Today is the feast day of the greatest apparition of the Holy Queen Mother, and a reminder to pray the rosary, as noted in this article from the National Catholic Register.

An excerpt.

Exactly 98 years ago, the simple solution to cure the world’s and our country’s freefall into turmoil was given to us. But how many have paid attention to the prescription or the instructions?

We have yet another chance to start this week. We have to pick up what St. Padre Pio called “the weapon.” Hint: It’s what Our Lady of Fatima, whose feast we celebrate on May 13, told us over and over to use for peace when she appeared in 1917.

This week, the Franciscan Daughters of Mary are leading the way, asking and hoping that scores of people will join them in a Rosary novena.

As our country and the world are in great need of peace, “the novena was inspired by Our Lady of Fatima, who told the shepherd children to pray the Rosary for peace and an end to war, said Mother Seraphina Marie from the sisters’ convent in Covington, Ky.

More on when the novena begins in a minute.

First, Mother Seraphina recalled that the guardian of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima recently reminded the faithful that, in 1917, Pope Benedict XV began a novena to the Queen of Peace for an end to World War I; and on the eighth day, in answer, she appeared for the first time in Fatima as Our Lady of the Rosary.

On that opening day, Benedict XV wrote that, since God’s graces “are dispensed through the hands of the Most Holy Virgin,” we turn our petitions “more than ever in this terrible hour” confidentially to the “Mother of God.”

Then Our Lady appeared at Fatima.

“Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war,” she instructed in that first apparition, on May 13, 1917.

In the third apparition on July 13, she again repeated the call for the daily Rosary, as she did in each of her appearances: “Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.”

She called for sacrifices for sinners and said if her requests and directives were not heeded, a worse war would come. (We know it did.) She showed the children a vision of hell for our instruction. As one priest close to Fatima pointed out, “She came to tell us how to keep out of hell.”

In the sixth apparition, on Oct. 13, she again instructed them “to continue saying the Rosary every day” and said that people “must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord anymore, for he is already too much offended!”

Early on, Our Lady of Fatima gave a strong ray of hope, saying, “But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

We as a world need to listen to her.

Retrieved May 13, 2015 from