Mass yesterday coincided with the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s August 1917 apparition, so the homily centered around Our Lady’s message to the children.
The shepherds asked her, “What are we to do with the offerings of money that people leave at the Cova da Iria?”
Never having heard this story before, I kind of expected Our Lady’s response to be “feed the hungry,” “give the money to the orphanage in town,” etc. Instead, she replied,
“I want you to have two ardors [litters to carry statues] made, for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I want you and Jacinta to carry one of them with two other girls. You will both dress in white. And then I want Francisco, with three boys helping him, to carry the other one. The boys, too, will be dressed in white. What is left over will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here.”
Given the vast range of charitable uses for the money — in a poor town, during a great war — isn’t it something worth considering that Our Lady’s first priority is for us to worship her Son as best we can?
What conclusions do you draw from this message? Leave a response in the comments!
Account comes from EWTN’s 100 Years of Fatima site.