The way that will lead you to God

Saturday, February 20, 2016

 The way that will lead you to God
Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Today we commemorate Blessed  Jacinta and Francisco Marto , (1910-1920; 1908-1919) two of the three children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared,  May 13,  1917.  They were tending sheep  near Fatima, Portugal, a city 110 miles North of Lisbon when Mary appeared to them  on the 13th day  of May and on the 13th day of the  month for the next 6 months.  At this time all of Europe was involved in a bloody war, Portugal was in political turmoil, its monarch having been overthrown in 1910: Nicholas II the Czar of Russia recently had been deposed: and, Communism had its beginning. Mary asked them pray the rosary “to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”  They were to pray for sinners and the Conversion of Russia. It is estimated that over 90,000 people gathered for the last apparition on October 13 and were able to see the spectacle of the sun’s solar phenomenon, which lasted about 10 minutes. Now, a million people a year gather at Fatima on May 13, the date of the first apparition and October 13, date of the last apparition.  About 20 million people visit Fatima every year. 

 This is a description of part of the apparition
Our Lady indicated to us the specific root of all the troubles in the world, the one that causes world wars and such terrible suffering: sin. She then gave a solution, first to individual people, then to the Church’s leaders. God asks each one of us to stop offending Him. We must pray, especially the Rosary. By this frequent prayer of the Rosary, we will get the graces we need to overcome sin. God wants us to have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to work to spread this devotion throughout the world. Our Lady said, "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God." If we wish to go to God, we have a sure way to Him through true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother.

Reflection:
Today is the 11th day of Lent
The gospel has these words:
“love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,
That you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes the sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust”
We pray the rosary for all whom God loves—ourselves and everyone else. .



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