Peace is in God’s gift, yes — but we have a
part to play, as well.
As we approach the 100
anniversary of Our Lady’s
appearances to three shepherd children in Fatima,
Portugal, in 1917, the Marian Fathers ask all Marian
Helpers to answer Our Lady’s appeal to pray the Rosary
daily for peace in the world.
“This will be a powerful way of being renewed in
the faith and entering into the realm of the divine in
this world,” says Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, director of the
Association of Marian Helpers. “Praying the Rosary
daily, as Our Lady requested, allows us to enter into
union with the divine plan of
our salvation — a plan that
promises peace in our hearts,
peace in our families, and peace
in the world.”
Peace comes from right
order, from a culture of life lead-
ing to a civilization of love, to a
world in which relationships
are rightly ordered according to
natural and divine law, where
God’s will is our will, and God’s
will is done.
And all this comes through
our cooperation with grace, or
not at all.
Continue to say the Rosary every
day in honor of Our Lady of the
Rosary, to obtain the peace of
the world and the end of the war,
because only she can obtain it
Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal,
July 13, 1917.
Another presidential election
has come and gone, and many people are speaking as
though the choice of a president will make all the differ-
ence in the world. At each presidential election, both
parties essentially say to the electorate, “Vote for
preferred candidate or else apocalypse looms!” In reality,
the world is shaped less by power, wealth, and strength,
and far more by the children, the elderly, and those who
are weak in the eyes of the world.
Look at the life and impact of St. Faustina Kowalska,
A religious sister in pre-war Poland, a largely unedu-
cated gardener, cook, and gatekeeper in a religious order
dedicated to taking care of women and girls who had
fallen into prostitution and other forms of sin — this does
not sound like the resume of one of the most influential
women of the 20
century. And yet the Divine Mercy message and devotion t
hat she passed on to the Church
and the world from Jesus through her spiritual director,Blessed Michael Sopocko,
has sparked what has often
been called the greatest grassroots movement in the his-
tory of the Church.
In the Kingdom of God, both on earth and in Heaven,
the last shall be first and the first shall be last (see Mt
So in our tumultuous age, the solution to the prob-
lems of the present day will not ultimately be found in
presidents and prime ministers,
in politics and power, in military
might or diplomatic cleverness.
No. Our answer will be found in
God and His Church.
Our answer will be found right
where Heaven has been saying it
is for these past 100 years.
Continue the Rosary, my children.
Say it every day that the war may
— Our Lady at Fatima, Sept.
Our Lady of the Rosary came
to us at Fatima and told us what
we needed to do to obtain peace
in the world. Have we done it?
Have we individually, as fami-
lies, as parishes, as a Church,
responded to her instructions?
Or have we been like Naaman
Naaman was a Syrian, a man
of great wealth and power, who
suffered from leprosy. He came to
Israel to seek healing and was told by the prophet Elisha,
“Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall
be restored and you shall be clean.” The Scriptures tell us:
But Naaman became angry and went away, saying,
“I thought that for me he would surely come out,
and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God,
and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the
leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of
Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I
not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went
away in a rage.
It was only after his servants reasoned with him,
pointing out that if the prophet had told Naaman to do
The three Fatima visionaries. From left: Lucia
Dos Santos, Blessed Francisco Marto, and
Blessed Jacinta Marto.