The first time I heard the word ‘reparation‘ was while studying WWII in school. Germany had to make reparations for all of the destruction they caused during the war.
Reparation means making amends for a wrong that was done.
100 years ago in Fatima, Portugal, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children and shared a message of reparation.
She asked us to offer the Rosary in reparation. To offer our own sacrifices and sufferings in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We’re called to make reparation for our own sins and for the sins of others. Why would I pay for someone else’s sins? Why would I do the time when I didn’t do the crime?
Reparation for other people’s wrong doing makes little sense outside of Christianity. It was Christ Himself who shows us the way – a spotless victim offered up for sinners. And, being a follower of Christ, means laying our own lives down for others.
The irony, if you want to call it that, is that at Fatima Our Lady warned of a Second World War, if we didn’t heed her words.
Our Lady is still asking us. Make Lent a time of reparation, for our own sins, and the sins of the world. Pray the Rosary.