Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

A Book Review… The Full Fatima Message

October 12, 2017 Featured Today No Comments


Fatima and the Triumph of Mary: Reflections on the Fatima Message, by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (World Apostolate of Fatima, 2016, 228 pages, $17.95 available via:,2578.html).

Fatima and the Triumph of Mary is a compilation of articles by Fr. Andrew Apostoli which originally appeared in the World Apostolate of Fatima USA publication, SOUL magazine. It has a foreword from the bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano.

The book is divided up into eight chapters, covering topics ranging from reflections on our Lady’s words at Fatima, through the lives of the Seers of Fatima, to topics such as the rosary, suffering, prayer, and the Five First Saturdays devotion, with a final chapter on St. Padre Pio and Fatima.
The initial chapter contains some very useful and edifying reflections on what our Lady actually said at Fatima. This is very necessary because it is all too easy to rush through what she said and so miss its deeper significance. Under the heading of “Mary’s Plea for Holiness,” Fr. Apostoli makes some telling points about the loss of the sense of sin in modern society, and unfortunately often in our own lives, too.
He asks the question, “How can we restore a sense of sin in our lives?” and gives some very relevant answers, including making sure we don’t have a false sense of entitlement to all the blessings and gifts we receive from God — rather we should realize that everything we have comes from God and is not due to ourselves.
Similarly, we should cultivate a positive sense of the fear of God, such as that found in the good thief — this gave him a sense of his sinfulness, which was the gateway to his ultimate salvation. Frequent Confession is recommended as a way of having an awareness of our sinfulness so we can be motivated to live better lives.
Fr. Apostoli doesn’t neglect to emphasize that the consecration carried out by Pope St. John Paul II in 1984, in union with the world’s bishops, was indeed valid, as Sr. Lucia herself said when she remarked, “Heaven accepted it.” He also points out that one of the reasons why Russia hasn’t been converted is that people have not responded adequately to our Lady’s request for the Communions of Reparation, that is, the Five First Saturdays devotion. And in fact Sr. Lucia used to say that this devotion was the most neglected part of the Fatima message.
The author also emphasizes the way that Jesus and Mary chose simple and humble children to receive the Fatima messages, in line with biblical examples such as King David, who was chosen by God despite being the youngest in his family, and the shepherds at Bethlehem, who occupied one of the lowest places in Jewish society.
In the Gospels, Jesus tells us that we have to be childlike and humble if we are to enter Heaven, and likewise, many of the seers of the approved Marian apparitions, such as St. Juan Diego or St. Bernadette, have been simple and humble souls.
The book also gives examples from the lives of the Fatima seers to illustrate how well they lived the message our Lady gave them. Fr. Apostoli particularly highlights the very generous spirit of sacrifice for the conversion of sinners which characterized the life of Jacinta. This is a very unusual trait in such a young child.
As the author points out, the vision of Hell profoundly affected the children, but particularly Jacinta to the extent that “every penance and mortification was nothing in her eyes if she could only prevent souls from going there.”
Toward the end of her short life, she suffered tremendously from pneumonia, tuberculosis, and a very painful abscess in her side, sufferings which culminated in her dying alone — but the result of all that sacrifice was that our Lady confided to her that through her sufferings she had saved 50,000 souls. All three of the children, though, had to overcome their various faults and failings and it was this that led them to perfection in such a short time.
As Fr. Apostoli points out, quoting Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the greatest problems facing the Church and the world, if not the greatest, is the spread of secularism. This is defined as being “the spirit of the world that removes God from all aspects of society.”
But as the author also points out, our Lady’s message at Fatima is the perfect antidote to secularism, since it reemphasizes the existence of Heaven and Hell, and indeed all that the Catholic Church teaches, with the miracle of the sun as the guarantee that the Fatima message is absolutely genuine.
Clearly Western society is headed downhill in moral terms, with the introduction of, for example, same-sex marriage and now transgenderism. And so we absolutely have to heed our Lady’s message if we are not to experience a terrifying moral disaster. But the good news is that the Fatima message, if heeded, is capable of reinvigorating our society, through the avoidance of sin, the sacraments, the performance of works of mercy and charity, and of course, last but not least, through serious prayer.
We also have to trust God, and believe that what he said through Our Lady at Fatima will come true, and likewise, we have to overcome our own fears, and particularly our fear of sacrifice, or the fear that God will demand too much of us.
We also have to put our trust in the power of prayer, and especially the prayer of the rosary, which the Blessed Virgin emphasized at each of her apparitions at Fatima.
The latter chapters in the book deal with, among other things, the mysteries of the rosary and the meaning of suffering in the Fatima message. As Fr. Apostoli indicates, our sufferings are not pointless, but can purify us from sin and selfishness, and moreover, our Lady indicated that they can prevent many evils from affecting the world, and also save many souls from going to Hell while also bringing about peace in the world.
And as he points out, the world has more need of sacrifice now than at any other time in history, going on to describe sacrifice as the “key to the Fatima message.” He also points out that love makes sacrifice easy.
We likewise need to adopt a spirit of reparation, that is, the principle of making amends or atonement for the harm done by sin. And this includes eucharistic reparation — prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and regarding Fatima in particular, the Five First Saturdays devotion of reparation.
As the author indicates, the prayer of adoration is very important, but equally we also have to be contrite — genuinely sorry for our sins, and also thankful to God and our Lady for all they have done for us.
The final chapters deal with the First Saturdays devotion and with the particular blasphemies against Our Lady which it seeks to repair, while the very last chapter deals with Padre Pio and his links with Fatima.
The tone of Fatima and the Triumph of Mary is not polemic or overbearing, rather it is kind and gentle, but Fr. Apostoli, for all that, doesn’t pull any punches and gives us the full Fatima message, even the parts that the modern world might find uncomfortable. In sum, this is the ideal book to read as the centenary year of the Fatima apparitions draws to a close.

