This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima.
In case you are unaware of this amazing apparition, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three young children first on the 13th of May in 1917. The apparitions continued monthly through local persecution through October when the Lady of the Rosary (as she identified herself to the children) appeared to thousands of people and created a spectacle of the sun for them.
Mary delivered several messages to the children, and then to the people who gathered for her big appearance. She called for repentance, reparation and prayer were, but the biggest message She impressed upon the children from the beginning was the need to say the Rosary on a daily basis.
Now known as Our Lady of Fatima, she enjoys a worldwide following, with many making pilgrimages to the shrine built at the site of the events. Even St. John Paull II had a strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and credits her for his survival of the 1981 assassination attempt. Afterwards, he placed the bullet intended to kill him in the crown of Fatima – showing his gratitude for her intervention.
Death and Beatification
The eldest of the three children was Lucia dos Santos, only 10 years old at the time of the apparitions. Although her cousins died young from pneumonia (and were beatified in 2000), Sr. Lucia lived to the age of 97 at her convent in Coimbra where she died in 2005.
Currently, the investigation is in process to recognize Lucia as a saint. In this work, there have been 15,000 pages of evidence presented for her cause.
The road to sainthood is a long and arduous one; to become a recognized saint, there have to be miracles (1 for beatification, 2 for canonization) attributed to the person in order to prove to the Church that she is no longer in Purgatory, but is in Heaven, interceding for all who ask it of her.
So far, I can find no miracles attributed to Sr. Lucia, but given the 50 volumes of evidence now submitted (as of 14 Feb 2017), I am sure it’s just a matter of time before many miracles are confirmed from her intercession.
The 15 Graces of the Rosary
But let us not forget the most important message of Fatima – and that is the importance of the Rosary. Our Lady has promised us graces for reciting the Rosary daily for the salvation of the world.
As imparted to St. Dominic and Bl. Alan:
- Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
- I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
- The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
- The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
- The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
- Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
- Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
- Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenititude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
- I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
- The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
- You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
- All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
- I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
- All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
- Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Read more at: http://www.themostholyrosary.com/15promises.htm )
As if that wasn’t enough in itself, Our Lady of the Rosary has also graced many with their own little miracles in return for their devotion.
Miracles for devotion to the Rosary
I had already been looking at covering Sr Lucia of Fatima today – given that the 50 volumes of material was only presented last week. By itself, it’s a little short for one of my posts. Then, a post was shared in one of my Facebook groups talking about an amazing miracle of the Rosary that I knew it would work with today’s post! I probably have space for only one or two rosary miracles, but this one is huge.
Back in World War II, an air unit in Canada received a new squadron leader who amazed everyone in his unit with his humility – and his nightly devotion to the rosary. Before long, all members in the unit had voluntarily joined him in his devotion and soon, all had their own rosaries to carry with them – with the promise that all members would return to Canada alive at the end of the war.
Little did we dream we would be in action for four years, many times in dreadful danger with fire all around us. At such times, Fulton’s voice would ring through each plane, “Hail Mary…” How reverently and sincerely did we respond! How many hundreds of Rosaries we must have said.
After two years, it was noted that ours was the only squadron that had not lost a plane nor a single life. We said nothing, but we knew.
Finally, the terrible war was over. During those years, we lost all sense of excitement and adventure. All that concerned us was survival! We did survive, too. All returned to Canada in 1945, fully convinced that Our Lady had taken care of us.
So I never forget to keep my Rosary with me and say it every day although I am not a Catholic. When I change my trousers, the first thing I transfer, even before my wallet, is my rosary.
(Read the rest of the article at https://immanugrace.jimdo.com/prayers/holy-rosary/ )
From another treasure trove at America Needs Fatima:
The Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto
The Battle of Lepanto was a crucial conflict between the Christians and the Ottoman Turks, one of the greatest naval battles of all time. The Christian lands around Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean were constantly getting sacked by Muslim pirates, and Imperial warships were ravaging the land. At this point in time, Pope Saint Pius V saw it appropriate to raise a Crusade against these heathen Muslims. After raising a Crusade, he asked every non-combatant across the whole Christian world to pray the Rosary.
Even after this call to arms, the Christian fleet at Lepanto was greatly outnumbered by the Ottoman Turks. The Crusaders got on their knees and began to pray the Rosary. Soon after, the Christians and the Muslims were immersed in a bloody battle. Thus it was that on October 7, 1571, the Christian fleet was blessed with a miraculous victory. Pope Saint Pius V immediately dedicated the victory to Our Lady, establishing October 7 as “The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
(continue reading this and other miracles at: https://americaneedsfatima.org/The-Holy-Rosary/miracles-linked-to-the-rosary.html )
I find personal testimonies just as awesome as the famous ones – mainly because it proves that I don’t have to be a famous person or super-pious in order to receive miracles for devotion to the Rosary. Here is a page filled with personal testimonies from The Rosary Foundation.
(Images from Wikipedia and Pixabay)