A hundred and two years ago today, on May 13, 1917, three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were visited by “Our Lady of the Rosary” who is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. She appeared after what they described as flashes of lightning. The children would be visited five more times, for a total of six appearances.
The following are excerpts from Marchi João de. The True Story of Fatima: a Complete Account of the Fatima Apparitions. The Fatima Center, 2009.
“It was a Lady dressed all in white,” Lucia records, “more brilliant than the sun, shedding rays of light, clear and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water, pierced by the burning rays of the sun.”
“Fear not!” the Lady said, “I will not harm you.”
“Where are You from?” Lucia made bold to ask.
“I am from Heaven,” the beautiful Lady replied, gently raising Her hand towards the distant horizons.
“What do You want of me?” Lucia humbly asked.
“I come 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.”
“And I, am I, too, going to go to Heaven?” Lucia asked.
“Yes, you shall,” the Lady assured her.
“He too shall go, but he must say many Rosaries,” the Lady responded.
“And Maria do Rosario, daughter of José das Neves, is she in Heaven?”
“Yes,” the Lady replied.“And Amelia?” “She is still in Purgatory.”
Lucia’s eyes filled with tears. How sad, that her friend Amelia was suffering in the fires of Purgatory. Then the Lady said to the children:
“Do you want to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners?”
Promptly Lucia responded for all three, “Yes, we want to.”
“Then you are going to suffer a great deal,” the Lady promised, “but the grace of God will be your comfort.”
As the Lady finished saying those words, she opened her hands and a bright light shined, so bright it seemed to have penetrated into their souls. “This light penetrated us to the heart,” Lucia said, “even in its deepest recesses, and allowed us to see ourselves in God, Who was that light, more clearly than we see ourselves in a mirror. Then we were moved by an inward impulse, also communicated to us, to fall on our knees, while we repeated to ourselves: “‘O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee; my God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.’”
Information referenced from the following:
“First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima – May 13, 1917.” America Needs Fatima Website, www.americaneedsfatima.org/ANF-Articles/first-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima-may-13-1917.html.
Marchi João de. The True Story of Fatima: a Complete Account of the Fatima Apparitions. The Fatima Center, 2009.