Lord, you are a mystery…

St. Catherine of Siena explained it this way:  “[Lord,] you are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you but I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more.  When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light.  I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.”

St. Catherine of Siena was named Doctor of the Church and is co patron of Italy and one of six patron saints of Europe. She was a Third Order Dominican like I am. We are now called lay fraternities of St. Dominic. She lived from 1347-1380. She was the 24th of 25 children. She counseled two Popes and was instrumental in the Popes returning to Italy from Avignon, France. She was a gifted preacher and writer and her masterpiece in writing is a book called The Dialogue. She is woman after my own heart even though she lived 800 years before me. She is a great saint to emulate because she emulated Jesus! I have a strong devotion to her and I encourage you to read about her and read The Dialogue.

I also want to thank my friend Fr. Jim as the piece above was taken from his Jubilee homily. The full homily appears on http://www.hutchsharbor.com.

St. Catherine of Siena, thank you for your example and pray for us!!!


Oremus Communications July 2017 Newsletter

Hello everyone. Before we continue our ongoing tribute to Our Lady of Fatima on the 100th
Anniversary of her visits to the 3 children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco in 1917, we want to mention a
guest appearance on the Oremus Communications Family Rosary Program (OCFRP) on Sunday, July 16,
by Dr. George Isajiw. In addition to being a Pro-life icon throughout Southeast Pennsylvania wherein he
has helped numerous families and saved the lives of countless babies, Dr. George is the grandson of
Blessed Nicholas Konrad, one of the 25 Ukrainian Martyrs beatified by St. John Paul II in 2001. Dr.
George will talk about these and other great topics as well as pray the Holy Rosary. We hope that you
can join us by logging onto: http://www.oremuscomms.com and clicking onto: LISTEN LIVE. Program begins
at 2:00pm EST-USA.
Also, in recognition of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 23-29), sponsored by the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Allyson Dreher of The St. Augustine Foundation
will be joining us on Tuesday, July 25th at 12:05pm EST-USA on the OCFRP to discuss Natural Family
Planning and Catholic Sexuality with emphasis on teen chastity.
And now back to the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. On July 13th, 1917, Our Blessed
Mother appeared to the Fatima children for the 3rd time and the number of people gathered around
the children had grown from 50 or so in June to several thousand. The July visit is remarkable for
several reasons, not least of which is the vision of hell which the children witnessed; the request to
practice The First Saturday Devotion in order to make reparation for sins against her Immaculate Heart,
save souls from hell, and bring about world peace; and the importance of consecrating Russia to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In his book, Fatima: The Full Story, Fr. John De Marchi, I.M.C gives an excellent account of the July
visit. The following are two relevant excerpts from pages 78 and 79 respectively.
“You have seen hell where the souls of sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the
world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and
there will be peace. The war will end, but if men do not cease to offend God another worse one
will begin. …..To prevent it, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate
Heart and the reparatory Communion of the First Saturdays.”
“If my desires are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will
spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church; the good
will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be
annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate
Russia to me and she will be converted and the world will enjoy a period of peace.”
On Wednesday, July 12th, Mr. Carl Malburg from the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of
Fatima Foundation will join OCFRP to comment further on the significance of the July apparition.
We hope you can join us on these various events and together we can continue to make a spiritual
difference throughout the world. OREMUS