Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Anniversary of the Miracle at Fatima



Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.
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I'm convinced the message of Fatima remains especially relevant in our day.  Despite the fact it seems as if many of the prophecies have been fulfilled.  Look around the world - you can sense it.  I'm not getting into the disputation regarding the consecration of Russia - I'm just saying aspects of the message could still come to pass. 
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Anyway, our Holy Father Pope Benedict, like his predecessor John Paul II, is one of the few modern Popes to explicitly direct our attention upon the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation as it may relate to our times.  The Pope spoke on Monday, October 11, which is the day that the Second Vatican Council began in 1962, and was observed at that time as the Feast of the Divine Maternity of Mary.
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An exhortation to martyrdom?
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[T]he transformation of the world, the knowledge of the true God, the weakening of the forces that dominate the earth, is a process of suffering. In the history of Israel, we see how this liberation from polytheism, this recognition -- "only he is God" -- takes place amid much suffering, beginning with the journey of Abraham, the exile, the Maccabees, up until Christ. And it continues in history, this process of weakening spoken of in chapter 12 of Revelation; this speaks of the fall of the angels that are not angels, are not divinities on the earth. And it is truly realized precisely in the time of the emerging Church, where we see how with the blood of the martyrs there is a weakening of the divinities, all these divinities, beginning with the divine emperor. It is the blood of the martyrs, the suffering, the cry of the Mother Church that knocks them down and so transforms the world.
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This downfall is not only the knowledge that these are not God. It is the process of the transformation of the world, which costs blood, costs the suffering of the witnesses to Christ. And, if we look closely, we see that this process is never finished. Even today, in this moment, in which Christ, the only Son of God, must be born for the world with the downfall of the gods, with suffering, the martyrdom of the witnesses.
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We think of the great powers of today's history, we think of the anonymous capitals [note: here, as I said above, the translation seems inadequate; it would be better as "anonymous financial interests" or something similar] that enslave man, that are no longer something belonging to man, but are an anonymous power that men serve, and by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They are a destructive power that threatens the world. And then the power of the terrorist ideologies. Violence is done apparently in the name of God, but this is not God: these are false divinities that must be unmasked, that are not God. And then drugs, this power that, like a ravenous beast, stretches its hands over all parts of the earth and destroys: it is a divinity, but a false divinity, which must fall. Or even the way of life promoted by public opinion: today it's done this way, marriage doesn't matter anymore, chastity is no longer a virtue, and so on.
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These ideologies that are so dominant that they impose themselves by force are divinities. And in the suffering of the saints, in the suffering of believers, of the Mother Church of which we are part, these divinities must fall, what is written in the letters to the Colossians and Ephesians must come true: the dominations and powers fall and become subjects of the one Lord Jesus Christ.
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This fight in which we find ourselves, this weakening of the gods, this fall of the false gods, who fall because they are not divinities but are powers that destroy the world, are spoken of in chapter 12 of Revelation, and with a mysterious image for which, it seems to me, there are nonetheless different fine interpretations. It is said that the dragon directs a great stream of water against the fleeing woman, to sweep her away. And it seems inevitable that the woman will drown in this river. But the good earth absorbs this river, and it can do no harm. I think that it is easy to interpret what the river stands for: it is these currents that dominate everyone, and want to eliminate the faith of the Church, which seems to have nowhere to stand before the power of these currents that impose themselves as the only way of thinking, the only way of life. And the earth that absorbs these currents is the faith of the simple, which does not allow itself to be swept away by these rivers and saves the mother and saves the son. This is why the psalm says, the first psalm of the midday hour: "The faith of the simple is true wisdom" (cf. Psalm 118:130). This true wisdom of simple faith, which does not let itself be devoured by the waters, is the power of the Church. And we have come back to the Marian mystery.  - REFLECTION OF THE HOLY FATHER IN THE COURSE OF THE FIRST GENERAL CONGREGATION OF THE SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
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H/T Spirit Daily

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:24 AM

    Honestly, he takes my breath away.
    MARIA

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  2. Pick up "The Fourth Secret of Fatima" by Antonio Socci.

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  3. and sorry to be picky, but her title is "Our Lady of Fatima".

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  4. Anonymous2:35 AM

    Thank you for sharing that Terry. This post is actually an answer to prayer on some themes I've been meditating on recently.

    Thanks so very much!

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  5. Interesting that the Holy Father spoke about this on the feast of the Maternity of Mary and the icon you posted is called: The Icon of the Mother of God of Fatima.... here's a link explaining items in the icon, ie, the Immaculate Heart, Rosary,colors, words, etc.: http://amigosderusiasannicolas.blogspot.com/2009/05/icon-of-mother-of-god-of-fatima.html

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  6. Thanks SF for the link.

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  7. Gina - Our Lady told the children that on October 13 she would reveal who she was and perform a miracle. She told the children she was "Our Lady of the Rosary".

    Her liturgical feast on May 13 is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima - but today is the anniversary of the day she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.

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  8. I wanted to go to the church where that icon is but it was closed; I didn't know if I'd be able to stop so didn't call the priest first. Disappointing.

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  9. Happy feast of the Miracle of the Sun to y'all.
    Our Lady of Fatima is continuing her work to bring us all to Jesus, Her Son.
    Thanks, Mr. Terry!

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  11. Our Dear Lady--

    We raise joyful hearts and thankfulness for your assistance in Rescuing the Chilean miners..

    I firmly believe that it is no small coincidence that our modern miracle happend the same day as the anniversary of Our Lady's miracle.

    Our Lady of the Rosary--pray for us.

    Sara

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  12. Anonymous10:26 PM

    Sara: What a cogent observation...As usual, I love the tutorials on the Church history...Thanks, Terry...
    MARIA

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