By Robert Beaurivage
Catholics in Sanford, a small town in Maine, honor the 100th anniversary of Fatima.
May 13, 2017
The ceremony commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima began with a procession of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and was sponsored by the Springvale Fatima Group.
The members of the Traditional Latin Mass Choir of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, attended as well and many traveled quite a distance to attend.
The author spoke a few words about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and its prophetic significance in our time. Central to this message are the concepts of Consecration and Reparation. St. Louis de Montfort speaks of that need for Consecration, of ourselves, our nation, and ultimately the nation of Russia.
“The Blessed Virgin Mary purifies [our girts to God] of all the stain of self-love, and of that imperceptible attachment to created things…As soon as [we place those] in her most pure and fruitful hands…(s)he embellishes our works, adorning them with her own merits and virtues…” (St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary: 147)
The Consecration of the Nation of Portugal in the 1930s brought a great Catholic revival: vocations and devotions flourished, a national government set in place implemented the social kingship of Jesus Christ. In addition, Portugal has been protected from the evils of Communism under her protection.
Our Lady of Fatima provided the world with an example of what a consecrated, converted Russia would look like. Cardinal Cerejeira on February 11, 1942, speaking in the name of all the Portuguese bishops, declared:
«Through a true miracle of love, the Mother of God continues to preserve our country and keep it unharmed like a fragile vessel miraculously saved, in the midst of tempests and perils which are apparently insurmountable. Once again, we come to recall to you this debt of gratitude to our glorious Patroness, for the peace which we enjoy – a true miracle which astonishes the world – is to us a testimony and pledge of Her patronage on high.»
The group talked about the need for Reparations as well. Reparation is ‘making up’ or repairing an evil done, or righting a wrong. The Apparition of the Guardian Angel of Portugal to the children of Fatima is a great example of Eucharistic Reparation:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and offer the Most
Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Altar in all the tabernacles throughout the world for all the outrages,
Sacrileges and indifference by which He Himself is offended. I offer Thee the infinite merits
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the conversion of poor
Mary Gannaway, a local music teacher and flautist, also provided attendees with music.
The ceremony concluded with a recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and more hymns as the crowd of over a hundred of the faithful processed down the hill for a light lunch and a beautiful tiered cake provided by a faithful volunteer.