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FATIMA ANNIVERSARY: what does it mean for us today?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus

A hundred years ago (May 13, 1917) three uneducated Portuguese children experienced a mystical apparition.
A Lady — whom they took to be Mary the mother of Jesus Christ – visited them six times, on the thirteenth day of each month, May to October 1917.
The visits became well-known. On October 13, a crowd of perhaps 70,000 assembled.
Many reported seeing a spectacular phenomenon in the sky — referred to as the Miracle of the Sun.
The Lady’s message took the form of three “Secrets”.
The First predicted forthcoming events involving Russia.
The Second foretold the soon-coming World War.
The Third remained literally secret until disclosed by Pope John Paul II after his 1981 near-assassination.
It referred to that shooting and to ever-increasing persecution of Christian believers — the message being introduced by an angel crying out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”
In recent years, “Fatima” has become almost an industry, with commercialisation, conspiracy-theories etc.
But its basic message is simple: What this world needs is Penance — admitting our sins to God and letting him re-make our lives and our world.
First up, Christians must start going to Confession (the sacrament of Penance) regularly.

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