|Devotion to Our Lady||
THE BASIC FACTS
All the Apparition were in 1858
The angel visited them three times between April and October of 1916; twice in Loca do Cabeço and once by the well in Lúcia's garden.
Our Lady's Apparitions
May 13th, 1917
June 13th, 1917
July 13th, 1917
August 19th, 1917
September 13th, 1917
October 13th, 1917
Fátima is 116 miles (187 km) south of Porto and 76 miles (123 km) north of Lisbon. It is one of the 18 parishes that make up the municipality of Ourém. The city of Ourém itself has about 12,000 inhabitants. Fátima's population is just under 8,000.
Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos was the oldest of the three children to whom Our Lady appeared. She was born on March 28th, 1907, and so had recently turned 10 years of age when Our Lady first appeared in May of 1917.
In later years Lúcia entered the religious life and took the religious name of Sister Mary Lucy of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, better known as Sister Lúcia of Fátima. She died on February 13th, 2005, having finished her life as Discalced Carmelite nun
Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto were brother and sister, and also cousins of Lúcia Santos. They were the youngest children in the family of Manuel and Olimpia Marto.
Francisco was born on June 11th, 1908, while Jacinta was born on March 11th, 1910. Therefore, at the time of the first apparition of Our Lady, Francisco was 9 years old, and Jacinta was 7 years old.
Franciso was the first of the three children to die, he passed away on April 4th, 1919, aged only 10, just over two months before his 11th birthday.
Jacinta followed her brother just over 10 months later, on February 20th, 1920, aged 9, just less than a month away from her 10th birthday.
The words of Our Lady spoken at Fatima, during her six apparitions:
1st apparition of Our Lady
On Sunday May 13th, 1917, the children were pasturing their flock as usual at the Cova da Iria, which was about a mile from their homes. They were playing when suddenly a bright shaft of light pierced the air. They described it as a flash of lightning.Frightened by the flash, the children looked around at the sky that was clear and bright without the least spot of a cloud. The children, however, thought that they had better head home in case it might start raining. As they descended the hill. Another flash of lightning took them by surprise. They looked towards the right. There, standing over the foliage of a small holmoak, was a Lady dressed all in white, more brilliant then the sun.
The Lady spoke to them and said: “Fear not! I will not harm you.”
“Where are you from?” the children asked.
“I am from Heaven” the Lady replied. “What do you want of me?”, Lucia asked.
“I came to ask you to come here for six consecutive months, on the thirteenth day, at this same hour. I will tell you later who I am and what I want. And I shall return here again a seventh time.”
Lucia said : “Do you come from Heaven ... and will I go to Heaven ?”
“Yes, you’ll go”.
“Him too , but he will have to say many Rosaries”.
In the end Our Lady asked : “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the suffering that He may please to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and to ask for the conversion of sinners?”
“Yes, we do.” said the children.
“You will have to suffer a lot, but the grace of God will be your comfort.“
Then she opened her hands with a loving gesture of a mother who offers her heart. From it an intense light departed that seemed to go through them. The vision vanished telling them : “Recite the Rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.”
And she disappeared.
2nd apparition of Our Lady
On June 13th, 1917, accompanied by about 50 people, the children were reciting the Rosary, when there was again the lightning, and immediately after the Lady on the holmoak appeared like in May.
“What do you want from me?” asked Lucy.
“I wish you to come here the 13th of next month; that you say the Rosary every day, and that you learn to read. In succeeding months I will tell you what else I want.”
“I would like to ask you to bring us to Heaven”, said Lucy.
“Yes, Jacinta and Francisco will be among the few, but you must stay here for a long time. Jesus wants to help Himself of you to make Me known and loved. God wishes you to remain in the world for some time, because He wants to use you to establish in the world a devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne.”
Lucy asked: “Will I stay here alone”?,
“Don’t be discouraged , I will not abandon you ever. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and through it will conduct you to God.”
Then she opened her hands and emanated her light on the children, Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in the light that went up toward the sky, Lucy in the light that spread on the earth. In front of the palm of the right hand of the Lady there was a heart surrounded by thorns that impaled it. They understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, affronted from the sins of men, and she then asked for reparation.
3rd apparition of Our Lady
On July 13th, 1917 they recited the Rosary with the crowd, they saw the usual reflex of light and then the Lady on the holmoak.
Lucy asked: “What do you want from me?” She answered: “That you come the 13th of the next month, that you continue to recite the Rosary every day to our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world and the end of the war, because only She will be able to aid you.”
Lucy said “ I want to ask you to tell us who you are, and to make a miracle for the crowd to believe that you appear.”
She answered: “Continue to come here. In October I will tell you who I am, that which I want, and I will do a miracle that all can see and believe. Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often this prayer, especially during any sacrifice: “O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”.
As she spoke these words, Our Lady stretched out her hands, and bright rays came forth which seemed to penetrate into the earth. All at once the ground vanished, and the children saw Hell, frightened they lifted their eyes to the Lady who told them:
”You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save future souls God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved.”
