Religious Enthusiasm

Jacinta Marto, Lucia dos Santos, and Francisco MartoI can’t help it sometimes… I read something about Jesus and how He has done so much for us and loves us, and then I get excited and enter a season of religious enthusiasm! Unfortunately, I usually get discouraged by my inability to actually be a good person.

Lately, I’ve been inspired by reading about the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Marian apparitions have long interested me (maybe fascinated is a better term), and these are no exception. In fact, I learned about them when I was a very little girl, so they’re probably my favorite.

The Catholic Church does not officially recognize all apparitions as authentic, and no Catholic is actually required to believe in them. But honestly, if the Blessed Mother appeared to me, and asked me to pray more, would I turn her down? No. Of course not. And I certainly do believe that she appeared to these three children, and there is nothing about her message that is weird or impossible to do. Her requests:

If you’re not Catholic, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about for the last three items. It could be that you don’t know about Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mine looks like this one!this, even if you are Catholic. For more information on these requests, you might try a place called The World Apostolate of Fatima, U.S.A., which is a clearing house for all things Fatima. (There are many web sites about Fatima, from the orthodox to the nonsensical. I will not make any other recommendations.)

Six little requests. So easy to do! So why don’t I? Is it unrealistic? No. Too hard for ordinary people? No. Peculiar to the time and place? No. Am I just too lazy? Probably. And I feel guilty about that.

Fortunately, God is very merciful. He loves it when we brush ourselves off and try again. And so does His mother!

7 thoughts on “Religious Enthusiasm

  1. I didn’t know that the scapular in its original form was a practical front-and-back apron. Neat! Does that mean that in its current form it has been reduced to the scale of one inch to one foot, like dollhouse furniture?

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  4. It is so lovely to find a faith-based, loving, gentle article that doesn’t proselytise or judge, but shares the wonder of faith. As a pre-Nicean Goddess Christian I rarely find gentle Christian blogs that inspire me. Thank you for being an open and loving person. I love learning about the way others believe.

  5. A “pre-Nicean Goddess Christian”!?! Wow, that’s a new one for me, and I thought I’d seen every Goddess permutation that there was. (Just goes to show that you learn something old every day.)

    Thank you for your nice comments. I find faith to be mostly a wonder-filled experience, though I’ve had my moments, like everybody else. I try not to be judgmental, though sometimes it’s hard… As for proselytizing, that’s hard not to do sometimes too, especially during these moments of religious enthusiasm! It’s easy to get carried away on a wave and not want everyone to ride along.

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