Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gifts From God

Sister Lucia, the late Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary, was inundated with questions regarding the messages the Blessed Virgin imparted to her in the apparitions at Cova da Iria. With the permission of the Vatican and her superiors, she wrote a book in response to the hundreds if not thousands of letters she received. "Calls: From the Message of Fatima" could only have been written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As I have confided before, I was not always on the right side of the movement to protect life from conception to natural death, and reading the first chapter of Sister's book was an eye-opener for me. Perhaps it will be for you or someone you know, too. Sister is describing the households in which she and Blessed Francisco and Jacinto were raised.

"Like everyone else in the parish, the two families were poor, hard-working Christian, extracting all that they needed to live on from the cultivation of their plots of land.

Their homes had been blessed by the Sacrament of Matrimony, and their conjugal fidelity was absolute. They welcomed all the children that God chose to send them, not as a burden but as another gift with which God was enriching their homes, another life to prolong their own into the future, another flower to bloom in their garden, filling it with the perfume and joy of the many scents and shades of fresh smiling youth, another soul entrusted by God to their care so that, by guiding it in the ways of Heaven, it could become yet another member of the Mystical Body of Christ, yet another hymn of praise to eternal glory."

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