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Marian thought for April

«How baffling is the mystery of the cross! After having meditated at length on it, Saint Paul wrote to the Christians in Galatia "As for me, God save me from glorifying myself if it is not in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for which the world is crucified to me and I am crucified to the world "(Gal 6:14). The Blessed Virgin could also have repeated - and with greater truth! - those same words. Contemplating her dying Son on Calvary, she understood that the "glory" of her divine motherhood reached its height at that moment, participating directly in the work of redemption. Furthermore, she understood that from that moment on human pain, taken on by her crucified Son, acquired an immeasurable value. » (St. John Paul II)

Our Lady of Fatima

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"Are you suffering a great deal? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God" (Our Lady's words to Sister Lucia in Fatima during the second apparition on June 13, 1917).

Lucia was born on March 22, 1907 in Aljustrel, Fatima (Portugal). When she saw Our Lady for the first time she was only 10 years old. In 1921, she entered the Dorothean Sisters but it was God's plan that she would become a Discalced Carmelite Nun. This finally took place in 1948 when she entered the Carmelite Convent of "St. Teresa" in Coimbra (Portugal). Our Lady had said that Francisco and Jacinta would shortly go to Heaven but that Lucia must stay in order to make her messages known. That is what Lucia did until she died on February 13, 2005, after which, her cause of beatification has also been introduced. In her "memoires" she left us the narrative of the apparitions and other writings. Amongst her writings, the following passage can be read in which she speaks about the Rosary: "The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families… that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary".

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