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Inspired by the Children of Fatima

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 5 of 8) What a range of chapters this week! How can you not be inspired by the children of Fatima? I was torn…the kidnapping of the three children is tantalizing and quite a tale, but I keep coming back, in my own heart, to the continuing development of the children’s spiritual life. Jacinta was too unselfish to be able to dwell long or complacently on her own... Read More

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver Our Lady of Fatima (Week 4 of 8) And Francisco! What a comfort he was! He seemed not only to accept suffering, but to love it, as the saints do who follow in the footsteps of the Crucified. “Our Lady told us we would have much to suffer,” he would say. “That doesn’t matter to me, I will suffer everything as much as she wants!”... Read More

The Promise of Much to Suffer

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Promise of Much to Suffer Our Lady of Fatima (Week 3 of 8) “Then you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” Mary to the 3 children at Fatima, May 13, 1917 Our reading today takes us on quite a journey, though it doesn’t go very far. Our three shepherd children—Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco—have been in the same area, and yet they have had... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being... Read More

Announcing our Next Book – Our Lady of Fatima

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our Lady of Fatima (Week 1 of 8)   In honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the children of Fatima (May 13, 2017), we are excited to embark with you on a journey through time and space to a small village in Portugal where the magnificent events took place. If you’ve ever asked yourself, What was so special about Fatima? Or, What were the mysteries surrounding... Read More

Which Rosary Should I Pray?

February 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

Which Rosary Should I Pray? Dear Father John, In reading of the various spiritual traditions within the Church: i.e., Carmelite, Servite, Franciscan, etc., etc., it seems to me many of them have their own special rosaries that they pray. Would you kindly please explain these? And, when someone says “Pray the Rosary” which one do they mean? Is it OK, for example, to pray a Carmelite rosary instead... Read More

In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

May 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary

“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph” “Hail, Holy Queen! Hail, our life our sweetness and our hope!” Mary is our hope. And the Church proclaims it every day at the end of every rosary and often at the end of the Church’s Night Prayer (or Compline). In our modern times, no other words draw our attention to this reality than the promise Our Immaculate Mother made to the world... Read More

Fatima, Mary and the Moslems

May 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Rosary

Fatima, Mary and the Moslems In our last reflection, we looked at the supernatural significance of the year 1917 as a year of two competing revolutions: one against God and the other restoring all things in God through His Mother – as the unprecedented Marian age since 1830 has undoubtedly confirmed. We looked briefly at how atheistic Communism is at the heart of the world’s evils as it completely... Read More

1917

May 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

 1917 1917 What do Russia, the rise of Communism, the fall of Communism, Islam and Catholicism share in common? Fatima, 1917. We will unpack these connections over the next few blog posts as we reflect on the revolutionary message of Fatima. When we look at the complex web of world events today, it can be too easy to get caught up in daily news reports that tirelessly remind us we are living in one... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was... Read More

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