A review of my book “Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions”

Have you heard the message of Fatima?  Even if you are familiar with Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, I guarantee you haven’t heard the story told quite like this before.  And if you’re skeptical about the whole thing, all the more reason to pick up this book.

Mary wants to lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ.  She wants peace for the world, and she wants us to repent of our sins so we can all make it to Heaven!

There’s no better time to pick up this book than right now, as we are about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of these apparitions.  In fact, the Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, which is right around the corner.  On this day, Pope Francis will also canonize Jacinta and Francisco, two of the Fatima visionaries, as Saints for the whole world to celebrate!

In this book, author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle takes readers through a century of fascinating stories related to Fatima.  She recounts what occurred in this city back in 1916 and 1917, and the fulfillment of the Fatima prophecies that have taken place since that time.  She also shares things that Sr. Lucia experienced later in her life as she worked to ensure that Mary’s message spread throughout the Church, and that things were completed as Mary and Jesus requested.

In these pages, you will hear remarkable stories you’ve never heard before, and details that you won’t find in other places.  Did you know that Saint Mother Teresa planned a top secret mission in Russia specifically to occur just as Saint John Paul II consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?  Did you know she pulled it off?  Do you know about the devotion of the Five First Saturdays?  Do you know why Mary specifically requested five and not six or seven?  Have you heard the Fatima prayers?  Do you know how you can incorporate these prayers into your daily life to make atonement for the sins of the world?  All of this and more is shared in this fascinating book.

Perhaps as astounding as the Fatima miracles themselves, are the personal experiences of the author that she shares at the end of the book.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it’s unbelievable what this woman endured for the sake of this writing, and the timing of her injuries is absolutely astounding.

In short, I had a hard time putting this book down!  You won’t want to miss this exciting read, especially as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions this year. We all must now do our part to make reparation for the sins of this world.  Find out what you can do to live the Fatima message today!

And a note to any skeptics:  With Mary, you have nothing to fear except fear itself.  Fear of Mary will only keep you from Mary, which will only keep you from a deeper intimacy with Christ.  Our Mother Mary who is Our Lady of Fatima, is the Mother of Jesus Christ who is our brother.  Hence, she is our Mother, too, and Jesus also gave her to us on the Cross.  Mary is truly amazing.  She also only wants to do the will of her Son.  She wants to support Jesus as much as possible in the work of bringing all souls to Heaven.  Perhaps you will be able to get to know her just a little better through the words in this book.

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My visit on EWTN’s Morning Glory Radio Show

You can listen in to our conversation on EWTN’s Morning Glory speaking with Brian Patrick, Monsignor Charles Pope, and Gloria Pervis by clicking here and moving the marker to the “47:00” mark or listen to the entire show by starting at the beginning. Enjoy!

Chatting with Teresa Tomeo on “Catholic Connection”

I recently had the blessing and pleasure to speak with dear friend Teresa Tomeo about my children’s Fatima book Our Lady’s Messages to Three Shepherd Children and the World.

You can listen in here at your leisure. Just click here and move the marker to the “39.15” mark to listen to our visit. Or, feel free to listen to the entire show.

My recent radio chat about Fatima with Drew Mariani

In case you missed it and would like to listen to my conversation with Drew Mariani, take a listen here. We had a lively and very REAL conversation. You can slide the little time marker over to the 30:00 mark. That’s where our segment begins.

Enjoy!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Buy BOTH Fatima books!

Pope Benedict XVI said we should “Learn the message of Fatima, LIVE the message of Fatima, and SPREAD the message of Fatima!

Special BUNDLE offer!

Get both books (autographed) and with a blessed Miraculous Medal for just $29.00 (plus shipping and handling)!

 

Exciting news! My new Fatima Children’s book!

I am excited to announce my upcoming children’s chapter book Our Lady’s Messages to Three Shepherd Children and the World.

Here is the beautiful book cover with a short publisher description and a link below to pre-order this children’s chapter book which is scheduled to release in June!

 

In this warm retelling of the story of Our Lady of Fatima, award-win- ning author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle unfolds vividly before the eyes of children the mysterious radiant holy Lady who suddenly appeared

to three peasant farm children in Portugal.
At a tumultuous time when the First World War was at its height and

Portuguese farm families were devastated by the horrors of the Great War, miraculous events mysteriously occurred in 2016 and again in 2017. By reading this beautifully-illustrated chapter book, children will walk in the footsteps of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta and learn the important message Our Lady delivered to these little shepherd children and to the whole world.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s love for children and family shines through these pages. As one of America’s Fatima experts, she presents an entirely authentic book which reads like a page-turning novel to children ages seven to 107! At the end of each chapter, the book offers an oppor- tunity to pause and ponder the story and the reader’s own prayer life as well as encouragement to apply the messages to one’s own life. A section of Fatima prayers completes the book.

