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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 22, 2020

Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little. Remember...

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September 22

 

Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little.
Remember that he of whom you are speaking
is your brother, and as he is in the way of salvation,
God can make him a saint,
in spite of his present weakness.

St. Thomas of Villanova


My Mother, I will stand with you on OCTOBER 10, 2020

Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Thomas of Villanova

When the emperor discovered his secretary had written the na...

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St. Thomas of Villanova

Thomas was born in Castile, Spain in 1488. His family was not wealthy, but his father’s work as a miller allowed the family to be charitable and generous towards the poor. He was sent to school at the University of Alcala at the age of sixteen, where he threw himself enthusiastically into his studies and, ten years later, became professor of philosophy.

In 1516 he joined the Augustinian Friars at Salamanca and was ordained a priest two years later. He eventually became prior in several houses of the Augustinian Order, notably Salamanca, Burgos, and Valladolid. When Don Jorge, the Archbishop of Valencia, resigned, the emperor did not offer Thomas the see because he knew the high position would be a grievous trial for the humble friar-priest. Instead, the emperor nominated a religious of the Order of St. Jerome. However, when the emperor discovered his secretary had written the name of Brother Thomas of Villanova on the letter of nomination, he took it as a sign from God and appointed Thomas bishop. The year was 1545.

Thomas immediately began to restore the spiritual and material life of the archdiocese. He was deeply committed to the poor, established care for orphans and convinced the emperor to provide funds to organize priests for service among the converted Moors who had lapsed back into their old religion for lack of a shepherd.

Renowned for his personal charity, sanctity and austerities, Thomas was eventually consecrated archbishop. While he did not attend the sessions of the Council of Trent, he was an ardent supporter of the Reformation against the Lutheran heresy.

Thomas of Villanova died in 1555 of angina at the age of sixty-seven. He was canonized by Pope Alexander VII on November 1, 1658.

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WEEKLY STORY

“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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In his book, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort...

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The Rosary, the Devil and the Queen

In his book, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort relates that Blessed Thomas of St. John was a great devotee of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As such, he was known for his powerful, moving sermons on the Rosary, which led people to adopt this devotion to their great benefit.

Furiously jealous of the holy man’s success with souls, the devil began to so torture Thomas that he fell sick, and was so ill for so long that the doctors gave up on saving his life.

One night, when the poor man thought he was near death, the devil appeared to him in a hideous form, coward that he is, seeking to frighten Thomas into despair.

But, making an effort, the good priest turned to a beautiful picture of Our Lady near his bed crying out with all his heart and strength:

“Help me, save me, my sweet, sweet Mother!”

No sooner had he pronounced these words, the picture came alive and extending her hand, the heavenly Lady laid it reassuringly on the priest’s arm, saying:

“Do not be afraid, Thomas my son, here I am and I am going to save you. Get up now and go on preaching my Rosary as you did before. I promise to shield and protect you from your enemies.”

No sooner had Our Lady pronounced these words, than the devil fled in a hurry. Getting up, Thomas found that he was perfectly healed. 

Thanking the Blessed Mother with tears of joy, Blessed Thomas again went about preaching the Holy Rosary, now with renewed favor and gumption, and his apostolate and his sermons were enormously successful. 

St. Louis the Montfort concludes this story saying, “Our lady not only blesses those who say her Rosary, but also abundantly rewards those who, by their example, inspire others to say it as well.”

 


 

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In his book, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort relates that Blessed Thomas of St. John was a great devotee of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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