Friday, May 22, 2020


Nossa Senhora do Fétal
Reguengo do Fétal, Portugal - 12th Century
Feast Day: 1st Sunday of October

What follows it the account of one of the first, if not THE first, documented apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Portugal.


There was a young shepherdess (some sources say cattle herder), whose name is not known, who grazed her flock on the hills of Reguengo. During that time there was a severe drought, and both people and their animals were wasting away. On one particularly hot and dry day, the starved shepherdess was suddenly struck with grief and a sense of hopelessness, as she watched her malnourished sheep search in vain for a patch of grass to feed upon. Overcome with hunger, and sadness at the sight of her starving flock, she began to weep uncontrollably, her face buried in her hands.


When she felt she could cry no more, she wiped her eyes and face with her hands. Looking up, she was startled by an unexpected visitor – a lady was standing close by, on a patch of ferns. With a look of sweetest compassion, the lady asked her:

“Why are you crying, my girl?”

“I'm so hungry and so are my sheep” she replied.

“Then go and ask your mother for some bread” said the lady.

“I asked her earlier, but she doesn't have it. We have no food left.”

"Go to your house," the lady insisted, "and tell your mother again to give you some bread. Tell her that a lady has sent you to tell her that there is bread in the box.”


The girl rushed home to inform her mother what the lady had said. After reiterating to her daughter that there was no bread in the house, and wanting to prove her point, she opened the bread box. To her astonishment, the box was full of freshly baked bread!

Having eaten, the shepherdess returned to the lady, who again spoke to her:

“Tell the people of this place that I am the Mother of God and I want you to build a chapel on the site of these ferns, in which I will be praised and venerated.”

News of the apparition spread quickly, and soon a large and hopeful crowd, gathered at the ferns. There they found a small and mysterious image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and next to it, a miraculous spring! Shortly after, a humble chapel was built on the spot where the Virgin instructed.


King Duarte the Philosopher (1391–1438) endorsed the apparition and authorized the collection of alms to maintain the chapel. During the reign of King João III (1502–1557), a dowry was entrusted, and official caretakers were assigned to keep watch over, and maintain, the site. Also, two chaplains were given the official duty of offering two daily Masses there for the pilgrims that would gather. In 1585, a larger shrine in honor of Our Lady of Fétal was built on the spot.

In May of 1896, during a terrible time of drought, Dom José III, Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, ordered public prayers at the shrine to implore the blessing of much needed rain. All the surrounding parishes made a pilgrimage to the shrine, and the rain soon followed. In gratitude for the answered prayers, the Cardinal Patriarch granted a 200 days’ indulgence for those who prayed the Salve Regina before the tabernacle in the shrine.


The statue found on the spot of the apparition, features the crowned Blessed Virgin Mary seated on a stool. With her left hand, she supports the back of the Child Jesus who is sitting on her lap. With her other hand, she holds one of His little feet. The Child Jesus holds the world in His left hand, while, with the other hand, He playfully grasps His right foot. The hair on both mother and Son, is golden. The statue, made of white stone, measures approximately 5” by 12”.

Monday, May 18, 2020




Hail, Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, beating with love for the God who created you! Hail, Virginal Heart, lover of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Hail, Paternal Heart, whose beating comforts the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Hail, you who are the Reflection of God the Father, Guardian of God the Son, Friend of God the Holy Spirit, and Spouse of the Immaculate Handmaiden!

Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, beloved by God and His angels, I consecrate this day to your honor! In you I confide my joys and my sorrows, my pains and my pleasures. I know that you are always delighted to pour forth your graces to those who ask for them with confidence. Therefore, confident in your goodness, I entrust myself, and the following persons to your care: name(s). I ask that you please grant us the graces we need in order to become faithful reflections of you. I pray that you shower upon us all the graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare.

And I pray that you grant the Holy Catholic Church, our Mother, every available grace to bring about Her glorious triumph! All for love of the two greatest treasures entrusted to your care: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. + Amen.

