by fr. Mariano di Vito, OFM Cap.
In her simple but extraordinarily profound life that is so significant to the present day, Thérèse of Lisieux recounts how she overcame her feelings of anxiety and panic while gazing on an image of Our Lady and being filled with the light of her motherly smile.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions (1917-2017) and here in our journal we wish to recall the strong message of prayer and conversion that came from this village in Portugal and which is still so relevant to our world and present times.
Unquestionably, the call to return, to make a U-turn (‘convert’ from the Latin convertere signifies in fact to ‘turn around’), is at the heart of the message of the Lady dressed in white and which, even after 100 years, preserves all its dramatic actuality and still is, without overstatement, a real punch in the stomach to the world (our world!), that seems to have lost the way of the Gospel with all its revolutionary spirit.
However…, from Fatima, as...