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Fatima in the Month of September

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One hundred years ago in September, Our Lady prepared the visionaries for October's miracle. Father Robert Fox, a renowned expert on Fatima, explains:

The children's imprisonment in August had helped make Fatima famous. This time, up to 25,000 people gathered. As the visionaries walked along on Sept. 13, people cried out, "For the love of God, ask Our Lady to cure my crippled son!" "And mine who is blind!" "That my husband and my son return from the war!" "That Our Lady convert me, a sinner!" and so on. The children could advance only because some gentleman kept opening a path for them.

The children had been growing in spirituality and the spirit of penance, especially since the vision of hell in July. They'd give their lunches to poor children, abstain from water on hot days, wear rough cords around their waists that cut into them, and bow their heads in adoration while offering the prayers taught them by the angel in 1916.

Amidst the crowd in the Cova da Iria that day was the well-known holy priest, lawyer, and theologian, Dr. (Father) Manuel Nunes Formigao. Father Formigao was devoted to Lourdes, but did not believe the reports coming out of Fatima.

At the time of the apparition, the sun, as always, diminished in intensity, and people witnessed various phenomena. Some saw a star come down to settle on the holmoak tree; others saw a globe move from the east to the tree. The crowd witnessed flowers falling like raindrops; people tried to catch them with their hands or umbrellas, only to have them dissipate in midair. Meanwhile, Our Lady appeared at the holmoak. Lucia, as always, asked, "What do you want of me?" "Continue to say the Rosary," said Our Lady, "in order to obtain the end of the war. In October, our Lord will come, and also Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices, but He does not want you to sleep with the cord on, only to wear it in the day time." Lucia said, "I was told to ask you many things: for the cure of some sick people ... ." "Yes," Our Lady replied, "I will cure some, but not others. In October, I will perform a miracle so that all will believe." And then she began to ascend, as usual, to the east and disappeared.

When it was over, the renowned theologian Fr. Formigao was in deep prayer on his knees, saying, "It is true. It is true. Our Lady is appearing here." He soon became known as the fourth seer of Fatima. He was named to the diocese's Canonical Commission to study the "happenings" in Fatima. This converted priest, who originally came to the Cova da Iria to expose the "hoax" of Fatima, instead initiated many of the original devotional practices at Fatima that are conducted to this day.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Father Robert J. Fox was founder and director of the International Fatima Family Apostolate.

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Larry Norris - Sep 28, 2017

Mother please bring my family and every one I have ever heard or have ever seen to your loving son Jesus. I love You and Jesus.

Debbie in CT - Sep 26, 2017

The Prayer of the Fatima Angel of Peace
Oh my God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you. I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope nor love you.
Oh most Holy Trinity, I adore you profoundly and offer you the most precious body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended and by the infinite merits of His most sacred heart and through the immaculate heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

Dearest Mother hear my prayers that my family will come to your Son. I pray that you hold those with mental illness close to your heart and grant them your aid. Thank you Mother for your loving intercession and protection.

John - Sep 25, 2017

Our Lady of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Queen of all Hearts. Please intercede for my brother who has embraced the homosexual lifestyle and please convert his heart to you and your Son, Our Lord. Please also protect our country, the USA and ask Jesus to stay the hand of our Father and to mitigate the chastisements that may come to us. Please ask your Spouse, the Holy Spirit to enter the hearts of all people and convert them to God. Amen.

Mary - Sep 25, 2017

Most Holy Virgin Mother Mary, intercede for the soul of our recently deceased sister, Ann Marie and all souls in Purgatory, and comfort & peace for my sister, Margaret, who is in deep sorrow in the loss of my sister, Ann Marie. For conversion of all sinners, the conversion of my husband, Michael, and the conversion of our great nation, U.S.A.

Jeroby - Sep 25, 2017

Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Steph - Sep 20, 2017

O Most Holy Mother I ask to "what do you want from me?" Help me to strengthen my soul and weaken my flesh help me to God's will and to trust him. Help my children especially my daughter to get closer to him. Ask our father in heaven to forgive all of us and by the divine mercy of your son to convert ALL sinners. Please help us fight the wickedness and snares of the devil as well as his evil spirits. Help us to keep pure and holy and to stray away from the media and what culture says is 'ok' but is truly offensive to God. Ask the holy spirit to come down and on us and to give us strength. And in the end Mary may your immaculate heart Triumph and may every knee and head bow to the name of God!1 Please help and pray for the holy souls in purgatory that their time and tortures may be lessened. help us ALL to love one another as Jesus loves us as The father loves us and the holy spirit!! I ask ALL of this through Jesus Christ your son our Lord Amen!!

