We received some very interesting comments from hosts of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima this week.
A hostess from Massachusetts wrote, "the custodian was in an auto accident while en route (no one was injured), as a result our visit did not take place as scheduled." This hostess read a booklet to her guests about Fatima and then they all prayed the rosary together. Included in their rosary were prayers for the well being of the custodian.
Much later that evening the custodian brought the statue to their home for the night. The hostess wrote that her 37 year old son died suddenly from a heart attack on September 9th. After the hostess and her husband went to bed, their younger son stayed up to pray before Our Lady.
She commented that while her friends were disappointed, that perhaps things worked out the way Our Lady wished.
She also explained how her visit came about. One of our schedulers, Kateri, called, and as the hostess wrote, "I have never met Kateri, but it is the name I took for my confirmation many, many years ago after frequent visits to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs and to Blessed Kateri's shrine in Fonda. I could not refuse a request from Kateri!"
Mr. Degman, from Oxford, MA who had 19 guests present, wrote, "I didn't really know what to expect. I have read a lot about Fatima, but, most of the younger people did not know. I think it made an impression on them, which I hope will last."
Mrs. Buccelli, from Dudley, MA who had 26 guests present, wrote concerning the custodians, "the gentlemen were very courteous and polite, it was a pleasure to have them here. They were Gentlemen!"
She wrote that she received many good comments from her guests. She described the statue as beautiful. She described the scheduling process as, "very accommodating, with good follow up to confirm the visit."
These comments are a good example of the great devotion that members of America Needs Fatima have. The first hostess mentioned obviously was tremendously consoled by Our Lady's presence in her home, even though there was great difficulty in getting Our Lady to her home.
The other hosts made great efforts to spread the Fatima message by having a large number of guests present including young people. Despite one's greatest efforts it is not always possible to have large numbers of guests, but the effort is so important to Our Lady. In the two visits mentioned where guests were present, 45 people attended. That is 45 souls who grew much closer to Our Lady as a result of venerating Her at the home of a friend or a relative.
Mr. Degman understood the importance of inviting the young. Many of today's youth know nothing about Fatima. It is not uncommon to run into young people who cannot even pray the Hail Mary, let alone know anything about Fatima. By inviting young people to your visits, you open up tremendous graces to these young people.
If you would like to schedule a visit in your own home with a Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima please call toll free at: (888) 460 - 7371.