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Our Lady of Fatima

March 22, 2017 by  
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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 the Miracle? or What did Russia have to do with all this?, or How does it affect ME? then please read along with us. If you’re familiar with the story, then you will see it with new eyes by placing yourself in the very life and times of the Portuguese people who experienced this amazing phenomenon.

Below was taken from the back cover of my copy (Image Books, 1990):


The Greatest Modern Miracle


“The Future of our civilization, our liberties, our very existence may depend upon the acceptance of her commands.” — William Thomas Walsh

This was the conclusion reached by William Thomas Walsh, distinguished author, historian, and teacher, after he had thoroughly investigated the miracle of Fatima. Here is the whole remarkable story of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three simple children at an obscure Portuguese village in 1917. Her prophecies of World War II and the rise of Communism, her plea to humanity to do penance, her promise that world peace and the conversion of Russia would take place if her messages were heeded — these are some of the dramatic events in this fascinating account of a modern miracle. 

Our Lady of Fatima is a magnificent re-creation of an event whose effects are still reverberating throughout the world — the appearance in person of the Mother of God with a “peace plan from heaven.”


Below is our prospective schedule:

Our Lady of Fatima by William Walsh

3/21 Week 1      Preface – Chapter 2

3/28 Week 2     Chapter 3-5

4/4  Week 3      Chapter 6-8

4/11 Week 4      Chapter 9-11

4/18                    Week Off

4/25 Week 5     Chapter 12-14

5/2 Week 6      Chapter 15-16

5/9 Week 7      Chapter 17-end of book

5/16 Week 8    No Assignment


Note: Prayers for my book club partner, Sarah Reinhard would be much appreciated. She had planned to post this announcement yesterday as a feature, but became very ill Monday evening. As of Tuesday morning, she was feeling a little better, but still pretty lousy. Hopefully she is resting peacefully now; but as a busy mom, I have a feeling that might be one of those “nice ideas”… Hope you’re better soon, Sarah!!!!

Reading Assignment:


Preface – Chapter 2

Discussion Questions:


1. Have you ever read Our Lady of Fatima? If so, what did you think? Can you offer any comments that might inspire first-time readers to dive in?

2. Have you done other reading or study on the miracles of Fatima? If so, perhaps you can offer insight that might help the rest of us as we move forward?


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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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