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In times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me: Rally in DL honors 100 years since Fatima

One hundred years ago, three young Portuguese children near Fatima received a series of monthly visitations and requests from Mother Mary, culminating in a miracle witnessed by about 70,000 people—believers, skeptics and impartial observers alike.

The sun changed—it appeared bronze or pearl-colored, and could be stared at without hurting the eyes. It cast light that colored the world first an intense violet, then golden yellow. It "danced," or moved in a way that the heavenly bodies simple do not move in the natural world. Then it became ominous like a wheel of fire and many in the crowd felt that it threatened to crush them, before retreating and returning to normal.

During their visits with Mary, much was revealed to the children, who were given glimpses of things both stunningly beautiful and absolutely terrifying, and who resisted intense pressure to recant their story before going on to live holy lives.

You can read about the famous children of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun online, and you can honor Mary, mother of Jesus, at noon on Saturday, when the Catholic faithful will gather in City Park in Detroit Lakes to pray the Rosary. It will be one of more than 20,000 rallies to take place across the country that day.

"May 13, 1917, was Mary's first appearance to these three shepherd children in Fatima," said Marilyn Windschitl of Detroit Lakes, who is serving as rally captain for the Public Square Rosary Rally Saturday. "I'm also a member of America needs Fatima," she said. "When it came time to sign up as captain of the rally, I volunteered."

Mother Mary appeared before the children of Fatima on May 13, June 13, July 13, Aug. 19 (she was there on Aug. 13, but the children weren't—they were being held by sceptical civil authorities) Sept. 13 and on Oct. 13, when she appeared and caused the Miracle of Sun.

This year, Windschitl said, "we (up to 24 people) met every one of those days, and said the Rosary ... It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to say the Rosary, which features Mother Mary and is dedicated to her," she said. "May and October are both the month of Mary," she added.

At the rally, "we will pray the Rosary," she said. "The prayer will be for peace in our country and in the world."

More than a million Catholics are expected to participate across the country, according to the Public Square Rosary Crusade. "Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the immaculate heart of Mary, and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States," the local group said in a news release.

The Detroit Lakes rally will be held in City Park at a shelter across the street from the bandshell. Look for the large banner.

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