It is a beautiful sturdy hard covered chapter book which sells for $14.99. Pre-ordering for autographed copies here.

You can see it and also order here at Sophia Institute Press and at Amazon.

What do you think?

Sharing our faith on “Deep Adventure” Radio Show

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I recently had the blessing of chatting with Catholic author and radio host Bear Woznick as a guest on his “Deep Adventure” radio show. You can listen right here at your leisure. It’s a long one, so you might want to get yourself a beverage and get comfy. Or, just play the audio as you put the dishes or laundry away. 🙂

Bear and I discussed our prayer lives, deep scary struggles, God’s mercy, the Blessed Mother and the Rosary, forgiveness, and so much more. I hope that you enjoy our radio chat. As Bear mentioned on the show, if you would like to hear more, write to him and request that he have me on his show again.

INTERVIEW: “Champions of the Rosary” by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC

Fr. CallowayI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC about his newest book: Champions of the Rosary.

Donna-Marie: Why a book on the Rosary now?

Fr. Calloway: The reason I wrote this book is because the Church and the world need to be reminded of the power of the rosary and how it has been used by popes and saints over the last 800 years as a spiritual weapon against falsehoods and evil. In the early 18th century, St. Louis de Montfort wrote The Secret of the Rosary to remind the people of his time, especially priests, that the rosary had been given to us by heaven as a powerful weapon. Sadly, most of the people of his era were not open to his message and, along with many of his writings, The Secret of the Rosary was buried in a field in France during the French Revolution. In our crazy times, we need a book that serves as a follow-up to his rosary masterpiece, informing our modern age of the wonders and glories of the rosary. It needs to be a book that retells the story of the origins of the rosary, the many battles, victories, and miracles that have occurred as a result of people praying it, and highlight the numerous champions and heroes who have used it. These are some of the reasons I wrote Champions of the Rosary.

Champions_RosaryDonna-Marie: Thank you for explaining all of that. Your book is quite beautiful and extensive. How long did it take you to write it?

Fr. Calloway: It took me over two years to put Champions of the Rosary together. Before I even began writing, I conducted extensive research in libraries and monasteries around the world. Thanks to the generosity of many Dominican priests and sisters in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, I was able to gather incredible information and historical facts that would serve as the skeleton for the book. Once the information was gathered, I had to earnestly pray about how to organize all the information into a book that flowed well and was not too academic. To do this, I prayed a 54-day rosary novena to ask the guidance of Our Lady. She came through and gave me the structure for the entire book. Then, I decided that as I was writing it, I would make a novena to every single saint, blessed, venerable, and servant of God that was to appear in the book. There are so many that I had to group them together and do 3 novenas at a time! Praying a novena to every holy person in the book took me a year and a half.

Donna-Marie: Wow. That’s wonderful, Fr. Calloway!

You have many endorsements from Dominicans for your book. Why did you feel it was important to show their support?

Fr. Calloway: The rosary was first given to St. Dominic in the 13th century and it is the spiritual sons and daughters of St. Dominic who are the custodians of the great gift of the rosary. However, over the centuries there have been many who have tried to deny the tradition that Our Lady gave the rosary to St. Dominic, even within the Dominican Order itself. Therefore, in order to lend support for my research and writing, I wanted to have as many Dominicans behind me as I could. Incredibly, I was able to get endorsements from the Master General of the Dominicans, the General Promoter of the rosary, 10 Dominican bishops, and numerous Dominican provincials and theologians from around the world. I truly love the Dominicans and believe that they have been entrusted with one of the greatest treasures of the Church.

Donna-Marie: You’ve broken your book up into three parts. What are they and what is their importance?

Fr. Calloway: The first part contains a thoroughly researched history of the origins of the rosary. To my knowledge, this is the most thorough presentation of the history of the rosary ever written. It begins by presenting the antecedent elements that went into the making of the Dominican rosary, then moves into a century-by-century presentation of battles, victories, miracles, and popes and saints who have promoted it. The second part of the book contains 26 of the greatest champions of the rosary throughout history. There have been many more than 26, but these are the ones who are particularly known for having made it a major part of their life and apostolate. In the third part of the book I present the practical steps of how to pray the rosary (and how not to pray the rosary), how to become a champion of the rosary, and the indulgences offered by the Church for those who pray the rosary. Lastly, in an appendix, is contained a 36-page color section of the rosary in classical art. I even had 4 images commissioned for the book!

