October 13th Fatima Story School
“Finally, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!”
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children (near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917, 100 years ago. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn apart and divided by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.
Our Lady of Fatima explained to the children that war is a punishment for sin and warned that God would further discipline the world for its disobedience to His Will by means of war, hunger and the persecution of the Church, the Holy Father and the Catholic Faithful. God’s Mother prophesied that Russia would be God’s chosen “instrument of discipline,” spreading the “errors” of atheism, moral relativism, and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars and persecuting the Catholic Faithful everywhere.
In all Her appearances at Fatima, the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. To prevent the terrible punishment at the hands of Russia and to convert, Our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope together with all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked the Faithful to practice a new devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months (aka “The Five First Saturdays“)
The heart of Our Lady’s Message to the world is contained in what has come to be called the “Secret” which She confided to the three children in July 1917. The Secret actually consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying Vision of hell “where the souls of poor sinners go, because there is no one to pray for or make sacrifices for them,” and contained an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice – and especially encouraged devotion to Her Immaculate Heart in order to save more souls. The second part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and contained the Mother of God’s solemn request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. It also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia’s consecration and the return to the Catholic Faith. Unfortunately, the requested consecration was done late and Russia’s errors of atheism, moral relativism, and materialism have spread even to our country to this very day.
The last part of the Secret (often called the “Third Secret“) has not yet been made entirely public. Most informed sources speculate that this portion of the Secret concerns chaos in the Catholic Church, predicting widespread apostasy and a loss of faith beginning in the 1960’s.
The Catholic Church has officially endorsed the Fatima Message “as worthy of belief” since 1930.
At the time that She confided the Fatima Secret to the three shepherd children, the Blessed Virgin also promised that God would work a great miracle the following October “so that all may believe.” On October 13 1917, 100 years ago today, in the presence of 70,000 eyewitnesses, a miracle was worked in the sky above Fatima at the exact moment and in the precise spot that the children had announced earlier. Witnesses recounted that the sun appeared to actually “dance” in the sky and seemed to fall to the ground before resuming its normal place in the heavens. This event has now become known as “The Miracle of the Sun“ and has been justly characterized as the greatest supernatural occurrence of the 20th Century. It is a historical event.
The following is an eyewitness account from Dr. Jose Maria de Almeida Garret, professor at the faculty of Sciences of Coimbra, Portugal.
“The sky, which had been overcast all day, suddenly cleared; the rain stopped and it looked as if the sun were about to fill the countryside with light.”
“Suddenly I heard the uproar of thousands of voices, and I saw the whole multitude turn and look at the sun. I turned around, too, and I could see the sun, like a very clear disc, with its sharp edge, which gleamed without hurting my eyesight. It kept its light and heat, and stood out clearly in the sky, with a sharp edge, like a large gaming table. The most astonishing thing was to be able to stare at the sun for a long time, brilliant with light and heat, without hurting the eyes or damaging the retina. [During this time], the Blessed Virgin sun’s disc did not remain immobile, it had a giddy motion, and it spun round upon itself in a mad whirl.”
“During this solar phenomenon, which I have just described, there were also changes of color in the atmosphere. First, I saw everything had assumed an rose color. Objects around me, the sky and the atmosphere, were of the same color. Then everything both near and far had changed, taking on the color of yellow. Then, suddenly, one heard a clamor, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, in the color of blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was truly terrible.”
“All the phenomena which I have described were observed by me in a calm and serene state of mind without any emotional disturbance.”
Many other eyewitnesses reported physical, mental and spiritual healings not explainable by science.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, Almighty God tells us in Holy Scripture that the Mother of God will defeat the devil, his followers and their plots in Gen. 3:15; “I will put enmities between you and the Woman, and your seen and Her seed: She shall crush your head and you shalt lie in wait for Her heel.” In Her appearances at Fatima, the Mother of God solemnly promised us final victory over the forces of evil in our own time. “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph,” She told us, “the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me. Russia will be converted and a period of peace shall be given to mankind.”
At the heart of the Fatima Message is the promise of peace which the Blessed Virgin offers to all men and women of faith and good will. In both its simplicity and its universality, Our Lady’s Message is a unique Heaven-sent opportunity for all people everywhere to work for a real, lasting peace in our homes, churches and nations.
The Blessed Virgin Mary said at Fatima, that, “If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
Our Lady’s Peace Plan is founded on three simple, but powerful requests. The first is a request for prayer, most particularly the daily Holy Rosary and the devotion of the Brown Scapular. The second calls for us to make acts of reparation for the sins and outrages perpetrated against God’s Grace and blasphemies against the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The third request is for consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, both on a personal basis and, publicly, that of Russia (and Russia specifically) by the Pope and all the world’s bishops.
Immediately following Mass, we will gather at the grotto across the street and pray the rosary in reparation for our sins and peace!
Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us