Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima
Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children beginning in 1917—where even non-believers attest the miracles there as the “day the sun danced.”
The Virgin’s message, as it always is, was penance. But she also predicted the rise and fall of communism, the Second World War, and the attempted assassination of Pope St. John Paul II. Yet amid these tragedies, she promised refuge in her Immaculate Heart to all who approach her—a promise extended, and urgently needed, today.
This beautiful volume—filled with more than 50 full-color images—is a treasure for longtime devotees of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as a gripping history for those who seek to learn more about the dramatic events related to the apparition that have unfolded over the course of the last century.
In Fatima, noted Catholic author and Blue Army member Jean M. Heimann traces the events of the apparitions at Cova da Iria and guides the reader through the hundred tumultuous years since.
- Here is a recent interview I had with the Catholic Advance on my book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World.
The good news today is that Pope Francis has approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the visionaries who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions. With the approval of the second miracle, the two may now be canonized Saints. It is likely Pope Francis will canonize them while in Fatima May 12-13 for the centenary of the apparitions.
- This past week we celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Did you know that St. Joseph is a part of the apparitions at Fatima? Joseph Pronechen writes about St. Joseph’s role in the Fatima apparitions here.
5. What have I been reading this week: 1. Counting on Faith by Maurice Prater, 2. Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees, and 3. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith by Virginia Pillars. Reviews are coming soon.
6. How is your Lent going? Mine has been very spiritually nourishing as our pastor has been leading our parish in daily spiritual guidance and instruction on Prayer. I have also been blessed to be able to attend daily Mass and frequent Eucharistic Adoration.
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Have a wonderful weekend!