Mary's Gift of Mercy
Today we begin the fourth week of our preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary. In the fourth week we will focus on St. Pope John Paul the Great, one of my personal heroes.
Today we read about the apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and how Our Lady requested that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Pope John Paul II was the Pope to suffer an assassination attempt on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 1981. He believed that it was Mary's intercession that saved his life and in return 3 years later, he consecrated the world to her Immaculate Heart. But that wasn't enough. Pope John Paul then gave the world the Feast of Divine Mercy.
Fr. Gaitley's book cannot begin to share all the details about Fatima, but for those who are interested here are some additional resources:
Fatima: Living the Message by Fr. Jason Brooks.
In a time of lost innocence, the faith of three children inspired thousands and made the world believe in miracles. Mary's messages at Fatima have been promoted by Popes, approved by the Church, and validated by over 70,000 witnesses. Fr. Jason Brooks brings to light why Fatima is regarded by many as the most important spiritual event of the past 100 years. BONUS: Fr. Shanon Collins, retreat master and well known speaker on EWTN, explains the intended impact and opportunity of the messages of Fatima on the spiritual lives of believers today.
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CLICK HERE for a FREE PDF of all the Fatima Prayers
I recently read an amazing book about Fatima. Fatima for Today, by Fr. Andrew Apostoli. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn more about the history, the message and the meaning of apparitions at Fatima.