Today the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. On this date in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary made the first of what would be a series of appearances to three children in Fatima, Portugal, culminating in the miracle of the sun on October 13, 1917, which would be witnessed by tens of thousands of people.
One of the primary messages of our Blessed Mother to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta was that she wanted people to pray the Rosary daily and with great devotion. She especially called upon the faithful to pray for peace and for the conversion of sinners. If we follow her request, we can be confident that we will experience peace in our hearts, families, communities, and world, and that many people will turn their lives over to Christ.
On Sunday, May 25, 2008, fittingly on the feast of Corpus Christi, there is going to be a Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade at Kauffman Stadium, home of major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals. Tens of thousands of people will gather, along with Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri and Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, to take part in this massive festival of adoration and prayer. For more information about this event, click here.
Most of our readers outside the greater Kansas City area obviously will not attend this Rosary rally. But today’s feast nonetheless reminds us of Our Lady’s desire that all of us build up the Church through our prayers and sacrifices, especially the Holy Rosary. It’s wonderful to be able to pray with over 50,000 people, as will happen next week in Kansas City, and as many did when the Pope was here in the United States last month. But all of us can pray the Rosary, whether at home or before the Blessed Sacrament, alone or with our family or prayer group.
Let us redouble our commitment to gaze upon the face of Jesus in the company of His loving mother, who always counsels us to do whatever He tells us.