Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“The Call to Prayer” like “The Call to Love” is so basic and important, to the Message of Fatima, I could not leave Chapter 8 of Sister Lucia’s book without posting a few more words. She wrote:
Various passages in Sacred Scripture show us Jesus Christ, giving us an example or urging us to pray; and He not only urges us to pray but He has taught us how to pray, as in this passage from the Gospel of Luke: He was praying in a certain place, and when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ And He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come…" (Lk 11:1-2)
This name opens for us the mystery of the Divine Fatherhood and confirms us in the truth that we are all children of the same God; this truth confirmed by Jesus Christ that God is our Father, fills us with confidence and strengthens us in love, because who has ever loved us as God does. Hence our prayer must be the point of meeting between the love of the child reaching out to the Heart of the Father and the Father’s love stooping down to the child, listening to what it has to say, paying heed to its requests, its words of praise and thanksgiving and answering its prayers.
Sister’s words help me “see by faith”: The Incarnate Son of God, Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, praying from His Childhood to His Cross on Calvary to His Father. May we learn to pray from Jesus, as Mary His Mother, Mother of the Church and our Mother learned, and Sister Lucia with all the Saints learned from Him.