Then she said: ”If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyed, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed...But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world”.
“Do you want to learn a prayer?” the vision asked.
“Yes we do!” the children responded.
“When you recite the Rosary, say at the end of each decade: 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.”
4th apparition of Our Lady
In August the children were prevented by the civil authorities to go to the meeting of the 13th in which had gathered an immense crowd. The children for two days were confined and threatened with many torments to make them deny, but they did not surrender, they were ready to offer their lives not to betray the promises made to the Lady. When they had been released on August 19th, while they fed the flock in a place called Valinhos, they saw the Lady above a holmoak.
“What do you want from me?” Lucy asked.
“I Want you to continue to go to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, that you continue to say the Rosary every day. I, in the last month will make the miracle that all will believe.”
Then with a sadder appearance told them: “Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for the sinners. You know that many souls go the Hell because there is none who pray for them.”
5th apparition of Our Lady
On September 13th, the children and about 30,000 persons accompanied them to the Cova da Iria and they there recited the Rosary, soon after appeared the Lady on the holmoak.
“I Want you to come here on October 13th and that you continue to recite the Rosary to obtain the end of the war. In October the Lord, the sorrowful Lady, the Lady of Mt. Carmel, and St Joseph with the child Jesus, will also come to bless the world. God is glad of your sacrifices, He does not want you to sleep with the chord to the sides, use it only during the day.”
6th apparition of Our Lady
On October 13th, 1917, the children were surrounded by a crowd of 70.000 persons under a torrential rain.
Lucy asked again of the Lady:”What do you want from me?” she answered:
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I desire here a chapel in my honor to be built, that people continue to recite the Rosary every day. Will the war finish. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.”
Then Lucy asked: “may I ask you for cures and conversions, will you grant them?”. “Some yes, others no. It is necessary that they ask pardon for their sins, that they don’t offend God our Lord,and that he is already too much offended.”
“Do you want anything else from me?” Lucy asked.
“I do not want anything more.”
Then she opened her hands again and she launched a ray of light in the direction of the sun as Lucy shouted that they should look at the sun.
At this point the promised sign happened, Lucy shouted to look at the sun, the rain stopped suddenly and there appeared an exceptionally bright sun, but not dazzling. The sun began to turn as if projecting in each direction bands of light of each color that lit and colored the clouds, the sky, the trees, and the crowd. It stayed for some moments then it went back to its normal position, it stayed still for a small while and then it happened again.
Suddenly it looked as if it stood out from the sky to fall headlong on the crowd, that was looking terrorized, they fell to their knees and begged mercy. Meanwhile the children saw a Lady dressed like the white of the sun with a blue cope, St. Joseph with the Child Jesus that blessed the world.Then after this vision they saw the Lord bless the world, standing next to Our Lady of Sorrows. After these visions the Lady of Mt Carmel finished the miracle. The people then became aware that there clothes were completely dried.
One of the principal anti-clerical publications of the day was O Dia, a major Lisbon newspaper. On October 17th, O Dia reported the following:
"At one o’clock in the afternoon, midday by the sun, the rain stopped. The sky, pearly gray in color, illuminated the vast arid landscape with a strange light.
"The sun had a transparent gauzy veil so that eyes could easily be fixed upon it. The gray mother-of-pearl tone turned into a sheet of silver which broke up as the clouds were torn apart and the silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy gray light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds.
"A cry went up from every mouth and people fell on their knees on the muddy ground. The light turned a beautiful blue as if it had come through the stained-glass windows of a cathedral and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands. The blue faded slowly and then the light seemed to pass through yellow glass.
"Yellow stains fell against white handkerchiefs, against the dark skirts of women. They were reported on the trees, on the stones and on the serra. People wept and prayed with uncovered heads in the presence of the miracle they had awaited."
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR US
1. Fatima is first and foremost a WARNING. Sin can damage your spiritual health and bring fatal consequences.
2. Yet with God, there is always a REMEDY available, even for the worst possible scenario, because God is omnipotent, He is all powerful.
3. The REMEDY that God offers us is twofold: (a) The Holy Rosary and (b) devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
4. However, REMEDIES will only work IF THEY ARE TAKEN AS INSTRUCTED.
5. In sickness and disease, normal nutrition or maintenance medicine is insufficient to battle a dangerous illness or disease. Large doses and frequent doses are required, and intensive care is sometimes needed.
WHERE ON EARTH IS FATIMA?
Ourém is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of about 160 square miles (416.6 km²) and a total population of 44,186 inhabitants. The city of Ourém itself has a population of about 12,000. The municipality is composed of 18 parishes, and is located in the district of Santarém.
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Centro region. With a population of 11,538 inhabitants in 2011, the civil parish of Fátima actually encompasses several villages and localities of which the village of Fátima, with a population of 7,756 residents, is the largest. Fatima is 116 miles (187 km) south of Porto and 76 miles (123 km) north of Lisbon.