In his book Joyful Good News for Young and Old Bishop Victor Galeone quoted Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: “God, Who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. The moon would be only a burnt-out cinder floating in the immensity of space, were it not for the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun.
“The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without Him, she is nothing. With Him, she is the Mother of Men. On dark nights we are grateful for the moon; when we see it shining, we know there must be a sun. So in this dark night of the world when men turn their backs on Him Who is the Light of the World, we look to Mary to guide their feet while we await the sunrise.”
Who is this Mary, this “…woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars…” (Rev. 12:1)? She is the same woman who said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord…” (Lk 1:38) and, in 1858, told St. Bernadette in Lourdes: “I am the Immaculate Conception!”
Is Mary actually capable of comprehending pain, even shedding physical tears as a result? Is it possible for a heavenly being to display similar emotions one undergoes while living on earth? Recall the statement St. John Paul II made at Fatima on May 13, 2000: “Little Jacinta personally felt and personally experienced Our Lady’s anguish, offering herself heroically as a victim for sinners.”
In his book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Fr. Michael Gaitley has masterfully treated the issue of how we human beings still cause sorrow to Christ and His Mother because of our sins and our lack of faith.ii
Earlier, referring to Our Lady of La Salette in France, Pope Pius IX reminded us: “In this place, Mary, the loving Mother appeared manifesting her pain for the moral evil caused by humanity. Her tears help us to understand the seriousness of sin and the rejection of God…”
The outcome of these events will be determined to a great extent by our actions now, how well we respond to her requests. Will we perform the penance Our Lady requested, the same “Penance, Penance, Penance!” the angel demanded of us in the third secret of Fatima? And, how will we handle the future now that we have discovered the correct path?
The answer is obvious: it is by understanding her present mission – began one-hundred, eighty-five years ago – listening to her words, and incorporate them into our daily lives.
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