Author Archive: Barbara Ernster

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Cardinal Francis George, Rest in Peace

Cardinal Francis George, Rest in Peace

We are saddened to hear of the death of Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George.  His Eminence lost a long fought battle with cancer today.  As a Chicagoan I got to know him when he came to the city in 1997. I travelled with him to Rome that year when he received the Pallium from Pope […]

Posted in: David Carollo
Ask Father Michael Venditti, Chaplain of the Blue Army Shrine

Ask Father Michael Venditti, Chaplain of the Blue Army Shrine

As a member of the Blue Army I naturally wear the Brown Scapular, but a friend of mine showed me the scapular she wears as a Third Order Dominican, and it’s white. I’ve also seen a green scapular. Why are there so many different scapulars, and what do they mean?

Posted in: Fr. Michael
BOOK REVIEW: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

BOOK REVIEW: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

By Don Fier When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal for six successive months in 1917, she foretold that the younger two, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, would soon go to Heaven. But to the ten-year-old Lucia dos Santos she said, “You are to stay here for some time longer. […]

UNLESS YOU BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN

UNLESS YOU BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN

By Leo Madigan Of all the people the Church holds up for our veneration perhaps the most accessible are the youngest seers of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Their short lives have been minutely documented and this access we have to their daily actions and reactions makes them familiar to us in a way that […]

MY FRIEND SISTER LUCIA

MY FRIEND SISTER LUCIA

By James Colson My name is James Colson, married to my wife, Nancy. We have four daughters and six grandchildren. For the past 35 years Nancy and I have brought many groups to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal. I was first inspired to know about Our Lady when I was a teenager. In […]

THE REAL SECRET OF FATIMA

THE REAL SECRET OF FATIMA

By Anne Tansy The heart of the message of Fatima is a gloriously personal one to all who have a true conception of the apparitions and revelations of Our Lady in that now hallowed spot. It is as though Mary has spoken to each and every one of us in our little niche in society. […]

Posted in: Soul Magazine
“WHAT IS GOD?”  THE SPIRITUALITY OF FRANCISCO MARTO

“WHAT IS GOD?” THE SPIRITUALITY OF FRANCISCO MARTO

By Barb Ernster Blessed Francisco Marto might be considered a “wimp” by today’s standard, perhaps even a loser. The Fatima seer, who would not see his 10th birthday, would easily shrug off losing at his favorite games and likely let others decide what to do with his day. His compliant nature and “never mind” attitude […]

Posted in: Soul Magazine
Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, Pray for Us

Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, Pray for Us

Today we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto. These simple souls never meant for earthly greatness, received the most important message of the 20th century.  Their witness to the world was that they could bring about the salvation of numerous souls through their humble submission to Divine Will. Formed in their […]

What to do about the First Saturday Devotion on Holy Saturday

What to do about the First Saturday Devotion on Holy Saturday

We’ve been asked to go to confession, receive Holy Communion, pray five decades of the rosary, and spend fifteen minutes keeping Our Lady company while meditating on the mysteries of the rosary with the intention of making reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first Saturday of each month. The […]

Fatima Message of Reparation Spreads at March for Life

Fatima Message of Reparation Spreads at March for Life

Nearly 330 students, faculty and staff from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, joined members of the World Apostolate of Fatima at the annual March for Life January 22 in Washington D.C., processing with The National Pilgrim Virgin statue down the National Mall. The beautiful, sunny day was a blessing for thousands of people from all […]

Posted in: WAF News