Pope Francis on Thursday announced that the two young shepherd children from Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be canonised during his forthcoming pastoral visit to the Portuguese town on May 13th. - Read more here.
So much about Fatima has now been confirmed. Growing up, I was very much attached to the Fatima apparitions, the call to holiness, the promises of Our Lady - especially that she would take Jacinta and Francisco to heaven - although I was sure it would probably not be fulfilled in my lifetime. Yet it is unfolding right now. The example of the three children, especially Francisco and his fidelity to prayer, very much influenced my childhood piety, and as I learned more about prayer as an adult, he has been a guide and model for me to some extent.
Our Lady promised to take them to heaven, and canonization is affirmation of that promise.
What a difference in children today. Generally speaking, I suspect the majority are raised without faith, without knowing there is really is a place called hell, or that we were created to go to heaven. So many kids today want to be rich and famous, to attain celebrity status and fame. I'm not even thinking of Catholic kids. I wonder what they actually know about all of these things?
May St. Jacinta and St. Francisco pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The icon I made for Fr. Robert Fox.
The first icon I did of Bl. Francisco and Jacinta.