Rosary

Road to Sainthood.

The 20th February is the feast day of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto. So what is so special about these two children, why are they called Blessed in the Catholic Church?
When Francisco was 9 and Jacinta was 7, Our Lady appeared to them while they were tending their sheep with their cousin Lucia. Our Lady, Mother Mary asked them to ‘learn how to read and write and pray the Rosary.’ Our Lady of Fatima, as we now know her, appeared many times to these three young children.

So are they called Blessed in the Catholic Church because they were lucky enough to see the Blessed Virgin? No! This is not the reason. So, what makes them so special? Well, it was their ordinariness. Yes, they were just like you and I. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, what they did was live their lives well, praying for the peace of the world. Any time that they were upset over something or someone hurt them, they would offer this to Jesus for the conversion of the world. Well, guess what? We can all do this too.

When I was younger and something happened that I didn’t like. Say, a boy pulled my hair or my cousin teased me, instead of getting angry I would think to myself ‘Jesus knows my pain’ and I would say ‘offer it up for the souls in purgatory!’ I knew that all these things I was suffering would help souls go to heaven.

Well Jacinta and Francisco offered up all their hurts, for the peace of the world. So they didn’t do anything that we can’t do, did they? Couldn’t you be just like Jacinta and Francisco? We all have the chance to be like them and win for ourselves the crown of Blessedness in heaven. We do it by living each day well, doing what we are asked to do and offering up our hurts and sorrows to Jesus for the peace of the world. This is all we have to do to become like these two Blessed.
When Francisco was on his way to heaven Jacinta joyfully said to him “give my love to our Lord and our Lady and tell them that I am enduring everything they want for the conversion of hearts.”


So today let us be joyful like the Blesseds, knowing holiness and heaven are very near to us. We all have a chance to win a crown in heaven, let's make steps towards it today.


Lent starts on the 18th February, Ash Wednesday. Let’s give Jesus our hurts and our pains as well as our sweets and goodies. Let this time of Lent be a time of joyful peace, and remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.


Lourdes

It was on the 11th February 1858 that a beautiful Lady first appeared to a young girl called Bernadette. It was at the entrance to a cave in a little town in France called Lourdes. This beautiful Lady we now know is ‘The Immaculate Conception’ and truly is our Mother in heaven, Mary Mother of God. She wore a white dress and a light blue sash around her waist, there were two lovely golden roses on her feet and a white flowing veil covered her head. Hanging from her hands was a Rosary and the beautiful Lady encouraged Bernadette to pray the Rosary with her. This she did and the Lady asked Bernadette to pray for the world and tell others to pray for the world too.


On another day when she appeared to Bernadette Our Mother Mary pointed to a spot near where Bernadette was kneeling and told her to scratch at the ground which she did. From this spot gushed a spring of water which is still flowing today. People drink, bathe and bless themselves with this water. Many have been cured from all types of illnesses through this very water and Mother Mary’s prayers. More important than being healed in body is being healed in spirit, many have been brought back to the faith and come to know Jesus through Our Lady of Lourdes prayers and these waters.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother Mary, asks us to pray, to do penance and to believe in Jesus, her Son.


Let us learn from St Bernadette’s example and do all that Our Lady of Lourdes asks of us, praying for the world and coming closer to Jesus. Maybe today you could ask someone to pray the Rosary with you. Hail Mary of Grace, bring us to Jesus. Amen. Know that we are praying the Rosary for you today. Sr Anežka