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A Sea of Roses to Fatima

by Andrea F. Phillips   

 

Wow! How better to describe the “sea” of red and white roses delivered at Fatima on October 12, 2012 in the name of 9,077 America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally Captains and of 4,482 Rosary Rally sponsors across America? 

 

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ANF volunteers Michael Gorre and Peter Shibler, and Spanish correspondent Felipe Barandiaran arrived in Fatima on October 11, the bearers of eleven massive bundles of roses. It was a rainy day, but Don Felipe, who has been delivering ANF’s roses to Fatima since 2007, had an inkling the overcast wouldn’t last, “in all the years we’ve been arranging the delivery of roses, there has never been rain on the day of the delivery.”

“On October 12,” writes Michael Gorre, “the clouds parted and we had bright sunshine for the eve of the miracle of the sun.” And it was certainly a glorious day for photos with the two banners celebrating all the Rally Captains and generous sponsors who made this year’s 9,077 Rosary Rallies possible across America.

Pilgrims to Fatima were impressed with the multitude of flowers and the number of Rosary Rallies being held in the U.S. and all over the world on October 13 this year. 

After the group photo in the Cova da Iria, the flowers were distributed among the various altars around the Fatima Shrine. The volunteers then presented the thousands of petitions, intentions and consecration pledges to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the chapel of the apparitions. These weighed almost fifty pounds. A special bouquet was also offered in the name of those who made special requests.

From the thousands of small red candles which ANF members sent in from several Fatima mailings, fourteen oversized candles were made. These were lit at the shrine with a special prayer for America, for the work of America Needs Fatima and its supporters, and for the intentions of each and every person represented in the bouquets, in the petitions and in the candles.


The three ANF volunteers also prayed for ANF members at the tombs of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto, at the place of the apparitions of the Angel, and in Aljustrel, the three seers’ hamlet. 

May increasing public devotion to the Rosary rise to heaven as an earnest plea for Our Lady’s words at Fatima to become a reality, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

 


 

 


  

 

 

 

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In times of desolation,
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what we are without Him.

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St. Margaret of Cortona

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St. Margaret of Cortona

Margaret was born in Laviano, a little town in Tuscany, to a farmer and his wife. When she was only seven, her mother died and her father remarried a hard and difficult woman, who spared no great love for the free-spirited girl.

Margaret ran away with a rich young man. For nine years she lived in sin, and during that time bore him a son. Her immoral relationship caused great scandal, and Margaret strove to convince him of marriage, but to no avail. One day, the man took his dog and went riding. When he did not return, Margaret became anxious. After some time, his dog returned and led her to a forest. There Margaret found the broken body of her lover, dead for some days, and took it as a sign from God to amend her life.

Then Margaret traveled to Cortona where she lived a life of prayer and penance near the Franciscan Friars. She devoted herself to caring for the sick, living off of alms, eating and sleeping little, and eventually took the habit of the third order of St. Francis. She sent her son to school in Arezzo, where he later entered the Franciscan Order.

During the twenty-nine years she lived as a penitent, Margaret often spoke with God. A result of her dedication to the sick is the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy, which she founded. She died at age fifty, and was proclaimed a saint immediately. The people of Cortona built a church in her honor, where her remains are housed. She was officially canonized in 1728.

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Cause of Our Joy

We are well aware Our Lady is constantly working and spreading her graces as we travel to homes with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. On a recent visit in south Texas, we were surprised to see Our Lady’s visit to one household as the culmination of a beautiful story of grace, nine months in the making.  

Our hosts had gathered friends and neighbors from their small town on a sunny afternoon to welcome the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. As the program progressed, the lady of the house asked to tell a story about a certain grace she had received.

Two years ago, her daughter had suffered a miscarriage in her first pregnancy, which had a devastating effect on the family. This past year, the same daughter again became pregnant.  However, rather than being a cause for rejoicing, the family was apprehensive due to what had happened previously. Our hostess then explained how she and her husband vowed to take a dozen roses at the beginning of each month of the pregnancy to Our Lady’s shrine at the local parish, asking the Queen of Heaven for a safe delivery.

The florist of the town, upon hearing the story, took great care to make an extra-beautiful bouquet in honor of our Blessed Mother.

For nine months, the couple was faithful in bringing the flowers and asking Our Lady’s powerful help. To their great surprise, the final time coincided with our visit with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Our hostess began to cry tears of joy in telling the story, so honored was she to have such a clear sign of the intercession of the Mother of God. She then told that the doctors all gave reports of a healthy pregnancy, and the child was due any day now. The last bouquet of roses, lovingly arranged by the town’s florist, was placed at the feet of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in thanksgiving for a healthy pregnancy and their soon to be newborn grandchild.

We later learned that a healthy boy was born two days after the visit. Not only did Our Lady grant new life to a family who was so eager to welcome it, but she also restored the hope and strengthened the faith of this family and all who were gathered to share their joy. This easily brought to mind one of the beautiful titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto: Causa nostrae letitiae, Cause of Our Joy. May Our Lady bring to the fullness of joy all who invoke her with confidence.

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We are well aware Our Lady is constantly working and spreading her graces as we travel to homes with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. On a recent visit in south Texas, we were surprised to see Our Lady’s visit to one household as the culmination of a beautiful story of grace, nine months in the making.

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