Monday, August 27, 2012

Fatima for Today- The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli

Fatima for TodayThis summer I read a most wonderful book Fatima for Today-The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli. Our parish priest, Fr. Corona, had recommended it and so a dozen of us got a copy, read it and met to discuss it. I had heard a lot about Fatima before. I have always prayed the Fatima prayer at the end of each decade of the rosary. I knew about the three little children. I had heard for years about "the mysterious third secret." But this book really shared so much more than just the historical details.

My biggest take away from the book was the Five First Saturday Devotion. In the book, Fr. Apostoli shares that it is not just something we do, but a way for us to grow spiritually. A plan for spiritual growth. I really like that. By getting to Confession and mass and praying and meditating on the rosary, regularly, (FIVE months in a row,) we can and do become better Christians. (see details below)

Below are additional comments from the readers in our group:

As a convert to the faith, I have had very little exposure to Mary.  Through this "can't put it down" book, I realized he wants us to be closer to His mother.  He draws us in one baby step at a time.  Because of this book, I began dedicating time daily to the Rosary.  I did not realize how our prayers, with Mary's intercession, can affect the lives of so many around us.  We CAN affect the salvation of souls.  What an awesome revelation.  The most profound thing I learned is this, "God made us without us, but he will not save us without us."  We must do our part by prayer and sacrifice.
What struck me most about the Fatima book is the power of prayer. I also learned more deeply about offering up your pain and how it can profoundly help other people. 
The main high points from our discussion was that reading the book unanimously drew us closer to our Blessed Mother, daily praying the rosary, a deeper understanding of the apparitions of Fatima within the context of the historical climate then and how it’s message is still urgent for us today, and finally the first Saturday devotion (a brief overview below). Right at the end of our discussion group gathering-the door bell rang. A large package was delivered to my home which contained a beautiful 2 ½ ft statue of our Blessed Mother that I had ordered over 2 weeks ago and my other statue broke. I couldn’t believe the timing!  Fr Dominic was there to bless the statue.

The Five First Saturdays Devotion
On 5 Consecutive First Saturdays of the Month:

With the intention, in the heart, of making reparation to Mary for the sins committed against her, her name, her initiatives and images of her
  • Go to Confession (8 days before or after, better before, but with this intention)
  • Receive Communion in a state of grace
  • Say a five-decade rosary
  • Meditate on the 15 mysteries for 15 minutes

Upcoming First Saturdays

September 1, 2012
October 6, 2012
November 3, 2012
December 1, 2012
January 5, 2013
February 2, 2013
March 2, 2013
April 6, 2013
May 4, 2013
June 1, 2013
July 6, 2013
August 3, 2013
September 7, 2013
October 5, 2013

If you like to learn by listening, I suggest this talk by Fr. Jason Brooks: Fatima-Living the Message!

1 comment:

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