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Old 8th November 2012, 06:34 PM
FatimaFaithful FatimaFaithful is offline
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Default Greetings fellow faithful!

My name is Tom, 50 years old, live in the suburbs of Atlanta. I am a cradle Catholic from the Chicago area, my mother used to say that I was aptly named as this Doubting Thomas was always seeking "proof" (guess Faith wasn't a concept clear to me in my youth) and that has led me to always been seeking knowledge and to learn about eschatology.

Last month my wife and I went on a pilgrimage to Fatima. It was incredible. The Faith is alive and well in Portugal. At the first Mass we went to in Cascais Portugal at Our Lady of Assumption, my skin became alive as I got out of the car to walk to church. Goosebumps and the hairs stood up on my arms. We prayed throughout churches in Portugal as we traveled closer to Fatima, and our experience there was incredible. As I said to my wife as we stood on the steps of the Basilica, "you cannot stand here and deny this happened". I had the blessing of being asked to lector Mass (and be an altar server like the old days) at Mass at the Chapel of the Apparition. I have never lectored a Mass in my life and to be asked to read the Word of God on the altar, steps from where Our Lady visited the children was simply incredible and deeply spiritual. I look forward to sharing our Faith with you all and supporting one another through the tribulation that is sure to come now. I've read this group for many, many years as a "lurker" but as I told Ron, Tuesday's election result proves to me that it is coming. May God have mercy on all of our souls.

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
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Old 8th November 2012, 07:14 PM
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Welcome, Tom. Glad to have you here.


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Old 9th November 2012, 01:21 AM
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Welcome to the group Tom!! Fatima sounds amazing.

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Old 9th November 2012, 03:39 AM
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Welcome Tom!!
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Old 9th November 2012, 09:09 AM
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Hey-O Tom...! Warm welcome!

Incidently St Thomas wound up in my home state of Kerala, S. India . . . made honest Christians out of us heathens...!
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Old 9th November 2012, 02:25 PM
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Welcome to the group Tom!

Fatima es a beautiful place! I had the opportunity to be there as well.
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Old 9th November 2012, 05:15 PM
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Loved your Fatima post, Tom. Glad you stopped lurking and jumped in.
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Old 9th November 2012, 10:38 PM
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Welcome, Tom! Glad to meet you. Peace, Claudia
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Old 10th November 2012, 12:03 PM
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You will find many friends here.
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Old 10th November 2012, 04:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum Tom. It is good that you are here.
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