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BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC Are we going to trust ourselves and our own weaknesses, or the weaknesses of others? Or, are we going to trust in the Lord Jesus or our Blessed Mother? Challenged Father Corey Litzner at this years Spring Study Day. It really gets down to a matter of faith. When you say, I cant do that, I cant do that, well stop relying on yourself. Trust in the Lord, not your own weaknesses. Father Litzner spoke to a crowd of more than 250 at St. Peter Cathedral last month, in which he outlined the Fatima apparitions. The Blessed Mother appeared to three Portuguese Children, Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The monthly apparitions of the Blessed Mother be- gan in May, and ended in October. MAY 13 Father Litzner quoted Lucias words she had written, They looked up and we saw a lady clothed in white, bright- er than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup illed with sparkling water, lit by the burning sunlight. We stood amazed, bathed in the ray that surrounded the lady, who looked, smiled and said, do not be afraid I will not harm you, Isnt that beautiful? Father Litzner asked. Heres Mary coming from heav- en to communicate to these children a message, thats going to be for the whole world. And, the first thing she thinks of is that theyre frightened. Father Litzner explained that the Blessed Mother brings us to her son, our Lord. But, she brings everyone in a tender way. He stated that during this particular apparition Lucia asked the Blessed Mother what she wanted. The Blessed Mother explained she had been asked to come for six months on the 13th day of the month during the same hour. Father Litzner also stated according to Lucias writings Our Lady asked, Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bare all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation and for the conversion of sinners? Lucia agreed and the Blessed Mother said, then you are going to have much to suffer. JUNE 13 For the next month they started to have many sufferings, said Father Litzner. He explained that Lucia had reached a point during the month that she thought perhaps all of this was from the devil, and she resolved not to go back on June 13. However, on the morning of June 13 the Lord gave her a grace and the doubts she had disappeared. This is a lesson for all of us, said Father Litzner. She kept saying the ro- sary, she kept praying even though she was in total desolation, receiving horri- ble temptations of doubt and despair. She kept trusting God. During this apparition, the three children were accompanied by about 50 people. Some who believed, some who doubted. As the children started to pray, they saw a flash of light followed immedi- ately by the apparition of Mary as she spoke to Lucia. I want you to come on the 13th of next month to pray the rosa- ry every day and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want. It was also during the June 13 appa- rition that Lucia was told the three of them would go to heaven. Jucinta and Francisco would be taken shortly. However, Father Litzner said, she told Lucia, But, you will stay here for some time to come. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish de- votions of my Immaculate Heart through- out the world. I promise salva- tion to who- ever embraces it. These souls will be dear to God like lowers put by me to adorn his throne. JULY 13 According to Father Litzner, A light came from our Blessed Mother, pene- trating to the ground and the grounds opened. They smelled a sulfurous smell. And, they saw many, many souls and demons. They heard the pains and screams of despair in hell. It was then the first secret was re- vealed to the children, a vision of hell. Father Litzner quoted the Blessed Mothers statement, You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. Father Litzner also explained that Mary revealed another secret, that World War I would end, and also pre- dicted the start of another war if offens- es against God continued. The Blessed Mother said, The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. Mary also appeared to the children in August and September telling them to come back on the 13th of the month, and pray the rosary. On Sept. 13 she said, I will cure some, not others. In October, I will perform the miracles so that they may believe. 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Pre-planning saves money today.. for tomorrow's needs Holy Cross - Marquette (906)225-0191 or Holy Cross - Escanaba at (906) 786-4685 Father Litzner speaks on Fatima apparitions during Spring Study Day JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Corey Litzner shares a laugh with participants during the annual Spring Study Day held in April. SEE FATIMA, PAGE 19

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