Pastor's Corner Aug 5 2017

I sincerely hope that you are enjoying the splendor of the summer heat. If it seems too much, recall to mind the pain of winter cold, and the severity of hell, and suddenly, everything's great! Please keep me in your prayers as I am making my canonical retreat this week. I will be remembering you as well.

The Church encourages us to make holy each day. This can seem too difficult. But, each day is composed of many activities. Each activity--if good--can be made holy by our intention. In this way, normal, everyday activities can be made meritorious -- that is, worthy of a reward. One intention is reparation. This was asked for by our Lady of Fatima. Ordinary activities can be reparative! Listen to the following:

As a way of uniting ourselves and conforming to Christ Jesus who suffered and died on the cross for the redemption of the world, reparation should mark the life of the Christian in all its stages. In Fatima, the practices of reparation do not appear as referring only to Our Lady, but also directly to God. This can be verified in the prayers taught by the Angel and by the Virgin Mary. It is worthy of note that besides the conversion of sinners, another deeper motive underlies the idea of reparation: the very Love of God. It can be perceived from Francisco's words as well. One day, Lucia asked him: “Which do you like better—to console Our Lady, or to convert sinners, so that no more souls will go to Hell?" "I would rather console Our Lord. Didn't you notice how sad Our Lady was that last month, when she said that people must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already much offended? I would like to console Our Lord, and after that, convert sinners, so that they won't offend Him any more."

Today there is insistence, and with good reason, on the sacrificial aspect of our life. To accept in a Christian spirit the suffering which the faithful fulfilment of our duties implies, is the first and principal form of sacrifice. The Angel was clear in this respect: "Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you." Lucia wrote later, "This is the penance that the Good God asks: the sacrifice that each person much impose on himself by leading a life of justice through the observance of His Law. He desires that this way may become clearly known to souls, because many, thinking the word penance means great austerities, and not having strength or generosity for them, become discouraged and fall back into a life of tepidity and sin. As I was in the chapel, with Mother Superior's permission, during the night of Thursday to Friday, Our Lord said to me at 12 midnight: "The fulfilment of duty and the observance of My Law is the sacrifice required of each one; this is the penance I now ask and require."

—Taken from Fatima: Message and Consecration by Joaquim Maria Alonso & Abilio Pina Ribeiro

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