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Our Lady of Fatima statue and smiling group. The Fatima Home Visitation Program includes a lively presentation of the Fatima Message, recitation of the Rosary, and a formal crowning of the beautiful 48” statue of Our Lady. Many attest that Fatima Home Visits are occasions of graces, conversions, and even miracles.

 

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I am very thankful to America Needs Fatima for giving me the privilege of having the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in my house. It was really a blessing to my family and friends. I pray that in one way or another, the people who had a visit will also be touched and transformed by the message of Our Lady.

D.F., Bloomingdale, NJ


 

A Fatima Home Visit in my daughter’s home a couple of years ago changed our outlook on our lives and brought us back to Mother Mary. Thank you!

S.S., Columbus, OH


  

It was such a good feeling to be of service and to work to bring people together to pray to Our Lady! People went home happy and wanting to do it [a Fatima Home Visit] again.

L.A., Anaheim, CA


  

Thank you for spreading the great message of Fatima at our home. One of our guests left the visit and went straight to confession. She hadn’t gone in years.

L.S., Fort Smith, Ark.


  

I had the pleasure of meeting two of your representatives, Matthew and Charles. They did a Fatima Home Visit at the home of a friend of mine. It is inspirational to see such dedication! Thank you for your wonderful mission and all who make it possible.

J.P., Williamstown, MA


  

I recently had the honor of a home visitation by our wonderful Mother and her kind and loving custodians. It was such a wonderful and happy occasion. We had about 50 people present, and many had not been to Mass or said the Rosary in many years. After our Mother’s visit, they started going back to Mass and saying the rosary! I can’t thank you enough for bringing our Mother to our home. She was truly needed by all present.

J.R. Miramar, FL


  

Three days after the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima graced our home, we heard from our daughter after more than two years of searching and praying for her. I continue to say the daily Rosary in thanksgiving for this blessing and the many graces that continue to follow.

N.B. McLeansville, N.C.


 

It was a beautiful and memorable experience, one I'll never forget. We want Her back!

C.C., Caruthers, CA


  

The audiovisual presentation and talk were informative, interesting and professional. All the children participated in saying the rosary - even one of my grandchildren who has been away from the church. My grandchild was so excited when the statue was unveiled that he ran up with arms raised and cried out, “Mama, Mama!” You can tell that the custodian loves his job bringing Our Lady's message: he was very knowledgeable and gracious. May God bless him and ANF abundantly for the mission of bringing people to Jesus through Mary!"

J. R. , Lumberton, TX


  

We had a house full of people, and the entire stairwell in the living room was covered with children. Everyone agreed it was a grace-filled event. The men bringing the statue are very edifying. It is so consoling to see young men devoting their energies to a cause as noble as it is urgent.

J. S., Email


 

BLESSINGS TO YOU!! On November 27th 2017, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima graced our home! I cannot begin to put into words what a wonderful experience it was! When the statue was placed on the'altar' we made for her, the custodian removed her velvet covering, and I fell to my knees in exaltation of her presence....she was BEYOND BEAUTIFUL!!! My heart was then filled with such joy when I was invited to place her crown upon her head!!! I was so humbled!! How UNWORTHY I am to crown our Mother!! But such an honor!! The two hours flew by as we prayed and heard the Fatima message. Mother answered many prayers of ours, and when she left, my heart went with her!! The custodians were so kind and wonderful to talk with...and we cannot wait to have our Mother come again... PRAISE JESUS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF HIS BEAUTIFUL MOTHER, AND GOD BLESS ALL AT ANF!!

K.K., Iron River, MI


 

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DAILY QUOTE for July 5, 2020

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do...

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July 5

 

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle


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

Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Her goodness went as far as raising her husband’s illegiti...

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St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Elizabeth of Portugal known as “The Holy Queen” was born Isabel of Aragon in Zaragoza, Spain, the daughter of King Pedro III of Aragon and Queen Constanza of Naples. She was named after her great aunt, St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

From childhood, having received a most Christian upbringing, she learned to practice self-discipline, mortification of wayward tendencies, the avoidance of sin and the pursuit of virtue, prayer and union with God’s holy will.

Beautiful, talented and good, she was sought in marriage by several European monarchs, and was ultimately betrothed by proxy at the age of thirteen to King Dinis of Portugal.

