October 10, 2017

Positivity: One hundred years later, Fatima still offers a potent message

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

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Oct 7, 2017 / 12:19 pm

Although the Fatima apparitions occurred 100 years ago, the Vatican’s resident Fatima expert has said they contain a message that is both relevant and needed in the world today.

“The apparitions of Fatima are a historical event with an extraordinary significance, and they have a meaning that’s not only religious, but also socio-political,” Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins told CNA in an interview.

What Our Lady offered during her apparitions is a message “that deals with mankind as mankind, not only Christians or believers,” and because of this, it “has an extraordinary authority” in the world today.

Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Martins is himself from Portugal, and has written extensively on the apparitions.

On May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta – in a field while they were tending their family’s sheep.

In her message to the children during the months that followed, Mary brought with her requests for conversion, prayer (particularly the recitation of the rosary), sacrifices on behalf of sinners, and a three-part secret regarding the fate of the world.

As word of the apparitions spread, Mary promised a sign from heaven, which took place Oct. 13, 1917. Known as the “Miracle of the Sun,” accounts from the day report that the sun began to spin, twirling in the sky, and at one point appeared to veer toward earth before jumping back to its place in the sky, with a crowd of some 70,000 watching. …

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