The Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.17.1

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In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s final appearance and The Miracle of the Sun, the Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.17.1 focuses on stories and articles concerning Fatima, Our Blessed Mother, and the Holy Rosary. Seemed fitting to us, given the importance of the event.

Several interesting links of note – headlining the FIR is EWTN’s programming schedule observing the 100th Anniversary. Plus be sure to check out the ‘Rosary Rally’ link, which includes a schedule for the more than 21,000 rallies being held across the US tomorrow. There might be one held close to where you live. And if you live in the Philadelphia area, you’ll be excited to read that Archbishop Chaput is consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima on Sunday. Reported by CBS, no less.

Check out all the links – all Good, True, and Beautiful. Slightly Whimsical will return next week (God willing).

Fatima 100th Anniversary – EWTN Programming – EWTN

Rosary Rallies Planned Across U.S. on October 14California Catholic Daily

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics prepare to pray the Rosary in public and beg God and the Blessed Mother to save America. In 21,570 public places from coast to coast, lay Catholics associated with America Needs Fatima will hold Public Square Rosary Rallies. The rallies refocus people on the urgency of the Blessed Mother’s call to conversion given 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal, and beg God to save America from unimaginable new levels of sin and chaos in society.

‘Miracle of the Sun’ Broke Darkness of Portugal’s Atheist Regimes – Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

Catholic churches and schools were seized by the government, and the wearing of clerics in public, the ringing of church bells, and the celebrating of popular religious festivals were banned. Between 1911-1916, nearly 2,000 priests, monks and nuns were killed by anti-Christian groups. This was the backdrop against which Mary, in 1917, appeared to three shepherd children – Lucia dos Santos, 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, 9 and 7 – in a field in Fatima, Portugal, bringing with her requests for the recitation of the rosary, for sacrifices on behalf of sinners, and a secret regarding the fate of the world.

We Cannot Manipulate God – Terry Nelson, Abbey Roads

We need to get real. We need to stop putting words in God’s mouth and inventing new messages from Our Lady and making ourselves out to be co-prophets. I don’t think that is what Fatima or the faith is all about.

The Brilliance of the Fatima Prayer – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

When we pray “Especially those in most need of Thy mercy” we are tempted to believe we are praying for others; but as Bullivant makes clear, it is we who are in “most need”; a reminder of the need for humility.

Philadelphia Archdiocese to be Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima – Mark Abrams, CBS Philly

Archbishop Charles Chaput will consecrate the church and its people in the Philadelphia area to Our Lady of Fatima whom church fathers say appeared to three shepherd children in the small town of Fatima in Portugal 100 years ago. Chaput says the consecration is solemn and sacred task.

Pope Leo XIII: The Pope of the Rosary – Fr Donald Calloway, Catholic Exchange

Pope Leo XIII was very open to private revelation. He promoted the Brown Scapular, instituted the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, wrote an apostolic letter promoting pilgrimages to Marian shrines, especially Lourdes, and received the visionary of La Salette, Mélanie Calvat, in two separate private audiences. He so loved Lourdes that he commissioned the construction of a Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens.

Fatima: What Does Our Lady Ask of Us Today? – Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Our Lady of Fatima came to give us a prescription for life. She desires conversion — that we change our sinful lives and live holy, grace-filled lives. To accomplish this, she requested prayer, penance, and consecration.

Polish Heroes for a Troubled World – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Fr. Dwight Longenecker

However, while remembering the victory won through the power of prayer at Lepanto, we should also remember the role the Poles played in the victory over the forces of darkness twice before–at the Battle of Vienna and in the fight against communism.

We Can No Longer to Afford to Ignore Our Lady of Fatima’s Requests – Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, National Catholic Register

Now, one might argue that all this has happened, not because people are more morally depraved in our time than in times past, but rather because modern means of perpetrating violence, destruction and moral depravity are much more sophisticated and massive now than in times past. This may well be true, but if so, it points all the more to our need to heed the message of Fatima in imploring God for mercy.

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LarryD has been blogging since March 2008, making observations on trends within the culture and the Church. His goal? Poking hornets nests with a stick and injecting humor into the New Evangelization, with the gentle reminder that everyone's taking themselves way too seriously. He currently resides in Michigan.

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