Our Lady Is Waiting: a homily by Fr. Matthias (FFI)

On the 97th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Father Matthias reminds us that, as Lucia asked “Will I go to Heaven,” we too need to ask this question. If we love Mary, if we love God, we will want to die to be with them, but we must first walk the “narrow path” and, as Our Lord says, “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” He speaks of Christian penance, accepting the suffering God sends our way in reparation for our sins and those of others. Our Lady wants us to be with Her in Heaven; She is waiting for us.

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3 Responses to Our Lady Is Waiting: a homily by Fr. Matthias (FFI)

  1. Shadaan says:

    How about the poor and the weak or the simple and the insane. We all suffer on earth and if there is a place of rest like heaven we all deserve to be there.

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  2. kathleen says:

    This is what I would call a truly Catholic homily by this priest of the maltreated Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate! No feel-good “let’s all just be nice” type of thing, but talk of suffering, making sacrifices, penance, Our Blessed Lady and God’s eternal reward “for those who serve Him”.

    @ Shadaan
    Don’t worry, I would say the poor, weak etc. would be first in line for Heaven of all of us, but they would have to carry forward their sufferings with humility too.
    Heaven is not something we can ever “deserve”, but an immense gift from Our Bountiful Saviour – a place of eternal joy in God’s presence. Here on Earth it is quite impossible to really understand how sublimely wonderful it will be, though we are fed morsels ‘to taste’ (“the Kingdom of Heaven is within you”) if we are open to the workings of the Holy Spirit through obedience to God’s Divine Law and through prayer and the sacraments.

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  3. Toadspittle says:

    “God’s Mother prophesied that Russia would be God’s chosen “instrument of chastisement,” spreading the “errors” of atheism and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars, annihilating nations and persecuting the Faithful everywhere.”

    I’d very much appreciate a big, comprehensive, discussion on this matter.
    Regarding for example, the above.

    Is Russia really “God’s chastisement” for the world’s atheistic errors? Why should Kathleen be chastised for Russian Communism?
    Or I, come to that?
    And the nations Russia “annihilated” back then have all resurfaced – with even more problems than ever, haven’t they?

    Can someone reprint everything Mary is reported to have said at Fatima?
    How does what little I know of it coincide with God knowing everything? i.e.: What’s the point of warning what horrid things would happen if a certain act was not performed – when God knew the act was never going to be performed in the first place?

    Anyway, I’ve probably got it all wrong.
    Right?

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