Donna-Marie: That is really amazing!

Your book is a treasury of history and wisdom on the Rosary as well as stories and Rosary gems the reader can take to his or her heart. You have even included many Apostles and defenders of the Rosary along with photographs. What do you say to the person who might feel intimidated to read this book in light of all of the material?

Fr. Calloway: I really believe that this book can be read by anyone. I intentionally asked Our Lady to kiss the book and make it enjoyable for both the academic and the pious non-academic. I even took the entire manuscript to the tomb of St. Dominic in Bologna, Italy, and asked St. Dominic to let the whole world read this book. I’m quite positive that once a person starts reading the book, they will not be able to put it down. Some of the Dominican bishops who endorsed it called it an encyclopedia and a summa of the rosary. It is truly meant for everyone, and every person who reads it will get something from it.

Donna-Marie: I wholeheartedly agree!

You share what you call “the three keys” to unlocking the power of the Rosary. Can the average Rosary pray-er unlock the power of the Rosary?

Fr. Calloway: The “three keys” are easy. They are 1) understanding the rosary as a spiritual weapon, especially a spiritual sword; 2) respecting the pious tradition that states that St. Dominic is the founder; and 3) acknowledging that the rosary has had both antecedents and developments throughout history. With this in mind, the power of the rosary can be unlocked by anyone and everyone; from young children to the aged, infirm, and those in prison. The book is intended to make of everyone who reads it a champion of the rosary!

Donna-Marie:That is really great.

Finally, what is your deepest desire for this book?

Fr. Calloway: My greatest desire is that people return to the saving mysteries of the God-Man and grow in virtue. Only by doing these things will things change in our crazy world. I consider this book to be our marching-orders for the trials that are ahead of us. Peace will not come from man-made concords and edicts. True peace will only come when we return to the fundamentals of Divine Revelation as encapsulated in the sacred mysteries of the rosary!

Donna-Marie: Amen, Fr. Calloway! Thank you very much for your time, Fr. Calloway.

Please visit Fr. Calloway’s website to see more about his ministry and to order his beautiful book.

Unveiling the new book cover for my upcoming book on Fatima!

As you might already know, this year is the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of the Angel of Peace to the Fatima visionaries. Next year in 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima. I was asked by Servant Books to write the book: Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions.

Here is a brief description from the publisher:

On May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary first revealed herself to a trio of shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She would appear to them five more times over the course of the year until the great miracle of the sun on October 13, 1917. She brought a message of love and peace that was heard around the world—a sorely-needed antidote to the ravages of World War I. To mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle provides a one-stop guide to the tradition, history and spirituality of Our Lady of Fatima, including the testimonies of those who have made the pilgrimage and prayers for those who share this devotion.

In Our Lady of Fatima, award-winning author, journalist, pilgrimage host and host of EWTN’s Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms and Catholic Mom’s Café Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle offers a mini-Fatima retreat—an “armchair pilgrimage,” if you will. This collection of prayers, testimonies and reflections will bring to life the events of Fatima and help you find ways to apply Mary’s Fatima message to the nitty-gritty details of your daily life.

Each chapter begins with a quote by or about the Blessed Mother before delving into a key aspect of the story of Mary’s appearances to nine-year-old Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. A prayer, a simple reflection and a doable call to action transform this book from a simple historical retelling into a practical devotional.
The Blessed Mother’s Fatima message is needed now more than ever. The uncertainty of global events can seep into our daily worries, creating fear and anxiety that’s difficult to overcome. Our Lady of Fatimais a welcome remedy for that worry. In it, you’ll find a chance to grow in faith and holiness, as well as a needed dose of inspiration, hope and peace in following its advice and suggestions, and in praying the prayers.

 

Today, on the Blessed Mother’s feast day, I am very excited to show you the cover of this book which will be released in March 2017!

Are you ready?

Here it is!

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Amazon is already taking pre-orders which you can see here.

You can pre-order an autographed copy at my website here.

So, what do you think?

Talking about Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, and Moms

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I recently spoke with radio host Matt Swaim on the Son Rise Morning Show. Since we are in the month of May which is dedicated to Mary, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching, we talked about Mother Teresa, Mother Mary, and Motherhood. You can listen to the short ten minute segment here.

Enjoy and God bless!

Donna-Marie