May 13, Apparition & Attempted Assassination

Today’s Word:

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
– from the Hail Mary

On This Date…
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On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (right; ages 10, 9, and 7) at Fatima, Portugal. She appeared a total of six times in five months asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

Fifty years ago today in 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42. He was the first member of Daylesford Abbey to die and is buried there. He taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome. After he recovered, the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000, Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917 – Francisco, who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta, who died in 1920 at age 10.

On this special anniversary, we pray as Francisco and Jacinta did, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

– Father McLaughlin

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