LADY OF FATIMA
The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated as Our Lady of Fatima following
the famous apparition to the three shepherd children -Lucia, Jacinta
and Francisco- which took place during the First World War, in the
summer of 1917. The Mother of God appeared six times near the town
of Fatima, Portugal between May 13th and October 13th 1917 to the
three children and told them that She had been sent by God with
a message for every man, woman and child living in our century.
Through the children Mary urged prayer for the conversion of sinners
and an end to the war, recitation of the Rosary, and works of penance.
The message of Fatima included a call to conversion of heart, repentance
from sin and a dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially
through praying the Rosary.
Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace,
and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened
to and obeyed. She told us that war is a punishment for sin; that
God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of
war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy
Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of
The message is an anguished appeal of our Heavenly Mother, Who sees
us in great danger and Who comes to offer Her help and advice. Her
message is also a prophesy, a clear indication of what was about
to transpire infallibly in the near future, depending on our response
to Her requests.
But Mary also confided several "secrets" to the children,
some of which Lucy subsequently transmitted. The Secret actually
consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly
revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying vision of
hell where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent
plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls.
The second part of the Secret specifically prophesized the outbreak
of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request
for the Consecration of Russia as a condition of world peace. It
also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following
Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation"
to the Catholic Faith.
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Words at Fatima
to Our Lady of Fatima
OF THE SAINTS
ALL SAINTS' DAY
This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people.
ALL SOULS' DAY
This feast day is one of the most loving celebrations in all the Church's liturgy.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
St. Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO
St. Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count.
St. Bertilla lived in the seventh century. The first biography of her life appeared in Latin in the year 800.
ST. THEOPHANE VENARD
St. Theophane, he holy French priest, dreamed of being a martyr even as a youngster.
St. Willibrord was born in England in 658.
St. Godfrey lived in the twelfth century. He received his education from the monks of Mont-Saint-Quentin. Godfrey became a monk and a priest.
ST. THEODORE TIRO
St. Theodore lived in the third century.
ST. LEO THE GREAT
St. Leo, a Roman, lived in the fifth century. At the death of Pope Sixtus, he became pope.
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
St. Martin, the soldier saint lived in the fourth century.
St. Josaphat was born in the Ukraine and baptized John in 1580.
ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI
St. Frances was born on July 15, 1850. As a child growing up in Italy, she dreamed about being a missionary to China.
ST. LAWRENCE O'TOOLE
St. Lawrence was born in Ireland in 1128. He was the son of a chief.
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT
St. Albert lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany).
ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND
St. Margaret was an English princess born in 1046.
St. Gertrude entered a convent in Saxony when she was very young.
ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
St. Elizabeth, the daughter of the king of Hungary was born in 1207.
ST. ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE
St. Rose labored for Jesus in the United States. She was born into a wealthy French family in 1769.
St. Nerses lived in fourth-century Armenia. He was an official in the court of King Arshak.
St. Edmund was an English king who lived in the ninth century.
PRESENTATION OF MARY
When she was only three years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken to the Temple.
St. Cecilia, the patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century.
St. Columban, the most famous of the Irish missionary-monks, lived in the seventh century.
BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO
Blessed Miguel Pro was born in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1891. He was destined to become a martyr of the twentieth century.
ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS
Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the sixteenth century.
ST. CATHERINE LABOURE
St. Catherine was born Zoe Laboure in 1806. She was the daughter of a French farmer.
ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA
St. Catherine lived in early Christian times. She was the daughter of a wealthy pagan couple of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. JOHN BERCHMANS
St. John, the Belgian saint once said, "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.
ST. JAMES INTERCISUS
St. James was a Persian who lived in the fifth century. He was a great favorite of King Yezdigerd I.
BLESSED FRANCIS ANTHONY OF LUCERA
Blessed Francis born in 1681, was nicknamed Johnny as a child. He was the son of an Italian farmer.
St. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?