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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. This title was given to Mary after she appeared to the three children in Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Mary identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and stressed the need for conversion of heart so that the world might be a better place for all. We need to pray much for our world today. The rosary is a wonderful way to honor Mary.
I thought today to copy Thomas Merton's prayer that so many find helpful and I found myself praying over it this morning:
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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