May 13 marks the 100 years since Our Lady appeared to the young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal. Though one of the more popular devotions in the Church, much can be gleamed from the message of Our Lady of Fatima, making it one that much has been written about. If you’re looking to enter into deeper devotion, or simply just want to learn more about the apparitions, here are a few resources that can help you do just that.
Fatima For Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Father Andrew Apostoli (Ignatius Press)
This Amazon best-seller written by Father Andrew Apostoli, who is a world-renowned expert on the apparitions at Fatima, analyzes the events that took place at Fatima and and address common questions and doubts regarding their meaning. It also challenges readers to heed the message of Our Lady of Fatima in the world today and renew prayer and devotion to Our Lady.
Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh (Image)
This in-depth retelling of the story of Fatima is considered one of the preeminent works on Our Lady of Fatima and is a great place to start if you’re not familiar with what actually transpired in 1917.
If first-hand accounts are more your forte, it doesn’t get much better than reading about what happened in one of the Fatima visionaries’ own words. This diary-like memoir was written by Sister Lucia between 1936 and 1941 and provides moving insights into the lives of her cousins and fellow visionaries, Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto, and how Our Lady changed their lives forever.
Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age by Gzregorz Gorny & Janusz Rosikon (Ignatius Press)
The appearance of Our Lady at Fatima came with a few warnings — warnings that would prove to be extremely accurate. Through full-color photographs and detailed analysis, this book explores the mysteries of Fatima their continued relevance, even today.
The True Story of Fatima by Father John de Marchi (KIC)
Father John de Marchi spent seven years on-site in Fatima to write this book recounting the events that would forever change the Church. Interviews with the three shepherd children, their families and other eye-witnesses make this a classic in Fatima literature.