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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (11)

If children can be saints, all the more so can adults. After the Fatima apparitions, Lucia suffered greatly until her death in 2005. Francisco, her father, and then Jacinta died in quick succession, and she fell into severe depression and spent much time in the cemetery mourning them. Her bishop eventually decided to move her away from Fatima. In 1925, while living in a Dorothean convent, she received a vision of Mary and the Child Jesus. Mary said the offences of ungrateful sinners had caused her a lot of suffering and promised special grace at the hour of death to those who followed the Five First Saturdays devotion. On the first Saturday of five consecutive months, they would need to go to Confession, receive Holy Eucharist, and pray and meditate on the Rosary. Jesus revealed that these practices would repair the offences done to Mary. Of course, we can receive the Sacraments on days other than first Saturdays – the important thing is to do this for the reparation of sinners. The Opus Dei Prelature has a tradition of praying five decades of the Rosary daily and meditating on the remaining fifteen, for the reparation of offences to the Virgin Mary.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 10


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (10)

The July apparition and the three Fatima secrets revealed there deeply affected Jacinta’s spiritual development. Having seen the pitiful souls suffering in Hell, she loved making sacrifices for the conversion of sinners, such as fasting and frequenting the Church even when it wasn’t Sunday. She was also devoted to the Immaculate Heart, loved the prayer “Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.” and encouraged Lucia, who was entrusted with the mission of spreading devotion to the Immaculate Heart. Jacinta, having seen the Holy Father being martyred, also loved offering prayers and sacrifices for the Pope. In 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified Francisco and Jacinta and publicly thanked Jacinta for her prayers and sacrifices. Mary let Jacinta know that she would be brought to hospital in Lisbon to die alone, and then be brought to Heaven. When it was time to leave, Jacinta tearfully embraced Lucia and, knowing this was their final farewell, she asked Lucia to keep praying for her until she reached Heaven and to keep sacrificing for sinners. While in Lisbon, Mary revealed to Jacinta that it was the sin of impurity that brought the most souls to Hell. After Jacinta died, her body was discovered to be incorrupt and the Pope commanded Lucia to recount the stories of Francisco and Jacinta to the world.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 3


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (9)

After the October 13th apparition, Francisco dedicated himself to solitary prayer to console Jesus, while Jacinta dedicated herself to sacrifices to save sinners from Hell. When Lucia questioned Francisco, he replied, “When you saw Mary’s face, didn’t you see how saddened she was by the offenses shown to God? I want to first console God and then convert sinners so they will cease offending Him." When Lucia went to school one day, Francisco felt death nearing, so he stayed in the church to pray, saying, “I must stay with the hidden Jesus.” But when Francisco fell sick and could not go to church, he asked Lucia to visit the hidden Jesus on his behalf. Although he suffered greatly from the sickness, he remained joyful for the sake of Jesus. When his sickness worsened, he asked Lucia and Jacinta to help him recount his sins so he could make a good Confession and receive the Eucharist. Having received the “hidden Jesus”, he promised Lucia, “I will not forget about you – I will plead to God to bring you to Heaven soon.” Francisco died on April 4, 1919 and on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions, May 13, 2017, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 27


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (7)

The three Dos Santos children were upset at having missed the August 13th Fatima apparition, but Mary appeared to them on August 19th. Mary told them to return to the regular site of the apparitions on September 13th, exhorted them to continue praying the Rosary, and promised them a miracle in October. Mary looked sorrowful and said, “Pray continuously and sacrifice – many souls have entered Hell because there was no one to pray for them.” Remembering their vision of Hell, the children dedicated themselves to prayer and sacrifice. They gave food to poor children, fasted from food and water, bound tight ropes around their waists, and prayed the prayer taught by the angel. On September 13th, Mary told them that Jesus Himself would come in October, and that God was pleased by their sacrifices, but that they ought to wear the ropes only during the day, and not while sleeping. Prayer and sacrifice are two indispensable tools of the faith, and oftentimes, God saves souls through these invisible means. Even though it is sometimes impossible to contact all unbelievers in person, we can contact them spiritually through prayer and sacrifice, and bring them to accept God’s saving grace.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 13


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (6)

After the children were revealed the first two Fatima secrets, an ambitious local official was convinced the hidden third secret concerned him, so on August 13, on the pretext of giving them a ride to the site of the apparitions, he kidnapped them. He brought them to a prison and threatened to boil them alive unless they revealed the third secret. Jacinta began to cry, but Francisco began praying in reparation for sinners. Jacinta hung her religious medal on the wall and the three children began to recite the Rosary. The prisoners also tried to console the children: one of them danced with Jacinta, who loved to dance. Although the children were freed, they endured a martyrdom of sorts, refusing to divulge the third secret on pain of death. Thus, they missed the August Fatima apparition, although some people saw a blue cloud column appear thrice that day. They were very upset, and thought that Mary would not appear to them again.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 6


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima (5)

Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 30


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima 4

After Lucia saw the Immaculate Heart of Mary, her mother thought her a liar and her parish priest thought her possessed by demons. Over time, Lucia herself began to suspect a demonic origin to the visions, but Jacinta was adamant, saying, “No, the Mary we saw was beautiful, not ugly like the demons!” But Lucia lost interest in prayer, had nightmares about demons, grew estranged from Francisco and Jacinta, and finally decided not to return to the place of the visions. On July 13th, though, Lucia felt compelled to go to her siblings – seeing them too afraid to go to Mary without her, Lucia relented and went with them. When they arrived, Mary told them she would give a vision in October which would make many believe. To rekindle Lucia’s interest in offering up her sufferings, Mary taught her to pray this with every sacrifice, “O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 23


