In the Fuentes interview, there are a few lines in which Sister Lucy gives away the basic content of the third secret.

Lucy said “My mission is not to indicate to the world the material punishments which are certain to come if the world does not pray and do penance beforehand. No, my mission is to indicate to everyone the imminent danger we are in of losing our souls for all eternity if we remain obstinate in sin.”

If this is rearranged according to the structure of the second secret, it looks like this.

If we remain obstinate in sin, we are in imminent danger of losing our souls for all eternity.

If the world does not pray and do penance, it is certain that the world will suffer material punishments.

The Secret consists of Spiritual and Material punishments. The danger of losing our souls is imminent, that is to say nearby, close. She said this in 1957. The spiritual chastisement comes first. The material punishments come later. The spiritual chastisement will be in progress in 1960. At that time, it will be “more clear”.

The heart of the Secret is that there will be a spiritual chastisement which involves the eternal loss of many souls. It brings to mind what Malachi Martin said on the Art Bell radio show. He said that in the Third Secret was something worse, far worse than the annihilation of nations and the extermination of peoples. It “would terrify people, would fill confessionals on Saturday night, would fill the cathedrals, the basilicas, and the churches with believers on their knees, beating their breasts.”

What is terrifying is that the world has rejected God’s wishes, and that God has abandoned the world to the devil. He has written off modern culture. Enormous numbers of souls will be condemned for all eternity for having neglected Mary. Mary said to Lucy, “So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me.” The world has rejected the request for the daily rosary, for prayer and penance, for the First Saturdays, for the Consecration of Russia, and for “His design of love, which is to grant all graces to men through the mediation of Immaculate Virgin... The refusal... is a fault which gravely wounds His Heart. ... no inclination to pardon them.”

No Crime More Unpardonable

The offenses stack up. Lucy said “For Our Savior, there is no crime more unpardonable than to despise His Most Holy Mother. It is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will not be forgiven in this life or the next.

The reason the Churches and confessionals would be filled on Saturday night is that anyone who had not been saying the daily rosary and doing the First Saturdays, will rightly be terrified of being damned. Even those who have said the daily rosary will be shaking in their boots.

What are non catholics to do? Pray and do penance. Sister Lucy told Father Fuentes “The two means to save the world are prayer and sacrifice.” Padre Pio said that Jesus came to make an alliance with men of good will. It was not exclusively Catholic.

In 1984, the Bishop of Fatima, speaking with an insiders knowledge of the Secret, said that “the loss of faith of a continent is worse than the annihilation of a nation: and it is true that faith is continually diminishing in Europe.” This agrees with the logical sequence. First the faith will be lost. Then the world will be punished. He was saying in a guarded way that Europe was losing the faith and that war and natural catastrophe would inevitably follow.

Another Summary of the Third Secret

When, in 1943, Sister Lucy was asked by her bishop, to write the Third Secret, she encountered great difficulty. Months passed during which she tried several times to write the secret. Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucy to tell her to write the Secret. Sister Lucy was then able to act in peace and in assurance that she was acting in accord with God’s will. She was able to write the Secret.

If it had been just a matter of wars or natural disasters, Sister Lucy would not have anguished over writing the secret. It was something far worse. Something which made her shudder.

At one point during her struggle, she said it was not absolutely necessary to do so, “since in a certain manner, she has already said it.” What had Our Lady said? She has said “In Portugal the dogmas of the Faith will always be preserved.” And by implication, that they would be lost elsewhere.

War and annihilation

The Madonna had also already said that war was a punishment for sin. “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 that several nations will be annihilated.” Our Lady is saying that war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father would follow if the First Saturdays of Reparation and the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart were not performed.