BY ZARENE HALILI
This year marks the 100th Anniversary for the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, where our Mother Mary appeared to 3 children in Portugal – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
During her apparitions she revealed 3 secrets to the children, the first 2 was revealed in 1941 and the last secret officially released by Pope John Paul II in 2000.
Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI during his papacy then made a commentary on the Third Secret of Fatima:
“I would like finally to mention another key expression of the “secret” which has become justly famous: “my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Savior into the world – because, thanks to her Yes God could become man in our world and remains for all time.”
I would like to then share the profound meaning of what this means for me, “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph”, what comforting words of a Mother!
Mother Mary is doing 3 things in this short sentence
1) Comforting us
2) Teaching us
3) Inviting us to unite with God our Father.
She is comforting us by telling us that it’s all ok, don’t worry about all the problems of the world. Everyday we have situations that come our way – family, work, health, financial, social or even global matters consume us, but she says “don’t worry about these things..”. For in the kingdom of God there is only our soul united with the Spirit that matters..
She then teaches us that when we leave this world we leave everything behind except for our Soul and Spirit. So why worry about anything else?
Should we then worry about our soul & Spirit? Mary explains in these words “My Immaculate heart will triumph” that God has already conquered the world.. Jesus died for us so that we can unite with him and find peace. So, as opposed to dwelling in our problems and worrying, all that’s really left for us is to unite with him in divine indwelling.
She then tells us that to find peace, happiness and all that we desire she invites us to unite with God.
The Fiat of Mary is the Latin word for Mary’s response in the Annunciation ‘Let it be done to me according to your word’ otherwise known as “LET IT BE”. It is simple, beautiful and yet so profound.
Mary’s attitude of ‘Let it be’ allowed us to unite with God for all time, her “Let it Be” allowed for God to accomplish his grand plan which is the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mary’s fiat teaches us that when we allow God to work through our lives and “let it be” he not only solves our problems but we also align with his grand plans, whatever these plans may be they are the strongest weapons we could ever have.
It brings us to question then.. what more could God do if we all said “Let it be?” If we all allowed God to work through us?
Below is the sharing of my Aspirant Facilitator Teri Tiojanco based on my reflections above:
TERI: I asked myself this too, what more could God do if we all said “Let it be” just like Mary did! Most people desire change on the outside.. women on diet, face lift, men growing muscles, families more concerned on acquiring bigger houses and higher education and ensuring their bank accounts are full… for awhile in my life I worked from the outside, leaving my inside empty and barren.. stale & unmindful of God’s immense love for me… until one remarkable God-day He just pulled me away from all the rubble and said: “here my child, let’s do this all over again this time you need to surrender it all and LET IT BE & that was the beginning of God changing my life from the inside out…
My very strong testimony of DIVINE INDWELLING is God’s desire for every believer to be strengthened by POWER He gives through His Spirit in the inner man, let me quote this:
“God wants to begin the work in the inner man. The inner man is a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17). The inner man is being renewed day by day (II Corinthians 4:16). The inner man is born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8). The inner man has eternal life that shall never perish (John 10:28). The inner man is born of the seed of the Word of God that is not capable of being corrupted, lives forever, and abides forever (I Peter 1:23). The inner man is incapable of sin (I John 3:9). The inner man has the capacity to hear and obey the voice of God (John 10:27). It is washed, sanctified (set apart unto God), and justified (I Corinthians 6:11). The inner man is able not to sin (by the grace of God) (I Corinthians 10:13). The inner man is a treasure in the vessel of the body (II Corinthians 4:7). The inner man is empowered by the “resurrection power” of God (Romans 8:11). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit reveals these truths to the Believers (John 16:14-15)”.