This year, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima! This is a huge celebration for the Catholic Church, and Pope Francis has kicked it off by granting opportunities for the faithful to obtain a Plenary Indulgence up until close of the anniversary on November 26th, 2017. To learn more about this Indulgence and its requirements, please, click here requirements for a Plenary Indulgence for the Centennial Anniversary of Fatima.
Fatima is an approved site by the Catholic Church, every pope since Pius XII has believed in the events at Fatima as supernatural, and John Paul II attributed his survival of an assassination attempt on May 13, 1981, to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. This May, Pope Francis will take a pilgrimage to Portugal to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima by canonizing two visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints. The canonization will take place on May 13th, within a mass.
What many people do not know, and I was one of them, is that before the children began seeing apparitions of Mary on May 13th, 1917 an angel appeared to them three times in 1916, almost as a preparation. This angel referred to himself as the “Angel of Peace.” At his first appearance, a strong wind came, and then a sudden brilliant light appeared and in the center of that light was a cloud formation that turned into the image of the angel of peace. He spoke to them saying: “Fear not! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me!” He then knelt on the ground and bowed very low. The children did the same and recited his words three times: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.” Then he rose and said: “Pray this way. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”
The second time he appeared to them he said: “What are you doing? Pray! Pray a great deal. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices continually to the Most High.” The children asked: “How must we sacrifice ourselves?” The angel said: “Make everything you do a sacrifice, and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended, and as a petition for the conversion of sinners. By this, you will bring peace to your country. I’m its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all accept and bear with submission all the suffering the Lord will send you.“
I find it fascinating that God even gives Countries Guardian Angels!! Wow! On his third visit, he held a chalice and over the chalice was a host that dripped blood into the chalice. He knelt and said three times to the children: “Most Holy Trinity-Father, Son, and Holy Spirt-I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles in the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby he is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.” Then he rose, took the Host, and gave it to Lucia, while the contents of the chalice he gave to Jacinta and Francisco, and said: ” Take the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ horribly outraged by thankless men. Recover their sins and comfort your God.“
Doesn’t this all seem so apropos for today, as it did in 1916? It is hard to summarize the messages of Mary in this blog, but you can learn more here: The apparitions of our Lady of Fatima and here: more details Our lady did ask us through the visionaries to
- Pray the rosary daily
- Offer sacrifice for sinners (including ourselves)
- Do a consecration and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Wear the brown scapular
I find this quote by visionary Sr. Lucia encouraging and motivating, I hope you do too.
The most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…of the life of peoples and Nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. I tell you, now matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the power of the rosary.–Sister Maria Lucia of Fatima
I’ve helped my parish put together some opportunities to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. I’ve asked the leader of our Divine Mercy Prayer group who will be at Fatima for the Anniversary to bring back a statue that will be blessed there. We will be circulating this statue among our parishioners until the close on November 26th. We are also giving out brown scapula’s blessed at and from Fatima in Portugal as well. In addition, we are offering a special rosary on Wednesday’s in the Church following the mysteries of the rosary on our stained glass windows, they are spectacular. To close the 100th Anniversary, as a parish we are doing together a consecration to Mary using the book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, 33 Days to Morning Glory.
We will have our consecration on the closing of the 100th Anniversary November 26th, 2017. You can get your own copy by clicking here: 33 Days of Morning Glory Be sure to check your Church’s bulletin and website to see what opportunities your parish has put together for you to celebrate.