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Pope to Fatima: ‘Prayer Enlarges Our Hearts, Prepares Them to Receive God’s Gifts’

May 11, 2017. Apologizes He Cannot Accept All the Invitations He Has Received from Numerous Faithful to Visit Homes, Communities, Cities

‘Prayer enlarges our hearts and makes them ready to receive God’s gifts,’

Pope Francis stressed this in his video-message, transmitted to the Portuguese people last evening at 6:00 pm local time, on the occasion of the imminent Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, on the centenary of the Apparitions of the Blessed virgin Mary at Cova de Iria in Portugal.

He made this observation as he acknowledged that “in anticipation of that blessed moment, the culmination of a century of blessed moments, you have been preparing yourselves by intense prayer.”

“Prayer enlarges our hearts and makes them ready to receive God’s gifts,” and “gives light to my eyes and enables me to see others as God sees them, and to love others as he loves them.”

Recalling the motto of the pilgrimage, “With Mary, a pilgrim in hope and in peace,” Francis said it contains an entire program of conversion.

“Only a few days remain before our pilgrimage, mine and yours, to the feet of Our Lady of Fatima. These are days of joy in expectation of our encounter in the home of Mary our Mother.”

He also said he has received numerous invitations to visit their homes and communities, noting as much as he would have liked to accept each and everyone of them,” he cannot.

“It is as the universal pastor of the Church that I would like to come before the Madonna and to offer her a bouquet of the most beautiful “blossoms” that Jesus has entrusted to my care (cf. Jn 21:15-17). By this, he said, he means all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood, none excluded.!

“That is why I need to have all of you join me there,” he said, noting “I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my “golden rose.”

Entrusting them to Our Lady, Pope Francis said he asks her “to whisper to each one of you: ‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God’ (Apparition of June, 1917).

Pope Francis concluded, praying, “May the Lord bless you, and the Virgin Mother protect you!”