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The 4th of July and the First Saturday devotion

The 4th of July and the First Saturday devotion

by Barb Ernster – With the 4th of July upon us, many people are making plans for an extended weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation. It is hard to think of the first Saturday devotion, which generally falls on this weekend, amid the

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The disillusioned man and the June 13 apparition

The disillusioned man and the June 13 apparition

by Barb Ernster – Mario Godinho was 25-years-old at the time of the Fatima apparitions. He was a member of an important and distinguished family from Vila do Paco, about 20 miles from Fatima. He owned a car, a Peugeot, which was a prestigious thing

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Let us use the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Let us use the gifts of the Holy Spirit

by David M. Carollo, Executive Director – The third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the decent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the apostles. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Fifty days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of

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How Mary helps us confront the culture

How Mary helps us confront the culture

by Barb Ernster A quote by St. John Damascene, one of the Fathers of the Eastern Church, speaks volumes about devotion to the Blessed Mother:  “What is there sweeter than the Mother of my God? She has captivated my spirit, she reigns over my tongue,

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Why the First Saturdays are necessary

Why the First Saturdays are necessary

by John Haffert There is an essential connection between daily response to the message of Fatima and the First Saturdays. The first question put to the children by Our Lady (also a primary condition for the triumph of her Heart) was, are you willing to

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Memorial Day: Remembering those who gave all for us

Memorial Day: Remembering those who gave all for us

“Patriotism is a love for everything to do with our native land: its history, its traditions, its language, its natural features. It is a love which extends also to the works of our compatriots and the fruits of their genius. Every danger that threatens the

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Where do you come from?

Where do you come from?

by Catherine Moran – Just when you think you have read everything about the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, there is something new to learn. I have always wondered why when the children first saw Our Lady on May 13, 1917, Lucia’s first question

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Our Lady’s (not so) secret weapon: The Holy Rosary

Our Lady’s (not so) secret weapon: The Holy Rosary

by Michaelyn Hein – The first time I really prayed a Rosary was at the beginning of miscarrying my first baby. I knelt alone in a pew in an empty church, praying the Joyful Mysteries, because they centered on birth, something I desperately wanted to

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Mary and Jesus speak as one in Fatima and Divine Mercy messages

Mary and Jesus speak as one in Fatima and Divine Mercy messages

By Barb Ernster – Soon after St. Maria Faustina was led by an angel to the chasms of hell, she wrote about what she saw in her Diary, so that she might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. Like St. Jacinta Marto,

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He is risen!

He is risen!

On this Easter morning, let us all reflect on the sacrificial time of Lent, which has led to the joy of this day. Salvation purchased on Good Friday is apparent today. Our work as members of the World Apostolate of Fatima/Our Lady’s Blue Army is

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