Our Lady of Fatima, Thoughts

May Crowning 2020

Every May we make floral crowns for our Mary statues to recognize and honor her as Queen as Heaven and Earth. The last several years, we have made a day retreat at The Sycamore Tree Catholic Retreat Center with a couple other families to celebrate our faith  and our love for Mary. We would make crowns from the wildflowers and greenery (and bring a few of our own) and crown the many Mary statues on the property as we pray a walking rosary together. 
This year, things are a bit different as we are missing our friends and our trip to The Sycamore Tree. We decided to celebrate our May Crowning today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  We kept it simple as we made a couple floral crowns from a beautiful arrangement of flowers my mom sent for Mother’s Day and our oldest daughter’s at-home graduation celebration. It seemed appropriate to use flowers from my mom to crown our Heavenly Mother. Thanks, mom!  The girls secured their chosen flowers around wire and shaped it into a little wreath. We processed to Our Lady of Guadalupe outside and sang “Immaculate Mary” as she was crowned.  We then came back inside and crowned Our Lady of Lourdes, continuing our song and concluding with 3 Hail Marys.  All this was done in love and joy as we keep the traditions of our faith alive, honoring our Blessed Mother in our hearts and in our home. 

       

Our Lady of Fatima, Rosary, Thoughts

Pray the Rosary Every Day…

On this day in 1917, Our Lady appeared for the first time to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, with a simple message. She asked the children to pray the rosary daily for peace in the world. This request was constant and ever-present over the following 6 months when she continued to appear to them.  Why would she appear to these young, uneducated, poor children? I think part of the answer to this question is that she is presenting herself as mother to all of us; that no one goes unseen.  Her loving gaze is always upon us and she is constantly interceding for us, mothering us.

Our Lady of Fátima | Britannica

According to Lucia, the eldest of the visionaries, “(Mary) was more brilliant than the sun, and radiated light more clear and intense than a crystal glass filled with sparkling water when the rays of the burning sun shine through it.” Her beauty and radiance can be encountered by each of us through the rosary.  All she desires is to draw us closer to her Son, Jesus, and for each of us to attain holiness.

As we celebrate this feast today, pull your rosary out and pray it with a sincere heart.

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Cecilia’s Graduation Rosary

Pink Cat’s Eye beads for the Ave’s with purple diamond cut glass surrounded by antique sterling silver bali beads for the Pater’s. The spacers are mirrored glass tubes and all letters and numbers are silver plated rhodium. The centerpiece is Our Lady of Fatima. Congratulations on your High School Graduation, Cecilia! We are proud of you!!!

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