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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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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

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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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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