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Merry Christmas message

Merry Christmas message

Dear Fatima family, I have always been strongly moved by the Gospel description of the lineage of Christ. From Adam and Eve to Abraham to David to Our Lord; we ponder the many generations it took from the beginning of mankind until the Savior of

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Advent Week 4: The PEACE that can only come from Christ

Advent Week 4: The PEACE that can only come from Christ

 “The force of the presence of God was so intense that it absorbed us and almost completely annihilated us. … The peace and happiness which we felt was great, for our souls were completely immersed in God.” (Lucia, after the Angel gave them the Host

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Jacinta’s Christmas

Jacinta’s Christmas

By Michelle Braun – Christmas in Portugal during the time of Sts. Jacinta and Francisco Marto was celebrated in much the same way that it is today – as a religious and family feast of devotion and “togetherness.” Customs hundreds of years old may still

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The life of a good shepherd

The life of a good shepherd

By Barb Ernster – One of the oldest of callings in ancient Israel was the life of a sheep or cattle herder. Before the Chosen People had settled as farmers, they wandered from place to place, living in tents and driving their animals. At the

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Advent Week 3: The Candle of JOY – the fire of God’s love

Advent Week 3:  The Candle of JOY – the fire of God’s love

“We were on fire in that light which is God, and yet we were not burnt. What is God? We could never put it into words.” (St. Francisco Marto The third week of Advent focuses on JOY and that is why the candle we light

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There are no coincidences in heaven

There are no coincidences in heaven

I am writing this message from Pontevedra, Spain, where we are tending to some business after driving up from Madrid last evening. The morning started with a visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions, where Our Lady gave to Sister Lucia the devotion of the

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The origin of the First Saturday devotion

The origin of the First Saturday devotion

  It was on this day, December 10, 1925, that Our Lady appeared to Lucia, the seer of Fatima, to request the First Saturday Communions of Reparation. Lucia was then a postulant at the Sisters of St. Dorothy convent in Pontevedra, Spain, having just arrived

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Advent week 2: Faith in the journey to Bethlehem

Advent week 2:  Faith in the journey to Bethlehem

“I feel myself in a mystery of Light—this mystery that comes from Faith in God, God in me and I am nothing, lost in the Light as a small drop thrown in the flame, and I was in the flame, where I found strength, grace,

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Advent begins with HOPE in the Lord

Advent begins with HOPE in the Lord

“All our hope must be placed in the Lord, because He is the one true God who created us with eternal love and redeemed us by sending His own Son, Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, who suffered and died for our salvation.”  Sister

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The world needs the gift of sacrifice

The world needs the gift of sacrifice

By Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR – (A reflection from his book “Fatima and the Triumph of Mary.”) Imagine living in a world where there was no love. There would be no caring, no sharing, no forgetfulness of one’s self in reaching out to others. It

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