Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Our Blessed Mother appeared and shared with the three children of Fatima, Portugal, a vision on July 13, 1917. She revealed a powerful message that day, with a vision of hell before the eyes of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. In the Secret of Fatima, we are reminded of the importance of intercessory prayer. Pope Benedict XVI interpreted the message of Fatima best with Saint Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Thus, they were granted the right to examine and give the faithful concise announcement of what God was telling us through Mary in the apparitions of Fatima.
God rest his soul; Pope Benedict Emeritus said this regarding the July 13 apparition at Fatima:
Pope Benedict XVI continues:
Fatima has been a significant part of my faith journey. Our Lady seems to have called me and all of you who know her, in this message, by name from our hearts to God’s altar. We are drawn to pray for Our Lady’s intentions. The evil of our time fuels our prayer to fight by our intercession to bring forth the presence of Christ. We are called to set fire to Christ’s mercy and reveal Heaven through the witness of our lives so God’s reign of LOVE is manifested. In the Eucharist, we live this Incarnation of God’s love.
In the above message from Saint Peter Julian, we find wisdom to be in obedience, “suffering is often God’s secret for keeping the soul under the mystery of obedience.”
Obtaining a strong prayer life is essential; centering our lives around the Liturgy is our strength for the journey.
A beautiful thought is to be in a mystery of obedience. God has blessed us by giving us a mother; she is our teacher. Mary leads her children by example.
Friendship in Mary and in one another is a gift from Our Father. When we think of finding our relationship with our Mother, we can think of Our Blessed Mother teaching us to pray. Mary appeared to us so many times asking for our intercession, faithfulness, and love.
We remember and believe our mother saved Saint Pope John Paul II; faith and prayer are more powerful than hatred.
Important from Pope Benedict XVI, in conclusion: