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Feast Day Mini-Study: Our Lady of Fatima

Today we celebrate the great Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the prophetic series of miraculous apparitions in which she gave us God's peace plan for the world. Our Lady of Fatima instructed us to, “Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of war.”
Women of Grace, in union with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, invites all of our friends to join in fasting and praying the Rosary today. Honor Our Blessed Mother in this small way!

Our Feast Day Gift for You!

In celebration of this great Feast, we also have a gift for you! Enjoy many free Fatima resources, hand-selected from our archives. Take some time today and learn more about Our Lady's apparition in Fatima, Portugal! Enjoy!

Presentation by Johnnette Benkovic Williams at the United Nations during the 100th anniversary year of Our Lady of Fatima on Authentic Femininity!

Presentations by Johnnette and Father Philip Scott, FJ during a 2017 Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, and Avila!

Women of Grace television series:

Our Lady of Fatima and You: How the Battle Will Be Won, Parts 1-5

with guest, Colin Donovan

Webinar:

Our Blessed Mother's Apparitions at Fatima: A Call to Great Faith

with presenter, Father Wade Menezes, CPM

Blog:

Our Lady of Fatima and Women's Role in World Peace

Excerpt from Full of Grace Study:

Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Fatima

These resources and more are in our Women of Grace archives, available to you when you become a Women of Grace Exclusive Member!

TV episodes, radio programs, webinars, and more!

The Apparitions
Below are detailed descriptions of all the apparitions of the
Angel of Peace and Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Fatima,
to Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia!

Beginning in the Spring of 1916, an Angel appeared to three children in Portugal, Jacinta, Francisco, and their cousin, Lucia, and asked them to pray with him. He said, "Fear not! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me." After kneeling and bowing very low he prayed, “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe in thee, do not adore thee, do not hope in Thee, do not love Thee."  After repeating the prayer three times, he got up and told the children, "Pray this way. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."

