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For years now, after the October Rosary Rallies, America Needs Fatima makes its special mission to deliver a red rose to Fatima in the name of every Rosary Rally Captain, and a white rose in the name of each Rosary Rally Sponsor.

With 14,108 Rallies across the country this past October 10, an “ocean” of roses was in order!

This year, ANF’s friends Lora Lucas-Bailie and Cyndee Poole crossed the Atlantic to accomplish this mission of delivering the roses to Fatima for October 12, the day the shrine celebrates the last Fatima Apparition and the Miracle of the Sun.

Lora flew into Atlanta from California where she met Cyndee and the two boarded a plane for Portugal. Meeting our Spanish correspondent Felipe Barandiaran in Lisbon, they proceeded to Fatima and set to work.


A Massive Operation

A group of florists with a heart for the mission is contacted every year and begin the massive operation of sourcing and sorting the roses. Once the blooms are ready, they are placed in large bins, and loaded on a couple of vans. This year, both vans had to be loaded twice and two trips made to the shrine.

Once there, the florists help arrange the roses in the great Fatima Square before the basilica, and also eagerly volunteer to hold the banners for a photo shoot.

Impressed by America’s Faith and Devotion

Lora reports that pilgrims passing by invariably stopped to inquire as to the reason for so many roses. On hearing that these represented 14,108 captains of Rosary Rallies in America and also sponsors of the effort, they were amazed, impressed and edified.

Someone exclaimed: “Our Lady is being crowned with a shower of roses from the good American people! God bless America!”  And all wanted to help. Despite a soft rain, many stood holding the banners for the pictures–wet, but happy.

Once the pictures were taken, the 20,000 roses were distributed throughout the Fatima Shrine, to decorate Our Lady’s float, altars and many places around the sanctuary.


Delivering Petitions

Later that afternoon, our envoys also delivered thousands of petitions either sent in or emailed by ANF members and supporters. A large bin of printed intentions was presented to Our Lady at the “Capelinha” or small chapel built at the exact place where Our Lady appeared in 1917. There, a Mass was said, a Rosary offered and candles lit for each and every prayer, petition and intention.

A special bouquet of flowers was also offered at the “Capelinha” in the name of special donors of America Needs Fatima.


Impressions of Fatima

“This was my first time in Fatima,” writes Lora, “and after all I had heard and read about Fatima, I was not prepared for the special feeling of being in a place where Our Lady appeared and where the miracle of the sun took place…Thousands come to pray for themselves, their families, and their intentions. We are all there for the same reason.

On the next day, October 13, as the statue of Our Lady was processed through the square, thousands of voices suddenly sang out a parting song in Portuguese, waving thousands of kerchiefs as a goodbye gesture to our Blessed Mother.”

And as the last kerchief was waved, our envoys made their way back to their respective countries. Mission accomplished. Fatima, and Our Lady were once more gladdened and honored by an “ocean” of roses from America’s sea to shining sea.





DAILY QUOTE for February 24, 2019

God wishes to be served to the last breath, to the exhaustio...

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February 24

God wishes to be served
to the last breath, to the exhaustion of the last drop of strength,
and He multiplies our capacities for suffering and doing
so that our dedication may reach the extreme limit
of the unforeseeable, the improbable, the miraculous.
The measure of the love of God is
to love Him without measure, said Saint Francis de Sales.
The measure of fighting for God consists
in fighting without measure, it may be said.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

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St. Praetextatus

Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman res...

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St. Praetextatus

Praetextatus became the bishop of Rouen, France, in 549. The thirty-five years during which he occupied the position of bishop were riddled with troubles involving the Frankish monarchy, a result of which was a time of exile for the saint.
Among the players of this political drama was Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman responsible for several deaths in the royal family. Fredegund despised Praetextatus and opposed his return from exile, but a council in Rouen overruled her interference and reinstated the holy bishop to his see.

“The time is coming when you shall revisit the place of your exile.” She threatened the saint shortly before his death. “I was a bishop always, whether in exile or out of exile, and a bishop I shall remain; but as for you, you shall not always enjoy your crown.” He said, as he urged the queen to convert.

The wicked queen refused to reform her life, and in 586 as Praetextatus was offering Holy Mass, Fredegund had an assassin stab him under the arm. The mortally wounded bishop managed to drag himself to the altar and receive Holy Communion before he died.


Holding Hands with The “Gate of Heaven”

Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of...

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Holding Hands with The “Gate of Heaven”

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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