A year and a half later she arrived in Portugal to assume her responsibilities as queen. Although he was an able ruler, her husband had an irate temper and sinful habits. While he respected and revered his queen, he was unfaithful to her and had several illegitimate children.

Elizabeth bore the conjugal betrayal with exquisite patience and heroic magnanimity, praying continuously for her wayward spouse. She and Dinis had two children: Constanza and Alfonso.

The young queen started her day with Mass and prayer, and then proceeded to see to the governance of her palace. In the free moments she sewed and embroidered with her ladies for the poor, and personally tended to their needs. Afternoons were dedicated to the care of the elderly, the poor or anyone else in want.

Amazingly talented, Elizabeth mastered several languages, sang beautifully, and enjoyed a remarkable understanding of engineering and architecture. She herself designed and oversaw the building of several churches, monasteries and hospitals, developing her own “Elizabethan Style.”

One day while inspecting a construction site, a girl approached and gave her a bouquet of flowers. The queen then distributed the flowers, one to each of the workers saying: “Let’s see if today you will work hard and well for this pay.” The men reverently placed their flower each in his own satchel, only to find, at the end of the day, a gold coin in place of the flower.

In her city Elizabeth built hostels for the poor, a hospital, a house for repentant wayward women, a free school for girls, and a hospice for abandoned children. She built bridges in dangerous places, visited and procured doctors for the ill, and endowed poor girls for the convent or for marriage. She kept a beautiful tiara and wedding dress to lend to poor brides so they could “shine” or their special day. Her goodness went as far as raising her husband’s illegitimate children.

A great devotee of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Most Holy centuries before the dogma was declared; she obtained from the bishop of Coimbra the establishment of the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, which was afterwards observed with great solemnity throughout the whole country.

A constant peacemaker, the holy queen ironed out many a conflict between bellicose rulers and nobles. Twice she reconciled her husband and son, on one occasion, even interposing her person between them in the battlefield.
In the end, Dinis died a most repentant man. In one of his poems he left his ultimate tribute to his ultimate queen:

God made you without peer
In goodness of heart and speech
As your equal does not exist,
My love, my lady, I thus sing:
Had God so wished,
You’d made a great king.  

After her husband’s death, Elizabeth took the habit of a Franciscan Tertiary and retired near a convent of Poor Clares which she had built, dedicating herself to the sick and the poor.

The saintly queen died at age sixty-five invoking Our Lady, and was canonized in 1625 by Pope Urban VIII who had vowed not to canonize anyone during his pontificate. He made the exception for Elizabeth at being promptly healed of a serious illness after praying to her.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

The young men began to boast of some foolish love affairs. N...

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A Young Man and His Lady Love

In twelfth century England, a group of young men had gathered and were bragging of their various feats, as young men have done since the beginning of time.

The lively conversation went from archery to sword fighting to horsemanship, each trying to outdo the accomplishments of the others.

Finally, the young men began to boast of some foolish love affairs. Not to be outdone by his peers, a noble youth named Thomas declared that he, too, loved a great lady, and was beloved by her.

Thomas of Canterbury meant the most holy Virgin as the object of his affection, but afterwards, he felt some remorse at having made this boast. He did not want to offend his beloved Lady in any way.

Seeing all from her throne in heaven, Mary appeared to him in his trouble, and with a gracious sweetness said to him: "Thomas, what do you fear? You had reason to say that you loved me, and that you are beloved by me. Assure your companions of this, and as a pledge of the love I bear you, show them this gift that I make you."

The gift was a small box, containing a chasuble, blood-red in color. Mary, for the love she bore him, had obtained for him the grace to be a priest and a martyr, which indeed happened, for he was first made priest and afterwards Bishop of Canterbury, in England.

Many years later, he would indeed be persecuted by the king, and Thomas fled to the Cistercian monastery at Pontignac, in France.

Far from kith and kin, but never far from his Lady Love, he was attempting to mend his hair-cloth shirt that he usually wore and had ripped. Not being able to do it well, his beloved queen appeared to him, and, with special kindness, took the haircloth from his hand, and repaired it as it should be done.

After this, at the age of 50, he returned to Canterbury and died a martyr, having been put to death on account of his zeal for the Church.

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

The young men began to boast of some foolish love affairs. Not to be outdone by his peers, a noble youth named Thomas declared that he, too, loved a great lady, and was beloved by her.

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