One of the most moving moments in PRAY, the beautiful film we have recently released on the life and Mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton, is when Peter and Patty MacEntee tell their Rosary story. They recall that a few years into their marriage, already with a couple of kids, their life got listless and their marriage hard. Peter admits that he didn’t want to let go of the supposed freedom of sports all the time and drinking with his buddies… Patty was feeling left alone… But then Peter says that from watching EWTN he heard of Father Peyton and the importance of praying the Rosary at home… So they decided to try. Peter talks of their first Rosary together… You can see the memory brings tears to his eyes … He said it was really awkward… yet a really intimate moment… They opened themselves to each other – AND, TOGETHER, TO GOD Beautiful. Powerful in a gentle way… They say then that their decision to pray the family Rosary every day saved their marriage and has been one of the most important decisions in their married life.
Soon after becoming Pope, St. John Paul II proclaimed: Open wide the doors to Christ: Do not be afraid. Words that reverberated throughout his papacy … and words we need to hear now!
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In 1858, Our Lady chose a cold rainy day in the dumping grounds of a town in France to show to our world that the Kingdom of God has come upon us! Something started almost invisibly … yet since then, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has been a very visible sign of the Kingdom of God.
Everyone has heard of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette and something of apparitions and miracle healings there, but did you know that it all began because our Blessed Mother came to prepare young Bernadette to receive her first Holy Communion? It’s as simple as that.
There’s a great new film out called Fatima that is a beautiful retelling of the events of the apparitions in Portugal in 1917. It is very realistic and brings alive the historical and social context in which Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children.
Jesus was saying some things that were so amazing, the group was left speechless. Maybe they couldn’t believe they were hearing words that would have been so blasphemous to their ears!