Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
From EWTN: Fatima, Our Hope
May 16, 2013
WEEKLY FEATURED PROGRAM
'Fatima: Our Hope' – What You Haven't Heard!
By Michelle Laque Johnson
“Fatima, Our Hope,” a fabulous
documentary filmed in Portugal, is a must-see for anyone who seeks to
understand the significance of what some believe is the most important
Marian apparition of our time – Fatima! (This one-hour documentary airs
2 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 16 and 5 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 18 –
exclusively on EWTN.)
Many Catholics know the story of the three shepherd children to whom
Our Lady appeared in a series of apparitions beginning on May 13, 1917
and which continued on the same date for six months thereafter. Many
even know about the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred after the last
apparition so that everyone would believe the apparitions were
authentic. Local newspapers reported that after a torrential rainstorm,
the sky became blue, and people could look directly into the sun,
which began spinning and shooting off shafts of light. This happened
three times and then, after standing still for a moment, the sun
appeared to plunge towards the earth.
But few remember the warnings associated with the apparitions, warnings
that are very applicable today, or the state of Portugal before the
apparitions occurred, which is very similar to that of many nations
Portugal, a formerly Catholic country, had gone down a dark path.
First, a new ruler attempted to establish the secularism of the
so-called “Enlightenment.” Then, on Oct. 4, 1919, a revolution broke
out and Free Masons took over. Their goal was to eradicate Catholicism
in two generations. Relations with the Vatican were broken off, almost
all Church property was confiscated, Catholic schools were outlawed,
and religious instruction was done away with.
As the documentary shows: “The degeneration of morals, economic ruin
and the disintegration of order went hand in hand. The nation, so
successful in its seafaring since the Middle Ages, was now steering
herself straight into moral and economic ruin. Cities threatened to
collapse into total atheism.”
But Our Lady would eventually turn the tide by appearing at Fatima.
Will she help us today? Will people remember to live the messages of
Fatima; will they offer up the suffering God allows in their lives in
reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners; will they turn to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary and encourage others to do the same?
This film takes viewers through Our Lady’s requests during the
apparitions, examines the global spiritual response to the apparitions
(including the inspiring faith of the pilgrims who visit Fatima today),
and explains the significance of the visit to Fatima by the late Pope
John Paul II.
Gather your children and your neighbors. This special film will remind
you how special it is to be a Catholic. The account will inspire you to
evangelize everyone you know during this Year of Faith and beyond.
Pray, say the rosary, join EWTN in its First Saturday Devotions, which
were requested by the Blessed Mother at Fatima. Make reparation for
poor sinners. Encourage devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Repent and believe.
This documentary is a reminder that getting to heaven – and bringing as
many of our brothers and sisters with us as possible – is the only
goal that really matters.
ENCORE OF ‘CONCILIO VATICANO II’
If you missed the first airing of this special on the Second Vatican
Council, produced by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
tune in for the encore at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 18 – exclusively on