A post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.

I never got to watch Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen when I was growing up. I think I’d only heard about him and I’d seen photos of him. Sometime around my conversion (give or take a few years) I saw his program, Life is Worth Living, on EWTN and realized what I’d been missing. (Video of Bishop Sheen below, links at the end of this post.)

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At that time I still didn’t now what to make of Marian apparitions and it would be some years before I would dip my toe in the water. But now that I have, one apparition in particular means a lot to me. In Catholic-speak I would say I have devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This talk by Archbishop Sheen will go some way in revealing why I like him so much and why Fatima means so much to me and not just me but countless others. And to the world, whether it knows it or not. Especially now.

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Medjugorje Revisited, Donal Anthony FoleyOne of the books I’ve been reading recently is Medjugorje Revisited, by Donal Anthony Foley. I revere and love the Blessed Mother, and I accept the major apparitions that have been approved by Holy Mother Church. But I have never gotten a good feeling from the Medjugorje stuff. Never. When I was going through the conversion process, the strange talk about it turned me off totally. Still does. A lot is being said about the CDF and a possible ruling on Medjugorje being announced soon. (Not that I’m holding my breath. Rumors have gone around about this for many years. But it may happen soon. Who knows?) I’ll be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, I’ll continue reading Mr. Foley’s book.

See also the following at Te Deum. Not official, but for what it’s worth: Full translation of Gianluca Barile’s report on CDF and Medjugorje.

Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern WorldFor more on apparitions, also see the excellent and unusual Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World, also by Donal Anthony Foley. From the book description:

“This is an in depth investigation into the major Marian apparitions that have occured during the last five centuries. It relates them to secular happenings and important revolutionary events in Western history including the Reformation and the French and Russian Revolutions.

“It also argues that the major apparitions are not random or historically inconsequential events, but actually seem to follow a preordained plan, one intimately linked with the biblical Marian typology explored by the Church Fathers.

“In particular, this books looks at the importance of Fatima in the life of the Church, its links with the papacy, and its continuing relevance for the Third Millennium.”

Follow Donal Anthony Foley on Twitter: @Theotokos_Books.

Some interesting and useful links about Marian topics in general:

A collection of short Q & A videos about Mary and Marian topics at Catholic Answers.
A collection of articles about Mary in the faith library at EWTN.
An article by Fr. William Most – Marian Devotions and Apparitions.
A page at EWTN – Apparitions and Private Revelations.
A video by Fr. Robert BarronFr. Barron visits Lourdes: Mary, the Immaculate Conception.
A video by Dr. Scott HahnMary: Christ’s Greatest Masterpiece.
A course, Holy Queen: The Mother Of God In The Word Of God, based on Scott Hahn’s book, Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God.
An article by Daniel Stewart at Fr. Barron’s Word on Fire – Gimli, Galadriel, And Guadalupe: An Image Of Our Lady In The Lady Of Lothlorien.