At Fatima, Our Blessed Lady sought to urge men and women

  • to pray,
  • to do penance,
  • to convert and
  • to prepare them for the future…

…prophesying and pointing to the struggles and hardships, the crosses and battles that all souls, and with them the Church that lives in souls, are called to endure.

As authoritatively taught by an unbroken Magisterium in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Faith tells us that the end of history will occur at a time of suffering for the Church, at a time of kenosis and poverty of faith.5

So it is that at Fatima Our Lady repeats to the Church and to the world ‘Do whatever He tells you,’ so that no one will find themselves afflicted by the misfortune of being unprepared when the Lord returns.

And here we should recall that although our lives are full of limitations and sinfulness, what really counts in God’s eyes are our constant exertions to be faithful, our unending efforts to ‘remain in Him’ in order to live and be fruitful.6 It is then that we discover an ocean of Divine Mercy. But we must not forget what Holy Scripture teaches: ‘The start of wisdom is fear of the Lord,’ always noting that the fear of God is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.7

Thank you, Our Lady of Fatima, because, while you were taken up into the glory of Heaven, you did not abandon humanity; rather you continue to sustain and guide us on this pilgrimage which has as its objective the embracing of your Son and our remaining forever under your mantle.

Thank you again for repeating ‘do whatever He tells you’ in this gathering of love, which is Fatima.

 

Adapted and Edited from Cardinal Piacenza’s homily given on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during ACN’s international pilgrimage to mark the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima and to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the founding of Aid to the Church in Need
5 cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)  677
6 Cf. Jn 15:4-7
7 Cf. Isa 11:2; CCC 1831

This article can be found in Mirror 0717.