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Pope John Paul II's homily in Fatima, May 13, 1982

Pope John Paul II's homily in Fatima, May 13, 1982

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The homily of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in his apostolic pilgrimage to Fatima on May 13th, 1982, a year after he survived an assassination attempt.
The homily of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in his apostolic pilgrimage to Fatima on May 13th, 1982, a year after he survived an assassination attempt.

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1. "And from that moment the disciple took her to his house" (Io. 19, 27)With these words ends the Gospel of the Liturgy of today, here in Fatima. The name of thedisciple John was precisely he, John, son of Zebedee, an apostle and evangelist, he heard on theCross Christ's words: "Behold your Mother." Earlier, Jesus had told their mother: "Madam, beholdyour son."This was a wonderful testament.By leaving this world, Christ gave His Mother a man who was to her as a child: The John Sheconfided. And as a result of this donation and delivery, Mary became the mother of John Mother of God became the mother of the man.And from that moment on, John "took her to his house." John has also become the refuge land of the Mother of his Master, it's right and duty of the children actually take care of the mother. Butabove all, John became the will of Christ the son of the Mother of God. And John, each and everyone of the men from her children have become.2. "She received her to his own house" - this phrase means, literally, in their homes.A particular manifestation of Mary's motherhood in relation to men are the places where shemeets them, the houses where she lives, places where one feels any particular presence of theMother These places and these houses are very numerous. And they are a great variety: from thehouses and chapels in the niches along the roads, where light stands the statue of Mother of God, to the chapels and churches built in his honor. There are however, some places where menfeel particularly strong presence of the Mother Often, these sites largely radiate your light andattract people to each other from afar. His circle of irradiation can extend the scope of a diocese,an entire nation, sometimes to several countries and even to different continents. These placesare Marian shrines.In all these places is held in a beautiful way that will singular Crucifixion: then the man feelsdelivered and entrusted to Maria and come to be with her, as if he is with his own Mother opensher heart to Him and speaks to him all "welcomes you to his own home", within all their problems,sometimes difficult. Problems themselves and others. Problems of families, societies, nations, of all humanity.3. Not so well, perhaps, the shrine of Lourdes in France? It is also well at Jasna Gora in thePolish territories in the sanctuary of my country, which this year celebrates its jubilee of sixhundred years?It seems also there, as in many other Marian shrines around the world, with a particular strengthof authenticity echoes these words of the liturgy of the day:"You are the honor of our people" (Iudit. 15.10), and also those others:"Faced with the humiliation of our people,""... relieve our rebate, with your righteousness, in the presence of our God "(Iudt. 13.20).These words resonate here in Fatima almost as an echo of the particular experiences not only for the Portuguese nation, but also by many other nations and peoples that are upon the face of theearth, or rather, they are echoing the experiences of all humanity today of the whole humanfamily.4. I come here today because just this very day of the month last year, took place, in St. Peter'sSquare in Rome, the attack on the Pope's life, which mysteriously coincided with the anniversaryof the first apparition at Fatima, which is occurred on May 13, 1917.
 
These dates have met each other in such a way that seemed to recognize this as a specialcalling to come here. And behold, here I am today. I came to thank Divine Providence in thisplace, that Mother of God seems to have chosen so very special."Misericordiae Domini quia non sumus consumpt" - Thanks to the Lord that we were notdestroyed (Lamentations 3: 22) - I repeat once again with the Prophet.Vim, actually, especially here to proclaim the glory of God Himself:"Blessed be the Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth", I repeat the words of the liturgy of today (Iudt. 13.18).And the Creator of Heaven and Earth I lift also that special hymn of glory, which is itself: theImmaculate Mother of the Incarnate Word:"Blessed be You, my daughter, by Almighty God / More than all women on earth ... / The trust youhad will not be forgotten by men, / And they will remember always the power of God. / So Godcontemplates forever "(Ibid. 13, 18-20).The background to this hymn of praise which the Church sings with joy, here as in so manyplaces on earth, is the unrivaled choice of a daughter of mankind to be the Mother of God.And this is especially worshiped God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.Be blessed and honored Mary, the prototype of the Church as "house of the Holy Trinity."5. From that time Jesus, dying on the Cross, "said John," Behold your Mother "and from themoment that the disciple" took her to his house, "the mystery of the spiritual motherhood of Maryhad its achievement in history with a boundless expanse. Motherhood means concern for thechild's life. But if Mary is the mother of all men, his zeal for the life of man is of universalsignificance. The dedication of any parent covers the whole man. Maternity of Mary has itsbeginnings in maternal care for Christ.In Christ, at the foot of the Cross, she accepted John, and it accepted all the men and the mancompletely. Mary hugs to all, with a particular concern in the Holy Spirit. He is, indeed, "the giver of life," as the Creed. It is he who gives the fullness of life and open to eternity.The spiritual motherhood of Mary is, therefore, participation in the power of the Holy Spirit, thepower of the One "who gives life." And it is at the same time, the humble service of the One whosays of herself: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord" (Luke 1, 38).In light of the mystery of the spiritual motherhood of Mary, try to understand the overwhelmingmessage that here in Fatima, began to resonate around the world since the 13th of May 1917and lasted for five months until 13 October of that year.6. The Church has always taught and continues to proclaim that God's revelation was brought toconsummation in Jesus Christ, the fullness of it, and that "there is no waiting-no other publicrevelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ "(Dei Verbum, 4). The sameChurch appreciates and judges private revelations to the satisfaction of their compliance withpublic revelation that one.Thus, if the church accepted the message of Fatima is mainly because the message contains atruth and a call which, in its essential content, are the truth and call of the Gospel itself."Repent (repent) and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1, 15): these are the first words of the Messiahsent to mankind. And the message of Fatima, in its very core, is the call to conversion andpenance, as in the Gospel. This call was made at the beginning of the twentieth century and,
 
