Today, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, so I figure it’s better to let our Lady speak, than myself. Just a few words that she shared with the three children in Fatima, when she appeared to them almost 100 years ago, in 1917.
On one occasion, she said—now, remember, she’s talking to little kids, 10 years old, 9 years old, and 7 years old—“Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings which He sends you, in reparation for the sins which offend Him, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”
Will you bear all the sufferings that He sends you?
(If kids can do it, certainly, we can, and she asks the same of us.)
On another occasion, she said to them, “Say the rosary every day, to bring peace to the world, and the end of the war.” (They were in the middle of the First World War.)
She said to three little kids, ‘You pray the rosary every day, and this war will end.’
As Knights of Columbus, there’s the expectation that you would be praying the rosary every day.
If it can bring peace to the world and an end of war, what can it accomplish in our own lives?
Just one more: On another occasion, visiting the children, one of them asked, “Are you going to bring us back home to heaven?”
Our Lady said, “I’m going to take Jacinta and Francisco soon. You will stay here a little while longer.”
Lucia looked at her sadly and said, “Must I stay here alone?” And she said, “My child, do not be sad. You will never be alone. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way which will lead you to God.”
I don’t know if any of you have a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but I personally find tremendous comfort, relief from whatever I’m going through, when I simply say to our Lady, “I place myself in your Immaculate Heart. Mary, let me take refuge in your Immaculate Heart.”
She said to the children, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
May we learn to make that our place of refuge also.
[Having trouble finding time to pray the Rosary?
Any time devoted to prayer returns the investment many times over.
Get a cheap little MP3, download the Rosary podcasts ,
get little headphones.
Go take a walk, listen to a podcast, pray the Rosary every day.]