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I have long been a fan of the writings of Catholic writer Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Her book, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions, inspired me to begin regularly wearing a Miraculous Medal myself, which I feel has yielded multiple blessings and immense growth in my own spiritual practice. So when I was asked to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance.
Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions is a lovely volume for anyone who desires to learn more about the apparitions at Fatima. For the uninitiated, the story of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta is well told in an approachable and easy-to-read style. Readers who have heard of Fatima yet desire to know more of the miraculous apparitions of Our Lady will find new and fascinating details. And those familiar with the apparitions and are called to develop a deeper spiritual practice around the miracles of Fatima will find prayers and devotions to inspire them. Each chapter covering a portion of the Fatima story closes with “A Time to Reflect” on the messages and meaning of Fatima, and ideas and inspiration to find the meaning of Fatima “In My Own Life,” both practical tools for us to bring Fatima into our own lives and homes.
Our Lady’s most frequent and fervent message from the apparitions at Fatima is “Pray the Rosary.” It is fitting and altogether appropriate that O’Boyle has written a number of resources focused on the rosary. These resources vary from the introductory, such as an instruction on how to pray the rosary, to the more sophisticated, including an appendix devoted to Our Lady’s Message on the Rosary. In the appendix, she quotes St. John Paul the Great’s apostolic letter on the Rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, and encourages readers to explore the apostolic letter further. Throughout the book, O’Boyle emphasizes the power and relevance of praying the rosary, even in our modern times. As Sister Lucia said in her later years,
There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
On this, the 100th anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun, I am delighted to recommend Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions to anyone who wants to grow closer to Mary, Our Mother.