Thursday, February 17, 2005

sr. lucia dos santos

Here is a link to the obituary for Sr. Lucia. She was one of the three children to whom the blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima, in Portugal, six times in 1917.

May the soul of Sr. Lucia, and the souls of all the faithful, by the mercies of God rest in peace.

Thanks to Fr. Kendall Harmon for drawing my attention to it.

Some evangelical friends may wonder, what is all this about our Lady of Fatima, and Mary's Sacred Heart and what not? In answer, here is what Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger has said:

"I would like finally to mention another key expression of the “secret” which has become justly famous: “my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world—because, thanks to her Yes, God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). The message of Fatima invites us to trust in this promise."

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