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A Multitude of Roses in Fatima for the Centennial

On May 13th, as we approached the city of Fatima, Portugal, it was difficult to know what to expect. This was the privileged place chosen by the Mother of God to appear exactly one hundred years ago.

The celebration of its first Centennial, the visit of the pope and fears of a possible terrorist attack made the usual unusual in this small Portuguese village. The police and army joined forces to bring security to the highest level.

The Virgin had come 100 years previous to announce the end of a war and the beginning of another. She came asking for prayer and sacrifice and, if her request had been answered, world peace would have been the reward. The presence of soldiers in Fatima was yet another sign that peace still evades mankind.

Road blocks did not allow us to drive the usual pickup truck full of large baskets of roses to the spot where Our Lady appeared. We attempted to talk the soldiers into allowing us through, but our plea was turned down and the only alternative was to walk.

So the first question was how to move 10,000 roses from the florist to the shrine. These baskets were huge and the distance considerable. If I did not know how much 500+ roses weigh, I know now; at different times my arms felt as if they were falling off. To top it all, rain began pouring down in the middle of our enterprise.

But difficulties aside, the multi-color rose offering to Our Lady of Fatima was made in the afternoon of May 13, 2017 and it was beautiful!

This amazing rose offering was a result of America Needs Fatima’s online effort. People were given the opportunity to choose one or more roses in one or more colors as an offering to the best of all Mothers on the day of her 100th Fatima anniversary. The result was a magnificent series of bouquets expressing…

Love with red roses
Gratitude with pink roses
Warmth and friendship with yellow roses and
Reverence for her Purity with white roses.

As one can plainly see, Mary, the best of all mothers, was given a spectacular Mother’s Day gift from America Needs Fatima and its devoted supporters.

Pilgrims from all over the globe came to inquire as to the reason for so many beautiful roses and if they could take some of them home. A frequent and repeated commentary was, “Oh, this is for Our Lady? How appropriate!”

 


17,358 Names

Later that same day, a large banner listing the names of friends of America Needs Fatima was present during the recitation of the Rosary by the “capelinha” – the place where Our Lady appeared – and then carried aloft during the candlelight procession. For those who have not been to the shrine of Fatima on such occasions, the candlelight procession is an expression of devotion not to be missed; it was the perfect way to close the feast of the Fatima Centennial.

As we walked shoulder to shoulder in this procession with Marian devotees from all over the world, our banner represented the love that you and I have for Our Lady and the hope we place in her promise given at Fatima:

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

While absolutely true that the world at large has not responded to the requests of the Mother of God in 1917, it became obvious for anyone in Fatima this past May 13th, that she nevertheless is queen of many a heart. The 10,000 roses and the long list of names on the America Needs Fatima banner were a good sign of it.

 

Petitions Delivered as Promised

Last, but certainly not least, we delivered large plastic totes full to overflowing with petitions from Catholics all across the country to Our Lady of Fatima.

These petitions came to us through the regular mail and in response to our on-line campaign. Those who could not physically be present in Fatima on this historical occasion of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition were well represented that day and their heart-felt petitions will not go unheard by that august Queen.

 

Rosary Rallies in America on May 13th

America Needs Fatima organized 4,121 Rosary Rallies across the U.S.A. as a demonstration of our love for Our Lady of Fatima and a sign of America’s willingness to heed her Fatima Mission:

“Pray the Rosary for Peace in the World.”

 

 

 


 

 

DAILY QUOTE for January 20, 2018

God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a resp...

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January 20

 

God's purpose in creating us is
to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth,
so that
we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with Him in heaven.

St. Ignatius Loyola

 
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Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

Fabian was the first layman ever to be elected to the papacy...

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Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

Pope St. Fabian was the first layman ever to be elected to the papacy. Before entering into his pontificate in 236, Fabian was a humble and well respected farmer. Upon the death of his predecessor, Pope Anterus, Fabian traveled with some companions to Rome to mourn his passing with the faithful and to be present when the new pope was elected. While attending the council to determine who Anterus’ successor would be, a dove suddenly appeared and descended upon the head of Fabian as a clear sign of his divine election.  By unanimous vote, Fabian was instantly chosen as the next pope.

During his fourteen-year pontificate, the Church enjoyed relative peace under Emperor Philip, and Fabian was able to do much to consolidate and develop the Church. He died a martyr’s death in 250 and was one of the first victims of the persecution under Emperor Decius, who considered him a rival and personal enemy. He was buried in the Catacomb of Calixtus.

Celebrated alongside St. Fabian is the Roman martyr, Sebastian. Though the narrative of his story is largely unhistorical, legend tells us that he was a young officer in the imperial army, who secretly dedicated himself to the spiritual and temporal assistance of the Christians and martyrs. It was he who exhorted Sts. Marcus and Marcellianus to constancy in the Faith and inspired them with the courage to face their deaths when they began to waver under the pleas of their friends. Being thus discovered, Sebastian was condemned by Emperor Diocletian and delivered over to Mauritanian archers to be shot to death. Miraculously, he survived though and was nourished back to health by St. Zoe, a convert of his and mother of Sts. Marcus and Marcellianus. Refusing to flee, Sebastian confronted the Emperor again and harshly reproached him for his cruelty to the Christians. He died in 288 after being clubbed to death and his body thrown into the common sewer. It was privately removed, and he also was buried in the cemetery of Calixtus.

Although St. Fabian and St. Sebastian’s feasts are liturgically separate, they are celebrated on the same day; and the relics of the two saints are both kept and venerated together in the Basilica of St. Sebastian in Rome.

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Our Lady and the Three Dresses

Many centuries ago, three young nuns lived together in a con...

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Our Lady and the Three Dresses

Many centuries ago, three young nuns lived together in a convent. Day after day, they took their meals together, they went to chapel together, and they prayed and sang together.

One day, their priest-confessor advised them that, as a preparation for the feast of the purification of Mary, they should recite the whole Rosary every day for forty days. The three nuns obediently complied.

On the night before that holy feast day, the Heavenly Mother appeared to the three nuns as they gathered in the choir. To the first of these three sisters she handed a rich garment, embroidered with gold. Holy Mary thanked her and blessed her.

She then handed to the second nun a much simpler garment, and also thanked her. Noticing the difference in the two garments, the second sister asked, "Oh Lady, why have you brought my sister a richer garment?" Mary Most Holy lovingly replied, "Because she has clothed me more richly with her prayers than you have done."

Mary then approached the third nun with a canvas garment. Being an observant young lady, this sister at once asked pardon for the half-hearted way in which she had prayed her rosaries.

A full year had passed when all three fervently prepared for the same feast, each saying her Rosary with great devotion. On the evening preceding the festival, Mary appeared to them in glory, and said to them: "Be prepared, for tomorrow you shall come to paradise."

The following morning dawned, full of promise. Each nun wondered if this would be her last day in this vale of tears. When evening came, would they retire to their modest cells once more, or did Holy Mary have something else in store for them?

The sisters related to their confessor what had occurred, and received communion in the morning. At the hour of compline (evening prayers) they saw again the most holy Virgin, who came to take them with her. Amid the songs of angels, one after the other sweetly expired.

From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Many centuries ago, three young nuns lived together in a convent. Day after day, they took their meals together, they went to chapel together, and they prayed and sang together.

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