During the General Audience of this Wednesday, October 13, Pope Francis recalled the apparitions of the Virgin of Fatima and encouraged us to pray that she be our guide on the path of conversion and penance towards Christ.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose apparitions at Fatima we commemorate today, be our guide on the path of continual conversion and penance, so that we may meet Christ, the sun of righteousness. May its light free us from all evil and dispel the darkness of this world”, The Holy Father affirmed to the German-speaking faithful.
Along these lines, the Pope stressed that on October 13 the last apparition of the Virgin of Fatima is remembered in Portugal, for which he entrusted everyone “to the heavenly Mother of God” so that “accompany with maternal tenderness on your way and comfort in the trials of life.
Likewise, the Holy Father made reference again to the fact that this month of October is the month of the Rosary, for which he prayed that “through the intercession of the Virgin, Queen of the RosaryLet us grow in the Christian freedom that we receive in Baptism ”and he invoked the joy and peace of the Lord for those present and their families.
Later, the Pope encouraged them to pray the Rosary daily and said “I wish you that your hearts become stronger and stronger in feeling and living with the Church.”
“I wish you to reinforce more and more in your hearts the feeling and coexistence with the Church, persevering in the daily prayer of the Rosary. In this way you will be able to meet the Virgin Mother every day, learning from her to fully cooperate with the plans of salvation that God has for each one of you ”, he pointed out.
In this sense, the Holy Father encouraged “keep a spirit of pilgrims, always on the way, following together in the footsteps of Christ with freedom and joy, towards that country to which God summons us ”.
Finally, the Pope recalled four festivities in October: the anniversary of the election of San Juan Pablo II -October 16- and the liturgical memories of San Juan XXIII -October 11, Saint Teresa of Avila -October 15- and Santa Eduviges de Silesia -October 16- and added that “their lives were clear examples of Christian freedom.”
“The experience of these saints reminds them that there is no freedom without responsibility and without love for the truth. AND the greatest fulfillment of freedom is charity, which is carried out in the service ”, concluded the Pope.