I used to have a problem with Marian apparitions. Claiming to be a “meat and potatoes” Catholic, I had no time for private revelation, even if approved by the Catholic Church. Over the course of the past few years, I’ve grown to realize that I was wrong to feel this way. While Catholics are not obligated to believe private revelation, failure to do so can prevent us from getting closer to Jesus. As evidenced by her intercession at the wedding at Cana (John 2: 1-11), Mary takes our problems directly to her Son and that’s a good thing!
Today, the Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Between the dates of May 13 – October 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared 6 times to 3 young children (Lucia,Jacinta and Francisco) in the Portugese village of Fatima. Among Mary’s requests that were made known to the children:
“Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it.” (Our Lady, July 13, 1917)
“”When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: ‘O Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.’ ” (June 13, 1917)
Praying the rosary daily has been a practice of many saints and holy people throughout the centuries. There is no doubt that our world is greatly in need of peace – both spiritual and physical! Adopting this practice has changed my life and will change yours. The Latin adage, “Ad Jesum Per Mariam” (To Jesus Through Mary) reminds us that growing close to Mary will bring us closer to Jesus.
If you don’t currently pray a daily rosary, today would be a great day to start. In fact, we’ll be praying one together on my BlogTalkRadio show tonight at 8 PM Eastern. Please try to join us!