We have just finished the 100 year anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. I was one of those that thought some sort of chastisement would have come to the world in a big way in order to wake people up from their slumber and to emphasize the importance of this Fatima message. Not yet - I suppose, although the year is not over and there are many disasters going on all around us. Not that I want suffering but I do want people to wake up and it seems that all through history - God needs to wake people up with pain. Bishop Sheen calls pain - "God's megaphone!".
This article is covered under my Fatima section but it needs to be repeated so that we understand the greatness of Fatima. Sometimes one hears that the message of Fatima is referred to as “merely a repetition of the requests for prayer and penance in the Gospels”. Actually, Fatima is immensely more significant than that. We are living in a confused time inside the Church as well as in the world. It is in helping to clear up this confusion that Fatima is immensely important. The revelations at the Cova da Iria in Fatima Portugal made by Our Lady to three shepherd children give us, in addition to the vital message, a compendium of the major doctrines of the Church.
In an age when many doubt the Real Presence in the Blessed Eucharist, we find the Angel who appeared to the three children leaving a Host and Chalice suspended in the air while he prostrates himself and prays the prayer:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly!
I offer You the Most Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our
Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation
For the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences committed against Him; and through
The infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of
Mary – I beg or the conversion of poor sinners.
Not only does the vision of the angel adoring the Host and Chalice reassure us in our belief in the beautiful doctrine of the Real Presence, but the drops of the Precious Blood falling from the Host into the Chalice confirm what the Church has always taught, that Christ is present, whole and entire, in either species.
Could it be that the Eucharistic Reparation Prayers taught at Fatima were mainly for our time when Jesus is received in the hand, when some priests take the liberty to make up their own Eucharistic Prayers in the Novus Ordo Mass, when unconsecrated extraordinary ministers are distributing Our Lord and purifying the vessels? If you think the answer is yes - I advise you to consider memorizing these prayers and say them constantly throughout your day! Please!
Another doctrine of the Faith brought forward at Fatima is the doctrine on hell. How many so-called theologians, in this sad age, have taken it upon themselves to dismiss the doctrine of a hell of eternal fire as “not suitable for the mentality of modern man”? At Fatima, the children were given a terrifying vision of that same hell of fire, proving that the magisterium has not erred. These children of 7, 9 and 10 were told by Our Lady that this is where the souls of poor sinners go because there is no one to pray and make sacrifices for them. Our Lady urged the necessity of compassion for our neighbors when She said this, telling us that we are all in some sense mediators of intercession for souls, many of whom we can save if we pray and do penance for them. Upon hearing and seeing this, the children spent their days making little sacrifices and prayers so that souls would not fall there, leaving us with this heroic example.
How many funerals have you gone to where the priest and faithful say this person is now resting in peace and is in a better place?
The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady was clearly implied in the references to Her Immaculate Heart. Therefore, by inference, the doctrine of Original Sin, so often challenged today, is confirmed. If Our Lady is immaculate, then the rest of us are conceived in sin as the Church has always taught.
The doctrines of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, of the existence of angels and devils, of the need for prayer and penance to attain salvation are all brought to the notice of the modern world at Fatima, and of course, are confirmed by the great Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917. This happens to be the only miracle predicted to happen, day and hour, which actually did happen as predicted. This makes this a public revelation and NOT a private revelation as many brush it off saying that it is!
Shouldn’t this make this message significant?
Shouldn’t we study what the message is and live it?
Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!