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Coffee Clicks, {October 13th aka the Fatima Edition}

Today marks 100 years since one of the most widely-witnessed (and reported) miracles in recent human history. On October 13th, 100 years ago in field outside a small village in Portugal, 3 shepherd children to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary had been appearing (along with a crowd that journalists in attendance estimated at 70,000 witnesses) waited in expectant hope for what was to be her final appearance.

This was the backdrop against which Mary, in 1917, appeared to three shepherd children – Lucia dos Santos, 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, 9 and 7 – in a field in Fatima, Portugal, bringing with her requests for the recitation of the rosary, for sacrifices on behalf of sinners, and a secret regarding the fate of the world.”

The basic message of Fatima, for all the mystique and intrigue that tends to surround it in some corners of the internet, is childishly simple: personal conversion of heart, repentance and reparation for one’s sins and the sins of others, and frequent recitation of the Rosary. By those small efforts towards personal holiness and mortification, Mary promised, the world could be saved.

A century has passed since her last visit to the muddy field that miraculously dried to dust as the sun whirled and dipped in the sky, inspiring awe and terror in the observing crowds. The argument might be made that it was the bloodiest century on record in human history, when one accounts for all the genocides, epidemics, wars, and abortions which have ravaged civilization. So the question persists: have we done what she asked, and has it been done satisfactorily?

Good question, right?

I don’t have the answer, but I do have 5 must-read pieces about Fatima and it’s continued relevance to our lives today:


Cardinal Bertone talks about the third secret

“The “third secret of Fatima” refers to a message during the apparitions predicting suffering and persecution of the Pope and the Church. Unlike the first two secrets – a vision of hell and a prediction of World War II – the third secret was not initially revealed by Sr. Lucia. At first, she said that Mary had not yet permitted her to reveal it to the world. Later, the Vatican chose to keep it secret until 2000, when it was finally revealed.”


Everything you need to know about Fatima: {part 1}

“…Every local bishop since has approved the apparitions and deemed them worthy of belief, the highest recognition a Marian apparition can receive from the Church.”


… And {part 2}


3 ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100th anniversary of Fatima

“For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.”


The times are urgent and we must heed the warnings of Our Lady:

“In 1981, Our Lady of Fatima warned through Lucia that the final battle will be against marriage and the family and that anyone who tries to defend them will experience persecution and tribulation. And here we are. Even at the highest levels of the Church, certain priests and bishops mislead God’s people. Meanwhile, clergy and faithful who seek to uphold marriage are dismissed as pharisaical, rigid and unpastoral. This was also confirmed by Our Lady of Akita in Japan:”

Tonight our Archdiocese will be formally consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the hands of our good and holy Archbishop Samuel Aquila. There are hundreds of priests and bishops around the world doing the same thing for their parishes and dioceses today, which is pretty amazing. Make it a point today to pray a Rosary, to share the story of Fatima with your kids or roommates around the dinner table, and to make a little act of sacrifice for the conversion of hearts – first and foremost, our own.

Skip a meal, ditch the cream in your coffee, go to bed an hour earlier than you’d like, pass on that glass of wine. (Or, you could like, always chug a half liter of glucose solution and then get your blood drawn 😉

Our Lady of Fatima, Sts. Jacinta, Lucia, and Francisco – pray for us!


  • Kathleen

    Am I the only one that gets nervous when she says “final battle” ?? Like final, final?? Ahhh!!! I guess I should probably just “pray and not worry,” right?!?!

  • Caroline

    I still find it amazing that after all the requests Our Lady has made regarding saying the rosary, that I still do not say it every day. I believe she requested us, through the children at Fatima, to say it every day, not merely frequently, and yet I find other things to do. The spirit is willing but the flesh is not… This article is a good reminder that we must, do the very little, really, that she asks of us.

  • jeanette

    The Diocese of Santa Rosa where the fires are wreaking havoc had an event planned for tonight for this centenary year of the Fatima apparition: a candlelight rosary procession and a gathering afterwards. The fire situation in Santa Rosa is precarious and the air quality changes with the wind direction, so I don’t know if it will be happening, at least not as planned. Besides that, the gathering afterwards was to take place in the building now being used as a shelter for people who were evacuated. Thousands have had to leave their homes and those who are still in their homes have to be vigilant for evacuation orders; if you leave your home, you might not be able to go back to it.

    The bishop also would like the diocese to participate in a program called “33 Days to Morning Glory” in preparation for consecration of all parishes in the Diocese to Mary in December. In a letter to the diocese he stated something that speaks to all of us in our relationship to Mary:

    “Saint Pope John Paul II also refers this Consecration as an Entrustment. It is an act of trust in the love God has for us and in the love our Blessed Mother has for us. We Entrust ourselves to Her maternal care with profound confidence and love. We trust that, having given over everything we have and are to Her protection and even Her dominion, we then rely on Her to distribute merits and graces where they are most needed. At the same time we manifest a deep confidence that those, for whom we have special affection, including ourselves, will never be neglected in the spiritual distribution.”

    May we all give ourselves over to Mary in this trusting spirit.

  • Jean Galmish

    My dad who was born in 1914 said he met an old soldier that was there at the miracle of the sun . Dad said this old guy said it was so amazing. The sun did seem to dance.

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