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Holy Mary, Mother of God, guide and protect us

Holy Mary, Mother of God, guide and protect us

by Michaelyn Hein – My two-year-old is a trouble seeker. Like most toddlers, he climbs couches only to jump from them. He stands on chairs and leans back as if daring them to fall. He sees ladders and countertops not as possible hazards, but as

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Gratitude counters negative forces in our world

Gratitude counters negative forces in our world

by David Carollo Dear Friends and Members of the Our Lady’s Blue Army: Tradition teaches that the pilgrims celebrated a thanksgiving for their first harvest in the new world in 1621. The origin of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is credited to several

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The Miraculous Medal – a reminder to ask with confidence for graces needed

The Miraculous Medal – a reminder to ask with confidence for graces needed

By Donal Anthony Foley – When Our Lady appeared in Fatima in 1917, the Miraculous Medal was well-established in the Church, having been revealed at the 19th century apparition to St.  Catherine Labouré in the chapel at the Rue du Bac convent in Paris. The

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The Presentation of Mary

The Presentation of Mary

by Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello – Many of the celebrations in honor of Mary are based in historical fact. The Sacred Scriptures tell of her acceptance of God’s invitation to be the mother of the Savior at the Annunciation. We know of her maternity and

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The souls in purgatory are sending out an SOS

The souls in purgatory are sending out an SOS

By Joseph Pronechen – The Holy Souls know there is only one door that gets them out of purgatory. That door opens one way — into heaven. Yet there’s a catch. They are looking for someone to open it for them. They can’t open it

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Consecration to Mary is a protective force for us

Consecration to Mary is a protective force for us

by Donal Anthony Foley Consecration to Mary can take many forms, ranging from a personal consecration, to a parish or diocesan one, right up to consecrating a country, or even the whole world, as was the case with Pope Pius XII’s consecration of Oct. 31,

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Game changer: Mary can change the course of things in a significant way

Game changer:  Mary can change the course of things in a significant way

by Barb Ernster “Game changer!” That was the text sent from one priest to another in my archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis after he hosted an all-night vigil of Eucharistic adoration with the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima on the night of First Friday to

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Achieving holiness in our daily duty

Achieving holiness in our daily duty

By E. William Sockey III – In May 1942, Our Lord spoke to Sister Lucia as she was praying in the chapel of her convent. Referring to Our Lady’s request at Fatima that all Catholics offer daily prayer and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners,

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Sister Lucia said Communions of Reparation is means to combat atheism in post-consecration era of “week of Fatima”

Sister Lucia said Communions of Reparation is means to combat atheism in post-consecration era of “week of Fatima”

 by Donal Anthony Foley One of the most enigmatic sayings of Sister Lucia concerns the idea that we are part way through the “Week of Fatima.”  She stated this in a rather compelling interview with Filipino Cardinal Ricardo Vidal on Oct. 11, 1993, in which

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Five ways to help reinforce the truth of the “Real Presence”

Five ways to help reinforce the truth of the “Real Presence”

by Michaelyn Hein — Earlier this month, Catholic media was abuzz with news that, according to a Pew Research Center poll, almost 70% of self-identified Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Instead, the majority of Catholics feel more

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