Sister Lucia of Fatima passed away on Feb. 13, 2005, after a long, drawn-out illness due to old age. She died just short of her 98th birthday, which would have been on March 28. Her charm and good humor lasted to the very end, even when she could not eat anything, but lupines (legume-like seeds […]
The practice of honoring the Blessed Mother on first Saturdays has a long history in the Church. The devotion was given greater purpose at Fatima.
by Reverend Harold Colgan This article from our co-founder, Msgr. Harold Colgan (d. 1972), is reprinted from the first issue of Soul Magazine, Jan-Feb 1950, publication of the Blue Army. His words, especially the call for prayer and real contrition, speak to the modern world and give encouragement to those who have chosen to follow […]
The requirements of the First Saturday devotion in making reparation are simple: Go to confession, receive Holy Communion, pray a five-decade Rosary AND spend an additional 15 minutes with Mary, meditating on the other mysteries of the Rosary. The purpose of the First Saturday devotion is to make reparation for the sins against the Immaculate Heart, […]
by David Carollo – The month of November starts with the great feast of All Saints Day, which directs us to look to the many holy people who have been elevated to the altar and stand as examples of how we need to live. We have our favorite saints, those who we look up to, […]
The Value of a Soul Having been through the deaths of several close relatives and friends this year, it made me think of the value of a soul. Although these dear people are gone, their souls live on and the veil between this life and the next feels much thinner. What was consistent in each […]
God wants to give us peace, and through Mary, He has given us a means to obtain it. The Rosary settles our minds and hearts and focuses our attention on Him. When I pray it with my heart, immediately I notice the peace. This happens as well when I spend time in Eucharistic adoration or during Mass. If this is the medicine for my soul, I need to take it.
“Growing up, every time you heard any type of siren, ambulance or police car, you made the sign of the cross and said a prayer for those in need and protection for those involved. That was second nature to me,” Petrovich explained. “I always said that prayer but never felt compelled to say a [particular] prayer. On that (Saturday) occasion, it was the one thing that was different than anything else. And the first prayer that came to mind was the Hail Mary.”
Fatima is a wonderful place where we are drawn into the heart of Our Lady and there made her true children filled with her own life.
The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin in terms of it having a “certain infinite dignity” indicates just how astounding the Divine Maternity is, since it required Mary to be spiritually exalted to such an incredible degree that she became fitted to bear the Incarnate Son of God.