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  • a busy year for fatima custodians

The Home Visitation Apostolate is a project of the America Needs Fatima Campaign. Started in 1997, the project aims at bringing Our Lady of Fatima and her message of conversion, prayer and penance into every home in America.

Crowning
Ten teams of custodians travel all over the country with a 48 inch replica of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The original Pilgrim Virgin statue was made in 1947 under the direction of Sister Lucia dos Santos, the oldest of the seers to whom Our Lady appeared. The custodians take the statues to homes, schools and nursing homes to offer people a few hours of prayer and devotion in the presence of the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima.


Throughout America Needs Fatima's history of bringing the statue of Our Lady of Fatima into homes, Custodians have personally witnessed the profound effect Our Lady’s visit has had on souls.

 

What happens during a Fatima Home Visit?

  • Our Lady is crowned: First and foremost, the statue of Our Lady is ceremoniously crowned by the host as Queen of the home as everyone sings hymns in Her honor. 

 Presentation

  • The Fatima Message is shown:
    The custodian then introduces the America Needs Fatima campaign to the audience. He begins by giving a short history of the origin of the statue before showing a powerful, 20-minute video on the story of Fatima and how Our Lady’s message is applied to our days and each one of us. The video shows how the importance of the message of Fatima is for our times and how all of Our Lady’s prophecies have been fulfilled and continues to be most relevant for us today.

 

  • Fatima Petitions are taken:
    After this, the custodian distributes a special card envelope on which the guests can write petitions. These petitions are later taken to Fatima, Portugal, and placed at the exact spot where Our Lady appeared.

 

  • The Rosary and Reception:
    Religious MaterialsLastly, the rosary is recited together and a small reception is usually offered to give those present the chance to visit with friends and make new acquaintances and allow the custodian to personally visit with the guests. During this time, everyone is invited to browse the line of beautiful religious materials and take pictures with the statue of Our Lady.

 

  • The Certificate is presented:
    Before the presentation draws to a close, a beautiful certificate is presented to the host. When 13 or more attend a Fatima visit, the host receives a large poster of Our Lady of Fatima as a gift. The number 13 was chosen to honor the date in which Our Lady appeared - the 13th of each month from May to October 1917.

 

 We look forward to meeting you at a Fatima Home Visit soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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