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Most Overlooked Request of Fatima

Most Overlooked Request of Fatima

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Published by The Fatima Center
“But above all, men must stop sinning.”

“Men must do their daily duty. This is the penance I now expect and require."
“But above all, men must stop sinning.”

“Men must do their daily duty. This is the penance I now expect and require."

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Most OverlookedRequest of Fatima 
“But above all, men must stop sinning.” 
 
“Men must do their daily duty. This is the penance I now 
expect and require." 
 ... Message of Fatima
This message states clearly that the most important request is that we must stopsinning. This does not mean that prayers and penance are not required. In fact they arenecessary to fulfill God's will.In other words, it is not enough to fulfill the external requirements of the Message of Fatima if we do not amend our lives and do not have contrition for our sins. We might betempted to say that these words are meant for others but not for ourselves. It may be truethat we do not commit such obvious mortal sins as murder, abortion, missing Mass onSunday, disobeying the teaching of 
Humanae Vitae
or refusing to confess serious sins.Nevertheless we should examine our conscience well and take care that we are fulfilling allthe requirements of God's Laws for our state of life.Moreover, it is not sufficient that we try to avoid mortal sin only, because with such anattitude we will easily commit them again. We should do good works, and with God's gracecorrect our venial sins and faults as well.Certainly the most important penance is to amend our lives. Saint Ignatius Loyola saysthat if we overcome one fault a year we are well on the road to sanctity. The way of perfection is a life-long battle. After mortal sins have been overcome in our lives, there aredeliberate venial sins to be avoided and finally there are the lesser faults to be corrected.In order to stop sinning, we must not only
WISH
to stop sinning, we must
WILL
tostop sinning. Saint Francis de Sales points out that there is a differencebetween
WISHING
to do something and
WILLING
to do something. For example, aperson who is allergic to chocolate may often
wish
to have some, but does not
will
to haveit because of the harm it does him.So we must
will
to stop sinning. Not like Saint Augustine who before his conversion
prayed, “Make me chaste, O Lord —
 
but not just yet.” We must
 
will
to stop sinning now. If we cannot
will
to stop, we must pray to get the
will
to stop.Furthermore in order to will to stop sinning, we must will the
means
, the necessaryaids which help us achieve this objective. Just like a man who wills to eat must go to a placewhere there is food, prepare it, and then put the food into his mouth and chew. It is notenough for him to
wish
to eat
he must actually do what is necessary to eat.What are these means that we can take to stop sinning? One of the most importantmeans to stop sinning is to avoid the occasions of sin. If someone will not avoid

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