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“In the midst of the world’s darkness, the Light of Fatima shines – it is a solid ground where we can find the fundamental truths of our faith and a clear sign of hope for our future.” With this message, Sis. Ma. Leopolda Ledesma, a Filipina nun based in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima in Portugal, started her sharing on the topic “Fatima: Message and Call” among the students of the Antipolo City Campus on February 7, 2017 and the Valenzuela City Campus on February 10 in line with the opening of the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) and Fatima University Medical Center (FUMC).
Sis. Ledesma, who is a member of the Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima (OMVF), narrated the story of the apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916 and Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 to the three shepherd children, Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto, and Sis. Lucia dos Santos along with the prayers taught during the apparitions. She also recounted how the heroic virtues of Francisco and Jacinta, who were 9 and 7 years old respectively during the apparitions, led to their beatification in 2000.
As part of the Sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal that is celebrating the Centennial of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima this year, Sis. Ledesma helps in the promotion of the authentic message of Fatima that is more relevant in the recent times.
Dr. Mylene S. Abad Santos, Vice-President for Student Affairs, together with the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Office of the Co-Curricular Affairs, organized the activity with the hope of instilling among Fatimanians the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.
The talk also appeals for a need to revisit and live out the messages of Our Lady of Fatima that strongly calls for prayers, penance, sacrifices, reparation of sins, conversion, and true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which are urgent given the above mentioned.
The Fatima Centennial Celebration this year and the 50th Founding Anniversary of OLFU and FUMC, more than anything else, should be about listening, reflecting and doing what the Blessed Virgin Mary requested as St. John Paul II said: “The evangelical call to repentance and conversion, uttered in the Mother’s message at Fatima, remains ever relevant… it is still more urgent. Fatima… continues to be a constant point of reference and appeal to living the Gospel.”