Our Lady of Fatima

Models in Responding to the Message of Fatima

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

There is so much about the occurrences in Fatima a century ago that should provoke wonder. If the Mother of God was going to be permitted to appear on earth to echo her Son’s call to conversion, prayer, and sacrifice, if she was going to reveal in symbolic visions the reality of Hell, the ascent of Bolshevik communism, the dawn […]

Fatima and the Antidote for Hell

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

As authentic Marian apparitions go, many of the aspects of our Lady’s appearances to the three shepherd children in Fatima a century ago seem commonplace: Mary asks the seers to pray and do penance for the conversion of sinners, calls them to daily devotion to the Rosary, advocates for peace in the world, requests the children to return on specific […]

Fatima, the Rosary, and the Path to Peace

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for “cheating” on how they were praying the Rosary. The eldest, at the time ten-year-old Lucy, described in her eventual Memoires what they were doing and why. “We had […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from the CDF on Fatima

Lucia, Franciso and Jacinta

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

Inspired by Our Lady of Fatima to Do Less (and More!)

Lucia, Franciso and Jacinta

I am constantly challenged to do more, sometimes by people who don’t even know they’re doing it.  Back when I used to work for our parish, almost everyone knew me.  After Mass once, a well-meaning and very enthusiastic parishioner came up to me and exclaimed, “WHY aren’t YOUR KIDS signed up for Vacation Bible School???”  She was smiling, she was excited, and […]

Mary Warns Her Children of Danger

The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima — October 13, 1917

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.” (Second Secret of Our Lay of Fatima) The Merchants of Death — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin October 1917 was a momentous month in the history of the twentieth century. On the […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from the CDF on Fatima

Lucia, Franciso and Jacinta

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

Daily Catholic Quote from the CDF on Fatima

Lucia, Franciso and Jacinta

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

Daily Catholic Quote from the CDF on Fatima

Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Our Lady of Fátima

Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia

“Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.” (Our Lady of Fátima to Lúcia concerning Bls. Jacinta and Francisco; June 13, 1917 Apparition at the Cova da […]