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article 4/9/17

Dear Friends,

              It has been announced by the Vatican that the Holy Father has cleared the way for the canonization of two of the three children of Fatima.  The two youngest died soon after the end of the apparitions.  Lucia, the last, would live a long life, dying at the age of 95 in 2005. 

There is much attention given to Lucia especially since she continued to receive visions until her death in a cloistered Carmelite convent.  Throughout her life she tried to communicate to the world the words of the Lady of Fatima and the need to pray for poor sinners and do penance for our own sins.  She also frequently called attention to Jacinta and Francisco, her cousins, who live heroically in witness to the Lord.  These are some of the words that Sr. Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart (Lucia) recalls of Jacinta and they are profound:

 

· If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.

· Men are lost because they do not think of the death of Our Lord and do not do penance.

· The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.

· Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord, and they are not of God.

· Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear.  People who serve God should not follow fashions.  The Church has no fashions.  Our Lord is always the same.

 

Jacinta Marto died at the age of nine in 1920.  During the canonization process (1935) her tomb was opened and those present say that her face seemed to be perfectly incorrupt.  Her remains were then transferred to the Basilica of Fatima. 

At such a tender age she was chosen by God to help bring the message of the Lady of Fatima to the world.  The weapon given by the Mother of God, her favorite: the holy rosary.  The Virgin also asked that Catholics attend Mass on Saturdays and offer prayers for the conversion of Russia and the world.  Also, that the Immaculate Heart of Mary be honored and loved by all Catholics and that prayers be said for the sake of those who disparage and mock her sinlessness and virginity.  And if people would turn back to God there would be a time of great peace that would be given the world.

This year we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Lady of Fatima.  In many ways it seems we are worse off than in the time that she appeared.  The world is uncertain as nations begin to spar with each other again.  Family life has been crushed in our own country and the sacredness of marriage severely damaged.  Abortion still runs almost unchecked.  The way people dress and comport themselves is sad.

Let us turn to Mary and with humility do what we can to better our own lives.  We start always with ourselves.  A witness true to God will always bear fruit.  We should trust the three children.  We should trust the Virgin.  And her great promise at Fatima should not be forgotten.  “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”               

Fr Al