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Fatima for the Present Age

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In 2017, we'll mark 100 years since the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal. Appearing to three shepherd children, Our Lady gave them three secrets, exhorted them to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world through the conversion of poor sinners, make the Five First Saturdays devotion in reparation for "outrages and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary" and to offer sacrifices for poor sinners everywhere, who often have no one to pray for them. Confirming the truth of the apparitions with the extraordinary Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917, Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima were a response to the prayers of the Holy Father at the time, Pope Benedict XV, and anticipated many of the great evils of the 20th century, including the Second World War, the slaughter of many Christians for their faith, and more, as explained in The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, spoke on the Fatima apparitions at the Pontifical University Antonianum on May 7, 2015.

He made two main points, according to Catholic World News: First, "the secret of Fatima lifted the veil on the real opposition, on the plane of being and acting, between Mary, all-holy and effective cooperator with Christ, and the enemy of the good, the serpent (Gn. 3:14-15), the red dragon, Satan, the devil (Revelation 12:1-9), the anti-Christ (1 John 2:18; 2 Jn. 1:7)." Second, the message of Fatima is a powerful appeal to the good, and especially to holiness and forgiveness, which requires "sacrifice and mortification."

That's why, in this time of rising occultism and open Satanism, an age of abortion and disregard for the natural law, an age of growing difficulty and danger for all the children of God and the Blessed Virgin, it only makes sense to remember Fatima. Study Our Lady's words and deeds when she visited Portugal, reading good books like Fr. Mike's The Second Greatest Story Ever Told and Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR's Fatima for Today. Learn more about what it means to live life totally given to Jesus through Mary in 33 Days to Morning Glory and Under the Mantle. Listen to the wisdom of the Church on the Blessed Virgin Mary in Marian Gems and her favorite devotion in Rosary Gems. And pray! Never cease praying, especially by using the Rosary, Our Lady's favorite prayer, and the Five First Saturdays devotion. Offer up your sufferings, all the daily annoyances large and small, and every moment of your life to Jesus through the hands of Mary so that the Holy Spirit may be present and active all throughout your life, leavening every minute with grace.

On May 13, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Let's make sure to join in the celebrations however we can: through attending Mass or praying the Rosary; through reading the Gospels or good books on Mary; through something, anything, to make it a special day. Fatima is for the future, not just for the past, and so let us ask Our Lady of Fatima to pray for us that we may faithfully respond to her call, loving the Lord by how we live our lives and becoming conduits for His grace to all the world, especially poor sinners most in need of God's mercy.

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Judy - May 13, 2015

It took 20 years for me to cultivate a relationship with Our Mother through the rosary. At one point I told her, "Mother, I won't insult you again by praying the rosary without one minute of concentration on what I was doing." I'm going to stop, and find another way to give honor to you. A voice came into my mind, very clearly, "That's what he wants you to do. " Instantly I knew The voice was speaking of Satan. He does not want anyone to pray the rosary, and will do everything he can to distract us in prayer. It was then I knew the direction I must take, and I told Our Mother that I would pray the rosary every day regardless of where my mind was. My intention was there and my heart was with her intentions. Don't ever give up on the rosary. A very powerful method of prayer in the world.

Josey - May 13, 2015

Since I've learned how to fight temptation I wear any blessed article with me. Some time I forgot to wear of any...during my rest period there is a time that I wanted to do something for my body, wlc for years not even in my mind be tempted...Yes praying the rosary is best weapon to start for the daily routine

Bobbie - May 13, 2015

I pray for our children to come back FULLY to our Catholic faith, especially our daughter who is living in sin.

Jo Ann - May 13, 2015

I haven't prayed the rosary in a while but this has inspired me to start again! I pray that I cam cured of Multiple Myeloma even though currently it is considered incurable, I know that though Jesus I will be healed. Please blessed mother Mary ask your son to heal me. I love you. Amen

chickoo - May 13, 2015

if its your will lord i pray to releave walter lobo suffering.also good health to my mum ivan mum and zeena dad

DeAnn - May 13, 2015

Please pray that I can find a doctor who knows how to treat Lyme disease for myself and 2 of my small children. One I. particular who suffers greatly. I am also expecting our 5th child and pray this child will not get the Lyme.
Also for my husband who works 2 full time jobs to find just 1 job to make ends meet. And lastly for my 8 yr old son who we have lots of discipline issues with. God bless you all!

Liz - May 13, 2015

For healing for my sister, and for return of my children and grandchildren to the practice of Catholicism.

