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When our Blessed Lady came to Fatima a hundred years ago, in June of that year, as she was about to depart, she showed the children her Immaculate Heart, which they described, she was holding in her hand and it was surrounded by thorns. We think of what that means, surrounded by thorns. Where do these thorns come from? We should not be surprised to find that the thorns in fact represent sin, because it is sin that wounds the heart of Our Lord and consequently necessarily it must wound the heart of his Mother. But these thorns have their origin at the very dawn of creation. The moment our forefather, Adam sinned, at that moment, the thorns began to grow. We know this from the words of the Lord God Himself, who after He had punished the serpent, on your belly you will go, after He punished the woman, your desire will be for your husband, he will lord it over you, in child birth you will bear children in pain, he turned to the man, by the sweat of your brow will you will eat bread. The earth which up to now has borne you fruit will now start to bear thorns… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.