Monthly Archives: August 2013

20130826 Francisco consoled Jesus 小方濟安慰耶穌

The last three weeks, the summer break for The B.C. Catholic, allowed me to spend time building a new website for my own Precious Blood Parish (
I found that the process of building a website was valuable for me as a pastor, for it allowed me to look at all the areas of the parish and to reflect on what are really the most important things in parish life.
The most important thing for each parish is the conversion and sanctification of the people. On the website I tried to bring out the message of the universal call to holiness with holy pictures.
On the page about the parish children’s group there are pictures of young saints, including a photo of the three children of Fatima. My prayer and hope is that there will be saints among our young parishioners.
I would like to invite you to visit our new parish website, and from there you can also find my previous B.C. Catholic articles on the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. These three weeks we are going to look at the lives of each of the Fatima children.
Prayer, sacrifice, making reparation for sins, and praying for the conversion of sinners are the key messages of Our Lady in Fatima. Francisco seemed to focus more on making reparation through prayer, while Jacinta seemed to focus more on making sacrifices for the conversion of sinners.

Praying alone
After the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917, Francisco loved to spend time praying alone. Sometimes Lucia asked him, “Francisco, why don’t you come and pray with Jacinta and me?” He answered, “I’d rather pray alone, to think and to console Our Lord. He is so sad!”
One day Lucia asked, “Francisco, which do you like better, to console Our Lord or to convert sinners so that no more souls go to hell?”
He answered, “I’d rather console Our Lord. Didn’t you take notice of how sad Our Lady was last month when she said not to offend Our Lord, because He was much offended already? I want to console Our Lord first and then convert sinners so that they won’t offend Him any more.”

Hidden Jesus
The children referred to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist as “the Hidden Jesus.”
Sometimes when Lucia went to school, Francisco would say, “Look, you go to school and I will stay here in church near the Hidden Jesus. It isn’t worth the trouble for me to learn to read. Shortly I’m going to heaven. When you came back from school, call me.”
Francisco would then spend hours in hiding, praying before the tabernacle.
When Francisco fell sick, Lucia would visit him on her way to school. He said, “Look, go to church, and give my best regards to the Hidden Jesus — it hurts me that I can’t go to church any more — and stay there for a while with the Hidden Jesus.”

Final illness
Francisco was happy and cheerful in his sickness. Lucia asked him, “Do you suffer much, Francisco?” He answered, “Quite a bit, but it doesn’t matter. I suffer to console Our Lord, and shortly I shall go to heaven!”
When Francisco was very sick he asked Lucia and Jacinta to help him to recall his sins so that he could make his confession before receiving Holy Communion.
The day after his confession, Francisco received Holy Communion. He said to Jacinta, “Today I am happier than you, for I have within my breast the Hidden Jesus. I am going to heaven, but there I will pray a great deal to Our Lord and Our Lady that they may take you there soon.” Francisco also promised not to forget Lucia in heaven.
The next day, Friday, April 9, 1919, Our Lady took Francisco to heaven.

本報刊三個星期的休假,讓我有時間建立我本堂、耶穌寶血堂(Precious Blood Parish)、的網站(,歡迎大家瀏覽。































20130729 Sun danced in Fatima 艷陽火舞

During the apparitions in July, August, and September, Our Lady promised the children of Fatima that she would perform a miracle in October. Heavy rains had fallen from the evening before into the morning hours of October 13, 1917. Despite the heavy downpour, there was a massive crowd.


Lucia wrote, “My mother, fearing that this might be the last day of my life, with her heart lacerated by the uncertainty of what might happen, decided to go with me.”


On their way to the Cova da Iria, the children had to walk through the massive crowd. Many people begged the children to present their petitions to Our Lady. Upon arriving, Lucia asked the people to put down their umbrellas and to pray the Rosary.


Dialogue with Mary


Shortly after that, the children saw Our Lady over the holm oak. Lucia asked, “What do you want of me?” Our Lady said, “I want to tell you to have them build a chapel here in my honor; I am the Lady of the Rosary. Let them continue to say the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.”


Lucia then presented the petitions of the people saying, “I have many things to ask of you. The cure of some sick persons, the conversion of some sinners, etc.” Our Lady responded, “Some, yes, others, no. It is necessary that they amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins.”


Then with a sad expression on her face, Our Lady said, “Do not offend God Our Lord any more, for He is already deeply offended.” The sorrowful look and sad tone of Our Lady remained vivid in the memory of Lucia until the end of her life.


Miraculous signs


            Our Lady opened her hands, and light emerging from them reflected on the sun. While Our Lady was ascending, the light continued to be projected from her on the sun itself. Lucia, therefore, cried out, “Look at the sun!”


The three children saw the promised vision of the Holy Family and Lucia also saw Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Lucia wrote, “When our Lady disappeared in the immense distance of the sky, next to the sun we saw Saint Joseph holding the Child Jesus and our Lady dressed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child seemed to be blessing the world, making the sign of the cross. Shortly after this vision had vanished, I saw our Lord and our Lady who reminded me of Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lord was blessing the world just the same way as Saint Joseph. This vision vanished too, and it seemed to me I again saw our Lady dressed as our Lady of Mount Carmel.”


The apparition of the Holy Family is a call for the sanctification of families, and the apparition of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a call to wear the brown scapular.


Meanwhile, the crowd saw the “dancing of the sun”. The sun turned around and descended three times as if it were going to crash into the people. It gave off all shades of colors. Then the sun ascended back to its place, and re-descended three times. Thinking the end of the world had come, some cried aloud: “O Jesus! We are all going to die!” “Our Lady, help us!” Others begged for the forgiveness of their sins.


After eight to ten minutes the sun returned to normal; the people found that their wet cloths and the ground had become dry. Many became believers of the apparitions on that day.