Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No. 9 - The Last Secret of Fatima

by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Started: April 22
Finished: April 26

Notes: In 1917, three children in Portugal began having visions of the Virgin Mary, and Mary passed on three secret messages to the children. For years the Vatican kept these messages from the rest of the world, fueling speculation that these secrets were about the end of days. Over the years, one by one, these secrets have been revealed. The last secret, the third, was revealed just a few years ago. This book is about those secrets, but mostly about the last one.

Mini review: There's nothing here that will convince the skeptical, but there is a solid base for the faithful or the seeker. The secrets revealed deal with what is now history, at least according to official church authorities. What I found most interesting about this book were a few new ways it made me look at the ideas of faith, especially in the old faith versus reason debate. Specifically, it made me wonder if the mindset of children is not closer to the natural state of mankind, at least spiritually speaking.

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