Feastday of Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima 4[Excerpt from the homily preached by Pope John XXIII (then Patriarch of Venice) at Fatima on May 13, 1956, for the twenty-fifth aniversary of the consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary]:

Salute means safety from the evils of this world, and Nicopeja means Queen of Victories (note: here he is referring to two icons, the Madonna della Salute and the Madonna Nicopeja). But I am not thinking of military victories, which always mean violence, the ferocity of men, and blood. I am thinking of spiritual conquests for the truth, for the Gospel, for the Holy Catholic Church and her august head, for justice, liberty of souls and nations, and of the whole world.

I wish to say once more in my name and in the name of this enormous throng, gathered here from every land: O, Our Lady of Fatima, through the virtue of your Immaculate Heart, obtain for us from blessed Jesus, the fountain of every grace, justice, charity and peace! Amen.

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Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima for Peace

O Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace, you appeared to the children of Fatima at a time of great unrest and turmoil in the world. You asked then that the world pray for peace, so that the Reign of God may be known in every land.
Our world today continues to be mired in the vicious and fruitless cycle of hatred, violence and war. Your message of peace to the children of Fatima is needed as urgently today as it was when you first delivered it.
Grant us, Mary, that peace which is so much more than the mere absence of war. Grant us God’s peace, so that we might see every man and woman as a brother or a sister, as fellow creatures of the one God. Help us to build a world of justice, which is the only sure foundation of peace. And bring us all one day into the fulness of union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in eternity. This we ask through Christ, your Son and our Lord, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

[Taken from the booklet: Our Lady of Fatima with Prayers and Devotions, in the “Florentine Lives of the Saints” collection]


3 Responses

  1. If we would just faithfully pray the Rosary as she asked, we might also just hand abortion back to satan, empty. Sometimes it seems the longest, loneliest, and perhaps most futile 20 minutes ever. But if we could see what (else) she does with it, besides settle our own hash! We have to take that on faith initially, too. A friend once referred to the Rosary as 5 loaves of bread someone in the crowd offers to Mary for Jesus, and she gives it to Jesus to bless, mutliply, and not just spiritually (and perhaps corporally!) feed, but to sustain others. Well, I don’t know –who knows– but all I can think is, what doesn’t Either or Both these hearts do with a Rosary offering?

  2. “settle our own hash”. 🙂 I haven’t heard that in years!

    I really like your friend’s analogy of the Rosary being like the loaves of bread multiplying. We really have no idea of what Mary and Jesus are doing with our prayers and offerings for others – we have no real conception (most of us, anyway) of for whom or how our small efforts are being used and/or distributed. Faith, as you say, is the key. We have been told over and over again that it is the truth; we must believe, and carry on…

  3. thanks for posting.

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