9 Seconds of Prayer could be the quickest way to save a soul. I always thought it would take much more time to save a soul, but with the right attitude and disposition toward suffering, apparently not. On Friday, May 5, the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue was on display at Sacred Heart of Jesus and a few interesting facts were shared by the custodian of the statue.
The gentleman, a member of Our Lady’s Blue Army, the World Apostolate of Fatima, shared some thoughts on what Our Lady spoke about to the children when she appeared on May 13th, 1917. The key request was for prayer and to offer up our suffering as reparation for sins – all in the hope of drawing down God’s immeasurable grace to convert sinners.
It was remarkable to hear this man dispense with the great mystery of suffering. He said it’s not a mystery at all, suffering is an opportunity to carry our cross and help Jesus carry His, being unified with Him to redeem sinners. Our suffering, big like a major illness or small like being stuck in traffic, can be united with Christ’s and offered up as a sacrifice to benefit others. We can offer our sacrifice for someone we know, the Souls in Purgatory or anyone that might need God’s grace.
It’s radical if you think about it. The things we are already dealing with, hassles and tragedy alike, turned on their head to be used for good by the author of goodness, Jesus Christ. The prayer to offer daily trials and tribulations, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima is here:
“O my Jesus, I accept and bear with submission whatever crosses God permits in my life today, for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Our Lady appeared at Fatima 100 years ago. She encouraged the three children to tell everybody about her request for prayer and sacrifices offered as reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners. She said war is a result of sin and peace is achieved by converting sinners. Those sound like really good reasons to spend 9 seconds in prayer. I like the idea of putting my suffering to work as a redemptive act alongside the compassion of Jesus. To help Jesus carry his cross, just a little, gives meaning to suffering that often seems meaningless.