Our Lady of Fatima and Her Universal Devotion
October 26, 2013 (Romereports.com) Among the thousands of people who came out to St. Peter's Square to welcomeOur Lady of Fatima, was American Patti Birks. As the original statue was being carried out, she recited the prayer she says every single day.
"You and me, I and you, in time, in Eternity in our Lady of Fatima and all the tabernacles of the world.â?
She has always felt a strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. She made it a point to come to Rome as the Pope entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She traces her faith back to her late father, Chief Petty Officer William Rogers Birks, who overcame some of the worst challenges that come with war.
"He was captured in WWII by the Japanese. He survived the infamous Bataan death march and three and a half years in a Japanese prison camp.â?
Throughout that time, it was his faith that always stayed strong. This she says, is one of the lessons her father showed her. Now through her talks in different schools, it's that message that she wants to share with others.
"You've got to get up and carry your Cross and move on, You have to got to go thorough it and have the faith that you're going to make it.â?
She also likes to point out that she was born on October 13th, which coincides with the date of Our Lady of Fatima's last recorded apparition, back in 1917. She says sharing her devotion is more than just a hobbyâ??she says it's a mission.