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 Post subject: Our Lady of Fátima
PostPosted: October 14th, 2016, 10:36 am 
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Greetings of Peace.

I wanted to share this remarkable book, written as a series of reminiscences, by the foremost of the three shepherd children to whom the Virgin appeared in Fatima, Portugal. ... asI_en.pdf

I do not believe it was available when Lings wrote about the apparitions at Fatima (in his book The Eleventh Hour). His brief descriptions of the children, and the remarkable degree of forbearance they showed while undergoing trials and suffering afterwards, made me want to read more. I came across a copy of this book in a used bookstore. It is quite moving, all the more so for the clarity and simplicity with which Sister Lucia writes. One thing to that one picks up through these memoirs is the nature of each child and their respective 'ways', which is all the more clear for having manifested in the very short lives of these children (two of the three died after a protracted illness soon after the apparitions).

I recall reading that some Christians believed that this obvious link to the foremost feminine character in Islam would draw Muslims into Christianity, and of course this was not to be, however what's interesting is that the Virgin as she appears here emphasized the need for the rosary and identified herself as 'The Lady of the Rosary', while the rosary that Muslims recite at the end of the daily prayers are known as the tasbih of Syeda Fatima, as they were prescribed to her by the Prophet in response to a request for material help.

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