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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC FATIMA CENTENNIAL May 26, 2017 19 FROM PAGE 18 Reverend Paul A. Schiska St. Elizabeth Ann Seton of Bark River Congratulations on your 60th Anniversary Fr. Paul! You are a blessing to us and all the parishes you have served throughout your 60 years as a priest. With love from your parish family of Pope Francis: True peace comes through the Cross Vatican City - Only God can give true peace amid tribulations, Pope Francis said in his May 16 homily at his Casa Santa Marta resi- dence in the Vatican. A peace without a cross is not the peace of Jesus, the Pope said. The world teaches us the way to anesthetized peace: it anesthetiz- es us from seeing another reality of life: the Cross. This is why Paul says that one must enter into the Kingdom of Heaven on the road with many tribulations, he added. The peace that the world offers us is a peace without tribula- tions. The world offers an artificial peace that is reduced to mere tranquility, he said. This kind of peace is only concerned about ones affairs and one's security - but it is ultimate- ly ineffective, because tribulations are there, whether pain, illness or death. But the peace that Jesus gives is a gift: it is a gift of the Holy Spirit; and this peace lasts through tribulations and beyond. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis in his homily focused on Jesus words at the Last Supper, as recounted in the Gospel of John: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. The Holy Father said it is not possible to obtain peace amid tribulation though human effort. Instead, Gods peace is a gift that keeps us going. Gods peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars ... but that peace within, which is a gift, is not lost, but goes ahead bearing the Cross and suffering, he continued. Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus: it is a peace that can be bought. But it does not last; it comes to an end. Concluding his homily, the pontiffcited St. Augustines words: The life of the Christian is a journey between the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God. The Pope prayed: May the Lord make us understand well what this peace is which He gives us with the Holy Spirit. said Father Litzner. Tens of thousands of people were there. The children came through the large crowd. They got down on their knees and began praying the rosary. At that time the Blessed Mother appeared to the children. She showed them a series of apparitions, the child Jesus with St. Joseph, St. Joseph blessing the world. Then, she appeared again with Jesus and she appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows. Father Litzner added that finally she appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As a result of that, one of the practices of Fatima is to wear the brown scapular. While the children were seeing these things, the crowd saw the sun coming through the clouds, becoming a clear day, said Father Litzner. The sun spun and came back into place multiple times. As people were kneeling, the sun spun for the final time, this time it became closer and closer to the crowd, Father Litzner explained. Some people believed it was the end of the world. But, the sun went back, and every- thing around them was instantly dry. There are so many different scientific expla- nations of how this could happen. But, all of them fall short, stated Father Litzner. What happened is many of these atheistic masons were converted to Catholicism right on the spot. To watch all of Father Litzner's talks from Spring Study Day, visit www.YouTube.com/ TheUPCatholic. The two books Father Litzner referenced during the day were "A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary" by Babara Ernester and "Fatima Mysteries: Mary's Message to the Modern Age" by Janusz Rosikon and Grzegorz Grny. FATIMA: Focus of annual Spring Study Day My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love thee. One of the prayers given to the three children at Fatima Pardon Prayer DANIEL IBANEZ CNA Pope Francis holds the crucifix high during the Good Friday Service at St. Peter Basilica.

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