Mary -Sept. 19 - Sep 19, 2017

Dear Holy Mother of God, and Our Mother, please pray for Peace in our Lives, Our Homes, Our Country and the Whole World.
Please heal Our Land, Our Homes and Our Lives. May we be used to spread the good news of your coming and caring for all God;s people. Thank You and Bless Us to Bless Others in the world and help spread your message. Thank you.

Su - Sep 18, 2017

Our Lady,
Please pray for those to believe who do not believe. Pray for our Priests and help them remain holy. Be with us all especially Pope Francis who is persecuted by words. CONVERT sinners to Our Lord. Call us to you in our last hours.

FHY - Sep 16, 2017

Dear Merciful Jesus and Blessed Mother,
Please convert my friend who chooses to believe that You do not exist; she is an atheist. She is also dying of ovarian cancer. She needs You so much now, but continues to not know You. Please enter her soul as only You know how to do. Thank you!

JD - Sep 16, 2017

Remember most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or asked thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee my Mother of Mothers. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

Elizabeth - Sep 15, 2017

Most Holy Virgin Mary, I beg you to please ask your Son, Jesus Christ, to reveal His Truth to my son, Eric Lewis, and to his wife, Natasha, and to my niece, Jennifer Walters. Please ask Jesus to convict them of their sins and to send His Holy Spirit to draw them to Himself, that they would repent of all their sins and submit their entire lives to Jesus. I thank you, Holy Mother Mary, for interceding for these lost souls. In Jesus' Powerful Name I pray, Amen.

Mrs B - Sep 15, 2017

Oh Most Holy Virgin Mary... pray for us who have recourse to you...

Unworthy - Sep 15, 2017

+ Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy
Our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us.
And after this, our exile, show unto us the the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary, pray for us oh Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen +

Please pray for me, as I will for you, and especially for the the healing and conversion of A.S.B., whom I love so dearly.

Mary - Sep 15, 2017

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us sinners who have recourse to there. +

Judy - Sep 14, 2017

I pray in Jesus name for peace in this world. And conversion of sinners. And, Christians to return to the churches we need to bring the Lord our God into our eeryday lives again. People have turned from him. and the world suffers.

Maria Quinn - Sep 14, 2017

Too beautiful to be True , but it is ❤️
I believe ......... . . . . . coming from heaven.

Pam Kania - Sep 14, 2017

Dear Mother, Mary. I beg of you to intercede for a troubled young man, J.R.R.
He has been very violent in his life and now is in the hospital as a result of a shooting where he was severely wounded. I beg too for his conversion. Thank you dear Mother Mary, Amen

The Most Forgotten Souls. - Sep 14, 2017

Our Lady Of Fatima And The Most Holy Seers Please I Beg For The Remission Of The Sins Of The Most Forgotten Souls In Purgatory,O Lord Please Hear My Prayer,Tell Me What You Want In Return,Amen!!!

John - Sep 14, 2017

Please Blessed Virgin Mary, ask God our Father not to remove the protection from the USA that he has given to it since its beginning. The USA is still the only country in the world that provides more help to other less fortunate peoples around the world. You, Our Lady, are the Patroness of the United States of America. Help those of us who intercede for this country that evil will not be visited on us. We still provide the vast majority of missionaries throughout the world. Please intercede with your son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ to halt the loss of Gods favor and protection of our country.

Barb - Sep 14, 2017

Please bring the world back to God and bring peace

Melanie - Sep 13, 2017

Please, Mama pray for our nation. May we all not mistake tolerance to mean accepting others' sins and may we rememeber inclusion does not mean to rid of cultures and traditions just so others maybe feel included and not offended. This world is so secular Mama, but I know your Son already died and conquered this world. Thank you for submitting to the will of the Father and may I also do the same. Amen.

j - Sep 13, 2017

Please, Most Holy Virgin Queen, pray for us all, to have stronger Faith in thy Son.