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 (www.pbparish.ca).
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.
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.”
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.”
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(www.pbparish.ca)，歡迎大家瀏覽。