+ + +

(Donal Anthony Foley is the author of a number of books on Marian Apparitions, and maintains a related website at He has also written two time-travel/adventure books for young people — details can be found at:

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

In a freewheeling new interview with author Keith Koffler, Steve Bannon recounted his upbringing in a “very observant Catholic family” in the 1950s and 1960s and how that molded who he is now. Koffler, author of Bannon: Always the Rebel, asked Mr. Bannon—Breitbart…Continue Reading

Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an address at Georgetown University, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego criticized both extremes in the fight over religious freedom and called for public consensus based on solidarity to heal our nation in this hyper-partisan age. McElroy…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

ROME, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One year to the day after the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke today is turning again to Pope Francis and to the whole Church in an urgent and final plea for clarity.…Continue Reading

Giving bishops final word on Mass translations would ‘destroy’ Church unity: Cardinal Muller

November 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The unity of the Church would be “destroyed” if bishops’ conferences, not the Vatican, had the final word over translations of liturgical texts, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller in a recent interview. The former prefect of…Continue Reading

Notre Dame reverses decision to end coverage of birth control in university insurance plans


In a reversal of school policy, the University of Notre Dame announced this week that it would continue to cover contraceptives for its employees, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The news marked a departure from Notre Dame’s announcement…Continue Reading

House Tax Reform Bill “Unacceptable” As Written, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

WASHINGTON—In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio called for amendments to the current draft of the House…Continue Reading

Truck honoring Dubia Cardinal stopped by police while circling Vatican

ROME, November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Today in Rome, a publicity truck carrying billboard-size images of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the dubia Cardinal who passed away three months ago, and Pope John Paul II made its way through the streets of…Continue Reading

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to ‘discipline’ lawyers for rushing teen’s abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to punish the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for lying to the government about the timeline of an underage illegal immigrant’s abortion.…Continue Reading

Christian nurse sues hospital for requiring her to assist abortions

DURHAM, North Carolina, November 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic nurse is suing Duke University Hospital, claiming that the university discriminated against her religious and pro-life beliefs by requiring her to assist in abortions. Sara T. Pedro was told during her employee…Continue Reading

It’s ‘impossible’ to change Catholic teaching against contraception: Cardinal

ROME, October 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Church’s teaching against contraception as expressed in Humanae Vitae is an “extraordinary example” of how the “truth of faith” deepens and develops while “continuing to be identical to itself,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller stated at a…Continue Reading

Thousands sign online petition to remove Madison’s bishop

MADISON (WKOW) — There’s an online petition being circulated to remove the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison. Bishop Robert Morlino is being criticized for his attitude about the LGTBQ community.  Earlier this week, an email was sent to priests in the…Continue Reading

Pontifical Academy of Sciences welcomes leftist California Governor Jerry Brown to keynote

ROME ( – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is again throwing open its doors to abortion and population control activists. From November 2–4, the Vatican’s scientific academy will host a conference on the environment that will feature, among others, far-left…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love


  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Today . . .

U.S. bishop defends pro-LGBT priest speaking at Catholic college as thousands protest

DALLAS, Pennsylvania, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. bishop is defending a local Catholic university’s invitation to a pro-homosexual priest to have him speak at its winter commencement in the face of almost 20,000 Catholics having signed a petition asking that the invitation be cancelled. Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning…Continue Reading

Progressives hate everything old, including the elderly

November 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Earlier this year, Maclean’s Magazinepublished an article asking a question that seemed to capture the prevailing mood on the Left: “Should older people lose the right to vote?” Because old people are practically dead, the author explained, there are some today who feel that they vote with only a short-term vision in mind, and thus should be barred from interfering with the Progress that would be brought about should young people be allowed…Continue Reading

Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for sainthood. The life of Venerable Solanus Casey is the story of his “humility, his simplicity, as well as his acceptance of whatever life gave him,” Franciscan-Capuchin Fr. Carlo Calloni told CNA Nov. 15. Fr. Solanus Casey is an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957.…Continue Reading

Swiss Planned Parenthood president invited to speak at Vatican

November 18, 2017 ( – The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Church’s teachings on the right to life, including the president the board of Switzerland’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the “WMA Europ

Catholic priests, activists to stand trial for pro-life witness inside abortion facility

November 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Monday, November 20, six pro-lifers will stand trial in a State of Virginia courtroom for their defense of the unborn—facing a possible jail term of up to 90 days. On Friday, September 15, 2017 in three different cities across the United States, pro-lifers entered abortion centers to talk to women scheduled for abortions. By refusing to leave the clinics when told to do so by law enforcement, they offered…Continue Reading


A Book Review… The Sacred Heart Vs. Secularism

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed, by Roger Buck (Angelico Press, 2016, 482 pages; $21.95 paperback, $10.12 Kindle). The Cor Jesu Sacratissimum of the title is the Latin for “Sacred Heart of Jesus,” and the premise of Roger Buck’s sizable volume is that the Sacred…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Questions In The Aftermath Of The Las Vegas Tragedy

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “The Star” Shines For Christmas

By REY FLORES As children, many of us grew up watching television, particularly memorable special broadcasts of The Wizard of Oz, Rankin and Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and of course, all the holiday-themed Peanuts animated specials. My favorite was A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where Snoopy and his little bird friend Woodstock fix a Thanksgiving…Continue Reading

Saints Francisco And Jacinta Of Fatima

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the tenth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + So far in this series of articles published in commemoration the centenary of our Lady’s…Continue Reading

Mary Ann Glendon… A Voice For The Voiceless

By DONALD DeMARCO Mary Ann Glendon was born on October 7, 1938, in Dalton, Mass., a small town nestled in the Berkshire Hills. Her father was an Irish Catholic, her mother a Yankee Congregationalist. She learned a great deal from her mother’s religion about social organization and from her father, how Catholicism “enlarged the spirit,…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… The Kingmakers Reject A Papal Favorite

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The approval of one’s peers is a highly prized trophy in the complicated world of adult professional relationships. Many work for years in obscurity with little acknowledgment. The opportunity to be championed and appreciated is a blessing not to be taken askance when other forms of promotion are no longer possible for those already at…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Cisterns Of Grace

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the last article, I finished the text with a prayer for the bishops of Malta, who now allow people living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. May our Lady guide them to repentance, and to correct their wrong teaching, lest they answer before God our Lord for leading people into committing a…Continue Reading

The Recipient, Minister, And Celebration Of Holy Orders

By DON FIER A significant reform of Vatican Council II, as we saw last week, was the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the Western Church “as a proper and permanent rank of the hierarchy” (Lumen Gentium, n. 29 § 2). An ordained ministry that has always been retained by the Churches of the East, it can be conferred on…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Asked in the past whether we will know family and friends in Heaven, we have responded in the affirmative. We would now like to call your attention to a book that provides additional confirmation of this belief. It is called In Heaven We’ll Meet Again: The Saints and Scripture on Our Heavenly Reunion, and was written by Francois…Continue Reading

King And Shepherd

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 34:11-12, 15-17 1 Cor. 15: 20-26, 28 Matt. 25:31-46 In the first reading today we hear God speaking through the Prophet Ezekiel saying that He will tend His sheep as a shepherd tends his sheep. This might strike us as strange since the feast is about…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Vicente Liem De La Paz

By CAROLE BRESLIN Vietnam received its first missionaries of the Catholic Church in the 1500s. These missionaries were predominantly Portuguese in the 16th century, with French Jesuits and the Dominicans coming in the 17th century. Throughout the following centuries the priests and missionaries suffered excruciating tortures and martyrdom. When the Communists captured northern Vietnam, Catholics fled to the south and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Scotland

By CAROLE BRESLIN Quite frequently saints have left their home country and died in another country, but most of them died in a foreign land because they left to serve as missionaries to Asia, Africa, or America. The land of Hungary, however, has seen a few saints depart because they were of royal families, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who…Continue Reading