I recently read a wonderful book called “Miracles of Mary: Apparitions, Legends, and Miraculous Works of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” by Michael S. Durham. Copyright, 1995, Blackberry Press. A fascinating read! Great way to introduce the Mother of Christ, Jesus, and her importance to people. It discusses the numerous visitations, warnings, healings and miracles she performed. Everyone should read it!
I learned a lot about the Virgin and the many influence she still has on the people of the world today. Not simply Christians. After finishing the book, I began to ponder over the material and kept coming back to one story in particular – the visitation at Fatima, Portugal. My worry is that history is repeating itself and that the warnings in Fatima are still valid today. Review the info below and see what you think?
A summary of what happened in Fatima per the information I read.
A) Her appearance there began on May 13, 1917 to three children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, and continued monthly until October 13, 1917.
B) Mary gave the three children a glimpse into Hell, “where poor souls go,” she said. This frightened the children but they were somehow able to withstand the terror. To save those souls, God wanted a devotion to the Immaculate Heart established.
C) Mary informed the children that World War I would end. However, if mankind does not stop offending God, a worse one would take its place.
(This was World War II.)
D) Mary predicted the early deaths of two of the children: Jacinta and Francisco. (They died of influenza a year and a half after her visit). Lucia was to remain. God wanted to use her to make Mary known and loved. Also, to establish the Immaculate Heart. To all those who embrace it, Mary promised salvation and their souls will be loved by God.
E) When Lucia asked about the two women in town that had died. Mary said one of the women was with her in heaven but the other was in Purgatory until the end of the world.
(I believe this was the first time the word Purgatory was ever used by the Virgin Mother. Giving it credibility.)
F) The children had three visits from an angel of dazzling white, who called himself the Angel of Peace. That same month, the first visitation with the blessed Virgin.
G) Mary instructed the children to say the rosary every day, and to add after each decade these words: “Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fire of Hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who have the most need of thy Mercy.”
H) Mary instructed the children to learn how to read and write.
I) Mary promised to never leave them and that her Immaculate Heart will be their refuge and the way to God.
J) Mary gave the three children, three secrets:
Secret 1 – She spoke of a night that will be lit by an unknown light in the night sky. It is a warning from God. He will punish the world by war, hunger, and persecution of the church.
(This was the foretelling of World War II. However, If I recall correctly, there were also comets or unknown lights that appeared in the night in 2015. They flew across the sky in numerous states. In addition, there are persecutions of Christians by ISIS. Seems to me God has started punishing mankind for their crimes against him, again.)
Secret 2 – To prevent this disaster Russia had to be consecrated to Mary’s Immaculate Heart and the communion of reparation on the first Saturday of the month. If Russia does not do this, then they will spread their errors through the entire world.
(This was obviously about World War II. But who’s to say it couldn’t happen again? ISIS is repeating Hitler’s reign, but instead of eliminating Jews only, they are trying to eliminate the church of Christ.)
Secret 3 – Lucia never told anyone of the third secret but did write it down and sealed it in an envelope. It was given to Pope John XXIII. He opened it in 1960 and read the contents but never revealed them. To this day, we still do not know what it contained.
K) Mary asked for a chapel to be erected on the spot she appears in her honor. Then instructed everyone to pray the Rosary daily.
L) Mary will only heal those who have not offended the Lord God.
M) A live tableau of the Holy Family appeared to all three children. St. Joseph had the Christ child on his arm and Mary was by his side. Then St. Joseph and the Christ child blessed the crowd that gathered by making the sign of the cross three times.
N) Only Lucia saw the next two tableaus. One of Our Lady of Sorrows with a sorrowful Christ child; and Mary as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with her infant son on her knee. Crowned as the Queen of Heaven and the world.
O) When the crowd of seventy thousand looked at the sun they said it danced and zigzag toward the earth. Then appeared as if it never moved. Yet the crowd said they saw it.
P) Lucia joined the Carmelite sisters in 1948.
So, what do you think? Could history be repeating itself? Could this be what was in the letter? Could the warning Mary gave us in Fatima, still be valid today?