May 13, 2008

Our Lady of Fatima



It has always intrigued me to think that Our Lady chose to appear in a place called Fátima. Fatimah was, of course, the devoted daughter of the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and the wife of his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib, from whose succession Shia Islam derives.

The apparitions of Fátima have always been associated with the conversion or consecration of Russia and the struggle with communism, but perhaps now, in another historical moment, Our Lady wants to help us overcome our real or imagined conflict with Islam.

2 comments:

Pia said...

This is a truli inspiring thought, Fr.!

Don said...

Thanks for a great insight. I never knew that at all. I've been thinking about Our Lady a lot in the past several years. I don't often write about her, but she holds a special part of my heart and always will. I love what you have written this week about the Laetare and the Breviary.