Lent and Our Lady of Fatima

By John C. Preiss

The hardness of hearts within our society must change if we are to change society. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said:

“Lent is the time for greater love; listen to Jesus’ thirst. … Repent and believe, Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of hearts. He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

It is hard not to look around and see the damage being done in our society. It is through the grace and mercy of God that we can overcome the trials we face. If we look too high and try to fix what we can not fix, the wonderful things in front of us will be lead astray by the ever changing world. Instead of worrying about everything else, we must look to God in all things, whether good or bad. Our families should always come first. What is the point if you save others and your family is led astray by the evil one. It is a perfect time to reflect on the messages of Our Lady at Fatima as we prepare for the next forty days of lent and offer up all of our many sacrifices.

This is straight from Our Lady when Lucia asked how we do make sacrifices?

“Make everything you can a sacrifice and offer them to God as an act of REPARATION (to repair) for the sins by which He is offended and to ask for the conversion of sinners.

When we reflect on the July 13th, 1917 apparition

Our Lady said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice.