Our Lady of Fatima
May 13, 2016:
99th anniversary of the
apparition of the Holy Mother in Fatima
Lucia Dos Santos
Feastday Fatima: May 13
Feastday of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco: February 20
The six apparitions of Our Lady in
Fatima, to Lucia aged, 10, Jacinta aged 7 and Francesco aged 9 years, commenced
with three apparitions of an Angel.
First apparition in Fatima of the Angel
shepherd children saw in spring 1916 in Fatima the vision of an angel of peace
whose mission was to prepare them for the Coming of the Lady Mary three times.
The Angel demonstrated to
the children the fervent,
attentive, and composed manner in which we should all pray, and the reverence we
should show toward God in prayer.
Second apparition in Fatima of the Angel
the summer of 1916, the angel appeared a second time to the children, who
were playing and urged them to pray: "Constantly offer prayers and
sacrifices to the Most High".
presented himself as the guardian angel of Portugal.
Third apparition in Fatima of the Angel
In his third and final apparition to the children in autumn 1916 in Fatima, the Angel gave them Holy Communion, and demonstrated the proper way to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist: all three children knelt to receive Communion; and Lucy was given the Sacred Host on the tongue and the Angel shared the Blood of the Chalice between Francisco and Jacinta.
First apparition of Our Lady in Fatima
It was on the 13th of May 1917 that Our Blessed Lady appeared for the first time in Fatima. They were playing and building a wall when they suddenly saw a flash of lightening. They thought that a storm was brewing and herded the sheep together to take them home. They once again saw a flash of lightening and shortly afterwards they saw above a small holm oak tree a Lady dressed entirely in white and shining more brilliantly than the sun. They were standing so close to it that they were standing in this Light. The Beautiful Lady said; “be not afraid, I shall do you no harm”. Lucia asked;” where have you come from?” It is Lucia who asks all the questions. “ And what to you want from me?” The Blessed Virgin said: ”I come from Heaven, I come to ask to you to come back here on the thirteenth of the month at the same time for six months. Then I shall tell you who I am and what I want. Then I shall come a seventh time.” Then Lucia asked, “ Shall I also go to Heaven?” -----“ Yes.”—And Jacinta?”-----“as well”-------“And Francesco?”----“He too, but he must first say a lot of rosaries.” Then Lucia asked about two girls’ aged 16 and 20, who had died recently, if they were in Heaven. “The first is and the second not”. Was the reply.
This was the first
apparition when they got to know Our Lady. Then Our Lady started to tell
them why She had come.
“ Will you all offer yourselves to God to carry the suffering. that He shall
give you in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners?”
In childlike and heroic simplicity they answered. “ We want to”. “Then you
suffer a lot, but the Grace of God
shall be your strength!” Whilst She said the words: - “ The grace of God She
opened Her hands out of which came beams of such a strong light, that it dug
into the deepest
depths of our souls. In this way She showed us ourselves in God, Who is this
We saw ourselves better than in the very best mirror, Lucia tells us. Due to an enormous inner urge to do so, we fell to our knees and repeated: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.” After a short time, Our Lady said; “ Pray the rosary every day for peace in the world and for the end of the war! At the end of the rosary say the following prayer: My Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fire of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of Thy Mercy.” Then She slowly moved away to the east.
Second apparition of our Lady in Fatima
The second encounter
took place on the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. Our Lady asked the children to
pray the Rosary daily. She promised to take Jacinta and Francesco to heaven
soon. To Lucia, She gave the mission of remaining in the world to establish
devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. She promised Lucia: "My Immaculate Heart will
be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God." On that occasion Our Lady
gave the children another vision of God and revealed to the Her Immaculate
Heart, surrounded by thorns, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking
reparation for them.
Third apparition of Our Lady in Fatima
The apparition of July 13th would
prove to be in many ways the most controversial aspect of the message of
Fatima, providing a secret in three parts which the children guarded
zealously. The first two parts, the vision of hell and the prophecy of the
future role of Russia and how to prevent it, would not be revealed until Sr.
Lucia wrote them down in her third memoir, at the request of the bishop, in
1941. The third part, usually called the Third Secret, was only later
communicated to the bishop, who sent it unread to Pope Pius XII.
The vision of hell in Fatima
later revealed that as she spoke these words, Lady Mary opened her hands and
rays of light from them seemed to penetrate the earth so that they saw a
terrifying vision of hell, full of demons and lost souls amidst indescribable
horrors. This vision of hell was the first part of the "secret" of Fatima, and
was not revealed until much later. The children looked up to the sad face of the
Blessed Virgin, who spoke to them kindly: "You have seen hell where the souls of
poor sinners go.
To save them, God wants the devotion of My Immaculate Heart to be spread over
the world and to increase. If people do what I shall tell you, many will be
saved and there will be peace, the war shall end if people truly stop
blaspheming God. If they don’t, during the pontificate
X1 a worse war shall start. If you suddenly see a bright unknown light one
night, know that that is a sign from God, which He is giving you to let you know
that He is going to punish the world for her sins. This with war, famine,
persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this,
I ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart. And that
you receive Holy Communion every first Saturday of the month as reparation. If
the people do as I ask and really take heed of my words, Russia will be
converted and there will be peace. If this does not occur, Russia will spread
her false teaching throughout the world, war and persecution of the church are
inevitable. The good shall suffer martyrdom; The Holy Father shall suffer much;
different nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will
triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me and it will be converted
and some time of peace will be granted to humanity.
In Portugal the people will keep their faith. Tell this to no one other
When you pray the rosary, say after each decade:
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take
all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.” Lucie then
asked, “ Do you want me to do anything else?” “ No I desire nothing more from
you today.” Then She glided slowly towards the East, ‘ She disappeared into the
immense distance of the firmament.
Fourth apparition of Our Lady in Fatima
13th 1917 the children were in prison in Ourem, a few kilometres from Fatima.
Jacinta, in tears offered everything for the conversion
of sinners. The time that Our Blessed Lady would appear came and went. The
twenty thousand people
saw and hear the rumble of thunder and a vividly brilliant flash of lightening
in the clear blue sky. The sun grew pale and the whole atmosphere changed to a
dull, sickly sort of yellow, while a light cloud, of beautiful shape, appeared
and hovered a while over the oak tree and the place of the apparitions.
On the 19th of August Lady Mary appeared in Fatima to the children in the area which is called Valinos, a small village near Fatima. Once again She appeared above a holm oak tree. Lucie said: “What do you wish of me?” Our Lady answered,” I want you to come to Cova da Iria on the thirteenth and continue to pray the rosary, at the last apparition, I shall do a miracle, so that all people may believe.” “What are we to do with the money which the people leave at Cova da Iria?” “This money is for the the feast day of Our Lady of The Rosary, that which is left over is to build a Chapel.” When Lucie asked Our Lady to heal some sick people. Our Lady answered, “ During the next year I shall heal some. Pray! Pray! A lot and bring offers for the sinners, as a lot of souls go to hell because nobody offers themselves for these souls or prays for them. Pray!” Our Lady was elevated and moved off towards the East.
Fifth apparition of Our Lady in Fatima
of September. Rumours were spreading that God was going to do something
special on this day. Lucies
mother, who often hit her child as she thought that Lucie was telling lies had
fixed all her hopes on this. But nothing happened which made the apparitions
clearer. This meant that her position at home got worse. But Lucie offered her
suffering up as Our Lady had taught her.” My Jesus, I offer all to You, it is
for Your Love and reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the
conversion of sinners.”
Our Lady said:
“God is pleased with your offers, but He wants you to wear those penance belts
only at night.” The children had made these belts themselves.
Sixth and last apparition of Our Lady in Fatima
rainy day at October 13th of 1917 in Fatima the mystic Lady appeared for the
sixth and last time to the children. More
than 70.000 people
were present that evening.
The children were still the only one who can seen her and she declared that she
was the Holy Maria. She declared the children her three secrets and appeared
then. Suddenly, the rain stops and the clouds drove away to reveal the sun. The
sun begans to turn around and seems to fall down ! witnesses declared later. The
people thought that the world ends but the sun got his normal position back to
the sky. By tradition it is told that this phenomenon happens twice.
The Miracle of the Sun in Fatima
sun miracle which all these people had witnessed can best be described in the
After the long extensive rains,
the sky became blue, people could easily look into the sun, which started to
spin round like a wheel of fire which radiated wonderful shafts of light in all
sorts of colours. The people, the hills, the trees and everything
seemed to radiate these marvellous colours.Then the sun stood still for a
moment then the wonderful thing that had happened reoccurred. It was repeated
for a third time. But now the sun broke loose from the heavens and came down to
earth with a zigzagging movement. It became bigger and bigger and looked as
though it would fall on the people and flatten them. All were frightened and
fell to the ground while they prayed for mercy and forgiveness. The people
Then everything returned to normal and the people who had been kneeling in the mud realised that they were clean and dry all over. They turned to the children and fired a barrage of questions at them. This continued well into the night before they permitted the children to get some rest, only to be continued the next day. They offered all this up for the sinners and (never told before) for the Holy Father The Pope.
The deaths of Francisco and Jacinta
this the interrogations commenced and as always people tried to get the children
to tell the secrets that Our Blessed Lady had told them. But without success, as
even the little Jacinta said, " rather die than tell".
Jacinta died soon afterwards
of February 1920.
She died alone in hospital in Lisbon, just as Our Lady had said.
Francesco had died the previous year on the 4th of April 1919. Lucie is still alive. Our Blessed Lady had said that she would live longer as Our Blessed Lord had chosen her to be His worker to make Our Lady known and to increase the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.
The Apparition at Pontevedra December 10, 1925
Eight years after the Fatima events, when Sister Lucy was living in a convent
in Pontevedra, Spain, she experienced another apparition of Our Lady.
the 10th of December 1925 Our Blessed Lady appeared to her in Pontevedra, with
Her Child in a cloud of light. The Child said: "have mercy on the heart of your
Blessed Mother, it is surrounded with thorns with which the ungrateful people
still continue to pierce it. Continually piercing Her heart with nobody removing
the thorns by acts of restitution". Then Our Blessed Lady said: "My daughter,
see My heart surrounded by thorns with which the ungrateful people pierce it
with their blasphemous language and ungratefulness.Will you try to comfort me
and to make it known, that all who have attended Mass on the first Saturday for
five consecutive months, been to confession and received Holy Communion, prayed
the rosary and kept Me company for fifteen and ungratefulness. to make it known
that all minutes whilst contemplating the mysteries of the rosary and do this
has restitution I shall grant them the mercy which they will need in their hour
The Vision of the Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Fatima at Tuy, Spain, June 13, 1929
Lucy was moved from Pontevedra to Tuy, Spain, just over the national border, on July 16, 1926, nine months after she first entered the nunnery at Pontevedra. We have no evidence that her superiors made this move because they were concerned about her personal welfare. Her “apparitions” continued. As Our Lady said at the apparition of 13 July 1917: "I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia". She did this on 13 June 1929, when She appeared to Lucy in the Chapel of Dorotheas, in the town of Tuy, Spain. My mother superior and Father confessor had given me permission to hold a holy hour from Thursday 23.00 hours until Friday Midnight. One night, I was alone praying on my knees in the Chapel, the prayer of the Angels.( Notice how faithful she has remained). I was feeling very tired and stretched, continuing to pray with my arms stretched out. The perpetual sanctuary lamp was the only light. Suddenly the entire chapel was filled with a super natural light, a Cross of Light appeared which spread to the edges of the altar. In a very clear light, in the upper part of the Cross, was the Face and upper torso of the Body of a person. In front of the chest was a Dove of light and the Body of another Person was nailed to the Cross. Just below the waist a chalice was suspended, above which there was a large Host onto which fell some drops of blood. from the Face of the crucified and some drops of Blood from the wound in His chest. These drops rolled from the host into the chalice. Under the right arm of the cross stood Our Lady of Fatima with Her Immaculate Heart in Her left hand. It was devoid of the sword or the roses, but with the crown of thorns and flames. Under the left arm of the cross, appeared some large letters looking like crystal clear water that flowed towards the altar forming the words:
"MERCY AND CHARITY"
I then received more detail about the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, which is a secret that I may not tell. Then Our Blessed Lady said: " Now is the time for The Pope to invite all the Bishops of the world to join him to dedicate Russia to my Immaculate Heart. He 'God' has promised to save it if this done. So many souls are condemned by God's Righteous Justice because of the sins against Me. That is why I ask for reparation. Offer yourself to pray for this intention!!!"
|The three Secrets of Fatima
First Secret is the vision of Hell:
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.
Second Secret: included Mary's instructions of how to save souls from Hell and reconvert the world to Christianity:
We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”.
Sister Lucia chose not to disclose the third secret in her memoir of
August 1941. In 1943, Lúcia fell seriously ill with influenza and pleurisy.
Bishop Silva, visiting her on 15 September 1943, suggested that she write the
third secret down to ensure that it would be recorded in the event of her death.
Lúcia was hesitant to do so, however. At the time she received the secret, she
had heard Mary say not to reveal it, but because Carmelite obedience requires
that orders from superiors be regarded as coming directly from God, she was in a
quandary as to whose orders took precedence. Finally, in mid-October, Bishop
Silva sent her a letter containing a direct order to record the secret, and
Along with the text of the secret, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, (the future Pope Benedict XVI), published a theological commentary in which he states: "A careful reading of the text of the so-called third 'secret' of Fatima ... will probably prove disappointing or surprising after all the speculation it has stirred. No great mystery is revealed; nor is the future unveiled." After explaining the differences between public and private revelations, he cautions people not to see in the message a determined future event:
He then moves on to talk about the symbolic nature of the images, noting: "The concluding part of the 'secret' uses images which Lucia may have seen in devotional books and which draw their inspiration from long-standing intuitions of faith." As for the meaning of the message: "What remains was already evident when we began our reflections on the text of the 'secret': the exhortation to prayer as the path of 'salvation for souls' and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion."
Third Secret controversy
Prior to the 1930s the main focus of devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, (which was at that time not widely known outside Portugal and Spain) was on the need to pray the rosary for an end toWorld War I and for world peace. After the publication of Sister Lucia's memoirs, starting in 1935, Fatima came to be seen as presenting the victory of the Blessed Virgin over Communism.Nicholas Gruner and others have interpreted the message of Fatima in a more extreme fashion. Gruner has been censured by the Church. These groups are generally opposed to the innovations of the Second Vatican Council. "The reported messages of Marian apparitions in the modern era (that is, since 1830) represent Mary as anti-modernist, anti-communist, and opposed to Catholic Church innovations such as Vatican II and the new liturgy. The strongest image of the militantly anti-communist Mary belongs to Our Lady of Fatima." After the fall of Communism, this emerging network of groups and movements found new enemies, including apostasy, social degeneracy, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia and the corruption of the church and its priests. According to Chris Maunder, senior lecturer in Theology & Religious Studies at York St John University;"Thus began another fringe Catholic campaign directed against the Vatican. ... This is the stuff of sensationalism and conspiracy theories and it has spawned many publications, some by genuinely concerned Fatima devotees, others by people seeking gain by mass publication."
In 1960 the Vatican issued a press release stating that it was "most probable the Secret would remain, forever, under absolute seal." This announcement produced considerable speculation over the content of the secret. According to the New York Times, speculation ranged from "worldwide nuclear annihilation to deep rifts in the Roman Catholic Church that lead to rival papacies." On 2 May 1981, Laurence James Downey hijacked an airplane and demanded that Pope John Paul II make public the Third Secret of Fatima.
The release of the text sparked criticism from the Catholic Church in Portugal. Clergy as well as laypeople were offended that the text had been read in Rome and not at the Fátima shrine in Portugal where the reported events took place. The Times for June 29, 2000 reported that "The revelation on Monday that there were no doomsday predictions has provoked angry reactions from the Portuguese church over the decision to keep the prophecy secret for half a century."
Critics such as Italian journalist and media personality Antonio Socci claim that the four-page, handwritten text of the Third Secret released by the Vatican in 2000 is not the real secret, or at least not the full secret. The argument is based on the following:
In a 1980 interview for the German magazine Stimme des Glaubens published in October 1981, John Paul II was asked explicitly to speak about the third secret. He said:
According to one source, when Lúcia was asked about the Third Secret, she
said it was "in the Gospels and in the Apocalypse", and at one point she had
even specified Apocalypse chapters 8 to 13, a range that includes the Book of
Revelation 12:4, the chapter and verse cited by Pope John Paul II in his homily
in Fátima on May 13, 2000.
At another point in the interview, De Carli mentions that Cardinal Ottaviani had once stated that the Third Secret was written on a single sheet of paper. He also mentions that one of Lúcia's memoirs contains the words, "In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved etc", words which some believe introduce the real Third Secret. Describing these observations as "feeble bits of evidence that neither prove nor disprove anything", De Carli asks Cardinal Bertone about the possibility of there being two texts, where the "first document" contains the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the other contains the description of the vision published by the Vatican. Bertone answers in part, "There is no first document. There never was any such text in the archives of the Holy Office." Bertone also says, "So I'm not sure what Cardinal Ottaviani was talking about." Bertone also states that, "We have the word, better, the official confirmation of Sister Lúcia: 'Is this the Third Secret, and is this the only text of it?' 'Yes, this is the Third Secret, and I never wrote any other'."
Later on in the interview, Bertone again addresses the question as to whether a text exists with words attributed to the Blessed Virgin that was censored: "The part of the text where the Virgin speaks in the first person wasn't censored, for the simple reason that it never existed. ...I'm basing my statement on Sister Lucia's own direct confirmation that the Third Secret is none other than the text that was published in the year 2000."
In early September 2007, archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, private secretary to Pope John XXIII, who witnessed Pope John open the envelope of the third secret, said there was no truth in the rumor that the Vatican was suppressing a vision of the end of the world. "There are not two truths from Fatima and nor is there any fourth secret. The text which I read in 1959 is the same that was distributed by the Vatican." Capovilla is also quoted as saying, "I have had enough of these conspiracy theories. It just isn't true. I read it, I presented it to the Pope and we resealed the envelope."
On September 21, 2007 writers Antonio Socci and Solideo Paolini, who have competing books on Fatima, attempted to crash a reception at the Pontifical Urbanianum University where Bertone was to introduce his book The Last Fatima Visionary: My Meetings with Sister Lucia. They stated that they wished to participate in the question and answer part of the reception. When told that the cardinal would not be taking questions, they then tried to confront Bertone, who is the Vatican Secretary of State. Security guards hustled them. In talking to reporters afterwards, Socci and Paolini produced a tape recording in which they claimed Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, revealed that there were two texts of the Third Secret, although Capovilla had stated otherwise less than two weeks before.
Pope John Paul I
The Catholic Counter-Reformation group, founded by theologian Abbé George de Nantes, takes the position that the released text is the complete Third Secret, but refers to Pope John Paul I rather than John Paul II, pointing out that the latter, after all, did not die when he was attacked, while the bishop in the Third Secret did. John Paul I had met Lúcia Santos while he was Patriarch of Venice, and was deeply moved by the experience. In a letter to a colleague after his election, he vowed to perform the Consecration of Russia which Lúcia said Mary had asked for.
Michael Cuneo notes, "Secret messages, apocalyptic countdowns, cloak-and-dagger intrigue within the highest echelons of the Vatican: not even Hollywood could ask for better material than this".
"To understand and appreciate Fatima is to understand and appreciate Portuguese
Catholicism". Jeffrey S. Bennett takes note of how, starting in the 1930s, the
image of Our Lady of Fatima developed into a rallying point for anti-communism,
an idea that spread far beyond the Iberian peninsula. Martindale mentions a
concept where the fruits of a phenomenon are more important than its historical
origins. Therefore, it is possible to conceive of a vibrant cultus where the
strength of the devotion, shrine, or pilgrimage, can outweigh uncertainties
regarding its origin. According to Maunder, Fatima demonstrates not only how
seriously Catholics took "the revelations of an enclosed nun remembering visions
she had experienced at the age of ten, but also show how difficult it is for the
hierarchy to manage a movement of popular piety, despite critics claims of
manipulation. Following Fatima, there would be proliferation of apocalyptic
manifestations, such as at Necedah.
Francisco and Jacinta were both stricken by the Spanish flu. Francisco died on 4/04/1919 at Fatima, age ten, and Jacinta died on 2/20/1920, 22:30 GMT at Lisbon, age nine. Sister Lucy Dos Santos, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, has died on February 13, 2005. She was 97. On May 13, 1989, the 72nd anniversary of Our Lady's first appearance at Fátima, the Vatican announced that His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, officially recognized the heroic virtues of Francisco and Jacinta Marto. He therefore paved the way for the Church to officially beatify these two children who saw Our Lady at Fátima. The Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco, the child Seers of Fátima, was held on May 13, 2000 when Pope John Paul II visited the Shrine for the Special Celebration here in Fátima.
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