From May to October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now canonized saints) and Lúcia dos Santos on the thirteenth day of each month.
Mary referred to herself as “the Lady of the Rosary” and told the children to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world. She also told them to pray and sacrifice for sinners in order to save souls from going to hell.
Since we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fátima on May 13th, I want to share thirteen quotes on the Rosary.
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“All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father, and Mary for their Mother.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
A Special Photo
My paternal grandfather loved photography and was a photographer by trade. There’s one photo in particular that’s very special to him and my family.
Grandpa and Grandma used to visit a Marian shrine near their home. During one visit, Grandpa photographed a statue of Mary.
The statue was positioned near the doorway of the chapel, which made it difficult to photograph.
He said there was no way to capture the photo without getting “hot spots” — shiny glares — on the statue’s face. (In those days, photography wasn’t digital and couldn’t be edited the way it is today.)
He tried his best, assuming hot spots would be visible when the film was developed…
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The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary in the Roman Catholic Church. On October 7th, the annual feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated.
The Rosary has a rich and interesting history that could not be presented or explained in a simple blog post…
I feel it’s most important to focus on what the Rosary is and why it’s beautiful and powerful. My hope is that those who don’t already pray the Rosary will begin to; and those who already do will deepen and spread the devotion.