BLOG: Our Lady of Fatima (May 13)

Posted on: May 1, 2018 3:00 am
Tags: Prayer, Blog

by Adam Feinauer, Notre Dame Associate

As far back as I can remember, Mary has always had a place in my heart and I have always looked up to her in many ways.  As a child being taught about her at home and at school, I looked at Mary with awe and wonder.  Besides having to learn the Hail Mary, which was my hardest prayer to learn, Mary always was easy to accept.  She was a mother, she watched over us, and if you asked her to talk to Jesus about wanting something, your chances of getting it were magnified by a quadrillion percent.

As an adult, I developed a deeper more meaningful devotion to Mary.  I am imperfect in many ways and many days I feel the stress of everyday life toppling down on me.  I speak with God and Jesus every day, but there are times when I just need to be quiet and reflect, and that is when Mary comes into my life.  She is calm and understanding.  Mary brings me closer to Jesus because I can see her watching and without words asking you WWJD. She is the perfect intercessor to Jesus.  I know that I can confide in her and that she will speak to Jesus on my behalf. 

Of all the visions/apparitions of Mary to us here on earth, the one that caught my attention the most was Fatima.  What does Fatima mean to me and why is it important?  I think it has a large part about its simplicity and intimacy.  Mary appeared to 3 unsuspecting children turning their life upside down.  She did not look for the rich, the well-known, the mature, or the popular.  She shows that she can and does come to everyone, and she does not come for her benefit, but for her son’s.  Fatima happened at one of the darkest moments in history and it is still relevant today.  We still struggle every day with the secular world challenging our faith, and knowing that Mary is there in her quiet and tender presence makes dealing with these challenges much easier.

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Joanne Kenner
Date: on May 8, 2018

A beautiful article! Thank you Adam for sharing your devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Margie Schnelle
Date: on May 3, 2018

Very beautifully written. Very Inspiring.

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