Friday, February 18, 2005

Archbishop Burke on the Death of Sister Lucia

Since the time when our Blessed Mother appeared to her, Lucia dos Santos has never failed to be the herald of the messages which she received from our Lady...It is important for us, on the historic occasion of her death, to reflect on the messages which our Lord confided to her for the sake of our salvation.
Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart is a model for living in Christ, doing God’s will in all things. Her example of prayer and penance is particularly inspiring to us as we continue our Lenten observance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our Lenten practices are undertaken with confidence in the strength of God’s grace to transform our lives and our world. It is the Mother of God, who shared in the grace of the Redemption from the moment of her conception, who draws us to her Son, that our hearts may become ever purer, ever more one with the Heart of Jesus. Yes, we live in a world which is practically atheistic, which denies the existence of God and rebels against His plan for us and our world. But the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph by drawing all to the Heart of her Divine Son.

Let us have the confidence of Sister Lucia and of our Holy Father. Giving ourselves completely to doing the will of God, let us set aside all fear, for Christ is at work in the world, in our personal lives, accomplishing the salvation of the world.

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