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Friday, 13 May 2016

"Do not be afraid, I will not harm you. I come from heaven."

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima, the 99th anniversary of the first apparition.
(Those are comforting words, but we should all remember that Friar Alberto in the Decameron says something similar.)
At any rate, though I've never been one for apparitions and personal revelations, I believe I should hurry along and make more of an effort to be in time for the pre-Mass Rosary.
“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith and must, therefore, have their focus in the core of Christ's proclamation: the Father's love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel” (The Message of Fatima, CDF, June 26, 2000)

(In the old calendar 'twas the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, apologist, Cardinal, tireless enemy of schism and heresy, and perhaps most important for today, culture warrior - St Robert Bellarmine, pray for us!)

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