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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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DAILY QUOTE for September 23, 2019

In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine wil...

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September 23

 

In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will.
Adore and bless it,
especially in the things which are the hardest for you.

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina


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St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Offering himself as a victim for the end of the war, Padre P...

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Francesco was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. His parents, Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio, were peasant farmers, but they recognized their son was close to God. When he was only five years old, he solemnly consecrated himself to Jesus. It is said he often spoke with Our Lord, Our Lady and his guardian angel, who defended him against attacks by the devil. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans at the age of fifteen, and took the name Pio with his religious vows. After seven years of study he was ordained to the priesthood in 1910.

During the same month he was ordained, Padre Pio was praying in the chapel when Our Lord and His Blessed Mother appeared and gave him the Stigmata. However, the wounds soon faded and then disappeared. “I do want to suffer, even to die of suffering,” Padre Pio told Our Lady, “but all in secret." Soon after, he experienced the first of his spiritual ecstasies.

Pio was in the military for a short time, but was discharged due to poor health. Upon his return to the monastery, he became a spiritual director. He had five rules for spiritual growth: weekly confession, daily Communion, spiritual reading, meditation, and examination of conscience. He often advised, "Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry."

In July of 1918, Padre Pio received the visible Stigmata, the five wounds of Christ (hands, feet and side), after offering himself as a victim for the end of the war. By 1933, the holy priest was recognized by the Church and by 1934 had attracted thousands of pilgrims that attended his masses and frequented his confessional.

On September 23, 1968, Padre Pio said his final Mass, renewed his vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and died in his cell after suffering from grave physical decline. Before his death, Padre Pio orchestrated and oversaw the building of the “House for the Alleviation of Suffering,” a 350-bed medical and religious center.

He was canonized on June 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II. An estimated 300,000 people attended the canonization ceremony.

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“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs F...

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The Power of a Picture

“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture. “This is a picture of Her.” The woman gasped. “I know that picture! It inspired a conversion.” She then asked excitedly, “Do you have a minute to hear the story?” 

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As Mr. Ferraz listened, he learned that the woman, Maria Vegra, had a 22-year old son who had recently passed away after three weeks in the hospital due to a fatal injury received in a car accident. While in the hospital, a priest would visit him every day to administer Holy Communion. The priest consistently offered the sacrament to the neighboring patient of Maria’s son, another young man who was also in critical condition. The young man would say, “No. I don’t believe in God.” But the priest continued to offer salvation. “Let me hear your confession and give you Holy Communion and Last Rights,” the priest said, “it will save your soul and get you to heaven.” Time after time, the young man stubbornly refused.

During the weeks of hospitalization and fruitless medical treatments, Maria had taken her son a picture of Our Lady of Fatima a friend had given her from an America Needs Fatima mailing.

She knew Our Lady’s watchful gaze would give her son peace in his last days. The day after she placed Our Lady’s picture at the foot of her son’s bed, she heard the voice of his stubborn neighbor: “please,” he said, “bring the picture closer to me. I want to look at the Lady.” 

Surprised but willing, Maria placed the picture in the middle of the two suffering men. 

After three days of letting the nearby picture of Our Lady touch his heart as he gazed into Her eyes, the suffering patient relented. “Please,” he called out, “bring me the priest. I want to receive the sacraments.”

A few days later, the young man died a Catholic. With a simple picture of Our Lady of Fatima, God touched a heart and saved a soul. 

 By Catherine Ferdinand

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“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture. 

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