Fatima 100

Newsletter n°25 – 14 April 2016

 The Angel of Peace

« Fear not !  I am the Angel of Peace. »  There is, in this first phrase, a resonance which is wholly evangelical.  In fact, in the presence of an angel, witnesses are always stupefied.  And, as to Zachary in the Temple of Jerusalem (Luke I,13), to the Holy Virgin in the House of Nazareth (Luke I,30), to the shepherds at Bethlehem (Luke II,10), to the women who came to the tomb (Matthew XXVIII,5 ;  Mark XVI,6), the Angel begins by saying :  « Do not be afraid. »

Moreover, here, he gives his name :  « I am the Angel of Peace. »  In our world which is at present so tormented by wars and troubles of all kinds, God has sent us the Angel of Peace to instruct us.  Isn’t it necessary, more than ever, to follow the recommendations that he gave us a hundred years ago now.

And what does he ask ?  « Pray with me. »  He reiterates his request just before disappearing, saying « Pray in this way. »  A messenger from God came, not only to teach us how to pray, but also to pray ‘’with’’ us.  As the Gospel tells us, Angels always behold the face of God (Matthew XVIII,10).  Is it possible to have a master better placed to teach us how to pray ?  His brief apparition taught us several things :  the suitable bearing for prayer, the prayer itself, the fruits of this prayer, and to whom it should be addressed.

The Angel’s Bearing

How does the Angel pray ?  « Kneeling on the earth, he lowered his forehead to the ground. »  This is a teaching of great importance.  Angel that he is, and despite his perfection, he doesn’t hesitate to pray, not only kneeling, but also lowering his forehead to the earth.  What humility, even though he « was light »  according to the expression used by Lucia in response to a question from Chanoine Barthas !  The first quality of prayer is humility.  We see this perfectly in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.  The Angel comes to remind us that, even for a being as perfect as an angel, before God’s majesty, it is seemly to adopt an attitude showing the greatest humility by kneeling, then lowering the forehead to the floor.  From this moment, the little shepherds will imitate him.  Lucia specifies in her second memoir :  «   Since then, we stay prostrate for a long time, repeating these prayers, sometimes just until we are fit to drop. »

The prayer taught by the Angel

What is the prayer that he teaches ?  A prayer to ask for pardon for all the sins committed by men.  We have already said how this prayer constituted an essential point of the message of Fatima (see newsletter n°3).  This point is so important that we will come back to it in more detail in a future newsletter.

To whom is this prayer addressed ?

The angel then indicates to whom this prayer should be addressed :  the Two United Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  There again, is a reminder of a profound truth :  the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are inseparable.  Saint Jean Eudes had already underlined this point, and other preachers after him.  Here, it is the Angel of Peace himself who tells us this.

The fruits of this prayer

If we pray in this way, said the Angel, Jesus and Mary « will be attentive to our supplications ».  What a marvelous promise !  Therefore, is it not fitting that we should do as Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta did spontaneously, and imitate the Angel in everything he did and said ?  If we pray as the Angel taught them, then Jesus and Mary will be attentive to all our preoccupations, our worries about the future of the world in general and for our country in particular, to our fears for the threats menacing our family, our children, etc.  Then, to be delivered from all these torments, so that peace returns to the world and to our country, pray in the way the Angel taught Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta : on our knees, foreheads to the ground, and repeating three times that short prayer.

In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Yves de Lassus,

President, Cap Fatima 2017 (www.fatima100.fr)

 

Miscellaneous information

The site is currently undergoing several modifications aimed at making it clearer and easier to read.  Henceforth, everything which concerns the five points of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is brought together in a menu at the top right of every page on the site.  For each of these points, different tabs give access to the different elements.  For example :

            *For the daily Rosary :  short meditations to help you meditate on the     different mysteries, different places where a rosary is recited for our country…

            *For the first Saturdays of the month :  longer meditations to help you meditate for fifteen minutes as asked for by Our Lady, different places where it is possible to have a Mass with an intention of reparation on the first Saturday of the month, …

            *For the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary :  the file for preparation, different prayers for consecration, the registration form, …

Within this first menu, another menu brings together elements aimed at widening our knowledge of Fatima’s message and its story.

Finally, on the left, a third menu brings together general information about the project : its origin, how to support it, a contact form, the list of newsletters and the subjects treated therein, …

In this menu, a new tab has just been added to bring together all the information which has been sent to us about the different pilgrimages organised for 2017.  If you have any information about these pilgrimages, whether they be of the parish, the diocese, organised by communities, … don’t hesitate to send it to us so that the greatest number of people possible can go to Fatima for the centenary.

