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Fatima Custodian Ben Broussard

 

The fourth of eight children, Ben was born in Louisiana, and has been a Fatima Custodian since 2013. Ben was happy to share what inspired him in the apostolate of spreading the Fatima message, as well as some of his experience in this mission.

 

Q - Why have you decided to devote your life to this mission?

Mr. Broussard - Since learning about the moral crisis in America, I wanted to do something concrete to fight against that crisis. Several years ago, I made the consecration to Mary Most Holy. I later learned about the work of the Fatima Custodians. The apostolate of bringing Our Lady into every home to promote the Fatima message seemed like a simple, yet effective, solution for helping to address our country's many problems.

 

What effect/graces/challenges/etc. have you personally witnessed at these visits? 

Mr. Broussard - Though there have been challenges, they are far outweighed by Our Lady's great generosity. It is humbling to see the great devotion so many Americans have for Our Lady, no matter their backgrounds or ages. There have been times when it seems what we're doing has very little effect. Yet Our Lady is never far behind with words of encouragement in the way of news of a man returning to the sacraments, or a family committing to praying the Rosary daily, or any number of small graces received because of a visit. We will only hear of a tiny amount of the good effects of our visits, but I’m confident that Our Lady is continually blessing us all.

 

Q - Relate your favorite or most touching Fatima Home Visit story.

Mr. Broussard -  In October 2014, I had the honor of bringing Our Lady to the home of a family from Bangladesh living in Maryland. The hostess crowned the Queen of Heaven as everyone sang a hymn to welcome her. The presentation progressed as normal, and to conclude, I witnessed the rosary prayed in Bangla for the first time. Amid an impressive array of food, the hostess took time to introduce me to everyone, in particular to her elderly mother. She told me that since coming to the United States, this strong matriarch has made sure that everyone in the family, from the oldest to the youngest, prays the rosary every day. The family still continues to meet each evening to pray the rosary and a collection of other prayers. The beloved grandmother always makes sure her grandchildren are living the Catholic faith, and is quick with a stern word for one or a word of encouragement to another. As the family shared a meal, the influence of this devout woman was evident in how close-knit they all were. Though she does not speak English, someone translated my words of praise for her hard work in keeping her family together. She smiled and conveyed her thanks for bringing Our Lady into their home. The visit showed the impressive work one person can do to give living proof that the family that prays together stays together.

 

Q - Please offer any other comments that would be helpful to readers.

Mr. Broussard - None of the work of the Fatima Custodians would be possible without your support and prayers. Our Lady has many children she wants to visit. I'm just one of the custodians who get her there. Let’s win the United States for Mary Most Holy, one home at a time!

 


 

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Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for July 23, 2021

Behold Jesus Christ crucified, Who is the only foundation of...

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July 23

 

Behold Jesus Christ crucified, Who is the only foundation of our hope;
He is our Mediator and Advocate; the victim and sacrifice for our sins.
He is goodness and patience itself;
His mercy is moved by the tears of sinners, and
He never refuses pardon and grace to those who ask it
with a truly contrite and humbled heart.

St. Charles Borromeo


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Saint of the day

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St. Bridget of Sweden

Her favorite son became entangled with Queen Joanna I who wa...

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St. Bridget of Sweden

Bridget was nobly born, her father was Birger, the governor of Upland in Sweden, and her mother, Ingeborg, was the daughter of the governor of East Gothland.

At fourteen she was married to young Ulf Gudmarsson, to whom she was happily married for twenty-eight years and had eight children, four boys and four girls, one of whom was St. Catherine of Sweden.

In 1335, she was appointed lady-in-waiting to King Magnus II’s bride, Blanche of Namur, and she spent years at court trying to reform Magnus’ weak, and at times, wicked ways, and the queen’s often well-meaning, but irresponsible, bend.

Though Bridget’s famous visions were already under way at this time, spanning subjects from personal hygiene to politics, she did not have great success with her royal “charges”, and was often seen as a “dreamer.”

