Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima: the centenary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary there, and a day on which Francis, to mark the occasion, has canonized two of the child visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta. I did not watch the ceremonies. Although I have a deep devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, I must remain doubtful of the validity of these canonizations, as I believe Francis to be an antipope (as well as John Paul II, who beatified them). Any devotee of Fatima, however, does not need these vile deceivers to well know that those pure and holy children, Jacinta and Francisco, are surely among the saints in heaven. As for Francis, I will have more to say on him shortly. But for now, a blessed Saturday to the readers of this blog.
Our Lady of Fatima, ora pro nobis.
“For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of his goodness. She reneweth all things, and through nations conveyeth herself into holy souls, she maketh the friends of God and prophets. For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of the stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it.” (Wisdom vii, 26-29)