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Our Lady of Fatima; the book cover of ‘The World’s First Love’ (Ignatius Press)

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News, M

Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005 and before that a regular correspondent for the paper. His articles have appeared in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Soul, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, Catholic Exchange, and Marian Helper.

The May 13 anniversary is a good time to look at some insights Archbishop Fulton Sheen had about Our Lady of Fatima.

Joseph PronechenAmong the dazzling treasury of more than 70 books he wrote, Venerable Fulton Sheen considered The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God, to be his favorite. Reading it you can hear Sheen, probably the greatest preacher in the 20th century, shed light on Mary’s life and role in salvation history.

Considering the precarious position of the world and even, in too many instances, the faith in many parts of it, for this 107th anniversary of our Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima on May 13, Sheen’s words about Mary on Fatima, the atom and Muslims remain timely.

Naturally, he leaves a very wide door open for hope in such circumstances. But he is not shy about problems because “before giving reasons for hope, it is well to inquire why there is so much apprehension today,” according to Sheen, who writes: ….