therefore, was directed, in a particular way to this same century. The Lady of the messageseemed to read, with a special insight, the "signs of the times, the signs of our time.The call to repentance is a call maternal, and at the same time, is energetic and done withdecision. The charity which "welcomes the truth" (1 Cor 13, 6) know to be clear and firm. The callto repentance, as always walk together to the call to prayer. In accordance with the tradition of many centuries, the Lady of Fatima indicates the third - the rosary - which can be called "theprayer of Mary" prayer in which she feels especially close to us. She herself prays with us. Withthis prayer of the rosary to cover the problems of the Church, the See of Peter, the problems of the world. Moreover, reference is made sinners, to be converted and be saved, and the souls inPurgatory.The words of message were directed at children, whose ages ranged from seven to ten years.Children, like Bernadette of Lourdes, are prioritized in these apparitions of the Mother of God.Hence it follows that also their language is simple, according to the comprehension ability of children. The little children of Fatima became the interlocutors of the Lady of the message andalso their collaborators. One of them is still alive.7. When Jesus said on the Cross: "Madam, here is your son" (Io. 19, 26), opened in a new way,the Heart of His Mother, the Immaculate Heart, and revealed to him the new dimension of loveand new range of love that she had called in the Holy Spirit, due to the sacrifice of the Cross.In the words of Fatima appears to us to find precisely this aspect of maternal love, which with itsrange covers all the ways of man towards God, both those who follow on the earth, as those who,through Purgatory lead beyond Earth. The concern of the Mother of the Savior, is identified with aconcern for the work of salvation: the work of His Son. Is for the salvation, the eternal salvation of all men. On completion of the sixtieth-five years after that day May 13, 1917 is not difficult tofigure out how this saving love of Mother embracing in its scope, in a particular way, our century.In the light of maternal love, we all understand the message of Our Lady of Fatima.What is more directly opposed to the man walking towards God is sin, persevere in sin, in short,the denial of God. The planned removal of God from the world of human thought. The separationfrom him of all earthly activity of man. The rejection of God by man.In fact, the eternal salvation of man only God is. The rejection of God by the man becomes final,logically leads to the rejection of man by God (cf. Matth. 7, 23, 10, 33), in condemnation.Can the mother, who wishes the salvation of all men, with the full force of his love that feeds theHoly Spirit, can she keep quiet about what shakes the very foundations of this salvation? No, no!Therefore, the message of Our Lady of Fatima, so maternal, appears at once so strong anddetermined. It seems severe. It is as if he were John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan. Callsfor penance. Warns. Calls to prayer. Recommended the rosary, the rosary.This message is addressed to all men. The love of the Mother of the Savior comes to wherever itextends the work of salvation. And the subject of his devotion are all men of our time and at thesame time, societies, nations and peoples. Companies threatened by apostasy threatened bymoral degradation. The collapse of morality brings with it the collapse of societies.8. Christ said on the Cross: "Lady, behold your son." And with these words, opened a new way,the Heart of His Mother Shortly after, the spear of the Roman soldier pierced the side of the Crucified. He pierced heartbecame the sign of redemption, accomplished by the death of the Lamb of God.

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