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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
First, I want to congratulate our youth who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Saturday, April 29. We look forward to seeing your life in the Holy Spirit and the Church grow!
Next Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Church of St. Michael will host a 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima confer-ence. There will be talks by Fr. Altier and myself. Please find the schedule in this bulletin. I encourage all to attend! This weekend I continue with the story of the apparitions and message of Our Lady of Fatima. The Story of Fatima is taken from https://wafusa.org. I encourage you to visit this website to learn more about Our Lady of Fatima and to see a 13 part video series on her messages.
The Story of Fatima (cont. from last week) “The following account of the Story of Fatima is based on the booklet, “Lucia Speaks – The Message of Fatima,” – a condensed version of Sister Lucia’s Mem-oirs – published by The World Apostolate of Fatima-USA.
July 13, 1917 On July 13 the three children assembled at the Cova and again saw the indescribably beautiful Lady over the Holm oak tree. Lucia asked what she wanted, and Mary replied: “I want you to come here on the 13th of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you.”
Lucia then asked her who she was and for a miracle so everyone would believe: “Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.”
Lucia made some requests for sick people, to which Mary replied that she would cure some but not others, and that all must say the rosary to obtain such graces. And she continued: “Sacrifice your-selves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Im-maculate Heart of Mary.”
The vision of hell As she spoke these words, Mary opened her hands and rays of light from them seemed to penetrate the earth re-vealing to the children a terrifying vision of hell full of demons and lost souls amid indescribable horrors. This vision of hell was the first part of the 3-part secret of Fatima which was unknown until the writing of Sister Lucia’s Third Memoir dated August 31, 1941.
The children looked up to the sad face of the Blessed Virgin, who spoke to them kindly:
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immacu-late Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions 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 heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my
Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate
Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will
be granted to the world.”
This concludes the second part of the secret. The third part was not
made public until the year 2000 at the beatification ceremonies of
Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
Mary specifically told Lucia not to tell anyone about the secret at
this stage, apart from Francisco, before continuing: “When you pray
the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus! Forgive us, save us
from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who
are most in need.” After assuring Lucia that there was nothing more,
Mary disappeared off into the distance.
August 1917 As August 13th approached, the story of the apparitions
had reached the anti-religious secular press, and while this ensured
that the whole country knew about Fatima, it also meant that
many biased and negative reports were circulating. The children
were kidnapped on the morning of the 13th by the Mayor of Vila
Nova de Ourem, Arturo Santos. They were interrogated about the
secret; but despite his threats and promises of money, they refused
to divulge it. In the afternoon they were moved to the local prison
and threatened with death but determined that they would die rather
than reveal the secret.
On August 19, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were together at a place
called Valinhos, near Fatima, late in the afternoon, when they again
saw Mary, who spoke to Lucia: “Go again to the Cova da Iria on the
13th and continue to say the Rosary every day.” Mary also said she
would perform a miracle, so all would believe, and that if they had
not been kidnapped it would have been even greater.
Looking very sad, Mary then said: “Pray, pray very much, and make
sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are
none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them.” With that she rose
into the air and moved towards the east before disappearing.
By now the children had thoroughly absorbed Mary’s plea for prayer
and penance, and did everything they could to answer it. They
prayed for hours while lying prostrate on the ground and went as
long as they could without drinking in the burning heat of the Portuguese
summer. They also went without food as a sacrifice for sinners
to save them from hell, the vision of which had so profoundly effected
them. They even knotted some pieces of old rope around their
waists as a form of mortification, not removing them day or night.”
Through the intercession of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph,
St. Michael and St. Paul may our good Lord Jesus grant to us and the