Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Fatima! I’d like to invite you to pray with me today, for peace and the conversion of sinners as our Lady requested of the three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia.
Suffering can be a real downer topic, but not this time. In this show, Marge brings joy to suffering by talking about the upside. Yes, there IS an upside! By our Baptism, we are members of a royal priesthood and as such, our suffering has great value and redeeming power when offered with Jesus’ Passion on the Altar.
It's fitting to take a day out to spiritually exalt the Cross upon which our Savior suffered and died for us. He bore so much pain and agony on account of our sins and with a love that is limitless despite our faults and sinfulness! The feast is the occasion for a new beginning, as well, as we resolve to take up our own crosses, given to us by Divine Providence, and carry them forward out of love for Jesus.
If the Virgin Mary can, through her intercession, effect a monumental victory on the battlefield, don't you think she can effect a monumental victory over us? The Star of the Sea seeks constantly to win our hearts for Christ, and she will, if we open our hearts to her.