Faith and Prayer

Let’s Continue Our Lady’s Peace Plan for the World

Last October we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Fatima and the famous Miracle of the Sun, but the messages that rocked the world a century ago continue to speak to the hearts and minds of the faithful everywhere.

The first apparition of Fatima took place on May 13, 1917. It was a Sunday, the Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, when Lucia dos Santos and her two cousins, Jacinto and Francisco Marto took their flocks to a vast natural hollow known as the Cova da Iria.

The three were reciting the rosary when they were startled by two brilliant flashes of light. The second flash revealed a Lady standing atop a small holm oak. The children were enraptured by the beauty of the Lady who explained that she had come from heaven. When Lucia asked what she wanted, she said, “I came to ask you…

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Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.