Hearing from Mother Mary: Fatima at 100

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
–Paul McCartney

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, October 13, 2017, millions are preparing for a spectacular celebration–and hoping for some significant revelations or extraordinary manifestations. EWTN has a website dedicated exclusively to tracking this remarkable event–past and present, see “Celebrating 100 Years of Fatima.” Pope Francis is heavily invested in the phenomenon, declaring earlier this year that two of the three peasant children, who claimed to mediate these visions,  are saints, while the third, Lucia, is on her way. A Google search of “100th anniversary of Fatima” yields 500,000 results–try it and you will be amazed.

Is the Virgin Mary tuned into our manifold problems in the world today? The message of Fatima, writ large, is that God has not abandoned our world in the 20th and 21st centuries. In my post below, titled “Mary Mother of God or Jewish Mother of Seven?” I make the case for a very Jewish mother of Jesus in contrast to the quasi-Divine status that millions give to the “Blessed Virgin Mary.” My argument is that a sober and more realistic historical view of Jesus’ mother really honors her more than the theological construct that has little or nothing to do with what she was all about. My purpose is not to offend but to inform. Read on if you are interested.

Mary–Mother of God or Jewish Mother of Seven?