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Friday, May 8, 2020


I finally have an Author Page on Amazon!! Please be sure to leave reviews for my books and FOLLOW my page. Thank you for all your support! God bless you and St. Joseph smile upon you! 😇

Tuesday, May 5, 2020



As far as visitations or apparitions of St. Joseph are concerned, they are far and few between – especially when compared to those of Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary. When it comes to discerning these apparitions, the Church performs lengthy and exhaustive investigations, taking great pains to determine authenticity. The purpose of this book is to present, quite simply and directly, the stories of St. Joseph’s apparitions throughout history and his messages for the world.

This book is divided into four parts: Part one documents traditionally accepted apparitions of St. Joseph.

The second part presents apparitions which have undergone ecclesiastical investigation resulting in being declared “worthy of belief” by the Church, approved.

Part three gives accounts of apparitions which are either undergoing investigation or have no formal decision made concerning authenticity at this time. These are presented for your discernment.

And, finally, the fourth part lists apparitions which have been officially declared “unworthy of belief” or have been condemned by the Church. The messages purported to be coming from false apparitions or seers will not be shared. The purpose of listing these is so the faithful will know which apparitions to avoid.

The faithful must always await the approval of Holy Mother Church before fully accepting an apparition. In some cases, the local Bishop will approve the apparitions in an official document or will approve the promotion of messages of the apparitions with an Imprimatur or Nihil Obstat and the faithful are permitted to practice devotions associated with the visions. The belief in apparitions is not binding on the faithful.

May God bless you and St. Joseph smile upon you! :)
José A. Rodrigues


Sunday, April 19, 2020


St. Teresa de Avila: Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then. He who cannot find any one to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious Saint for his master, and he will not wander out of the way.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


* Sorry, not available in Portuguese
* Not available for Kindle or E-Reader

Sunday, March 22, 2020


Amazon description: St. Joseph is the reflection of God the Father, Guardian of God the Son, Friend of God the Holy Spirit, and Spouse of the Immaculate Handmaiden. In his youth, he prayed for the coming of the promised Messiah. In his adult life, not only were his prayers answered, but he loved and upheld the Messiah, Jesus Christ. And now, in the Court of Heaven, St. Joseph intercedes for the Church before the throne of Christ.

Using the words of Popes, Saints, and approved mystics, The Book of Joseph, aims to dispel the common belief held by many that nothing is known about the saint other than what is mentioned briefly in the Bible. This work, which has been granted the Imprimatur, presents the life of St. Joseph beginning with the faithful prayers of his parents to conceive a son to his birth and childhood, harassment by the devil, his marriage to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the birth and life with Christ, through to the circumstances of his death and his glorification in Heaven. In addition to the theory of the assumption of St. Joseph, his sanctification in the womb and perpetual virginity are discussed. 

The book concludes with a series of prayers including the Holy Cloak devotion, the Litany of St. Joseph, chaplet, praises, and supplications. There are also sections on St. Joseph in scripture, feast days, relics, approved St. Joseph apparitions, quotes of the Popes and Saints, as well as 30 image pages. You may order as well as read reader reviews of the first edition, including words from renowned author and speaker Fr. Don Calloway, here:

Saturday, March 7, 2020


My book is FINALLY available on Amazon!!* Order your copy and when you're done, PLEASE leave a positive review on Amazon and a generous star rating 😊

This book features:

⚜️ Imprimatur

⚜️ 30+ images

⚜️ Tons of quotes from Mystics (Church-approved), Saints, and Popes throughout history

⚜️ Apparitions of St. Joseph

⚜️ Section on 2nd Class Relics of St. Joseph

⚜️ The Holy Cloak Devotion

⚜️ Chaplet of St. Joseph Prayers

⚜️ The Praises of St. Joseph

⚜️ The Supplications to St. Joseph

⚜️ Various Other Prayers to St. Joseph

⚜️ St. Joseph in Scripture

⚜️ Feast Days

⚜️ To read reviews of THE BOOK OF JOSEPH (1st Edition) click here.

*Sorry, no Kindle / Tablet edition.