Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today I began Chapter 8 in Sister Lucia’s book* “Calls” From the Message of Fatima*. Before Mary’s apparitions to the three children, they were visited by the Angel of Portugal. Sister Lucia recounts the second visit from the Angel in these words:
Pray, pray very much!.. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High…Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Angel Guardian, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.
Sister Lucia adds, at that time the children could not begin to imagine that this call to prayer was not only for them but for the whole of humanity. Sister wrote that now she looked upon this call as a pointer marked out by God since the beginning of creation.
Sister Lucia is speaking truly because prayer is our relationship with God and in creating each of us He created us in love for love. He did not desert us after Adam and Eve sinned because He wanted us to be reconciled to Him-- so He sent His Son through Mary that we might regain our friendship with Him and grow in our love for Him, in Jesus. This “Call to Prayer” has been as Sister wrote: “as a pointer marked out by God since the beginning”. By His Grace may we heed the Angel’s words" “Pray, pray very much!”