KATHY - May 13, 2015


Rita - May 13, 2015

Praying for my son's soul that Mary will ask her son, our God,for mercy. And also that she will intercede to bring my children and grandchildren back to Our Lord.

vick - May 13, 2015

Mother Mary, I want to thank both of You and Jesus for all the blessings me and Apol receive everyday. I also would like to help me resolve all the financial problems I have especially the money owed from me by V.Malaguit and M. Aquino.Please find them ways to find money to repay me. Thank you

Andres - May 13, 2015

I pray that I may be able to forgive those who have abandoned me. To become a Godly man and not live a lie, to be content with who God made me to be and not try to be someone I not. For my wonderful mother who is the most amazing woman to walk the face of the earth, i hope to one day make her truly proud and for God to heal my broken heart.... I also WE also must give thanks for being alive. No matter our circumstances God has a plan. He and our Holy Mother will protect us always.

Momo - May 13, 2015

I always pray my Rosary, its the most powerful prayer against the evil, in problems that you encounter each day, in financial situations, in health, etc.. Mother Mary will give you that inner peace and will take care of your problems, Put all your trust in Mary n She will lid you to her beloved son, Jesus...

Catherine - May 13, 2015

Mother Mary, please show my daughter, Sue, the way back to the Church.
Also that the Supreme Court will render decision on civil union based on God's law and not man's law.

Jackie 5/13/15 - May 13, 2015

I pray for my family to become whole again for my 30 year marriage to return to its former state before my husband's breakdown in 2011. I pray for my daughters to be fuller in their faith this year then last. Especially I pray for my brain damaged daughter, Danielle Jacqueline Fatima, to overcome some of her many disabilities with seizures, memory and learning.

Irene - May 13, 2015

Loving Mother of Jesus also our mother please always keep us under the mantle of your protection against evil,harm and danger for me, my son and my family. We love you Mama Mary. In Jesus name, I pray Amen.

Paul Ongkingco - May 13, 2015

I pray that Mama Mary will intercede for all of mu prayers especially my health. I'm praying that my strength be restored. In Jesus' name I pray that all my prayer intentions be answered it they will be for the benefit of my soul. Praise God the Father who is all good and merciful. Amen.

Kumud - May 13, 2015

I did not understand . Some confusion about the sentence..
Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 2017, Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima were a response to the prayers of the Holy Father at the time, Pope Benedict XV, and anticipated many of the great evils of the 20th century, including the Second

Gabriella - May 13, 2016

Dear Mom,
Pray for my healing from cancer and for my husband and my four children. Amen.

Richard - May 13, 2016

Blessed Mother. Reveal your message to the children clearly so I may fully fulfil your will, the will of your son to change the hearts of those around me. Mother give me strength and comfort in these last days. Amen.

Jennifer Nelson - May 13, 2016

Today, 7 new people came into the Militia Immaculata through the 33 Day to Morning Glory Consecration. It came with great suffering for me as the leader of the group, but, Blessed Mother, I didn't give up. I know you loved me, and you looked out for me this entire time, and for the baby in my womb! I am so happy, that as I marked my 3rd renewal of consecration, more souls joined with your army, and gained a deeper love of your Son, through you. Please keep them close to your maternal heart. "Never was it known..." :-)

Kim - May 13, 2016

May is a month for Mothers day

Those that don't have an earthly mom, there is our spiritual mother

God has the 4th commandment to honor our father and mother

Honoring can also be praying the rosary with our Blessed Mother and introducing our spiritual mother to others so as to share Gods love charity

Elizabeth - May 14, 2016

In order to be recollected and stay focused on prayer, especially the rosary, we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by the things in this world. Evil is so rampant in our day but there's hope for us, as Mary's children. The good news is: Satan will never be able to "devour" us so long as we stay under our Blessed Mother's mantle. I have read the book "Under the Mantle" by Father Donald Calloway, Marian Gems, Rosary Gems (also by Father Calloway); 33 days to Morning Glory, 33 days to merciful love, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, all by Father Mike Gaitley. These are great books - I recommend that those who have not yet read them should do so. You'll be glad you did! We are living in a world where humans are trying to manipulate nature as if they are the owners, the Creators - in other words those possessed by the devil are trying to take God's place by contradicting His designs, and mocking His plans. Anyway, as children of Mary, we trust that the Holy Spirit, through our Blessed Mother's intercession, will give us the strength and wisdom to resist the wiles of the Devil. Let's pray the rosary every day, and the Salve Regina for the Church, for our families, ourselves, our nation, the marginalized, persecuted Christians, for the unborn, for all the pro-life movements to prosper and end abortion, (respect and preservation of life from conception to natural death), and for world peace.

Elizabeth - May 14, 2016

In the article above we are reminded of the Five First Saturdays Devotion. By this devotion, we can obtain all the graces we need for the good of our souls, and for God's glory - from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who will always direct us to her Son: to Jesus through Mary.

Susy - May 15, 2016

I just want to say one thing here - I love Jesus. He's the best thing that's ever happened to me!

Ayoola - May 21, 2016

Mother Mary, thanks for not abandoning me and my family, thank you for your son Jesus Christ. I want you to please grant my family financial stability, success in my husband's forth coming examination, good employment opportunities for me, peace in my home, divine favour and protection through your son Jesus Christ