As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, I thought I would compile all of my articles over the past year on the topic. There is much to reflect on in her appearances to the three shepherd children 100 years ago and a single article would never do her justice.
So without further introduction, here are all 5 articles I have written on the weighty topic of Fatima and the many spiritual truths we can learn from Our Lady’s appearance.
5 Surprising revelations of the third secret of Fatima
Fatima, the Rosary, and hell
The surprising connection between Our Lady of Fatima and Islam
5 Things to Know About First Saturdays
7 Powerful quotes from Fatima visionary Sister Lucia
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With the release of latest Star Wars films, the ancient monastery atop Skellig Michael has enchanted the world with its beautiful vistas and mysterious history. While much has been written about the architectural feats achieved by the monks on the lonely island, little has been discussed about the daily life of the religious hermits.
What was it like 1,000 years ago?
Why did the monks choose Skellig Michael?
What was their spirituality like? Why did they leave and never return?
The life of J.R.R. Tolkien has always been an inspiration to me. Throughout all of the suffering he endured in life, he kept close to his Catholic faith and wove a majestic tapestry of beauty in his imaginary world of Middle-Earth.
Check out my interview with John Rhys-Davies at Aleteia:
Award winning actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his role as the dwarf Gimli in the highly successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, recently shared with Aleteia his admiration for Saint Patrick after working on the audio drama, The Trials of Saint Patrick.
He explained how for him, “[Saint] Patrick is giant. I am honored to have had a little part of bringing him to life.”
Far from being an outdated life that has no relevance, Rhys-Davies believes Saint Patrick’s story is an inspiration and can teach us many things in the 21st century.
“I think that what [he] teaches us is resolution and courage. The discovery of that little fire of belief in oneself. By study, by intention, by prayer, by the blessing of the Holy Spirit; it can change a man’s life into such a positive agent for the common good.”
“Of course, [at first] Patrick has ego, yes. But what Patrick does is, through being a slave, he becomes a master of men. He leads those in the darkness to light. Perhaps in our own, maybe smaller way the demons and the idols that he overthrows are some of the demons and the idols we all have to find a way of confronting and overthrowing ourselves.”
When confronted with pure evil, what is a layperson to do?
First, we will look at what sacramentals are given preference in the fight against demons. Secondly, we will touch on the topic of deliverance and see if laypeople can engage in direct combat against the devil.
There is a rich history in the Catholic Church of pious devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. These devotions were all born out of a deep love of our Blessed Mother and were aimed at helping the faithful draw close to Mary so as to draw closer to Christ.
However, during the past 50 years most of these devotions fell out of style and children attending catechism classes were barely taught how to pray the rosary. This has led to a void in the Catholic Church that is not easily filled and a person who wants to explore these various Marian traditions typically has to scour old book stores to find an ancient book of devotions.
That is, until now.