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Marian thought for January

«If Peter has been proclaimed blessed, shall we not call the Virgin who has given birth to Him whom Peter confessed, blessed among all? If St. Paul is called the chosen instrument because he carried the name of Christ throughout the earth, what instrument, then, is the Mother of God, who carried Him in her womb?» (Saint Basil)

Saint Basil was Father of the Church and a great bishop. He is admired by the Western and Eastern Church for his holiness of life and excellent doctrine. He was born around 330 in Caesarea, Cappadocia, in Asia Minor. He studied in Athens and Constantinople with the best teachers at the time. Yet very soon he grew tired of worldly successes and repented of having lost time in vanities. He said, "One day, as if waking up from a deep sleep, I turned to the admirable light of the truth of the Gospel... and cried over my miserable life." He was captivated by Christ and began to look and listen to Him alone. Basil dedicated himself to a monastic life through prayer, the meditation of the Holy Scriptures and the exercise of charity and developed an intense and dedicated apostolic activity. He was among the bishops who fought against the Arian heresy. Exhausted from tireless work and illness, he died on January 1, 379.

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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