Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, 1917:
‘They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins’…Becoming sadder, she added, 'Let them offend Our Lord no more, for He is already much offended.'
The Spiritual Exercises:
“…a magnificent sequence of logical arguments that can lead a person to amend his life, save his soul, choose his state in life or make important resolutions.”
If you are a bit like me, you may feel that you really need to amend your life.
During the last of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima thus far, Sister Lucia, then a young girl of ten years old, asked if Our Lady would convert some sinners.
She stressed that they must first amend their lives and stop offending God.
This past Sunday, in our local area, while venerating the miraculous image of Our Lady of Fatima which cried in New Orleans so many times, a priest-devotee of the miraculous statue gave a brief talk. Speaking of the many spiritual miracles associated with the statue, he recalled the words of a canonized saint who had said that it is a far greater miracle for a soul to go from that of a habitual sinner to that of a soul habitually in the state of grace than it is to raise a person from the dead.
This seems to be because most sinners will not do what it takes to stop sinning.
Most of us know from personal experience in our life that acting consistently to amend our life in order to avoid faults, spiritual defects, and sin…well, that is much easier said than done, no?
Nevertheless, it is what our loving Mother asked for; and a truly loving child should sweep away all excuses in order to accomplish it.
It occurred to me, because of the keen discernments of Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira in this brief article on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, that I had never seriously gone through them.
And yet, as the article certifies, there is no more methodical way of amending our life.
So read the article and consider that in order for Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart to triumph, we must amend our lives.
Let’s get our participation in the triumph of The Immaculate Heart of Mary up to snuff.
May St. Ignatius, whose feast day is July 31st, help us all.
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