After her husband’s death in 1344, she founded an order of women and another of men to support them spiritually. When her order was established, she traveled to Rome accompanied by her daughter Catherine and some disciples, to seek approval of her Rule. But she was never to return to her native Sweden.

In Rome, she worked to bring back the Papacy, then in the French city of Avignon, to the Eternal City. Her visions and prophecies, dealing with the burning political and religious issues of her time, continued and so increased that, alarmed, she submitted them to the direction of Canon Matthias of Linkoping who pronounced them to be of God. Peter, Prior of Alvastra, recorded these visions in Latin.

Her order was only approved by Pope Urban V in 1370.

In 1373 she made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, with Catherine and three of her sons. At Naples, Charles, her favorite son, became entangled with Queen Joanna I who wanted to marry him despite both being already married (Joana thrice). Anguished, Bridget stormed heaven, and Charles, struck by a fever, after two weeks died in his mother’s arms.

Returning from Jerusalem, Bridget, already ailing, received the last rites from her faithful friend, Peter of Alvastra, and died on July 23 at the age of seventy-one.

Bridget was canonized in 1391, and is the patron saint of the Kingdom of Sweden. She is also considered one of the patron saints of Europe.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

John shared with me the story of his conversion from Protest...

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Walk to Conversion

In September, I brought the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the home of Mr. John Black and his family in Kings City, California.  John shared with me the story of his conversion from Protestantism: about thirteen years ago he was visiting one of the 21 Spanish missions in California (though these are holy sites, they also serve as tourist attractions.)

“Who is this Junipero Serra anyways?”  he asked, as the tour guide shared the history of the mission. “Well,” the guide responded, “you are standing on his grave!”  Surprised, John looked down and read inscription on the stone. Sure enough, Blessed Father Junipero Serra was buried right there. “I became electrified,” John told me, “I had to learn more about this man and about the missions.”  The more he studied Blessed Serra, the founder of the first nine missions, the more impressed he became, and he decided to travel on-foot to all 21 missions. 

With the blessing of his wife, now left at home with their two infant sons, John left for his solo expedition, taking with him a single backpack, the bible and little money.  He told me that every mission he visited he felt the presence of someone receiving him, even if the mission was empty. He felt this ambiance in the missions so serene and uplifting, and began to realize it was the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that made him feel so at home.

At one point, John collapsed from exhaustion near a mission run by Franciscans, who kindly hosted him for the night. Before he left the next day, one of the friars gave him a first-class relic of Blessed Serra. Since he was Protestant, John did not know what a relic was, but not wanting to appear rude, he accepted it. Not long after he left the Franciscans, John became lost in the wilderness in the middle of the night. Through his exhaustion and fear he heard a voice say, “Let’s help John.” He had the distinct feeling that Blessed Serra was guiding him, and gathered the strength and courage to continue. About six hours later, he stumbled upon the next mission. “It was kind of a miracle,” he said, “I was really lost!”

During his journey, John slowly came to a realization. “I know what you want from me, God,” he thought to himself one day, “you what me to became a Catholic. That is what this is all about!” However, he still had many questions about aspects of Catholicism that have been rejected by his Protestant faith – mainly about the Blessed Mother. Yet, from that point on he received answers to all of his questions, especially his reservations about devotion to Mary: he believed that it was once again Blessed Serra answering him.

With the help of Blessed Serra, one problem after another was resolved in the solitude of his travels. By the time John reached the final mission, he wholly decided to become a Catholic. “I realized that by having devotion to Mary, you love Our Lord even more,” he told me.

John returned home, filled with zeal and enthusiasm for his newfound faith. He shared his astonishing experiences with his wife, and she too converted. “I feel at home in the Catholic church,” John said, “and I have never loved Our Lord Jesus Christ more than I do now.”

by Joseph Ferrara

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John shared with me the story of his conversion from Protestantism: about fourteen years ago he was visiting one of the 21 Spanish missions in California 

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