Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Our Lady of Fatima

In Melbourne at the moment the "traveling" Our Lady of Fatima statue is visiting various parishes. I went along to the first of these parishes last night in St Fidelis,Moorland . It was a blockbuster! Car parking was difficult to say the least and then you really had to look hard for a spare inch or two or pew to squeeze yourself into! I don't know when I last heard a packed parish church say a Rosary. It's really quite an amazing sound, try it yourself! See if you can fill a church one day, just for fun. The confession line was busy and people kept on coming and coming! All the while there, at the front, was the really lovely statue solemnly gazing over proceedings. (Just a note to random visitors...no I don't believe that the statue is actually Mary.)


I have a personal devotion to this particular, "version" I suppose, of Our Lady. It captured my imagination when I was very young and it stuck. Perhaps this was helped along by my very devoted grandmother, who would tell us the story of when she was carried the statue when she was in her 20s, around the age I am now.

When I heard this was going to be on I decided to make sure I could get along to one of the nights. As wonderful as it was, it really was quite an old crowd that was there which really quite saddened me. Does this mean that in say ten years the Fatima message will pretty much be forgotten? In our climate of war and violence, is this a time to forget that in order for peace to be even a blip on the horizon, prayer and even sacrifice (oooo extreem concept I know) perhaps might be a way to go. Just a thought.

7 comments:

Edmund Blackadder said...

That's really sweet. I think your true vocation is to follow Mary's life as a pure virgin, offering your unblemished body to the most high! Have a nice day!

Acolytus said...

I'm still stuck on the idea of bricking her up in the wall of a church.

Miss Monification said...

Well it would keep me out of the way wouldn't it!

Acolytus said...

Now, now, I ment a wall with internet access.

Miss Monification said...

You are too kind.

Anonymous said...

If she had internet access it would impede her complete self-offering ad altissimo. I once read a book about Hildegarde of Bingen and she was at one time walled up with another girl, maybe we could include Meg, or even Josie!

Anonymous said...

Of course it was an old crowd. Have you seen what has passed for Faith instruction in our 'Catholic 'schools for the last 30 years?

The crowds ain't gunna get any younger until the ridgy didge Faith is taught in in schools.