The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday, 105th Anniversary of the Last Marian Apparition at Fatima, 13 October 2022
Ephesians 1:1-10 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> Luke 11:47-54
God our loving Father, thank you in sending us your Son Jesus Christ who in turn gave his own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary as he died on the Cross to be our Mother too!
How wonderful that in her last apparition at Fatima in Portugal 105 years ago today, she came bringing peace and good will like when Jesus was born more than 2000 years ago; it was the same message that St. Paul brought to us through the Ephesians as he described Your magnificent plan for us in Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ…Ephesians 1:2-5
Forgive us, merciful Father in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, in refusing to accept this beautiful offer you have given us expressed clearly 105 years ago today in Fatima, Portugal by the Blessed Virgin Mary who introduced herself as "the Lady of the Rosary"; despite the miraculous dancing of the sun, many still refuse to believe and heed her call to return to You in Jesus Christ through conversion, of turning away from sins and following the path of holiness, of being filled with You.
Give us the grace that like Mary in Fatima, may we show others an alternative vision of the world wherein all things are restored in Jesus Christ by bringing the light of your truth against the world's darkness of lies and fake news; like Mary at Fatima may we lead people back to you through the Sacraments especially the Holy Eucharist and Confession instead of worshipping and adoring the modern gods of gold and glamor the world offers so easily but treacherously. Purify our devotion to Mary that is rooted and focused on Christ so we may instill hope and joy to so many people today in despair amid the harsh realities of this life due to the ongoing pandemic with the persistent problems of war and violence, poverty and inequalities, and lack of respect for life and dignity of every person regardless of color, belief, and gender.
Be patient with us, God our Father; with Mary whom you have sent to us in Fatima, may we find our way back to you in Jesus Christ along with the conversion of sinners and unbelievers including our brothers and sisters who profess to believe in you but promote a culture of death, leading a life of evil and sin contrary to your vision of living in communion with you in Christ. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us!