May 13th—tomorrow—marks the one hundredth anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, first to three children, and then later to numerous adults, over the course of five months at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal. You can read the events on the link and elsewhere, but I want to point out one thing Lucia, one of the three children said in describing the woman.
"A young Lady of dazzling beauty seems to be overshadowed by sadness; her hands are joined over her breast in an attitude of prayer; her dress, white as snow, reaches to her feet and is fastened at the neck by a golden cord, the ends of which fall to her waist. A white mantle, edged with gold, covers her head and falls to her feet; in her hands she holds a Rosary of shining pearls with a silver cross."
“A young Lady of dazzling beauty,” indeed. Of all the Marian apparitions in history, I have never seen one where the woman in question was not described as beautiful. Our Blessed Mother is beauty itself, and with her brings beauty into the world.
Which brings me to a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and other works, who not only was Catholic, but a devout Catholic.
“All my perception of beauty, both in majesty and simplicity, is founded founded upon our Lady.” (Quote found in May 2017 edition of Magnificat magazine, p.4)
So this weekend say at least a prayer to the Blessed Virgin, or better yet, a whole rosary, or find a book on the Fatima story. It’s a wonderful and beautiful story.