Santo Niño and Fatima

Editor’s Corner
by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX

In this month of January, the Philippines honor its Principal Patron, the Santo Niño of Cebu. Our country’s Christianization is inseparable from this little statue of the Child Jesus. Originally, it was given by Ferdinand Magellan as Baptismal gift to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521. Unfortunately, when Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan, that same year, the first Cebuano converts were disillusioned and returned to their pagan beliefs and practices. Nevertheless, some of them, after their Queen, continued to honor the Santo Niño. So, when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi came in 1565, the re-discovery of this miraculous statue led to the rapid conversion of the Cebuanos and, eventually, of our whole country.

But, what is its relevance to the message of Fatima? Well, in the Dorothean Convent of Pontevedra, Spain, on December 10, 1925, the Child Jesus together with His holy Mother appeared to Sis. Lucia. He asked her to have pity on His Mother’s heart pierced with so many thorns, and no one is removing them by acts of reparation. The following year, on February 15, 1926, the Child Jesus appeared again, asking if she had spread already this devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart. In other words, we cannot separate our devotion to Jesus from Mary. It is the Santo Niño’s expressed will that we should console our Mother’s Immaculate Heart. Therefore, let us be generous and continue our pilgrimage with the same love and sentiments as the Santo Niño!

At the centenary’s threshold

Editor’s Corner
by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX

The centenary year of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima begins. Yet at the same time, our pilgrimage continues. In fact, Our Lady’s statue is now on its way to Surigao, about to cross the Visayas region. What should be our first thoughts as we begin Our Lady’s jubilee? Well, let us go straight to her very important message: “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” At this moment of confusion, both within and outside the Church, Mary’s Immaculate Heart is our infallible point of reference. It is there that we can find enshrined the authentic words and sentiments of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another important message is: “People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord anymore for He is already too much offended.” What a plea of a mother’s heart! Yet, have we done something about it? Let us not let this centenary pass without putting this into practice: “To save souls from Hell, God wishes to establish throughout the world the devotion to My Immaculate Heart…I shall come to ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.” So, as we move along our pilgrimage, let us encourage everyone to heed Our Lady’s urgent request – Confession, Communion, rosary and 15 minute meditation on 5 consecutive First Saturdays. Thus, our love is proven by our actions.