FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY: Our Lady of Fatima – 100th Year
Our Lady of Fatima FROM the DESK of Dr. Hildy
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by Dr. Hildy®
Friday, October 13, 2017 will be the 100th year Anniversary since the Lady of Fatima made her presence on earth. In celebration of this event and others were the Blessed Virgin Mary showed herself to others on this earth over the centuries of time, which I will be sharing some points with you to reflect upon about our Queen of Heaven.
The year 2017 is the year a beautiful book and DVD set entitled the Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly and Rick Rotondi, St. Benedict Press, Charlotte, NC © 2017 was published. This book brings forth the story of history’s most famous woman, hailed millions of times daily in prayer that bears her name. Those who come to her at their hour of need are welcomed with a mother’s love, compassion and care. She is gentleness itself to all who turn to her, save one: to Lucifer, the devil, she is an implacable foe. She is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the one envisioned by God throughout all of eternity to give birth to the Christ, his flesh upon the Earth. She is the one that all of creation held their breath to hear her response, which was “fiat,” meaning “let it be.”
The Queen of Heaven is the story of their enmity, the battle between an angel who said “no” to God, and the handmaiden who said “yes.” It is a spiritual battle that began at the dawn of time, and has inspired the spiritual essence of many a battle upon this earth throughout history to the current day.
WAR IN HEAVEN
God existed eternally, before any of his creations. His existence was not a solitary one, for there was the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, living in a communion of indescribable Love. This love did not need to be shared outside of the Holy Trinity, but God willed it so.
God’s first creations were the angels. God created them to be good, but just as he would do with us he gave the angels free will. Only free creatures can truly love; a conditional love is no love at all for it is compulsory. God created an everlasting multitude of angelic hosts. And some of them abused their free will, rebelled against God, and in so doing became devils.
The name of Lucifer, which means “Day Star” is the name taken from Isaiah for Lucifer.
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you cut down to the ground,
You who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
Above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount assembly
In the far north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.”
(Is. 14: 12- 14)
Mary, the Queen of Heaven and Lucifer were in eniminity. And just as the word enmity means deep-seated, often a mutual hatred, Mary’s Battle for Your Soul began. The hatred was like a repulsion, which can be simply described as the feeling one gets when the same polarities of a magnet repel against each other. They can never be together unless there is a turning point where they become one again – as the original whole of creation the birth of PEACE on Earth as well as in Heaven.
To understand Lucifer’s origins and his revolt at the dawn of creation, we can better understand Our Lady – Mary and the role she plays in the final battle for souls.
In the Song of Solomon 6:10 – an Antiphon of the Legion of Mary the following is written:
Who is she
that comes forth as
the morning rising,
fair as the moon,
bright as the sun,
terrible as an army
set in battle array?
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Heaven wears a crown made of 12 stars – the remnant of the 12 supernovas of the cosmos representing the beginning of creation as well as the reflection of the 12 tribes of Israel. She was Christ’s first disciple and experienced seven sorrows to her heart as foretold to her by Simeon in the temple as she presented her son Jesus. And it was at the cross where her only begotten son died for all of Humanity that the wood of the cross would be like a remnant of the Tree of Life at the Garden of Eden. Where it was that Eve and Adam fell from grace through original sin.
Mary’s heart would be pierced by a sword as well as being the one who interceded for Eve – the Mother of All Living by the prayers of Adam and Eve as well as those of Abraham, all their ancestors and all of their tears.
The Queen of Heaven has been seen three times on earth as she interceded for Humanity in its darkest hours. The appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary each time became the turning point for the purification of creation as well as during the battle for all souls, even for the ones in hell, who may only be saved by our prayers and sacrifices.
The First Time she was seen on earth was by an Aztec peasant who thought himself unworthy of her choosing him to request a church be built in her name – Guadalupe. Juan Diego who accepted Christ in his heart 6 years prior was of Aztec heritage but loved God with all his heart. He lost his wife Maria 3 years before and then his uncle became ill.
The Blessed Virgin Mary interceded for the Aztec Indians and the battle between the conquistadors in 1510. She performed miracles but the one that the Americans remember is the Castilian roses that Juan Diego picked as he placed them in his tilma and the Virgin Mary made them into a bouquet for the Bishop Zumarraga. When Juan Diego went before the Bishop he opened his tilma and the roses fell to the ground. The Bishop feel to his knees with the other priest saying, “this is a miracle – I prayed for a sign from the Blessed Virgin Mary and she brought me the sign – Castilian roses as only grown in Spain.” And just as Juan Diego’s last rose fell to the floor an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on his tilma. The Lady said her name was Guadalupe and she became known as the Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americas. In 1510 at the time of this miracle over 1.2 million Aztec Indians accepted the Christ at that time, the largest conversion of all time so far since the death of Jesus – the Christ 2,000 years ago.
