  The conversion of the three children of Fatima led them to heroic works of sacrifice and reparation for the conversion of sinners.  Francisco was always seen praying the rosary, Jacinta would take on great works of sacrifice, ‘for the conversion of sinners, so that no one will go to hell’, and Lucia suffered greatly at the hands of the townsfolk because they thought she was lying, all for the conversion of sinners. 

As we prepare for the 100th anniversary of Fatima we are still called to ‘heroic acts’ of reparation, sacrifice and prayer for the conversion of sinners.  The call of Fatima may even be more important today, was Christians face an ever-growing world of relativism and agnosticism.  Many are living their lives without God and the world has grown hostile toward the Christ, his Word and His church. 

Please join us during the week of Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th for our Fatima parish Mission.  Details can be found on the flyer on the back of the bulletin.  Invite your family and friends and the stranger on the street.  Let’s fill the church to capacity for the greater Glory of God the Father, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit and for the honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!