Comer_Michael_7955-180On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother began appearing to three children. She would appear to them six times between May and October. The children (Lucia, Jacinta and Francesco) described her as “a lady who shone more brightly than the sun.”

In the midst of World War I, the lady encouraged them to pray the rosary for the end of the war and for peace. She prophesied that the war would come to an end very soon, but that a threat was coming in Russia that would spread its errors throughout the world and would be a cause of great violence and suffering. The revolution in Russia was taking place but had not yet been successful in bringing the Communists to power, but her prophesy would be fulfilled. Mary also told the children that although World War I would end soon, an even greater war would rage in Europe if people did not turn back to God. Sadly, that prophecy also came true.

But most importantly, the Lady called all to return to God, to pray the rosary, and to devote themselves to her Immaculate Heart. She gave the promise, “My Immaculate Heart will be victorious.” Pope John Paul II attributed the peaceful fall of the Soviet Union to the intercession of the Blessed Mother and her Immaculate Heart.

The so called “Third Message” of Fatima from our Lady was a vision in which was seen a pope, a priest dressed in white, who was killed. Pope John Paul II believed that he was the pope in the vision, but whose life was saved by Mary’s intercession. The assassination attempt took place on May 13, the Feast of our Lady of Fatima, in 1981. After his recovery, he went to Fatima to honor Mary and to give thanks. He took the bullet that had been removed from his body and placed it inside the crown of the statue of the Blessed Mother.

The Holy Father has taught that the messages of Fatima are perpetually meaningful. Mary’s Immaculate Heart will not only be victorious over Communism and provide for his survival from the assassination attempt, but is the answer for our time and all times. We live in a deeply troubled and dangerous world. Our families face so many problems and tragedies, including the drug addiction problem. Let us turn to our Blessed Mother in the rosary to ask her protection and strength.

This Monday, May 13, is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

— Fr. Mike Comer