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Fatima apparition more relevant than ever for Australians, religious brother says


Call to prayer: A statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Photo: CNS

OUR Lady’s famous apparition where she warned people “were falling like leaves into hell” should be a wake up call for Australia, a Brisbane religious Brother has said.

De La Salle Brother Max Sculley has heeded these words of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a steadfast promoter of Australian Needs Fatima, an apostolate that promotes a Rosary rally on October 15.

The Brisbane-based religious Brother said he fostered a love for Mary and the Rosary while involved in the Cenacle of the Marian movement of Priests.

“I say at least one Rosary every day,” he said.

“I want to let other people know the Rosary is a powerful weapon.”

He will take out his Rosary as he leads a public event in Margate on October 15.

“For me it goes way back to Mary’s appearances at Fatima, and why she gave the world the message of prayer,” Br Sculley said.

“Mary made it very clear…that there were people falling like leaves into hell.

“Mary stressed the importance not just of prayer, but prayer and penance.

“The penance will be putting aside time for prayer.” 

While he meditates on the life of Jesus through Mary’s eyes next week, he will be praying for an end to abortion and the threat to current marriage laws.

“The number of abortions…is a nationwide crisis in my book,” he said.

“Up here we are voting on abortion in parliament, to ‘liberalise’ or decriminalise abortion in Queensland.

“I am very concerned.”

Taking his Rosary out to the streets will muster some criticism and taunts from passers by, but not enough to deter him.

“I go out and I’ll be there doing what I believe god wants me to do,” Br Sculley said.

“Many people are appalled.

“If people adopt that view, that’s too bad,” Br Sculley said.

Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger has also attended the event for the past four years.

She said it was important to give people a reason to pray in public.

“We’re at the front fighting for a culture of life,” Mrs Borger said.

“When we come together (to pray) we build community, support and an identity of us as Catholics.

“It gives people a sense of purpose.”

More than 100 people are expected to attend the Rosary rally on October 15 on the beachfront across from 159 Margate Pde, Margate from 10.45am.

By Emilie Ng

Catholic Church Insurance

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