The Second Time was on February 11, 1858, when a fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette, at a rocky crag at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, known as Massabielle. She saw a beautiful lady, as her sister and friend were gathering fire wood. The Lady told Bernadette that her name was the Immaculate Conception.
At the place where the Virgin Mary placed her feet that had roses beneath them, she told Bernadette to dig with her hands in the dirt. Bernadette dug and ate of the mud and after doing as Mary requested a spring bubbled up and its waters came forth. This spring is known for its healing waters throughout the world.
The Spring of Lourdes, for the ones who believe within all their heart, has had their bodies of disease and inflictions cured. Many witnesses have seen these miraculous cures during that time and to our present time. The beautiful Lady came to the people of France to intercede for the prayers and tears of so many souls, as well as warn of wars to come (World War I and II).
The Third Time the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared was to three small children in Fatima, Portugal where the miracle of the dancing Sun occurred on October 13, 1917 – a hundred years ago with 75,000 witnesses among the three children who saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in all her images.
In the book, The World’s First Love by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (Ignatius Press © 2015 in chapter 17, “Mary and the Moslems”). The Archbishop devotes an entire chapter to the premise that Mary will be the means by which the Muslims come to Christ.
The Archbishop Sheen begins by noting, as many have before, Muslims have a great respect for Mary, believing in her immaculate conception and the virgin birth. Sheen also points out that the Qur’an has verses on the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity. One passage has angels telling her, “Oh Mary, God has chosen you and purified you, and elected you above all of the women of the earth” (3:42).
Sheen brings out that the only possible rival to Mary in Islam, is Muhammad’s daughter, Fatima, whom he obviously loved dearly. Yet even still Muhammad wrote of Fatima, “Thou shall be the most blessed of all the women in Paradise, after Mary.”
The Archbishop Sheen continues, “since nothing ever happens out of Heaven except with a finesse of all details, I believe that the blessed Virgin chose to be known as “Our Lady of Fatima” as a pledge and sign of hope to the Moslem people and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her Divine Son, too.” He goes on to point out that the town of Fatima in Portugal inherited its name from the daughter of a Muslim chief, who after her father and his people were driven out, stayed behind and fell in love with a Catholic boy, This young man eventually named the area after her. “Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima the daughter of Muhammad.”
No matter whom the soul is on this earth, if they accept the Virgin Birth, there is a seed of theology that can be watered with our prayer and soon Our Lady will bring her Son to them. And once in the hands of Christ Jesus, surely he will harness their passion and commitment and use it for good, just as he did with St. Paul, who once also persecuted the Christians.
These are photos of the shrine of Fatima, Portugal and Segovia Spain. We thank Kathleen O’Toole for the photos, which she took herself.
1 The path where folks pray on their knees to the shrine, 2. Statue of the Virgin in the outdoor chapel where you can hear Mass. 3. Relief of Jacinta (one of the children) that is on the wall in the chapel where Jacinta is buried. 4. Statue of Mary that was put in the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia. 5. Picture of the Aqueduct.
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QUEEN OF HEAVEN: Mary’s Battle for Souls
by Brian Kennelly and Rich Rotondi © 2017
The following prayers and items of interest are used to call upon the Blessed Virgin Mary in one’s deepest hour of need.
The Angelic Salutation
HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art though among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUDALUPE
Our Lady of Guadalupe was proclaimed “Patroness of Mexico” and “Empress of the Americas” by Pope Pius XII in 1945. In 1946 Pope Pius XII proclaimed her “Patroness of the Americas.” In 1999, Pope John Paul II declared that December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be liturgical feast for the whole continent.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is also venerated as the “Patroness of the Unborn.”
HOLY MARY of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, intercede for Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke you in their necessities; and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
This prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes draws us closer to Mary and helps us remember the amazing story of what took place in France so many years ago. Think of a special need or request as you invoke her intercession.
BLESSED, most pure Virgin, you chose to manifest yourself shining with life, sweetness and beauty in the grotto of Lourdes.
To the child St. Bernadette, you revealed yourself, saying, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
And now, Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Healer of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, mu sufferings. Look upon me with mercy.
Because of your appearance in the Grotto of Lourdes, it became a privileged sanctuary from which you dispense your favors. Many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. I come, therefore, with confidence in your maternal intercession. Obtain for me, O loving Mother, this special request.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of Christ, pray for me. Obtain from your divine Son my special request if it be God’s will. Amen.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
This prayer to Our Lady of Fatima draws us closer to Mary and helps us remember the amazing story of what took place in Portugal so many years ago. Think of a special need or request as you invoke her intercession.
O MOST Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you; inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen
The Women Clothed with the Sun
“AND A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Words of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette (1859)
“I AM the Immaculate Conception.”
“Pray for poor sinners!”
Words of Our Lady of Fatima on Saving Souls
“PRAY! Pray a great deal, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.” (August 19, 1917).
Our Lady of Fatima said to the children; “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice.”
JESUS, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”