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Fatima Custodians John Carlos and Norman Fulkerson
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Our Lady of Fatima


 

Subject: Gripping Visit with Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:57:45 -0400
From: Norman Fulkerson
To: Francis J Slobodnik


Dear Francis,

I wanted you and my scheduler (Margaret?) to know about my last Fatima Visit in Roswell, Georgia, with E.R. Her sister S. had been the victim of a brutal attack by S’s husband. He basically beat her senseless and tried to strangle her to death. He then took their 4 year old son J. and fled. It was later discovered that he strangled the boy to death and then hanged himself. This all occurred on December 19. While the rest of America was celebrating the birth of a Child named Jesus, the R. family was burying their child J. Yes, he was actually buried on Christmas day.

During my Fatima Visit, when I went into the room of S. (her eyes were open but she was totally non-communicative) – she had a look in her eyes of terror. It was as if the horror of that day remained fixed in her consciousness. After we finished the rosary in the living room I asked E. if she wanted me to take the statue back into S's room.

As I carried Our Lady back, the group followed singing hymns to Our Lady in Spanish. I placed her at the foot of S’s bed. She was now curled up in a fetal position. Her face had become much more tranquil. As we prayed three Hail Marys in Spanish, I noticed – what seemed to be – a look of recognition on S's face. I then took Our Lady's rosary and touched it to her forehead. She twitched as if I was going to hurt her so I spoke calmly; then she relaxed.

Before leaving, a little girl approached and identified herself as J's older sister. Had she and her other brother not been at school that fateful day, they too might have been murdered. She had drawn a picture and written her name on a piece of paper and wanted me to have it.

It was one of the most gripping visits I have ever done. It is incredible how coming into contact with such tragedy allows us to put things in perspective. What are the little sufferings we face in comparison with what this family has gone through?

In Domina,

Norman 


 

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Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title gained a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears. Her mother, Marie Jeannine Michel, a native from Haiti, had suffered a massive heart attack the day before and was now dying.

I was more than happy to take the statue to visit her at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was painfully clear, when we arrived in the Intensive Care Unit, that this poor soul was reaching the end.

Over the next couple of hours we prayed numerous rosaries, litanies and the prayers for the dying by her bedside. We also struggled to provide the dying women with all the spiritual assistance we could.

As we prayed, the attending nurse, who happened to be Catholic, kept calling local Churches to find a priest who would administer last rites. Whenever she entered the room to care for Mrs. Michel she would join in the responses to the Hail Mary. Overwhelmed by the scene, she exclaimed, “I hope when I am dying someone will bring the statue to visit me and pray the rosary.”

Moments before the priest arrived, Dominique asked me if I had an extra scapular for her mother. I did not. As the priest administered the last rites I scurried from the room in search of this precious sacramental, only to find I was the only person wearing one. Mrs. Michel was in much more need of it than me, so with the help of a doctor we temporarily removed her oxygen mask and placed my scapular around the dying woman’s neck. Dominique then took her Miraculous Medal and pinned it on to the scapular.

The most moving part of this visit occurred when Mrs. Michel opened her eyes and showed signs she wanted to speak. When they removed the oxygen mask, Dominique told her mother, in their native tongue, that “Momma Mary” was in the room.

Since Mrs. Michel seemed to be already looking into eternity, with a type of “fog of death” in her gaze, I carried the statue over next to her bed. Surprisingly she reached up and took hold of our Lady’s hands and held on for some moments. The oxygen mask was then replaced as the nurse administered morphine to deaden the pain she was experiencing.

Mrs. Michel died at 6:00 AM the following morning with Dominique praying beside her bed.

While the America Needs Fatima home visitation program is a very rewarding apostolate, nothing on earth compares to the satisfaction of a visit like this. A person going through such a moving ordeal, however, could naturally ask, “Was there something more we could have done?”

In the case of Mrs. Michel, the answer is a resounding no. She received the last rites of Holy Mother Church, was clothed in the brown Scapular, and was almost continuously surrounded by the melodious sound of the Angelic Salutation.

Hours before she passed into eternity, Mrs. Michel also had the grace to hold hands with She who truly is the Gate of Heaven.

By: Norman Fulkerson

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Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title had a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears.

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