Lucia, the last survivor among the three Portuguese children to whom
the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima in 1917, has died at the age of 97
on February 13, 2005 at her Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal,.
Pope John Paul II met with her on three separate occasions: in
1982, when he made a pilgrimage to Fatima to thank the Virgin for
saving him from assassination; in 1991, on the 10th anniversary of the
shooting In 2000, for the beatification ceremonies for Francisco
and Jacinta Marto were beatified by Pope John Paul in ceremonies that
took place at Fatima on May 13, 2000.
FATIMA IS FOREVER by Fr. Robert J. Fox
In the book, A Priest is a Priest Forever, I tell how Fatima has colored my priesthood. In Fatima Is Forever, I tell the effect the two friends, Pope John Paul II and Sr. Lucia, have had on my life when I learned of their deaths. These two friends touched the lives of millions.
The cover of a new book is always a challenge. I described to professional artist, Mark Sanislo, what I wanted the cover to convey.
Thus the cover is of Our Lady of Fatima, with her Immaculate Heart, wearing a white and gold mantle as she swoops down to earth from heaven to take the two friends to heaven, form Paul II and Sr. Lucia are upon the earth seen from outer space.
The Pope raises the Eucharistic Christ aloft since Fatima is centered on ]esus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Sr.Lucia falls to her knees adoring our Eucharistic Lord for her life was one of prayer and sacrifice. Our Blessed Mother, the "beautiful Lady from heaven," throws her golden mantle over these two friends to carry them off to heaven. That book cover was used also for the cover of this issue of the Messenger.
With the death of Sr. Lucia on February 13, 2005, and the resulting increased explosive interest in Fatima throughout the world, followed soon by the death of Pope John Paul II, the special Fatima Pope, need was seen for still another book on Fatima by the priest who was first called "the Fatima priest."
There was a special spiritual bond between Sr. Lucia and Pope John Paul II. With many Fatima developments and fulfillments of prophecies in recent years many need this latest book on Fatima. This time the book on Fatima is titled, Fatima Is Forever.
Fatima Forever will cover Fatima from the beginning, its developments through the years, its effects on the world today and for the future; the consecration by bishops requested by Our Lady, the release of the Third Part of the Fatima Secret and the beatifications of Blessed Jacinta and blessed Francisco; the spiritual bonding between Sr. Lucia and Pope John Paul II.
Also included in this book are world reactions to the deaths of Sr. Lucia and Pope John Paul II. Sr. Lucia's permanent resting place near Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco after the transferal of her body, February 19, 2006, from Coimbra Carmel to Fatima Basilica is included. The book summarizes the biography by Sr. Lucia's own Carmelites as required by their Carmelite Constitution for a deceased Sister.
Excerpts from Fr. Robert J. Fox - April-June 2006 Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine