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By Antonio Fragelli

Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in Catholic American hearts and the proof lies in these pictures.

With eyes fixed on the Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn, thousands of her faithful children sent a rose and their intentions to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, as a token of their love and reparation.

My colleagues and I traveled to Mexico City in honor of the Feast of Saints Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima, on February 20th. Despite difficult circumstances due to COVID and bad weather, we were determined to make this sublimely fragrant delivery to Our Lady.

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Between the months of January and February, America Needs Fatima promoted a campaign of reparation for the millions of deaths through abortion which take place in our country every year. The tremendous sin of abortion is perhaps the greatest stain on the American nation. Indeed, it is one that “cries to heaven for vengeance,” and it has been since the iniquitous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

To counter the sin of abortion, millions of Americans annually demonstrate rejection through an array of pro-life marches, vigils in front of abortion clinics, sidewalk counseling, in literature, prayer, legal efforts and much more. A very important aspect of this rejection is reparation to the Divine Justice, the Owner and Creator of those millions of children made to His image and likeness, who were destroyed by their own mothers.

When Our Lady appeared in Fatima, one of her very specific requests for the world was to practice the Five First Saturdays Devotion, in order to make urgent reparation for blasphemies and attacks on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is pierced by thorns.

Where on one side there is immense sin, immense indifference and immense hatred, there is on the other side light and life. This side couples an immense love of God with the obligation to repair unspeakable damage done to millions of innocent human beings, whose vocation in this life has been interrupted by sheer human selfishness and barbarism.

And so with the help of good friends in Mexico City, we presented to the Patroness of the Unborn a breathtaking offering of 18,278 beautifully arranged multicolored roses, together with thousands of personal intentions and petitions from friends and members of America Needs Fatima.

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48 votive candles were lit, one for each year since the passing of Roe v. Wade decision. May these offerings and prayers rise up to the Divine Throne as a confident plea for the urgent end to the twenty-first century massacre of the innocent.


May Our Lady of Guadalupe pray to her Divine Son for us and for America. And may she intercede for us, that we may see within our lifetime a return to His law, so that every human being will be given the chance to know, love and serve their Maker on this earth and be with Him for all eternity.


In honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, a total of 2,557 red roses were reverently placed at the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and of the Unborn, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The roses, offered by friends and members of America Needs Fatima, were a tender token of appreciation for Our Lady’s maternal love and protection.

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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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