This was simply a lovely, thorough book. I went into it knowing very little about Our Lady of Fatima besides some of the whack-job end of the world theories based on it. (By the way, plenty of well-meaning Catholics think the world is gonna end this year because it’s the 100th anniversary. Consider yourself warned.)
Our Lady of Fatima: 100 years of stories, prayers, and devotions tells in great detail the story of the apparitions, the life stories of the three visionary peasant children, and the aftermath of the event. It gave me a lot of appreciation for this apparition. If you have been turned away in the past because these visions have been adopted by people predicting the end, I encourage you to give them a second look. There is much more to these visions.
Without knowing it, you may already been engaging in practices started by this apparition, such as the prayer ending each decade of the rosary:
“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
Honestly, I didn’t know that prayer was from Fatima.You may have heard of the First Saturday devotion. It predates Fatima, but Our Lady really encouraged it at Fatima. You may have heard of the “secrets” of Fatima. They really aren’t that mysterious once you really look at them, but they are a great encouragement to work towards holiness.
And that’s really what this book and the whole of the apparition is all about: Holiness. All baptized Christians have been called to holiness in whatever vocation or state of life they find themselves in. Everyday we are called to follow our Lord more closely and many, many saints testify that the best way to do that is to follow our Lady.
I got the opportunity to read this book through my membership in NetGalley. Thank you Franciscan Media for this book! It will be available through your favorite bookseller on March 31. It is a bestselling pre-order on Amazon now!