|Mark Sanislo Catholic Artist
"Heaven's Call to the Family"
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An original painting by Mark Sanislo in a collaborated effort with the
World Apostolate of Fatima for the "Year of the Rosary" campaign.
|By Fr. Robert J.
Fox - The final
appearance of Our Lady to the three shepherd children took place on
October 13, 1917 and on this occasion the promised miracle occurred. It
took the form of the Miracle of the Sun with more than 70,000 people as
witnesses, many of them non-believers. While this was happening Our
Lady disappeared and in her place the children received a vision of the
Holy Family. "The appearance of the Holy Family at Fatima has been
interpreted, by the past and present bishops of Fatima, as a call for
the sanctification of family life at a time when the world was facing
an even greater break-down in the unity and holiness of the family ,
Third Luminous Mystery
The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
by Fr. Robert J. Fox ( taken from Fatima Family Apostolate Marian Manual)
In this mystery of light we see the preaching by which Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, and calls for conversion. “This is the time of fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Reform your lives and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Jesus wants all to know that he came for the forgiveness of sin, and so that “we may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus, the Man-God, has the power to forgive sin and will die on the Cross whereby we are saved through the shedding of his precious blood which washes our sins away.
When Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man and the four who carried him and let him down before Jesus by an opening in the roof “over the spot where Jesus was”-where “they had made a hole,” Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” When
some of the scribes murmured, “‘Who can forgive sins except God alone?’
Jesus was immediately aware of their reasoning, though they kept it to themselves, and he said
to them: ‘Why do you harbor these thoughts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven, or to say,‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk again’? That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘I command you: Stand up! Pick up your mat and go home.’ The man stood and picked up his mat and went outside in the sight of everyone. They were awestruck; all gave praise to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!”’ (Mark2:2-13).
How fortunate we are to live in the time after Jesus has announced his kingdom for the forgiveness of sin and the bringing of divine life to our souls. Jesus still announces it through his Church. The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, and the very Person of Jesus forgives sins today through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) just as Jesus did when he
proclaimed the Kingdom. Jesus forgave the penitent woman, publicly known as a sinner, when she washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, saying “I tell you, that is why her many sins are forgiven because of her great love. Little is forgiven the one whose love is small. He said to her then, ‘Your sins are forgiven. . .” (Luke 7:37-48).
Jesus gave his Church, through his ordained priests, the power to forgive sin in every age. After Jesus redeemed the world by his death on the holy Cross, he rose, appeared to the Apostles, the first bishops and priests of the Church. The first thing Jesus does is say to the Apostles twice, “Peace be with you.” Then Jesus said “As the Father has sent me, so I send you: Then he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound” (John 20: 19-23).
Prayers of the decade: Lord Jesus, enlighten me to know always in faith that by living in union with you, the Kingdom of God is within me. May I lead others to your Kingdom so as to know your merciful love and forgiveness as I do through the Sacraments. Thank you for your divine mercy. Jesus, I trust in you.