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Fatima Custodian Matthew Shibler

 

Q - How long have you been doing Fatima Home Visits?

Mr Shibler - I’ve been doing Fatima Home Visitis for 12 years.

 

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

Mr Shibler - Growing up, I was inspired by people who “gave” themselves to something, and I felt a big pull to participate in the ideological crusade of bringing souls back to Our Lady and the Church in an “all or nothing” fashion.
Most inspiring, during these years of being on the road and traveling all over America, is to see how people open their eyes to the Fatima Message, begin to live its meaning, and return to Our Lady.

 

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

Mr Shibler - I see Our Lady, as a mother, visiting her children in need throughout the country. We have a schedule; but the more you are on the road, you realize Her schedule comes first!

 

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

Mr Shibler - In Gaylord, Michigan, we arrived at the house of a gentleman who, accompanied by his family was awaiting the arrival of the Pilgrim Statue. We began to bring in our Fatima Home Visit items, and noticed that the family was despondent; many members weeping, especially the poor gentleman. As we returned to our vehicle for the crown of Our Lady, one family member followed us out. He told us that his father within 10 minutes, was expecting a confirmation call of having stage 4 cancer. By the time we returned to the house with the crown, the gentleman was on the phone receiving the devastating news. Being told by the family of the father’s illness, we began to express our promise of prayers and offer Our Lady’s visit as consolation…the family felt She was truly there for the them, more than their father; they needed Her visit to restore hope and peace in the Immaculate Heart, and were very consoled to sort out their emotions with Blessed Mother being present.

 

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Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for July 2, 2020

If you pursue happiness, you will not find it. If you pursue...

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July 2

 

If you pursue happiness,
you will not find it.
If you pursue sanctity,
which means declaring war on your selfish self and
dedicating your life to the good of others,
you will discover a happiness beyond your wildest dreams.

Anonymous


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

Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Otto of Bamberg

He refused to be consecrated by a schismatic bishop, travele...

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St. Otto of Bamberg

Otto, born into the noble though impoverished family of Mistelbach in Swabia, was a model of diplomacy in the service of God’s interests. Ordained a priest while still young, he entered the service of Emperor Henry IV and ultimately was appointed chancellor.

In the conflicts over investitures between Henry IV and Pope St. Gregory VII, which ended in excommunication for the Emperor, the noble cleric was caught between two masters. However, Otto navigated the prickly situation admirably upholding the sovereign in all he could, but refusing to approve his schism and his other crimes, laboring to bring him to repentance and submission.

When the Emperor nominated him Bishop of Bamberg in 1102, Otto refused to be consecrated by a schismatic bishop and traveled to Rome instead where he was consecrated by Pope Paschal II himself.

Under Henry V who began to follow in his rebellious father’s footsteps, Otto worked to heal the fresh breach with the Holy See and the consequent damages.

Enjoying the trust and respect of both parties, and amid his political activities, he managed his episcopal see admirably, established many monasteries and religious foundations, all the while leading an exemplary personal life.

For about a year he answered the call from Boleslaus III of Poland who conquered part of Pomerania, which region was still steeped in paganism. With a number of priests and catechists, Otto launched an evangelizing effort which initially garnered 20,000 converts for the Faith.

Appointing clergy to continue his work, he returned to Bamberg, but a few towns having reverted to paganism, Otto again traveled to Pomerania in 1128. With his inspiring speech, he won over all the nobles of the land, reaching remote regions with the message of the Gospel. He finally was able to establish an ecclesiastical see in the area.  In his missionary travels he was said to have performed miracles.

In the papal schism of 1130-31 the pious, active, clever bishop tried to remain neutral, stayed out of political turmoil, and died greatly esteemed by Emperor Lothair and his princes.

Otto was canonized fifty years after his death in 1139.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

I walked into the kitchen and saw my mother hang up the phon...

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Miraculous Recovery

I walked into the kitchen and saw my mother hang up the phone, a worried look on her face.

“What is it, Mom?”

“It was your sister. She said one of the ambulance drivers for the medical office she works for is in a deep coma because of a gas leak in his trailer last night.”

“Wow… Will he recover soon?” I asked hopefully.

But as the weeks wore on, the young man failed to give any sign of life, and the doctors began to lose hope. The next time my mother asked after him, the decision had been made to disconnect life support.

Hearing of this decision, I felt a sudden rush of confidence: I remembered America Needs Fatima was launching a national drive to promote the Medal of Our Lady of Graces, a special devotional given to St. Catherine Labouré in an apparition of the Blessed Virgin in 1830. Coined to the exact specifications of Our Lady, so many blessings, graces and miracles have been granted to those who wear it, that it has consequently become known as the “Miraculous Medal.” 

“We need to get a Miraculous Medal to him!”  I told my mother. She enthusiastically agreed. My sister thought it a good idea, and asked a colleague of the sick man to deliver a medal to the hospital to be placed under his pillow (regulations forbade any metal on patients).

As we prayed, and shortly after the devotional was placed under his head, something incredible happened: the comatose began mumbling! The decision to disconnect life support was put on hold.

A few weeks later, the young man was released from the hospital and soon returned to work. He warmly thanked my sister for sending him the devotional and confided in her that he believed the Miraculous Medal saved his life.

By Andrea F. Phillips

 

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