The Third Secret of Fatima

The Fatima Story

Chapter Two The Fatima Story  121512 

   The muffled roar of the engines reminded her of banshee wails.

She opened her case and pulled out the leather bound book on fatima. Her fingers touched the leather bookcase. She held it for a while. It was her habit to let her fingers make friends with a book. That it might open itself to her. She thought that it was not all about the mind. She had read as a girl that the ancient romans believed that objects had a will of their own. It was best to treat them with a measure of personal respect in order that they might correspond with her. Once the friendship was made, there was no longer a clear line between book and reader. 

    She began reading in the middle. Ever since she was a child, she would start reading by opening a book at random. Then after a couple minutes, she would usually begin the discipline of going to the beginning. At the end of her reading time, she would again open randomly the unread portion. When in later readings, she would come across the pages she had previously read, it was like meeting an old friend. The places, she had been there before. The people, she had met them before.

   

   In 1915, a little shepherd girl and her companions in Portugal saw a figure wreathed in white among the treetops. The next spring, the girl and her two cousins were visited by an angel. The angel looked liked a boy of fourteen, translucent and filled with light as a crystal water pitcher might look in the sunlight, but so much brighter. The oldest was Lucy who was nine. Her cousin Francisco was eight and his sister Jacinta was six. The angel commanded the children to pray with him. He prostrated himself on the ground. He said to pray a great deal, that Jesus and Mary would hear the voice of their supplications. They felt compelled to prostrate themselves on the ground. They remained on the ground repeating the prayers that the angel had taught them. Hours later, the boy noticed that dusk was settling in around them. Their sheep were patiently waiting to be taken home.

   The angel appeared to them again in the summer and once more in the fall. Asking for sacrifices and reparations for sins.

    The following year was 1917. At noon on May 13, the children were pasturing their sheep in a remote hollow among the hills outside of Fatima. They saw a flash of lightning and scurried to return home before a storm. There was a second flash and they were stunned to encounter a beautiful Lady.  

   She said that She was from heaven and that She wanted the children to come back to see her for the next five months at noon at the same place. She asked them to say the daily rosary. Before leaving, She enveloped them in a cloud in which they had a sense that they had seen God. They had seen themselves filled with light. 

   

The Second Apparition.

   On June 13, a few dozen people walked with the children to the Cova to see what would happen. Again at noon, they saw a  flash of lightning and small white cloud which came from the east and settled over the same holm oak tree. While the children were in ecstasy, some heard the sound of a distant voice, like the sound of a buzzing bee.

   Lucy said to the Lady, “Your Grace, what do you want of us?” The Madonna said,

    “I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month and pray the rosary every day and I want you to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.” Lucy asked for the cure of a sick person. The Madonna said, “If she is converted, she will be cured within a year.” 

To establish devotion to My Immaculate Heart.

    The Madonna told Lucy that Jesus wished to establish “devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; These souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.”

    Lucy said that "In front of the palm of Our Lady's right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it." "We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation."

 The light from Our Lady's palms "penetrated to our inmost hearts," said Lucy.

   Afterwards, the bystanders saw a white cloud drift off to the east and heard what sounded like a rocket in the distance.

She was all light.

Lucy said that the Lady seemed to be a real person of ineffable beauty. Her eyes were black. Her hands were “joined on top of the breast. From the right hand there hung a beautiful Rosary with white beads, brilliant as pearls, ending in a little cross of silver, which also sparkles. The feet... gently come down onto a little ermine cloud which comes over the green branches of the shrub.”

“The dress, which is snow white, falls right down to the feet... A white veil with edges adorned with fine braided gold, covers the head, the shoulders, and falling almost as low as the dress, envelops the whole body.” Two gold cords fell from the neck and were joined at the waist by a tassel. 

The Third Apparition.

   The next month, a crowd of 5,000 gathered at the place of the apparitions. When the children arrived, they knelt and began saying the rosary. Soon after, Lucy called out, “Shut your umbrellas. The Lady is coming.” The air cooled and the sun dimmed as if in an eclipse. A white cloud traveled from the east to the west and rested on the holm oak. A whitish cloud formed around the children.

   Lucy passed into ecstasy and asked “ What does your Grace want of me?” The Lady said “I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month and continue to say the rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and an end to the war, for She alone can help.” Lucy asked, “ I would like to ask who you are and to perform a miracle so that people can believe that you are appearing to us.” The Lady answered, “Continue to come here every month and in October I will tell you who I am and what I want. And I will perform a miracle so that everyone may see and believe.”

   Lucy was heard to say “She wants people to recite the rosary. People must recite the rosary.” Then the Lady said “Sacrifice yourself for sinners and say often especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O, my Jesus,

this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’

The Vision of Hell.

   The Lady opened Her arms. Light from her hands penetrated and opened the earth. The children beheld “a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent”. They saw a multitude of souls falling into hell “like snowflakes.” They were terrified. The Lady said to them, “You saw Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. 

   “In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If people will do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another even worse, will begin in the reign of Pius XI. 

Request for Consecration of Russia and the First Saturdays

   “When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives that he is about to punish the world by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I will come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

   “If people will attend to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread it errors throughout the world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and Various Nations will be Annihilated. 

