Dear Friends in Christ,
October 13th is a special day concerning the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. Our Lady appeared to the three children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. The following is the report of what took place at the sixth apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima as quoted from the website, One Hundred Years of Fatima: “During the night of 12-13 October it had rained throughout, soaking the ground and the pilgrims who make their way to Fátima from all directions by the thousands. By foot, by cart and even by car they came, entering the bowl of the Cova from the Fátima-Leiria road, which today still passes in front of the large square of the Basilica. From there they made their way down the gently slope to the place where a trestle had been erected over the little holm oak of the apparitions. Today on the site is the modern glass and steel Capelhina (little chapel), enclosing the first chapel built there and the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima where the holm oak had stood. As for the children, they made their way to the Cova amid the adulation and skepticism which had followed them since May. When they arrived they found critics who questioned their veracity and the punctuality of the Lady, who had promised to arrive at noon. It was well passed noon by the official time of the country. However, when the sun arrived at its zenith the Lady appeared as she had said she would. Our Lady was asked, “What do you want of me?” Our Lady said, “I want a chapel built here in my honor. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. The war will end soon, and the soldiers will return to their homes.” The child asked, “Will you tell me your name?” The Mother of God replied, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” Lucia said, “I have many petitions from many people. Will you grant them?” Our Mother answered, “Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended!” Lucia said, “And is that all you have to ask?” Our Lady said, “There is nothing more.” As the Lady of the Rosary rises toward the east she turns the palms of her hands toward the dark sky. While the rain had stopped, dark clouds continued to obscure the sun, which suddenly bursts through them and is seen to be a soft spinning disk of silver. “Look at the sun!” From this point two distinct apparitions were seen, that of the phenomenon of the sun seen by the 70,000 or so spectators and that beheld by the children alone. Lucia describes the latter in her memoirs. After our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our lady; it seemed to me to that it was Our Lady of Sorrows (Dolors). Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel. (Only Lucia would see the later, presaging her entrance into Carmel some years later.) This would be the last of the apparitions of Fátima for Jacinta and Francisco. However, for Lucia Our Lady would return a seventh time, in 1920, as she had promised the previous May. At that time Lucia would be praying in the Cova before leaving Fátima for a girls boarding school. The Lady would come to urge her to dedicate herself wholly to God. As the children viewed the various apparitions of Jesus, Mary and Joseph the crowd witnessed a different prodigy, the now famous miracle of the sun.” The secrets of Fatima continue to call us to conversion and it is wondered by many if we are living the Third Secret which was a grave warning of events to come if the world does not convert. When we see anointed men of God sinning so horribly against the Sixth Commandment; when we see babies being destroyed in their mother’s womb; when we see the faithful abandoning the faith due to indifference to all that the Lord has given us, we must wonder if the times have arrived. On December 10, 1925, the most holy Virgin appeared to Lucia saying: “Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me. I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those, who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary (now 20 mysteries), with the intention of making reparation to me.”
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!