Pope Benedict XVI

"Beauty... is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God Himself and His revelation."
(Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 35)

13 October 2011

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is marked as an anniversary in the 1917 apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady warned that soon an atheistic form of government, life, and society would spread through out the world, and that the Holy Father and Church would have much to suffer unless there was a conversion to Christ through her Immaculate Heart.
We now see the increasingly aggressive forms of secularism, and the attacks on life, the family, and religious freedom. 
For five months the mother of Christ had first appeared to three children to make a series of requests and predictions about prayer, penance, war and peace. She pleaded that we amend our lives and turn to Christ, through her Immaculate Heart, She also asked especially for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

The solar miracle accompanied her last appearance on October 13, 1917, included one of the most dramatic public miracles of modern times, a well-documented event known today as the “Miracle of the Sun.” On that day, 70,000 people watched as the sun appeared to make three circles and “dance” in the sky in a zig-zag pattern.
We were all asked in particular to pray the Rosary daily, work towards our own personal sanctification, to do reparation for offences against God, penance, and the practice of attending Mass on the first Saturday of five consecutive months.

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