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Mary Ellen Robinson
Chief Operating Officer

October 2017
Dear Friends,

           October is a month dedicated to Mary, and we encourage everyone to pray for her intercession, entrusting all concerns to her Immaculate Heart. October 13 is the 100 year anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. It was on that day that the Miracle of the Sun took place at Fatima. On October 13, Donald Cardinal Wuerl will lead a candlelight rosary procession and prayer of entrustment for individuals and families to Our Lady of Fatima’s Immaculate Heart. The event will be broadcast on EWTN, and we encourage everyone to join in praying the rosary and lighting candles in the darkness during this special time.

            Our founder, Father James Keller, M.M., visited Fatima with Cardinal Francis Spellman while on pilgrimage to Rome during the 1950 Jubilee year. We share some photos here of their visit to remind people of the importance of Fatima to leaders of the Church over the past century. Pope Francis himself highlighted the importance of Fatima earlier this year when he made a pilgrimage there for a May 13 ceremony to canonize Jacinta and Francisco, two of the three children who saw Mary in visions that began on May 13, 1917 and lasted until October 13 of that same year. In an address delivered shortly before setting off on his pilgrimage, Francis said:

                         “I will travel as a pilgrim to Fatima, to entrust to Our Lady the

temporal and eternal fate of mankind, and to pray for God’s

blessings on its ways. I ask you all to join me, as pilgrims of hope

and peace: may your praying hands continue to support mine.

May the greatest and best of Mothers watch over each of you all

of your days until eternity!”

 

            In his latest Mercy Friday outing, Pope Francis visited a neuro-rehabilitation center in Rome, where he encouraged patients receiving treatment for mobile and cognitive impairment to keep hope alive. His Mercy Friday visits began during the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy in 2016, and he has continued this beautiful outreach of practicing spiritual and corporal works of mercy in surprise visits to those in need.

            In a Christopher video titled “Lead with Mercy,” Father Jonathan Morris reflects on Pope Francis’ outreach to those on the margins of society, relating his actions to those of Christ. Father Morris talks about the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector, who climbed up a tree to catch a glimpse of Christ, at which point Christ called him down to spend time with him. Father Morris points out that Christ’s first words to Zacchaeus were not scolding but rather inviting him into a relationship based on mercy. We encourage everyone to watch this video and share it with others to help spread the word about the way of mercy Christ is calling us all to follow.

            On our “Christopher Closeup” radio show and podcast, Tony Rossi recently interviewed actress Jen Lilley (Hallmark Channel’s “Harvest Love”) about her commitment to charities that rescue and heal children who are victims of abuse. Tony also interviewed actor Mike Vogel about his role as a special ops commander in the NBC military drama “The Brave” and his feature film turn as atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel in “The Case for Christ.” And Tony interviewed Maria Morera Johnson about her book “Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue.”

            This month, we are releasing our latest News Note, “Wisdom from the Saints,” which beautifully illustrates how the life stories and writings by and about the saints of the Catholic Church can help us find the right path in the daily decisions we make. We encourage everyone to request copies of this News Note to share with family, friends, and anyone in need of an uplifting message.

            Thanks to our donors for making all we do possible. We keep you in our prayers. God bless you!  

 

 

Joyfully,

  

Mary Ellen Robinson

Vice President/COO