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- Title: The Last Secret of Fatima
- Author: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with an Introduction by Pope Benedict XVI
- Page Count: 163
- Other Formats: $21.95 Hardcover / Trade Paperback $13.00 / $9.99 E-book
- Excerpt: Read Chapter 1
Where to begin? This is my first foray into the Apparition of Fatima. Sure, I pray the Fatima prayer when I pray the rosary, but did you know that it came from this apparition? Specifically from the little children who say:
Poor Holy Father. We have to pray a lot for him – Jacincta
I pray a lot for sinners so they won’t cause the Pope to suffer too much – Francisco
I was most taken by the innocence of the children in this book. While the world was concerned about the fascination of secrets and reading between the lines of the apparition and alleged Vatican cover up, these children (who are Blesseds) especially Sister Lucia were concerned with the message:
After all, it is the call to conversion, prayer and penance issued by Our Lord’s Mother herself. The Fatima message is saturated with the Gospel.
Indeed, Bertone weaves the message, implications, timeline, history and mystery in such a way that I could not put it down! Not even in the bath.
Because this book is incredibly rich (and one pass really doesn’t do it justice) I would like to reflect on one part that has made the largest impression on me. This impression, to me, was so bright, I was surprised because of it’s loose attachment to the Fatima message and chronicle
Enter – A Prayer in the Blue Mosque. Perhaps this is most interesting for me to reflect upon because I am a relatively new Catholic, perhaps it’s the wisdom and deep compassion of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff Emeritus. When asked if Cardinal Bertone prayed in the mosque as his (at the time) Pontifical counterpart had, his response:
Of course. Don’t forget that we are in a historic house of prayer, where millions of people have prayed and continue to bring their supplications to the God who is light. Among the many names of God in Islamic theology, this is the one that struck me the most. The calligraphic inscriptions that adorn the walls of the Blue Mosque (some of which were executed by the sultans themselves) proclaim that God is light, and that he is almighty, compassionate, And merciful. Surrounded by such an invitation to praise god’s perfections, perfections that Catholic theology confesses in its own way, why shouldn’t one pray? It was impossible not to lift one’s heart toward the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to ask him to help men of goodwill carry out the great work of building a new world on the foundation of peace. IN all of his speeches and meetings in Turkey, Pope Benedict constantly emphasized the word “peace”.
Perhaps it’s because I am still learning of our recent Papal history, documentation and splashes into the very public (and often scary) politically charged society. For me, this book taught me about more than just than history of apparitions, more than the loving and directly honest nature of Sister Lucia and her conversations with Cardinal Bertone. Still, infinitely more than (soon to be) St. John Paul II and the direct effect this had on Russia as well as his life. I learned about the basics, and they were brought more vividly to me in the smaller parts like this Blue Mosque and the children, begging and imploring through its pages adhere to Our Lady’s request of prayer, penance and conversion. I can’t recommend this book enough. I am almost, now, sad to part with it.
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Here’s a reference for you from the Vatican archives for this monumental visit reflected upon above by His Holiness Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff Emeritus as well as a detail (read part) picture of the mosque.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.