The Immaculate Heart Three Sheperd Children of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima
"In The End My Immaculate Will Triumph!"
Pope John Paul II insisted, “Fatima is more important now than in 1917,”
On May 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said, "It's a mistake to think the prophetic message of Fatima is over. From the earliest times, he said, "humanity has succeeded in unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end.”
As we celebrate the 100th year of Fatima let us not forget the important messages of Fatima, for there are many, but I will try to highlight a few of the important ones!
LIVING THE FATIMA MESSAGE
To counteract the great evil in the world, Our Lady of Fatima requested the following: 1) Amendment of life – turn away from sin. 2) Make Acts of Reparation – pray and make small sacrifices daily for sinners. 3) Pray the Rosary – daily rosary with meditation on the rosary mysteries. 4) Frequent the Sacraments – especially the Holy Eucharist. 5) Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – consecration to Our Lady, and the practice of the First Five Saturdays devotion (going to Mass, Confession, and praying the rosary on five consecutive First Saturdays of the month) to make reparation to her Immaculate Heart.
During the third apparition on July 13, 1917, Our Lady revealed that she would come to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and for the Communion of Reparation of the Five First Saturdays. Consequently, she asked for the devotion in 1925 and the consecration in 1929.
While staying at the House of the Dorothean Sister in Pontevedra, Portugal, Sister Lucia, one of the visionaries, received a vision on December 10, 1925 where the Blessed Mother appeared alongside a Boy who stood over a luminous cloud. Our Lady rested one hand on the Boy’s shoulder while she held on the other hand a heart pierced with thorns around it. Sister Lucia heard the Boy say, "Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother which is covered with thorns with which ingrate men pierce it at every moment with no one to make an act of reparation to pull them out." Our Lady expressed her request in the following words, "See, my daughter, My Heart surrounded with thorns with which ingrates pierce me at every moment with blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, make sure to console me and announce that all those who for five months, on the first Saturdays, go to confession, receive Communion, say five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the purpose of making reparation to Me, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls." A few days afterward, Sister Lucia detailed this vision in a letter addressed to Monsignor Manuel Pereira Lopes, her confessor she resided in the Asylum of Vilar in the city of Oporto, Portugal.
Why Five Saturdays?
Sister Lucia’s confessor questioned her about the reason for the five Saturdays asking why not seven or nine. She answered him in a letter dated June 12, 1930. In it she related about a vision she had of Our Lord while staying in the convent chapel part of the night of the twenty-ninth to the thirtieth of the month of May, 1930. The reasons Our Lord gave were as follows:
The five first Saturdays correspond to the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They are:
1)Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception 2)Blasphemies against her virginity 3)Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all men 4)Instilling , indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children 5)Direct insults against Her sacred images
In the Spring of 1916, one year before Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the three sheperd children, the Angel of Portugal appeared to the children after they prayed the rosary and were playing in the field and said, "Do not be afraid. I am the angel of peace. Pray with me."
He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse the children did the same, repeating the words we heard him say:
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You. After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us:
Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.
Later, the Angel appeared again and the Angel was holding in his left hand a chalice and over it, in the air, was a host from which drops of blood fell into the chalice. The Angel leaves the chalice in the air, kneels near us and tells us to repeat three times:
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 indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
After that he rose, took again in his hand the chalice and the host. The host he gave to me and the contents of the chalice he gave to Jacinta and Francisco, saying at the same time, Eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ terribly outraged by the ingratitude of men. Offer reparation for their sakes and console God. It was in this way that catechized in prayer, reparative suffering, and the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist, and strengthened by the Bread of Angels, that the children of Fa?tima were prepared for the visitation of the Queen of Heaven, the Immaculate Virgin Mary.