Newsletter n°50 (29 April 2017)
In two weeks we will celebrate the centenary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. So, there is not much time left to prepare for this great day. We should make the most of the remaining time to review the situation and put into place anything still to be done. But first of all, why should we want to celebrate the centenary of this apparition?
Why celebrate the anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima?
The main reason is to thank Our Lady for coming to this earth to give us such an extraordinarily rich message. We all of us like to celebrate great occasions in our lives: our birthday, baptism, marriage, ordination, religious vows, etc. Likewise, we celebrate the entering into Heaven of all those who have marked their passage on this earth with the seal of saintliness. In the same way the Church has us celebrate, every year, the great moments in the life of Our Lord, to whom we owe our salvation, in particular His Incarnation, His Passion and His Ressurection. Finally, the Church has instituted a feast of the apparitions at Lourdes, and since March 2002, a feast for the apparitions at Fatima.
The second reason is to thank Our Lady for the gift which she gave us. The few words pronounced during the first apparition show the richness of the message of Fatima. During this single apparition on the 13th of May 1917, Our Lady confirmed the existence of Heaven and of Purgatory, gave us a sure way to go to Heaven (say lots of Rosaries), a way to save sinners and to atone for offences against God (offer all our daily sufferings to this end) and a way to restore peace and put an end to wars (the daily recitation of the Rosary).