On Monday Karen and I traveled across the island to Hilo for the Mass of our Lady of Fatima and to pay homage to the Pilgrim statue scheduled to visit 100 dioceses in 50 states. 2017 is the 100 anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s six apparitions to the children in 1917. In 1916, an angel appeared three times at Fatima to Lucia dos Santos and her now-beatified cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, telling them to make everything a sacrifice in reparation for sin, which offends God.
The national tour, the first since 1948-50, will continue as Pope Francis is expected to visit the Portugal Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in May 2017. The Tour for Peace also aligns with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and the Fatima messages are linked to the message of Divine Mercy received by St. Faustina.
The pilgrim statue was sculpted in 1947 by Portuguese artist, José Thedim, who consulted closely with Sister Lucia. It is one of two identical statues created to bring the Fatima message to the world. After touring for several years, the other statue is permanently displayed in Fatima.
The 42-inch-tall, 40-pound mahogany statue was blessed by Pope Pius XII and the bishop of Fatima and has visited 100 countries. The tour is a nation-wide call to prayer and penance for peace in our nation and conversion of hearts. Our Lady promised, “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
I was happy to have experienced this celebration here in Hawaii with its “melting pot” of faces, all rejoicing in our Mother's mercy and love for us. And perhaps it is the sun and sea, but the people here seem to put just a bit more Aloha into every celebration... of course it is also a great love for the heavenly Mother.
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