The Angel returned during the summer and appeared to the children who were resting in the shade. He said, "What are you doing? Pray! Pray a great deal! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices. Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners. Thus invoke peace upon your country. I am her Guardian Angel; the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you."
Finally, the Angel appeared a third time, holding a bleeding Host over a chalice, with blood dripping into the chalice. With the chalice and host suspended in mid-air, the Angel lay prostrate and prayed three times, "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the same son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners." He then gave the host to Lucia and the contents of the chalice to Francisco and Jacinta saying, "Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God."
These visits from the Angel preceded Mary’s six apparitions to the children which began on May 13, 1917 and continued on the 13th of every month until they concluded on October 13, 1917.
May 13, 1917:
Our Lady first appeared to the children standing over a small holm oak tree, she said, “Fear not! I will not harm you.” Lucia asked her where she was from and she replied, “I am from Heaven.” Lucia inquired further, “What do you want from me?” Our Lady responded, “Come for six consecutive months, on the 13thday, at this same hour. I will tell you who I am and what I want you to do.” Our Lady asked the children to accept all suffering God wished to send them and they agreed, “Then you will suffer much, but God’s grace will strengthen you.” She then told them, “Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of war.” She began to elevate towards the east and surrounded by a brilliant light, disappeared.
June 13, 1917:
Our Lady appeared again to the children, this time at the Cova da Iria. She told them to add a prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary, “Oh 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.” After the children asked Our Lady to take them into heaven, she replied, “Soon I will take Jacinta and Francisco, but Lucia is to stay a while longer.” After which Our Lady asked Lucia to learn to read and write.
July 13, 1917:
Our Lady’s message to the children during the third apparition which took place above the holm oak at the Cova, was, “Continue to pray the Rosary every day to obtain the end of the war and peace for the world, for only she alone can save it.” She promised to work a miracle so that those who did not believe in the apparitions would come to believe in them and she taught the children another prayer, “Oh my Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the wrongs done to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that I sacrifice myself.”
Our Lady then spread her hands open, the earth disappeared, and the children found themselves staring into the fires of Hell. They saw the devils "fierce and black, like animals" and human souls tumbling in an ocean of fire "screaming with terror." Our Lady explained, "You have seen Hell, where the souls of sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do as I shall ask, many souls will be converted and there will be peace. This war is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, not much time will elapse and during the Pontificate of Pius XI another and more terrible war will begin. When you shall see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives that the chastisement of the world for its many transgressions is at hand through war, famine, persecution 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 heard, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the entire world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will suffer martyrdom; the Holy Father will suffer much; different nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart shall triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted and some time of peace will be granted to humanity."
The children accepted the sufferings that came their way, even to the point of inflicting some sufferings on themselves. To mortify themselves the children would fast, not eating their lunches, refuse to hydrate in the hot sun, or wear a knotted rope around their waists. People were either skeptical of them, did not believe them, or constantly questioned them as to what the Lady had said. The children were persecuted in these ways. Clergy and bishops quizzed them, even their own family and people of their hometown were not so sure of the truth. Yet, interest grew in the validity of these apparitions and many started to turn out with the children when Our Lady was to appear. Some skeptical needing to see proof, some believing, and some hoping.
August 19, 1917:
On the 13thof August, the children were imprisoned in the house of the local Administrator. They were not released for three more days, missing the apparition date. However, 18,000 other people did show up on the 13th to the apparition site. The sun grew pale and everything looked yellow in color. A cloud appeared and hovered over the holm oak tree.
After the children were freed from the house of the Administrator, Our Lady appeared to them on August 19thin a pasture, saying to them, “Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners. For many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them.”
September 13, 1917:
A crowd gathered at the Cova and while the children were hidden in a cloud, a luminous globe appeared before them. White rose petals fell from the sky and disappeared before touching the ground. Lucia asked Our Lady to cure the sick. Our Lady replied, “Some will be cured, but not all because Our Lord has no confidence in them.” Then she told them that St. Joseph and the Child Jesus would be with her on October 13th.
October 13, 1917:
Our Lady announced, “I am the Lady of the Rosary. People must amend their lives, ask forgiveness for their sins and not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”  A crowd of more than 70,000 had gathered on this last date and as Our Lady left they ALL began to witness “The Miracle of the Sun.” The sun grew pale and became like a silver disk emitting every color of the spectrum, make everything blue, then red, then green, and yellow. Suddenly the sun began to move and came closer and closer to the earth. This miracle was even witnessed by villagers miles away! The children though, witnessed a vision of the Holy Family, as Mary promised, and of Our Lord as a grown man.
Jacinta and her brother, Francisco, contracted the influenza that swept through Europe in 1918, which forced them to bed. Although, they would still walk to receive the Eucharist and lay prostrate for hours in prayer.
“One day, the Virgin Mary came to visit them at home, as the little one recounts, ‘Our Lady came to see us and said that soon she would come and take Francisco to heaven. And she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I told her, yes.’ And when the time came for Francisco to leave, the little girl tells him, ‘Give my greetings to Our Lord and to Our Lady and tell them that I am enduring everything they want for the conversion of sinners.’ Jacinta had been so moved by the vision of hell during the apparition of 13 July that no mortification or penance seemed too great to save sinners. She could well exclaim with St. Paul: ‘I rejoice in my suffering for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church.’ (Col 1:24)” -Homily of His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Francisco declined hospital treatment on April 3, 1919 and died the next day. Eventually Jacinta was taken to a hospital a few miles away from her family. She was there two months before returning home, undergoing painful treatments in an effort to restore her health. Jacinta later developed tuberculosis and was sent first to a Catholic orphanage in Lisbon and later to another hospital where she underwent more painful treatments until, as she predicted would happen, she died alone. The Blessed Mother had told Jacinta that she would visit two hospitals, not to be cured, but to suffer for the love of God and reparation for sinners.
Jacinta and Francisco Marto were beatified by Saint John Paul II on May 13, 2000 and canonized on May 13, 2017 by Pope Francis. They are the youngest saints who did not die as martyrs ever to be canonized, Jacinta being the youngest at nine-years-old.
Sister Lúcia lived many more years. She entered the Carmelite convent in March 1948, after having served at the Institute of the Sisters of St. Dorothy for almost 20 years. Because of the Constitutions of the community, Sister Lúcia was expected to converse as little as possible with people from outside the convent, even with her close relatives, unless their conversation was spiritual in nature, and even then it should be very seldom and brief. She wrote six memoirs during her lifetime and numerous letters to clergy and lay persons interested in the apparitions of Mary and the Third Secret of Fatima.
Sister Lúcia had been blind and deaf and ailing for several years before her death. She died February 13, 2005 at of Santa Teresa in Coimbra, the Carmelite convent where she had lived since 1948. The day of her funeral, Pope John Paul II and the future Pope Benedict XVI said that she would go to heaven. Three years later, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would waive the five year waiting period needed before opening a cause for beatification for Sister Lúcia. On February 13, 2017, Sister Lúcia was given the title Servant of God, as the first big step toward her canonization.
Saint Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Saint Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Servant of God, Sister Lúcia, pray for us.
Sources: www.vatican.com; www.ewtn.com; www.fatimacentennial.com; www.wikipedia.com

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