Posted by: fvbcdm | October 12, 2016

Feast of Saint Felix (12 October 2016)

October 12, is the anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus when he and his party came across one of the Bahamas which he named San Salvador—Holy Savior.  Let us remember too that his flagship bore the name Santa Maria: Holy Mary.

Then tomorrow, October 13, is the anniversary of Our Lady’s last apparition at Fatima on that date in 1917. It was there that she said “I am the Lady of the Rosary,” thus giving to the world a great impetus for praying the Rosary. She asked that it be prayed constantly for the conversion of Russia. Well, Russia has been converted from atheistic communism to at least the toleration of belief in God and also to its tradition Orthodox faith. And, we hope and pray that that will be a stepping stone to reunion with Rome in the near future. Orthodoxy, that is, the form of Christianity practiced principally by the Russians, Greeks, Serbs, and others in that part of the world, is very close to us Catholics. They have valid orders; that means that their bishops and priests are validly ordained and can celebrate Mass, bring into being the Blessed Sacrament, and administer all the sacraments. The only problem now is their recognition of the Bishop of Rome as the supreme head of the Church and the Vicar of Christ on earth. That sounds simple, but behind it are a thousand years of separation, sometimes marked by antagonism and conflict. However, what is impossible for man is entirely possible with God. So we pray, asking Our Lord for the unity that he desires among his children and disciples.

And in particular, we who are devoted to the Mother of God and her Rosary, are delighted to celebrate October 13, the anniversary of Our Lady’s declaration “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” And we are equally delighted to call her “Our Lady of Fatima,” always remembering that Fatima was the name of one of Mohammed’s daughters and the name was given to that part of Portugal by the Muslims when they occupied that land. It is certainly not by accident that Our Lady chose to appear there so that she would be known by a title connected to a daughter of the founder of Islam. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

 

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