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima 3

Lucia Dos Santos unwisely revealed the Fatima visions to her disbelieving mother who forced her to confess that she was lying, causing much conflict in the family. The next month, on June 13 , the Dos Santos siblings received a second vision of Mary. Lucia asked, “What do you want me to do?” Mary replied, “I want you to pray the Rosary daily.” Lucia strongly desired to enter Heaven, so Mary continued, “Yes, I will soon take Jacinta and Francisco to Heaven, but you must stay on Earth a while so that others might know and honour my Immaculate Heart.” Hearing this, Lucia was upset, saying, “I must stay here alone?” Mary consoled her, “You mustn’t be afraid, my Immaculate Heart will lead you to God.” Then Mary opened up her arms and revealed her Immaculate Heart, a scene shown in many depictions of the Fatima apparitions today. In 1919, Francisco passed away, followed by his sister Jacinta in 1920, and Lucia lived until she died on February 13, 2005, aged 97. Only by depending on God’s grace were the children able to carry out their God-given missions.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 16


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima 2

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, which occurred from May to October 1917. On May 13th, 1917, the three dos Santos siblings were playing outdoors when they saw a beautiful lady appear in a flash of light. She said, “Do not be afraid, I come from heaven. Come back here on the thirteenth day of every month.” All three siblings could see Mary, and Lucia and Jacinta could hear Mary, but only Lucia could speak to her. Lucia asked, “Will we go to heaven?” Mary replied, “Yes, but first you must pray the Rosary frequently.” Thinking of some recently deceased friends, Lucia asked whether they were in heaven. Mary replied, “Mary is, but Amelia will be in purgatory until the Last Day.” Mary then asked Lucia, “Are you willing to offer up all the sufferings which God will give you for the reparation of sins and the conversion of sinners?” Lucia agreed. Mary then said, “Go, you will suffer much, but God’s grace will console you.” The children saw God, and Mary told them to pray the prayer revealed by the Angel before, saying, “Pray the Rosary daily for world peace and cessation of war.” The message of the apparitions was to pray and sacrifice for the reparation of sins and for world peace.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 9


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Spiritual Talk – Fatima

In 1916, an angel, the Guardian of Portugal and the Angel of Peace, twice appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal and taught them to offer up their work and sufferings. The angel appeared a third time and, lifting high the Body and Blood of Christ, prostrated himself on the ground thrice and prayed what are now known as the second of the four Fatima Prayers. Then, the angel administered the Body to Lucia, and the Blood to Francisco and Jacinta, and taught them how to receive the Eucharist as an Act of Reparation, saying, “Jesus has been severely offended by ungrateful sinners – you must receive the Eucharist for the reparation of their sins and console your God.” Then, he disappeared, and Mary eventually appeared to the children in 1917. They noticed that, when the angel appeared to them, they felt tired and afraid to confide in him, but when Mary appeared to them, they felt energized and wanted to confide all to her. It was only later, when Lucia was commanded to write memoirs, that the apparitions of the angel were revealed. We too can learn to receive the Eucharist worthily and console God.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 2


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Spiritual Talk – Children can also be saints

Children can also be saints – 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, when Mary appeared to 10-year-old Lucia, 9-year-old Francisco, 7-year-old Jacinta. Francisco and Jacinta died early and were canonized on May 13, 2017. In 1916, an angel told them to pray with him and implore God to forgive the unbelievers; he told the children, “Keep praying. Jesus and Mary will listen to your prayers.” Another time, the children were idle in the shade, and the angel chastised them, telling them to keep praying and offer up their work as sacrifices to God for the sake of the conversion of sinners. The angel continued, “I am the Guardian Angel of Portugal. If you do these, your country will have peace. But you must patiently endure the coming sufferings.” The angel, suspected to be St. Michael, prepared the way for Mary’s apparitions. When we are called to endure things in life, we can also offer these up to God as sacrifices.
Publish date: 2017 - 11 - 25


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Spiritual Talk – 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Today, May 13th, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, when Mary appeared to three Portuguese children: Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta. She told them that she came from heaven and that they too would enter heaven, but first they must suffer and pray many Rosaries in reparation for the sins of the world. During the 120 years from 1830 to 1950, the Church’s teaching on the Virgin Mary developed as more visions were received. In 1840, the devotion to the Immaculate Conception was approved after the 1830 Marian apparition to St. Catherine Labouré. In that vision, Mary appeared with her arms spread out while standing on the world and stepping on a snake. She instructed St. Catherine Labouré to distribute a Miraculous Medal with this image on the front and on the back to have the image of the letter M surmounted by a cross and flanked by the dual hearts of Jesus and Mary surrounded by twelve stars. Historically, the Church has suffered many conflicts and crises which would be solved by the communal praying of the Rosary. The Dominicans wear the Rosary on a belt like a sword to remind themselves of its power as a spiritual weapon. The Rosary was a powerful weapon to spread the Kingdom of God in John Bosco’s time, and it still is today.
Publish date: 2017 - 5 - 13