Our Lady of Fatima 100 Years of Grace

29 May 2017

  “But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me”?
Luke: 1:43

Year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until Oct. 13, 1917.
We were blessed with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on an international tour from Rome, visiting our school, making 29 May 2017 a significant and memorable day for us. The ceremony started at 8.30am in the main hall with the whole school and parishioners gathering to hear and watch the history about Fatima. 100 years our Lady of FatimaIt was followed by a procession to the chapel, then the Benediction, Rosary and Eucharistic Celebration. The Sisters offered to our Mother a beautiful dance and choral recital.
The message of Fatima highlights many central truths and devotions of the Catholic faith: the Trinity, the Eucharist, penance, the Rosary and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. There is special emphasis on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is a refuge of maternal love for us all and a sure path that leads us to God. In the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph because Mary is full of God’s grace and is all pure. She has the heart of a mother who cares for her children and wishes them to be saved by her divine Son, Jesus.
Fatima is one of the most significant of all Marian apparitions. Along with Guadalupe (Dec. 12) and Lourdes (Feb. 11), it is one of three Marian apparitions honoured with a feast day. In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II added the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima to the general Roman calendar. May 13 was the day of the first Fatima apparition of 1917, and May 13, 1981, was the day when St. John Paul II survived an attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square. John Paul II credited his 100 years our Lady of Fatimasurvival to the intervention of Our Lady of Fatima. The assassin’s bullet that narrowly missed killing the pope now is inserted in a crown of Our Lady housed at the Fatima shrine. Fatima is also linked with the collapse of Russian communism more than 25 years ago.
She asked every single one of us to say the Rosary. When we pray the Rosary in union with Mary, we meditate upon the mysteries of Christ. We identify with the faith of Mary that she had upon earth, too. Our Lady has requested the faithful “keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.” Consider the words “keep me company.” Is that not “meditating together with Mary”?
Our Mother in the order of grace wants us to keep her company, especially while praying the Rosary. May we lovingly respond to her motherly request, today and always. Amen
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Sr Marie Claude VO

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