09 The Relevance of Fatima - Faith D’Souza

posted May 8, 2019, 8:37 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:37 AM ]
The memorial of the feast of Our Lady of Fatima recalls the apparitions of Mary to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal in the year 1917. In the course of these apparitions, Mary spoke to the children, and through them to the world about the importance of prayer and penance to reverse the disastrous moral slide of the world towards war.

In the course of these apparitions, Mary entrusted messages to the children about the sufferings which the Church and the world would endure through war and communism. Through the power of prayer and penance, however, Mary's Immaculate Heart and our continuing fidelity to Christ would triumph.

The messages of Fatima are often portrayed as messages of apocalypse and future disaster. They are really messages of hope that the power of prayer is greater than the powers of evil.

Communism has, in large part, gone from the world stage. Other forces that oppose the Gospel of life and of justice remain. As damaging as communism was to people years ago, human dignity today is being destroyed by the abortion industry, the pornography industry, the drug industry, the weapons industry and corporations that place the size of their profit above the value of people. All of these are formidable forces larger than any one person, which can destroy the bodies and souls of millions.

The message of Fatima and its call to live in Christ's love as Jesus commands in the Gospel is as relevant today as it was in 1917. The players on the world stage have changed. The shape of evil has taken on forms different and more ominous than atheistic communism, because they are not external to, but within, our own society.

But the power of prayer, described with such drama to Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto by Mary remains a formidable counter force to evil.