Fatima a Message centered on Prayer, Penance and Conversion, that is Projected Beyond the Threats, Dangers and Horrors of History, Inviting Mankind to Trust in the Action of God!
In His Wednesday General Audience on May 19, 2010 the Pope Benedict XVI summarized his apostolic journey to Fatima. A touching experience rich with Many spiritual gifts was how the Holy Father described his recent trip to Portugal! He said that the Mass at the Fatima Shrine on May 13 with over 500,000 people was the culmination of his visit and the almost palpable presence of the Virgin Mary is present there with an atmosphere of authentic mysticism that characterizes the city.
The images of this unforgettable trip, the warm and spontaneous welcome and the enthusiasm of the people remain fixed in my mind and heart, I give praise to the Lord because Mary, appearing to the three shepherd children, opened in the world a privileged space to find the divine mercy that heals and saves. A message centered on prayer, on penance and conversion, that is projected beyond the threats, dangers and horrors of history, inviting mankind to trust in the action of God, to cultivate great hope, to experience the grace of the Lord so as to fall in love with Him, source of all love and peace."
In Fatima, the Blessed Virgin invites everyone to regard earth as the place of our pilgrimage to our final homeland, which is heaven. We are all pilgrims and we all need our Mother who guides us. “With you (Mary) we walk in Hope, Wisdom and Mission was the motto of my apostolic trip to Portugal, and in Fatima the Blessed Virgin Mary invites us to walk with great hope, letting ourselves be guided by ‘the wisdom from above,’ which was revealed in Jesus -- the wisdom of love.
Pope Benedict also said that for the duration of his four days in the nation he felt "spiritually sustained" by his "beloved predecessor," Venerable John Paul II. The late Pope had gone to Fatima three times during his pontificate, giving thanks to Our Lady particularly for the "'invisible hand' that freed him from death" during the assassination attempt in 1981.
The Holy Father ended with a request for the people to join him in prayer: “Let us also pray that, through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, the Holy Spirit may render this apostolic trip fruitful, and enliven in the whole world the Church’s mission, founded by Christ to announce to all peoples the Gospel of truth, peace and love.” Read more...