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Mass in Lisbon 1 p.m. ET
Meeting with the world of culture 5 a.m. ET
Arrival in Fatima & Vespers 12:30 p.m. ET
Blessing of the Candles and Rosary 4:30 p.m. ET
Mass in Fatima 5 a.m. ET
Mass in Porto 5 a.m. ET
Papal Visit to Cyprus
June 4 - June 6, 2010
Papal Visit to Great Britian
September 16 - September 19, 2010
For the sake of clarity allow me to list the major
catechetical truths communicated to the children by Our Lady in the
six apparitions that took place between May 13 and October 13, 1917.
I shall omit here the points of "prophecy" made by the Blessed
Mother. Although the prophecies are important in themselves and an
integral part of the message of Fatima, we must neither forget nor
obscure the essential components of the message: faith, conversion
to Christ and reparation.
1. God the Father's merciful love for every human person is definitively revealed in the gift of his Son. Many people in the twentieth century are indifferent to and even antagonistic towards Christ.
2. The mission of Christ is essentially redemptive. Christ came into the world to offer his life in sacrifice for the salvation of all people.
3. In Christ, God suffers as a result of sin. In Christ also, the Almighty loves mankind with a human heart and yearns for human love in return.
4. In his conversion from mortal sin, man begins to love the good God. This love continues and grows to perfection as he desires to make reparation for his own sins and the sins of others through acts of charity.
5. When a Christian surrenders himself unreservedly to the Lord, he consoles Jesus and satiates his thirst for souls.
6. Through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit working in the Church and in intimate communion with Christ, the Christian becomes "perfectly willing to spend all and to be expended in the interest of souls" (2 Cor. 12:15) and "makes up in his own body what has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church" (Col. 1:24). In other words, every Christian is called to give himself unreservedly to Christ's redeeming work. He does this by conversion, fidelity to daily duty, prayer (especially the Rosary), acts of charity, acceptance of sufferings permitted by God and voluntary penances.
7. The Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, following Mary as model and guide, unites her self-sacrifice to Christ's and becomes his co-worker in the world. The collective suffering of the Church as a whole, and of each Christian, joined to Christ's passion, brings the saving grace of the Lord to souls. The Church's active role in the application of the grace of Redemption is perhaps the major stress of the Fatima message. (Please note that this theme is conspicuously absent from many expressions of contemporary ecclesiology and is all but forgotten in many quarters as an essential component of the Church's ascetical-mystical doctrine. This fatal deficiency leads to either the denial or the devaluation of the Eucharist as the redemptive sacrifice of Christ and his Church. Hence, the need for Eucharistic reparation is at the heart of the Fatima catechesis.)
8. Every aspect of spirit and the spiritual world is underscored in the Fatima message: the Trinity, angels, demons, the existence of the immortal human soul; heaven, hell and purgatory.
9. Fatima affirms the essential importance of the Vicar of Christ in the daily life of the Church as well as the Pope's mystic identification with Christ, the crucified bridegroom of the Church.
10. Fatima unambiguously reaffirms the doctrine of hellfire (the pain of sense) and the real possibility of eternal damnation.
11. The Christian's union with Christ in his suffering, death and resurrection leads to perfect union with Him in heaven and to the resurrection of the flesh on the last day.
12. Mary reveals that her spiritual Motherhood is the way to fidelity to Christ and eternal life. Through total consecration to Mary, the Christian accepts and benefits from her Motherhood in the spirit.
Taken from MARY: CATECHIST AT FATIMA by Rev. Frederick Miller