I propose Wednesday, April 28th, as the start day for the novena. Starting today leaves us little time to get the word out, and tomorrow April 27th is the National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life, organised by The Good Counsel Network. This national day of prayer and fasting is done in a spirit of reparation; April 27th 2010 marks the 43rd anniversary of the legalisation of abortion. The leaflet from The Good Counsel Network includes a scripture quote from Jonah 3:5:10, 'and the people of Ninevah believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least....God saw their efforts to renounce their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which He had threatened to bring on them, and He did not bring it.'
Perhaps before starting the novena on Wednesday, we could invite others to recite it with us. I'll be going along to my local churches to give copies of the novena to the priests there.
I may sound alarmist but heart and soul I believe the Third Secret of
Fatima has not yet fully come to pass: that the bloodbath foretold by
Our Lady when she appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco has not
reached its bitter conclusion which will be marked by a massacre of the
Holy Father, bishops, men and women religious and lay faithful. Indeed, I
believe that this rude shock is ahead of us, not behind us.
A full 100 years ago this year Our Lady cautioned that if humankind did
not turn from sin, repent and offer prayers and penance in reparation
all the while honouring her specific requests then the contents of the
Third Secret would be our fate.
That faithful day on the hillside Our Lady revealed a vision to the 3
children which was later relayed (fully or edited; many of us are not
quite sure) by the last surviving seer, Sr Lucia. Relying on Lucia's
words, our mental cinema can create a surreal sequence of events where
the Holy Father in a trembling and down-trod…
100 years ago today Our Lady appeared at Fatima and gave the world a sign so as that we may believe. What came to be known as "the miracle of the sun" occurred when the sun burst from behind a curtain of dark clouds, the sun shook and shivered, then became a spinning circle of silver. To quote an eye-witness, the father of Jacinta and Francisco, "then at a certain moment, the sun appeared to stop spinning. It then
began to move and to dance in the sky until it seemed to detach itself
from its place and fall upon us. It was a terrible moment."
How amazing to think this was happening on this very day - October 13th - 100 years ago. The date begs the question, why the 13th? The number 13 is so closely associated with Our Lady and yet us Catholics are silent when asked as to its significance. We are confused, too, because the number 13 is roundly regarded as "unlucky". There were 13 people present at The Last Supper including Judas who had already agreed to…