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.)
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.
One 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.
“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.”