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1.      Why the Fatima visits?

We aim to bring Our Lady of Fatima into every home that wishes to learn more about Her message of conversion, prayer and penance. Many have either forgotten or are unfamiliar with what our Blessed Mother asked of us so that, as individuals and as a nation, we may participate in Her promise, “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!”

 

2.      What does a visitation of Our Lady’s Pilgrim Statue entail?

The visit begins with a short video presentation on the message of Fatima, followed by a group recitation of the Holy Rosary.  (We bring all the necessary equipment for the presentation.) Throughout the presentation, the custodian will give explanations, examples and answer questions.

 

3.      How long does the program last?

Generally, one to two hours.

 

4.      Who should lead the Rosary?

If present, a member of the clergy. Otherwise, we suggest the host, someone of your choice or even the Fatima custodian.

 

5.      Should I offer refreshments?

Although they are optional, most participants do welcome light refreshments. They offer an opportunity for further questions, conversation and a chance to meet people.

 

6.      What do I need to set up for the visit?

For Our Lady’s statue, we will need a small sturdy table or stand about three feet high. The surface area need not be large. It should be placed in your home’s largest room. Flowers and/or candles add a nice touch but are optional. We will also need an extra table at the back of the room or in an adjacent area to display our beautiful religious articles and informative books. 

 

7.      Whom should I invite?

Please remember that this visit could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about Our Lady and Her Fatima message. Our Pilgrim Statue has a history of touching hearts, and we believe yours will prove no exception! You will want to share the blessings of Her presence with as many people as possible. We suggest you begin by checking the names listed in your personal address book. Invite your relatives, friends, neighbors, co-parishioners or prayer group members. Everyone is welcome.

 

8.      What should I say to people when inviting them?

 Here is an example of an introduction:

“Hello,                      . This is                    . I’m calling to share some exciting news with you. The America Needs Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue is coming to our home on (date) at (time). This is a unique opportunity, and I feel privileged to have this special statue in our home. There will be an audio-visual presentation on the Fatima message and recitation of the Rosary, as Our Lady requested. We would love to have you join us.

 

9.      What do I do if things go wrong?

If anything changes or does not go as planned, do not hesitate to call our office at 1-888-460-7371. We will do all we can to accommodate.

 

10.    Should I suggest a dress code for those I invite to Our Lady’s visit?

Yes. Modest attire is deeply appreciated. How many of us dress with care when preparing for a job interview? What about for Our Lady? This wonderful occasion ought to be approached with the respect and reverence due to the Mother of God. Keep in mind  Jacinta’s warning, “Fashions will appear that will greatly offend Our Lord.”

 

P.S.   If possible, please leave an open parking spot in front of your home for the Fatima custodian’s car. 

Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for April 17, 2021

The heart of man is, so to speak, the paradise of God. Since...

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April 17

 

The heart of man is, so to speak,
the paradise of God.
Since His delights are to be with you,
let yours be found in Him.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

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Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Stephen Harding

God answered him dramatically when thirty noblemen knocked a...

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St. Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding was an Englishman of an honorable family, and heir to a large estate. Born in Dorset, he was educated at the monastery of Sherborne and spoke English, Norman, French and Latin.

Desirous of seeking a more perfect way of Christian perfection, he, with a devout companion, traveled into Scotland and afterwards to Paris and to Rome. On their return journey, the two travelers chanced upon a collection of huts in the forest of Molesme in Burgundy, where monks lived in great austerity. Struck by their way of life and finding kindred spirits in Robert the Abbot, and Alberic the Prior, he bid his friend goodbye and threw in his lot with the monks.

After some years, finding that religious fervor had waned considerably, Stephen, Robert, Alberic and others went to Lyons and with the support of Bishop Hugh struck a new foundation in the forest of Citeaux sponsored by Rainald, Lord of Beaune, and Odo, Duke of Burgundy.

Later Robert returned to his monks of Molesme who reclaimed him as their abbot, and upon the death of Alberic, in 1109, Stephen succeeded him as Abbot of Citeaux.

He immediately instituted such austere measures to keep the spirit of the world out that he alienated the support of many who had helped to establish the abbey. Novices ceased applying, and to make matters worse, a mysterious disease decimated his monks to the point that even Stephen’s stout heart began to quiver wondering if he were really doing God’s will.

God answered him dramatically when thirty noblemen knocked at the abbey’s door seeking admittance. They were headed by young St. Bernard who in his zeal had convinced his brothers, uncles and a number of his acquaintances to give up the world with him.

Increasing numbers called for additional foundations and the first two were made at Morimond and Clairvaux. To the general surprise, Stephen appointed twenty-four-year-old Bernard as Abbot of Clairvaux. When nine abbeys had sprung from Citeaux, Stephen drew up the statutes of his Charter of Charity which officially organized the Cistercians into an order.

Stephen Harding died in 1134, advanced in age and nearly blind, and having served as Abbot of Cîteaux for twenty-five years.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

I turned to God, but God seems to remain deaf to me. Why is...

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Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayer?

Question:  I pray and pray, but I feel as if God is not listening. We always had a good, peaceful family life, but these last years have been tough. We don’t seem to be getting along and our finances have taken a turn for the worse.

I am so anxious about this situation that, not having anyone to turn to, I turned to God.

But God seems to remain deaf to me. Why is that? In addition, what do I say to certain people, agnostics and atheists, who laugh at prayer, saying it is nonsensical and only a figment of the imagination with no real value?

Answer:  God is faithful to His promises, and God promised to answer our prayers. “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:9–10).

If God promises to answer our prayers, He will do so infallibly. But in prayer there are two sides: he who asks and He Who gives.

Our part is to ask. How must we ask?

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church, teaches in his book Prayer, the Great Means of Salvation that prayer must be persevering and humble.

So many times we hear people saying: “Oh, I used to ask God for this and that and the other, but He never gave it to me. Now, ten years later, how glad I am that He didn’t!”

One thing is certain: God will not fail to answer a humble and perseverance prayer. Whether He chooses to grant what we ask immediately or make us wait, we must trust that He, regardless of appearances, is doing us good. What we think is good and what He thinks is good may be two different things: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways” (Isa. 55:8), but here is where we must abandon ourselves to His beneficent will. Our part is to be patient, calm and, above all, faithful, because this is the time for testing and later will come the time for full enjoyment.


Answering Atheists and Agnostics
As for atheists and agnostics, their skepticism proceeds from the fact that they, respectively, deny God’s existence or deny men’s capacity to know God.

In this case, we can only express our regret over their ignorance of this Supreme Being, our omnipotent Creator and loving Savior.

We may direct them to a few sources that may help in their search for the truth of His existence. Atheism and agnosticism can only be sustained in ignorance or ill will because the evidence of God’s existence is overwhelming.

Moreover, God will not hide Himself from those who seek Him sincerely and unconditionally.

Another consideration pertaining to non-believers is this: If God were to grant us absolutely everything we ask at a moment’s notice, such people might start believing purely out of self-interest.

They would look at God as a wand-wielding wizard. And God Our Lord is infinitely more than that. He wants us to know, love, and serve Him for Himself so that He can treat us as children and heirs and grant us unending happiness in Heaven.

"My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God."  Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima.

 

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"In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!"

Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917