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Fatima Custodian Kenneth Murphy

Kenneth Murphy was born and raised in Ireland but moved to the United States in 2007 to work in the mission of spreading the Fatima message with America Needs Fatima. Once a year he visits his parents and siblings back home.

 

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

Mr. Murphy – I attribute my preservation in the faith to my parents who insisted on a daily family rosary. Praying the rosary was not on my list of fun things to do as a child, but it formed a habit which everyone in our family keeps to this day. My older brother is a history professor in Ireland, and when we talk on the phone, many times he finishes with, “I need to go finish my rosary”. My sister recently dedicated herself as a nun in Italy. I also have two brothers who are much better at saying the rosary than I was.
Before joining this work, I visited a seminary to discern God’s plans for me, but came to believe that the priesthood was not my calling. Instead, I felt called to spread Our Lady’s Fatima message. The world needs both good priests and good laymen to go out and refill the churches. The promises of the rosary show that it is a most powerful tool to turn normal Catholics into strong Catholics, and even non-Catholics into Catholics.
After doing the work of the Fatima Visits for four years, my Mom told me that when she was expecting me it was a difficult pregnancy. Holding a picture of Our Lady of Fatima in the hospital, she promised the Blessed Mother that if I was born without complications she would dedicate me to her. This picture of Our Lady hangs in my room today, a confirmation that I am where she wants me.

 

Q – What effects/graces/challenges, etc. have you witnessed at the Fatima visits?

Mr. Murphy – Some people have told me about miracles and cures that they received during or after a presentation but I believe the most incredible graces are when families decide to change and take to heart the three things Our Lady called for: prayer, sacrifice and amendment of life. At every visit you can see at least a few people making strong resolutions.
I recently revisited a family at whose home I had done a presentation two years before. When the time came to say the rosary, the husband told the children to fetch their rosaries, to which the children quickly disappeared into their rooms, all returning rosary in hand. They all knew the prayers perfectly, a huge transformation from the previous visit.

 

Q – Can you share with us your favorite Fatima story?

Mr. Murphy – Doing a Fatima presentation in Anaheim, California, the host told me that he had been at a Fatima Visit in 1998. He only attended because his mother, who was dying as a result of a malpractice, asked it of him.  He said he listened to the presentation with a closed heart, but because of the explanation about the rosary, decided to pray for a miracle. However, during the rosary, his heart again hardened and he made up his mind to kill the doctor after the Fatima visit.  He went to his room to retrieve his gun, but the key to the gun case, which he normally carried in his key ring, was nowhere to be found. He searched everywhere, and asked his brothers if they had seen the key. They all swore they had not touched it. A month later, he found the key in his room. By this time, his mother had passed, and he had simmered down. Sensing the hand of providence, he thanked Our Lady for having kept him from such a crime, and began to say his rosary daily. In 2013, receiving a Fatima postcard in the mail, he scheduled a Fatima visit himself.

 

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

Mr. Murphy – Schedule a Fatima visit! Have a presentation at your home. And if you live in Boston keep in mind that I prefer savory food over cakes, water over soda and beer over everything else.

 


 


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Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God rather for s...

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April 22

 

Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God
rather for sinners than for the just, since
Jesus Christ declares that
He came to call not the just, but sinners.

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St. Theodore of Sykeon

Endowed with the gift of prophecy and miracles, on a second...

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St. Theodore of Sykeon

Born in the Roman Galatian town of Sykeon in Asia Minor, Theodore was the son of a woman of ill repute, who kept an inn along the imperial highway.

As a child, he was so given to prayer that he would often give up a meal to spend time in church. From an early age he shut himself up first in the cellar of his mother’s house and then in a cave beneath a disused chapel. Later, for a time, seeking to further escape the world, he sought solitude on a mountain.

On a pilgrimage to Jerusalem Theodore assumed a monk’s habit, and though only eighteen years of age, was ordained a priest by his own bishop. His life was most austere, wearing an iron girdle about his body and only sparingly partaking of vegetables.

Endowed with the gift of prophecy and miracles, on a second pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he obtained abundant rain after a severe drought.

Theodore founded several monasteries, and ruled as abbot in Sykeon. He was consecrated Bishop of Anastasiopolis, though he deemed himself totally unfitted. After ten years he succeeded in relinquishing his post and retired to Sykeon.

From Sykeon he was recalled to Constantinople to bless the emperor and the senate and there healed one of the Emperor’s sons of a skin disease, reputedly leprosy.

Theodore had a great devotion to St. George and did much to propagate devotion to him.

He died in Sykeon on April 22, 613.

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In the mountainous region of Trent in Germany, there lived a...

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The Robber Who Stole Heaven

In the mountainous region of Trent in Germany, there lived a notorious robber who made his living by bringing misfortune on others. His occupation being what it was, he would only increase his property by decreasing that of his victims.

One day, he was admonished by a local religious to change his course of life and thereby insure his eternal salvation. The only answer the robber gave was that for him there was no remedy.

"Do not say so," said the religious, "do what I tell you. Fast on each Saturday in honor of the Virgin Mary, and on that day of the week do no harm to anyone. She will obtain for you the grace of not dying in God’s displeasure.”

The robber thought to himself, “This is a small price to pay to insure my salvation; I will do as this holy man has prescribed.” He then obediently followed the religious’ advice, and made a vow to continue to do so. That he might not break it, from that time on he traveled unarmed on Saturdays.

Many years later, our robber was apprehended on a given Saturday by the officers of justice, and that he might not break his oath, he allowed himself to be taken without resistance. The judge, seeing that he was now a gray-haired old man, wished to pardon him.

Then the truly miraculous occurred. Rather than jump for joy thanking the judge for his leniency, the old robber, said that he wished to die in punishment of his sins. He then made a public confession of all the sins of his life in that same judgment hall, weeping so bitterly that all present wept with him.

He was beheaded, a death reserved for the nobility, rather than hanged. Then his body was buried with little ceremony, in a grave dug nearby.
Very soon afterwards, the mother of God came down from Heaven with four holy virgins by her side. They took the robber’s dead body from that place, wrapped it in a rich cloth embroidered with gold, and bore it themselves to the gate of the city.

There the Blessed Virgin said to the guards: "Tell the bishop from me, to give an honorable burial, in such a church to this dead person, for he was my faithful servant." And thus it was done.

All the people in the village thronged to the spot where they found the corpse with the rich pall, and the bier on which it was placed. And from that moment on, says Caesarius of Heisterbach, all persons in that region began to fast on Saturdays in honor of she who was so kind to even a notorious robber.

From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

In the mountainous region of Trent in Germany, there lived a notorious robber who made his living by bringing misfortune on others. 

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