I am a big fan of Holy Heroes and their Glory Stories. They bring to life the lives of Saints in a way that captivates the children (and parents!) listening to them. I recently purchased a couple Glory Stories that we didn't yet have and we were listening to them in the car Sunday on the way to church. One of the stories was that of the children of Fatima. I wanted the children (and myself) to learn more about the miracles that occurred there 100 years ago. We've been praying the Rosary more often and I thought that learning what Our Lady said to these three children and the directions she gave them would go nicely with our recent praying habits.
I think that when I listen to these stories I get as much out of them as the kids do...sometimes probably a bit more. One thing that struck me was how willingly these young children (9 and younger) made small sacrifices at Our Lady's request for the conversion of souls. How willing they were to suffer to help repair the Immaculate Heart of Mary and please our Lord and His Mother. All we need is the faith of a child, right?
I'm so used to being comfortable and having my needs and wants met. My children are too. I think that many of us are. This week I've thought a lot about this Glory Story and the words of Our Lady at Fatima. How can the frustration that comes with things not going the way I want them to or the disappointment of something not going my way be turned into something good? How can I intentionally make sacrifices for the conversion of souls, the sick, and other things that brings the world closer to God? I've tested it out a couple of times and want to know what I've found? When things don't go my way, it doesn't bother me so much. Huh...that's kind of cool. I feel myself focused on God, Jesus, and Mary a whole lot more too. That's a blessing in so many ways.
Take some time to learn more about Our Lady's appearances to the children in Fatima 100 years ago and try making little sacrifices and offering up times of suffering. It has made a difference in my life this week. I hope that it will make a difference in yours too!
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.