By John C Preiss
A hundred years ago, on the 13th day of every month from May through October of 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children near Fatima in Portugal, bringing them an very important message, calling for penance and prayer, a message that has no less urgency today. Pope Benedict XVI described Our Lady of Fatima as “the Teacher who introduced the little seers to a deep knowledge of the Love of the Blessed Trinity and led them to savor God Himself as the most beautiful reality of human existence” (May 13, 2010). In a century when atheistic totalitarian regimes would bring the horrors of genocide to hundreds of millions of people, and when equal numbers of innocent children in the womb would die through legalized abortion, this “deep knowledge of the Blessed Trinity” was and continues to be badly needed in our world.
Fatima is a Message of hope and mercy. We must live the Message in our daily lives. This is truly a peace plan from heaven.