The Message of Fatima
Posted by catholicus on May 13, 2006
Today we are celebrating the commemoration of the first apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children of Fatima on the 13th of May of 1917. Let us therefore (re-)consider what the Message of Fatima was and still is:
Many requests are included in the famous message of Fatima, but beneath them all is the maternal pleading for one special favor. To this Our Lady referred in her first and in the subsequent apparitions. During the first appearance the Blessed Virgin answered Lucia's question, "What do you want of me?", by the reply: "I came to ask you to come here for six consecutive months, on the thirteenth day, at this same hour. I shall tell you later who I am and what I want."
Our Blassed Lady gradually led up to the prime purpose of her visits to earth at the Cova da Iria in the parish of Fatima. During the early apparitions she promised to make it known, but only at the end did she explicitly state it. Lucia kept asking her Heavenly Visitor what she desired. Although many requests were made known during the other appearances, time and again the three children were told that "later" they would learn what she wanted. Thus in June she said: "Later I shall tell you what I want…"; while in July she was still more explicit: "Continue to come here every month", she said, "in October I shall say who I am and what I desire…" During that summer of 1917 Our Lady made such requests as the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary, the practice of devotion to her Immaculate Heart, Communion of Reparation on the First Saturday, the construction of a chapel at the Cova da Iria and the procession on the Feast of the Rosary. But it was constantly clear that the great request would be reserved for the final coming in October – and so it was.
This climatic request was made known to the children just before the Sun Miracle on October 13, 1917. She stated it after identifying herself as the Lady of the Rosary. The message was short but very grave. It came as part of the answer to Lucia's question: "I have many favors to ask; do you wish to grant them or not?" In a tone of sadness and of tender pleading our Blessed Queen replied: "I will grant some of the requests but not all of them. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins. People must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already greatly offended."
OFFEND NOT OUR LORD ANY MORE, FOR HE IS ALREADY GREATLY OFFENDED!
These words constitute the foundation of the whole Fatima message, which is a renewal of the Gospel message itself. We should continually elevate our hearts to God during each day in order to offer reparation for those who fail to heed this call to salvation.
Amendment of life demands a sincere repentance of sin and a real conversion to God, as well as penance and atonement for sin. Prayer and consecration are means of sanctification and salvation for repentant man. Man will use these means and remain on the path that leads to eternal salvation, ONCE HE IS CONVERTED FROM SIN. Such ist our Blessed Mother's first concern. She had to bring her sinful children back to God and then she would be able to help sanctify them through prayer, devotion and consecration as indicated in her other message at Fatima.
Even the recitation of several Rosaries a day would be insufficient were we to neglect the amendment of our lives. We must be correctly informed as to what is contrary to faith or morals and so offensive to God and to the Immaculate Heart of God's Mother. We must strive to avoid sin and offer reparation to God despite our proud, weak and rebellious nature. As we struggle for self-conquest we should rely with confidence upon God's grace and Our Lad'y protection and approval. (Kenneth Drake)