And, in response to Lucia's request for the salvation of the souls of family and friends,Our Lady replied:
"Some yes, but not others. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins." Looking very sad, Our Lady said: "Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended."
We do not wish to hear those words; we try to shut out the message of Fatima and focus on the prayer and pilgrimage part but, how often, in our youth, do we ignore parental guidance that does not conform to our personal agenda?
The fact is, that we in the world have not amended our ways since 1917. If anything we have continued, in a promiscuous fashion, to turn a blind eye to the many blasphemies that occur and we have failed to stand up, as soldiers of Jesus Christ, against the wave of secularism.
The remedy, still available to us, is to pray and do penance - save the world, say the Rosary.
Please remember in your prayers, two priest friends and their flocks who are in Fatima on this day.