Imagine being just five feet away from Our Lady! Wouldn’t it be great to be but five feet away from her? But, what about having Our Lord within us? If only we would think of this when we receive Holy Communion.
As Sister Lucia recounts, when Our Lady appears, everything is white, everything is clean and everything is pure. She is, after all, the Virgin of virgins; entirely pure. The hymn Ave Maris Stella reminds us that Mary became the gate of heaven, while remaining a virgin.
That is to say, it was through her that Christ, Our Lord, came into the world and yet her virginity suffered nothing. Always entirely pure, she attracts us by her purity.
Description of Our Lady by Sr. Lucia
She was “a Lady dressed all in white, more brilliant than the sun, shedding a light that was clearer and more intense than that of a crystal goblet filled with crystalline water and struck by the rays of the most brilliant sun.” Her face, indescribably beautiful, was “neither sad nor happy, but serious,” with an air of mild reproach. Her hands, joined together as if she were praying, were resting on her breast and pointing upward. A rosary hung from her right hand. Her clothes seemed to be made of light. The tunic was white. The veil, white and edged with gold, covered the head of the Virgin and descended to her feet. Neither her hair nor her ears could be seen.…
How to do the apostolate of purity
Also, we learn the way of an apostle through the example of Our Lady. When she appeared, she attracted us to the beauty of purity. Let us never make the mistake of adopting questionable customs as far as purity goes, in order that people will accept us.
No! To invite people to be pure, we must first show them the beauty of purity. Impurity seeks all darkness to hide its evil deeds but purity loves daylight and thrives in open air.
At Fatima, Our Lady spoke to an impure world using all the symbols of purity. Was that an invitation only to the little shepherds or was it to the world? She was dressed in white and bathed in light.
This reminds us of when Our Lord spoke of the lilies of the field, “But I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these” (Matt. 6:29). Likewise, no one in all his or her glory was ever dressed as Our Lady was: in light.
From an informal address Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira gave on June 5, 1984. It has been translated and adapted for publication without his revision. –Ed.