In the New Testament Jesus tells us to have the faith of a child. The older we get, the further we can be removed from the ideas and spirit that allow us to have a child-like faith.
This past Friday, October 13th, marked the 100th Anniversary of the miracle of the Sun. Our Lady of Fatima appeared to 3 children six times over a six month period. The last time she appeared there was a miracle in the sky. You can click here to visit EWTN's webpage explaining more about her visits to the children, her message, and the miracle she performed 100 years ago.
This is a story I am very familiar with. My Nanny had an animated version of the story that we watched many times. As an adult, I have been interested to learn more about it. I more recently began reading "Fatima in Lucia's Own Words: The Memoirs of Sister Lucia, the Last Fatima Visionary." Sr. Lucia was the oldest of the 3 children who Our Lady of Fatima appeared to. She was also the only one to live into adulthood.
Last night I read about Jacinta. Sr. Lucia was asked by the Pope to describe her cousin, the youngest of the three children. This little girl had such a beautiful faith. Such love for our Lord and His Mother! On her own, she offered up small sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and the reparation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She had such a desire to help people find Jesus through Mary. Such an amazing faith. The faith of a child. Through painful illness, the loss of her brother, and with the knowledge that she was going to have to go to a hospital where she would die from her illness away from her family, she kept her faith. She was joyful with the knowledge of the love of God, Jesus, and his Mother. She was scared, but she offered up her suffering and turned it into something that could be used to battle sin and death.
Phew, to read and learn about the very real faith of Saint Jacinta Marto really puts things in perspective. It is quite humbling. I'm going to be honest. Life can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. My kiddos at home need me, my kiddos at school need me, I'm taking a class that has me reading multiple articles and writing a paper every week (in APA format...ewwww ;)), chores at home keep piling up...I'M OVERWHELMED. THINGS ARE NOT GOING THE WAY I WANT THEM TO. And then I read about Jacinta and I am reminded that the priorities of earth are not the priorities of heaven. These things that seem so HUGE are really quite small. I am not alone in my journey. I have a loving Mother in Heaven who is constantly working to help me know her Son better and grow closer to Him and to our Father in Heaven. How amazing! How blessed! Let's strive to have the faith of a child and follow the example of the children of Fatima.
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.