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13th May: Our Lady of Fátima

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Gospel text (Mt 12,46-50): While Jesus was still talking to the people, He pointed to his disciples and said, «Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother». While Jesus was still talking to the people, his mother and his brothers wanted to speak to him and they waited outside. So someone said to him, «Your mother and your brothers are just outside; they want to speak with you». Jesus answered, «Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?». Then He pointed to his disciples and said, «Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother».

Today we celebrate the feast of our Lady of Fatima, reminding us of the apparition of the Virgin Mary (in 1917) to the three little shepherds Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. God is merciful, Father of goodness that does not abandon us, has wanted to comfort mankind in several ways. One of them has been the apparitions of Mary. At the end of the 19th century Lourdes was highlighted; at the beginning of the 20th, Fatima apparitions stand out.

—The subject of the Virgin Mary’s appeal was the atonement for men sins, the repentance and the prayer for sinners: «Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them».

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