Fatima 13 May 1917: 99th anniversary – First Apparition of Mary

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Our Lady of Fatima (Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC)

In the words of Ven. Lúcia de Jesus Rosa dos Santos (Irmã Maria Lúcia de Jesus e do Coração Imaculado, O.C.D.):

And we began to go down the slope driving the sheep towards the road. When we were half-way down, near a holm oak there, we saw another flash of lightening, and after a few steps we saw on a holm oak a lady dressed in white, shining brighter than the sun, giving out rays of clear and intense light, just like a crystal goblet full of pure water when the fiery sun passes through it. We stopped astounded by the Apparition. We were so near that we were in the light that encircled her, or which she radiated, perhaps a meter and a half away.

“Please don’t be afraid of me, I’m not going to harm you.” “Where are you from?” “I come from heaven.” The Lady wore a pure white mantle, edged with gold and which fell to her feet. In her hands the beads of a rosary shone like stars, with its crucifix the most radiant gem of all. The Lady’s presence produced in her only gladness and confident joy. “And what do you want of me?” “I want you to return here on the thirteenth of each month for the next six months, and at the very same hour. Later I shall tell you who I am, and what it is that I most desire. And I shall return here yet a seventh time.”

“And shall I go to heaven?” “Yes, you will.” “And Jacinta?” “She will go too.” “And Francisco?” “Francisco, too, my dear, but he will first have many Rosaries to say.” For a few moments the Lady looked at Francisco with compassion, tinged with a little sadness. Lucia then remembered some friends who had died. “Is Maria Neves in heaven?” “Yes, she is.” “And Amelia?” “She is in purgatory.”

“Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?” “Oh, we will, we will!” “Then you will have a great deal to suffer, but the grace of God will be with you and will strengthen you.” She opened her hands, and we were bathed in a heavenly light that appeared to come directly from her hands. The light’s reality cut into our hearts and our souls, and we knew somehow that this light was God, and we could see ourselves embraced in it. By an interior impulse of grace we fell to our knees, repeating in our hearts: “Oh, Holy Trinity, we adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.””Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.”

After that she began to rise slowly in the direction of the east, until she disappeared in the immense distance. The light that encircles Her seemed to make a way amidst the stars, and that is why we sometimes said we had seen the heavens open.

/// So, to the heart of it: Keeping our sights on heaven and not forgetting those in purgatory, this is about suffering in atonement for sin and for the conversion of sinners:

“Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?”

“Oh, we will, we will!”

“Then you will have a great deal to suffer, but the grace of God will be with you and will strengthen you.”

“Oh, Holy Trinity, we adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.”

“Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.”

N.B. The title of our Lady of Fatima is actually “Our Lady of the Rosary.”

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6 responses to “Fatima 13 May 1917: 99th anniversary – First Apparition of Mary

  1. sanfelipe007

    I have a preamble (that has grown over time) that I say before a Rosary, its origin I have long forgotten, but pieced together from the Saints, and others. It started out very small, just a simple intention for a Rosary.

    Preamble:
    Oh God, I offer this Rosary to the BVM out of love for thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for the outrages committed against Thy Sacred Heart and Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Oh Lord, I pray for the intentions of the BVM, for the intentions of Pope N, and Pope N, for my mother’s and Father’s intention’s, and my brothers and sisters good intentions. I pray for all those who have asked for my prayers and for all those who need them, especially… (a long list of children, by name, I have personally known, that have suffered)…and all children who have been abused, exploited, or neglected. I pray for the release of the Holy souls in Purgatory and that the captives may be freed, especially Fr. Gordon,Fr. N* and all who’ve been falsely imprisoned. I add this very special intention; that the Holy Father, N, will solemnly define the fifth Marian Dogma, so that the Immaculate Heart of Mary may triumph over the world. May the lady of all nations, The BVM, be our advocate.

    I believe in God…

    Yes, it seems long-winded, but I have great trouble beginning a Rosary without it. Like sitting in a pew without, first, Genuflecting, or without making the sign of the cross before saying Grace. It is an interior impulse.

    * This is where I put in the names of poor priests (like you, Father George) who need prayers, even if they are not in a concrete prison.

  2. Father George David Byers

    5th=Advocate or co-Redemptrix or both?

  3. I thought co-Redemptrix was already a dogma? No?

  4. Father George David Byers

    No, not at all. Saint John Paul II mentioned the phrase some dozens of times. Sister Lucia of Fatima mentioned it very many times as well. Others, perhaps for political-ecumenical reasons, hesitate with the phrase, wanting another way to say this. It strikes me that this should be the way I should go about my popular version of the thesis on Genesis. There is very much in Genesis 3:15…

  5. Father George David Byers

    Yes. I’ve known Miravalle and Calkins since the 1980s. I think the more Scripturally based this is, the better chance it has…

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