By John C. Preiss
It was the Spring of 1916..At least, I think it was, because at that time, being a child, I did not bother my head with dates, and might even not have known what date of the month it was! One day, then, about that time, when the three little Fatima shepherds were on the slope of the hill known as the Cabeco, beneath a rock called the Loca, they saw, some way off, a young man approaching them who seemed to be made of light. When he reached them, he said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me’. Then kneeling down on the ground, he bowed low until his forehead touched the earth and said the following words the following words three times: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I ask pardon of You for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You’. Then he said: ‘Pray thus, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications’.
The first call which God addresses to us through His Messenger is thus a call to faith: ‘My God I believe.’ Faith is the basis of the entire spiritual life. It is by faith that we believe in the existence of God, in His power, in His wisdom, His Mercy, His work of redemption, His pardon and His Fatherly Love.
It is by Faith that we believe in God’s Church, founded by Jesus Christ, and in the doctrine of the Church transmits to us and by which we shall be saved.
It is the light of faith that guides our steps, leading us by the narrow way that leads to Heaven.
It is by faith that we see Jesus Christ in others, loving, serving and helping them when they are in need of our assistance.
And it is also our faith that assures us that God is present within us, that His eyes are always upon us. They are eyes of Light, almighty and immense, which extends everywhere, sees everything, and penetrates all things with the unique clarity proper to the Divine Sun alone, as compared with which the sun which we see and which warms us is no more than a pale reflection, a fragile spark emanating from the Light of the Immense Being which is God.
This reflection by Sister Lucia paints a beautiful picture of our faith and the mystery of God’s love for each of us. He is everywhere and His love radiates in all things that are good. We are living in trying times, yet we must follow Christ who is light. “Do not be afraid”, says many Saints. This should be are attitude in the midst of our current state of persecution. We must stay attentive to our daily duties and continue to live out the messages that Our Lady shared with the three shepherds at Fatima. It is truly a message of hope.
Saint Quote to think about:
You will be consoled according to the greatness of your sorrow and affliction; the greater the suffering, the greater will be the reward. --St. Mary Magdalen de'Pazzi