   “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russian to Me. It will be converted and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.” She then asked the children to add to the end of each decade of the rosary “O, My Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.” Then there was a thunderclap. Lucy said “There she goes. There she goes.” And the little cloud disappeared in the east.

The Fourth Apparition.

   On the morning of the thirteenth of August, the children were taken away by the local administrator. Nearly 15,000 people at gathered at the site of the apparitions. At noon there was a great thunderclap, then a bright flash of light. A little white cloud came from the east and settled on the holm oak. It stayed a few minutes and then rose and disappeared. For a few minutes, the people noticed a strange light. 

   “While looking around us, we observed a strange thing, which we had already seen the previous time, and which we were going to see again in the future. The faces of the people had all the colors of the rainbow: pink, red, blue ... The trees did not appear to have branches and leaves but only flowers; everything seemed laden with flowers, and every leaf appeared to be a flower. The ground was covered with squares of different colors. Clothes were also of every color of the rainbow.”

 

The Fifth Apparition.

   On September 13th 1917, the crowd saw the same globe of light advancing from the east and settling on the holm oak. Then there was a rain of colored flower petals which disappeared as they reached the ground. Lucy called out “You must pray.” Thousands dropped to their knees and began to pray. Lucy asked the Lady “What do you want of me?” “I want you to continue to pray the rosary every day in order to obtain the end of the war. In October, Our Lord will come also and Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph with the Child Jesus to bless the world.” It was the shortest of the apparitions.

Sixth Apparition

  October 13, saw the last of the six apparitions. It was the day that the Lady promised to perform a miracle so that all could see and believe. A crowd of 70,000 had gathered in the field of the apparitions. Rain had fallen for three days. Lucy’s mother asked her to go to confession, because if there was no miracle, “We will all be killed.” Lucy said not to worry, that the Lady would keep her promise.

   Around noon solar time, Lucy called out ”Knell down. Our Lady is coming. I have seen the flash.” A mist enveloped the children to a height of about fifteen feet. “What do you want of me.” “I am the Lady of the Rosary. I would like a chapel built here in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the rosary every day. Men must amend their lives and ask for pardon. Do not offend God anymore, for He is already too greatly offended.”

Ominous Dance of the Sun

   As the Lady rose to leave, She threw light at the sun. The clouds parted abruptly and the sun appeared and was easy to look at. The sun began to spin. It radiated a multitude of sparks and colors. It began to move and rotate wildly. Three times it violently zig zagged almost to treetop level. The people were overwhelmed with fear. They cried and prayed aloud. They thought it was the end of the world. The crowd had been standing in ankle deep mud from three days of rain. Their clothing was soaked. Afterwards, they found that the ground was dry and their clothing was dry and clean, as if it had just been laundered. 

   Cap closed the book and thought to herself “why haven’t I heard of this.” She considered herself to be well informed. She was surprised that something of this magnitude had slipped by her. After taking a nap, Cap resumed reading. 

   At Fatima, The Madonna told the children that She would come back later to ask for the First Saturdays Devotion and the Consecration of Russia. She would do this to prevent war and suffering. In 1925, She returned to fulfill the first part of that promise. Lucy was an eighteen year old postulant of the Dorothean Sisters at their convent in Ponteverda, Spain. After supper on Thursday December 10, Lucy was visited by Our Lady. Beside her was the Child Jesus standing on a luminous cloud. Lucy’s cell was so small that the Madonna rested her hand on Lucy’s shoulder.

A Heart Encircled by Thorns. 

   Lucy later wrote in the third person, “And as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand. At the same time, the Child said ”Have compassion on the heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with Thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment. And there is no one make an act of reparation to remove them.”

   Then the Most Holy Virgin said, “Look, My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

   Lucy communicated the request to her superiors. Little was done in response. 

   

The Request for the Consecration of Russia. 

   A few years passed, and the Madonna returned to fulfill the second part of her promise. On June 13 1929, Lucy was making a holy hour in the convent chapel between 11 pm and midnight. She would sometimes prostrate herself. Other times, she would knell with her arms in the form of a cross. While she was praying, a supernatural light illuminated the chapel. In the midst of a vision about the Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Fatima appeared. She held Her Immaculate Heart in her left hand, with a crown of thorns and flames. She said, “The moment has come when God asks the Holy Father, to make, with all the bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.”

   With sadness in Her eyes, the Madonna went on to say “So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.” 

    The Madonna promised that if Her requests were honored, the next war would be avoided and that Russia would be converted and that all wars would cease. If not, She predicted that the next war would begin in the reign of Pius XI. 

   As Cap’s plane bounced along in the turbulence of the North Atlantic, she read about Lucy after the requests. In August 1931, Lucy was not in good health. The requests of heaven laid heavily upon her. She had been unsuccessful. She had been sent by her superiors to Rianjo, a small seaside town near Pontevedra, where she was to rest in a friendly house. It was there that Lucy had an apparition of Jesus. He said, “Make it known to My ministers that given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My request, that they will follow him into misfortune.”

 Soon after, the pope learned of the dual requests but did not act upon them. 

   

Like the King of France, it will be late. 

   A year later, Our Lord complained to Sister Lucy. “They did not want to heed my request. Like the King of France they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors throughout the world provoking wars and persecutions against the Church; the Holy Father will have much to suffer.”


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