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Independence Day or Dependence Day?

Independence Day or Dependence Day?

By David Carollo – When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the

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From Colonial Times, Americans Desire Religious Freedom

From Colonial Times, Americans Desire Religious Freedom

By Larry Maginot – It seems very fitting that the Fatima Centennial coast-to-coast tour of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue began in many of the states that were original colonies of the United States, the destinations of peoples in past centuries who set out from

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Sts. Peter and Paul: Examples of Faith & Conversion

Sts. Peter and Paul: Examples of Faith & Conversion

By David Carollo Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Simon Peter was the first of the Apostles to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ.  When asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son

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Our Mission is All in a Day’s Work

Our Mission is All in a Day’s Work

By Dan Wagner – As a member of the Shrine staff at the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, NJ, I am always inspired and encouraged when I see the mission of this place being carried out.  “How am I doing

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The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By Fr. Michael Venditti – Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most ancient devotions in the Church. From sub-Apostolic times, the Fathers of the Church paid tribute to the Redeemer’s love, declaring that the wound opened in His side

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Feast of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Devotions Jesus Wanted

Feast of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Devotions Jesus Wanted

By Donal Anthony Foley – This week, June 3 and 4, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Given the attention to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart in the Fatima message this is a feast

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Visitation reminds us everything is God’s gift

Visitation reminds us everything is God’s gift

By Barb Ernster – The feast of the Visitation celebrated today is one of those stories in the Bible that shows the great mystery of God’s presence in the most mundane circumstances of our lives. It must have been an incredible experience for Mary and Elizabeth,

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May 13th, the Papacy and the Fatima Message

May 13th, the Papacy and the Fatima Message

By Donal Anthony Foley – Exactly 99 years ago on this day, in the midst of World War I, Our Lady appeared for the first time to the three little shepherds at the Cova da Iria, near the village of Fatima. It was the first

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Mother’s Day is about gratitude

Mother’s Day is about gratitude

Mother’s Day is a special day; a day when we show appreciation for the one who is the anchor of the family. I have never liked when people refer to this day, and even Father’s Day, as greeting card holidays. Certainly there is commercial activity around

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The Treasures of First Saturday

The Treasures of First Saturday

By Donal Anthony Foley – Today is the first Saturday of May, a month particularly dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and also a month very much associated with Fatima – since the first apparition of Our Lady there took place on 13 May 1917. So

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