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May 22, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! Also today I desire to especially call you, through this time, to pray for families. Pray, dear children, for families, for unity in families, for peace in families. I am interceding for all of you with my Son and I am praying for all of you. You must be persevering in prayer. Thank you, dear children, for also today having responded to my call.” (Message through Ivan on May 19, 2017)
Cardinal Caffarra was appointed the first head of the Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family which was begun by St. John Paul II in 1981. The Cardinal had the idea to write to Sr. Lucia of Fatima to ask for her intercession in this very important mission. He told Aleteia.org:
And so, I thought to write to her. So I wrote, but simply saying: “The pope wanted this Institute. We are going through a very difficult time. I ask you only to pray.” And I added: “I do not expect a reply.” Her prayers were enough for me.
As you know, in order to have any contact with Sr. Lucia, even by letter, one needed to go through her bishop. So I sent the letter to the bishop, and he passed it on to Sr. Lucia.
To my great surprise, after not more than two or three weeks, I received a reply. It was a hand-written letter and quite long. I have given sworn testimony of what the letter said. The letter ended, saying (in 1983 or 1984): “Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head.” (https://aleteia.org/2017/05/19/exclusive-cardinal-caffarra-what-sr-lucia-wrote-to-me-is-being-fulfilled-today/ )
We have all witnessed this terrible battle over marriage and the family over the past 35 years. It is no wonder Our Lady gave Ivan the task of praying for the family. And that task is ours as well. We must see the terrible trials that the families of the world have undergone as part of the titanic struggle between Satan and the Woman – Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We are to pray and fight with Mary for marriage and the family and a return to true reverence for the human person. (Please follow the link above to the article and read the full text of the Cardinals remarks.)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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