Have you ever really thought about Mary’s title – Our Lady of Fatima?
I mean really thought about it.

I know it’s the title of Mary that we use because she appeared at Fatima to the children, but is there any other way to reflect on it?

Let’s look at it in a different way . . . let’s break it up.

Our Lady – what does that mean to you? To me, it means that this wonderful woman, this Mother of God, the person who brought Jesus Christ to us – belongs to each of us – Mother behold your child, and child behold your Mother. We call her OUR Lady, she is one of us, and she understands us, our pain, our frustrations, our love, our joy, our happiness, and our losses.

For the three children at Fatima, she was the Beautiful Lady who cared for them and protected them. She is the same to us – Our Lady of Fatima cares for us and protects us.

Fatima is not just one place on earth, Fatima is in every heart that claims Our Lady as their protector and helper, especially in time of illness and pain.
• Fatima is about healing, comfort, and refreshment. Our Lady brought healing and a new message to this tiny town on earth.
• Fatima heals the spirit and calls us to pray more.
• The entire atmosphere of Fatima brings calm and comfort to everyone who enters the holy ground.

Since she is Our Lady, and she has made Fatima holy, Our Lady of Fatima is there for us, and Fatima is in our heart and spirit when we pray to her and ask her for protection, healing, and comfort. You can feel the love of Our Lady and the peace and comfort of Fatima in your heart and soul as you join with the Franciscan Friars for the Great Novena to Our Lady of Fatima.

Your gift will be used to help Our Lady’s Poor, the thousands who come to us each day in desperate need of food, clothing, formula, diapers, and simple companionship. These are people whom Our Lady loves, comforts, and protects through the work of the Franciscan Friars with your help and in your name.

Be part of the magnificent Novena to Our Lady of Fatima and feel the power of your prayers united with so many others as we bring your intentions to Mary, to Our Lady. As we pray together, our intentions will be heard and answered through the intercession of this wonderful woman, this Mother of God, the person who brought Jesus Christ to us and belongs to each of us.

Mother behold your child, and child behold your Mother.

May Our Lady of Fatima bless you always,

Fr. David Convertino, OFM
Executive Director
St. Anthony’s Guild

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