The Fatima Apparition that was to happen on August 13th was delayed by political subterfuge. As I said last year, Our Lady wasn’t to be defeated by a political hack.
Along with the repeated request to return on the 13th of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary, Our Lady exhorted the seers to pray for souls, as many have no one to pray for them. As a consequence, many perish in damnation.
Praying for other people is one of the great works of mercy that we can do. Many people scoff at prayer, typically these people either never tried it, or did but didn’t get whatever it was they wanted and sadly concluded that it doesn’t work. (It does, but sometimes the answer is “No.”) Prayer is the uplifting of the heart and mind to God, and at what better time can we ask His intercession for people we know? How prayer works is somewhat of a mystery. As God already knows what we desire, there would seem to be little reason to tell Him. However, prayer may work for us as it reminds us of Who we are dependent on. In praying for others, we become aware that we are not in this for ourselves, we are “our brother’s keeper,” and prayer may bring unknown graces upon others, giving them strength to persevere when they themselves didn’t think to ask..
Perhaps like when you found that added, needed strength to begin recovery.
Prayer is central to the Fatima Message, it is key to the success of why Our Lady appeared.
As I have said previously, I plan on blogging about these Apparitions in hopes that Catholics in recovery can find some additional tools to pack in their spiritual toolkit for fighting addictions. Every month from May through October, on or about the 13th, I shall post something on that month’s Apparition through the 100th Anniversary in 2017. Initially I’ll be very basic, but when the anniversaries approach again up through 2017, I hope to delve deeper. I am still beginning my journey of exploring the spiritual wealth of Fatima, and the more I read, the more I am coming to regard Fatima as an essential devotion to any Catholic in recovery from addictions. Next year’s posts should be more detailed.
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