OUR LADY OF FATIMA
The Meaning of Fatima
Fatima is the name of a small-town north of Lisbon, Portugal. There, in 1917, Our Lady appeared to three little shepherds: Lucia, and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco (now Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco) - then, seven and eight years old. The "Beautiful Lady dressed in white and more brilliant than the sun", asked for prayers and sacrifice, so that "Our Lord may save humanity from all calamities and bring peace to the world..."
A prayerful life consists of doing everything in God, with God, and for God. She emphasized a daily simple formula of paying called the Rosary, during which one reflects upon God's personal love for us. She stressed the fulfillment of one's daily duty according to the Gospel principles. This is the Fatima message and makes Fatima one of the 20th Century's most pressing heavenly Invitations to an authentic Christian life.
Oh my God in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world. Joining with it the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day.
Oh my God, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That the immaculate Heart of Mary may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray for us! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have Mercy on us!
I join my offering with the millions of members of the Blue Army throughout the world, each morning. To fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima for the Sanctification of Daily Duties.
“Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions once a day.” *Partial Indulgence
IMPRIMATUR: Most Rev. Gen. W. Ahr., S.T. D. Bishop of Trenton
U.S.A. Headquarters of the Blue Army: AVA MARIA INSTITUTE, Washington, N.J. 07882