 The Angel of Peace

« Fear not !  I am the Angel of Peace. »  There is, in this first phrase, a resonance which is wholly evangelical.  In fact, in the presence of an angel, witnesses are always stupefied.  And, as to Zachary in the Temple of Jerusalem (Luke I,13), to the Holy Virgin in the House of Nazareth (Luke I,30), to the shepherds at Bethlehem (Luke II,10), to the women who came to the tomb (Matthew XXVIII,5 ;  Mark XVI,6), the Angel begins by saying :  « Do not be afraid. »

Moreover, here, he gives his name :  « I am the Angel of Peace. »  In our world which is at present so tormented by wars and troubles of all kinds, God has sent us the Angel of Peace to instruct us.  Isn’t it necessary, more than ever, to follow the recommendations that he gave us a hundred years ago now.

And what does he ask ?  « Pray with me. »  He reiterates his request just before disappearing, saying « Pray in this way. »  A messenger from God came, not only to teach us how to pray, but also to pray ‘’with’’ us.  As the Gospel tells us, Angels always behold the face of God (Matthew XVIII,10).  Is it possible to have a master better placed to teach us how to pray ?  His brief apparition taught us several things :  the suitable bearing for prayer, the prayer itself, the fruits of this prayer, and to whom it should be addressed.

The Angel’s Bearing

How does the Angel pray ?  « Kneeling on the earth, he lowered his forehead to the ground. »  This is a teaching of great importance.  Angel that he is, and despite his perfection, he doesn’t hesitate to pray, not only kneeling, but also lowering his forehead to the earth.  What humility, even though he « was light »  according to the expression used by Lucia in response to a question from Chanoine Barthas !  The first quality of prayer is humility.  We see this perfectly in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.  The Angel comes to remind us that, even for a being as perfect as an angel, before God’s majesty, it is seemly to adopt an attitude showing the greatest humility by kneeling, then lowering the forehead to the floor.  From this moment, the little shepherds will imitate him.  Lucia specifies in her second memoir :  «   Since then, we stay prostrate for a long time, repeating these prayers, sometimes just until we are fit to drop. »

The prayer taught by the Angel

What is the prayer that he teaches ?  A prayer to ask for pardon for all the sins committed by men.  We have already said how this prayer constituted an essential point of the message of Fatima (see newsletter n°3).  This point is so important that we will come back to it in more detail in a future newsletter.

To whom is this prayer addressed ?

The angel then indicates to whom this prayer should be addressed :  the Two United Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  There again, is a reminder of a profound truth :  the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are inseparable.  Saint Jean Eudes had already underlined this point, and other preachers after him.  Here, it is the Angel of Peace himself who tells us this.

The fruits of this prayer

If we pray in this way, said the Angel, Jesus and Mary « will be attentive to our supplications ».  What a marvelous promise !  Therefore, is it not fitting that we should do as Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta did spontaneously, and imitate the Angel in everything he did and said ?  If we pray as the Angel taught them, then Jesus and Mary will be attentive to all our preoccupations, our worries about the future of the world in general and for our country in particular, to our fears for the threats menacing our family, our children, etc.  Then, to be delivered from all these torments, so that peace returns to the world and to our country, pray in the way the Angel taught Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta : on our knees, foreheads to the ground, and repeating three times that short prayer.

In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Yves de Lassus,

President, Cap Fatima 2017 (www.fatima100.fr)

 

Miscellaneous information

The site is currently undergoing several modifications aimed at making it clearer and easier to read.  Henceforth, everything which concerns the five points of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is brought together in a menu at the top right of every page on the site.  For each of these points, different tabs give access to the different elements.  For example :

            *For the daily Rosary :  short meditations to help you meditate on the     different mysteries, different places where a rosary is recited for our country…

            *For the first Saturdays of the month :  longer meditations to help you meditate for fifteen minutes as asked for by Our Lady, different places where it is possible to have a Mass with an intention of reparation on the first Saturday of the month, …

            *For the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary :  the file for preparation, different prayers for consecration, the registration form, …

Within this first menu, another menu brings together elements aimed at widening our knowledge of Fatima’s message and its story.

Finally, on the left, a third menu brings together general information about the project : its origin, how to support it, a contact form, the list of newsletters and the subjects treated therein, …

In this menu, a new tab has just been added to bring together all the information which has been sent to us about the different pilgrimages organised for 2017.  If you have any information about these pilgrimages, whether they be of the parish, the diocese, organised by communities, … don’t hesitate to send it to us so that the greatest number of people possible can go to Fatima for the centenary.

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