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"I could do that!" Kathy Worboys said to herself after reading about America Needs Fatima’s Public Rosary Rallies held annually around the country. She was particularly impressed when she saw a picture of a banner that read:

“As human efforts fail to solve America’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His help!”

 

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She wasted no time and called the number at the end of the article. “Those words captivated me,” she said. “I really wanted one of those banners, and I thought that assembling a public rosary rally was really a neat idea.”

She immediately agreed to become a Rosary Rally Captain. That was in 2010, and every year since then she has organized her Public Rosary Rally with great success each time at the Harry Allen Park in downtown Honeoye Falls, New York.

Kathy’s desire to be closer to God started in 2006 when a friend gave her a book that recommended, among other things, Eucharistic Adoration. She immediately found a perpetual adoration chapel near her home. There she met Virginia Tondryk, who taught her how to pray the Rosary and since that day, the two ladies have been close friends. They are members of a prayer group that gathers at their parish church, St. Paul of the Cross, to say nightly Rosaries and pray in front of an abortion clinic once a week.

However, something terribly unexpected happened to both of them on the exact same day in March of 2012. Virginia was diagnosed with acute leukemia and Kathy with breast cancer. Despite the setback in their health, they continued to pray and promote the Rosary: this time, with an added purpose. “It helps us to fight our cancers with faith,” said Kathy. “We would not be able to face any of our trials without our faith,” she added.

Her fourth rosary rally, held in 2013, might very well have been her last. At one point, her doctor told her that she had only six months to live….

…but Our Lady had other plans for Kathy.

You see, Kathy strongly believes that her faith in God and the Blessed Virgin Mary is her strongest defense against her disease. “The Rosary has been a powerful weapon,” she affirms.

 

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In planning her Public Rosary Rallies, she relies mainly on Our Lady’s inspiration. 

"She has certainly motivated me and kept me organized in all my efforts to promote the Rosary Rally,” she said.

In recent years her rallies have been attended by over 200 people - even a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus were there in their gala uniforms.

Father Michael Upson of St. Paul of the Cross parish often gives an inspiring talk before the Rosary.

 

…And now for the rest of the story…

 In November of 2013, Kathy went on pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima.  She knew that it was going to be difficult. She had to be in a wheel chair, so weakened was she by the cancer.  Her companions, including Father Upton, had assured her that everything was going to be alright and encouraged her to join the pilgrimage.

When she got back from her trip, she had an appointment with her doctor after a few tests she had taken.

His face beaming as she came into the room, her doctor announced, “This is remarkable!  Jesus loves you!”  The tests he held in his hand showed that the tumors in her spine had disappeared.  The tests also showed no trace of the cancer that had covered her chest wall and was in her bones.

After thanking all those who had been praying for her, Kathy immediately signed up for the next Public Square Rosary Rally, saying in her email that, “It looks like I may be around for a while – praise be to God and Mother Mary!”

Regardless of what the future holds, Kathy cannot forget the two devotions that changed her life. She proudly declares, "Eucharistic Adoration is a powerful place and the Rosary is a powerful weapon."

 


 

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DAILY QUOTE for February 22, 2019

In times of desolation, God conceals Himself from us so that...

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February 22

 

In times of desolation,
God conceals Himself from us
so that we can discover for ourselves
what we are without Him.

St. Margaret of Cortona

  
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St. Margaret of Cortona

There Margaret found the broken body of her lover, dead for...

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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 spreadi...

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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.

By Ben Broussard

Become a Child Of Mary

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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