“The Call to Fatima“ award winning 2-part film-documentary, entirely based on SisterLucia’s of Fatima two books: “Fatima in Lucia’s own words” and “Calls from the Message ofFatima”. The heart of the two films captures the story, its history, its message, the prophecy, apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, and the unknown seventh apparition taken from Sister Lucia’s private diary as well as exclusive interviews from those who knew Sister Lucia personally.
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English Dialogue, subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Polish, Slovak, Latvian, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
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The 40 days of Lent, reflecting Christ’s 40 days in the desert, were the focus of Pope Benedict XVI’s catechesis this Ash Wednesday. Speaking to pilgrims in the Paul VI audience hall, the Holy Father reflected on the condition of the pilgrim Church in the “desert” of the world and history.
Pope said, that the period of 40 days “does not represent an exact chronological time, divided by the sum of the days. Rather it indicates a patient perseverance, a long trial, a sufficient period to see the works of God, a time within which we must make up our minds and to decide to accept our own responsibilities without additional references. It is the time for mature decisions”.
Pope Benedict also said: “In this “desert” we believers certainly have the opportunity to profoundly experience God, an experience that makes the spirit strong, confirms the faith, nourishes hope, animates charity; an experience that makes us partakers of Christ’s victory over sin and death through the Sacrifice of love on the Cross.
But the “desert” is also the negative aspects of the reality that surrounds us: the arid, the poverty of words of life and of values, secularism and the materialist culture, which shut people within a horizon of mundane existence, robbing them of all reference to transcendence. And this is also the environment in which the sky above us is obscured, because covered by the clouds of egoism, misunderstanding and deception. Despite this, even for the Church of today the period in the desert can be transformed into a time of grace, because we have the certainty that even from the hardest rock God can bring forth the living water that refreshes and restores”.
Sister Lucia of Fatima and the Five First Saturdays devotion
“It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would please me more, if they did Five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did Fifteen in a tepid and indifferent manner…”
Fragment from the book “Fatima in Lucia’s own words”, written by Sr Lucia, p. 196
Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart
(Fatima, 22.03.1907- Coimbra, 13.02.2005)
Sister Lucia was born in Aljustrel, a village in the parish of Fatima, in Portugal. Together with her cousins, Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, she was visited three times by an Angel (1916) and six times by Our Lady (1917), asking them to pray and do penance for the remission of sins and the conversion of sinners. Sr Lucia’s special mission was to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the kernel of the Message of Fatima.
She joined the Congregation of St Dorothy in Spain. where she received apparitions in Tuy and Pontevedra. Seeking a more withdrawn life in response to the Message which Our Lady had entrusted to her, Lucia later entered the Carmel in Coimbra, where she devoted herself more deeply to prayer and penance. Our Lady came for her on 13th February, 2005, and her body was laid to rest in the Basilica in Fatima on 19th February 2006.
Sister Lucia’s cause for Beatification Process was started just three years after her death, on 13th February 2008.