On May 13-October 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, six times in Fatima, Portugal. To read about the Message of Fatima she gave to the children and the world, click on this link to the Vatican website on these apparitions.
Both of my parents and my grandmothers have often prayed the Rosary and turned to Mary, the Mother of God, to ask for her prayers and intercession. Devotion to the Blessed Mother has been a tradition in our family since long before I was born.
The two prayers that I prayed daily in hopes to bring about Kevin's return to the Catholic faith in which he was raised were the Rosary and "The Prayer to Mary for the Conversion of a Loved One," a prayer which I first came across in this amazing book.
Kevin gave me a beautiful pink crystal Rosary even before he returned to the faith, because I’d asked for one. I once said another Rosary wouldn’t mean as much, though I now have another one that means a great deal to me. The Rosary case I have is still the one my mom gave me years ago, and the Rosary I keep with me all the time belonged to my dad. He used it a lot during his life, so I’m very grateful to carry on the tradition of the Catholic faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother by using it regularly to pray for family, friends, and all who are suffering in mind, body, and spirit.
Here is the trailer from the original film The 13th Day: The True Story of Fatima is a beautiful portrayal of the events including and surrounding these apparitions: