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2016-17

 

• marian.org

Peace is in God’s gift, yes — but we have a

part to play, as well.

As we approach the 100

th

anniversary of Our Lady’s

appearances to three shepherd children in Fatima,

Portugal, in 1917, the Marian Fathers ask all Marian

Helpers to answe

r 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

my

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 o

f St. Faustina Kowalska,

for instance.

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

th

century. And yet th

e 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

19:30; 20:16).

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

end

— Our Lady at Fatima, Sept.

13, 1917.

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

the leper?

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.