This week we continue with the story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
Peace in Jesus Fernando Montano
When autumn came, the Angel appeared to them again, this time holding a chalice in his hand. A host hovered above it from which blood dropped into the chalice. The Angel left the chalice and Host suspended in mid-air and prostrated himself on the ground saying, "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners."
The angel then arose and, taking the chalice and Host, he gave the Host to Lucia, and the contents of the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco while saying, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”
Again, the Angel prostrated himself on the ground and again repeated with the children three times the Most Holy Trinity prayer before disappearing.
The following spring, on May 13, 1917, the three children took their flocks out to pasture in the Cova da Iria when two bright flashes of something like lightning from out of the clear blue sky startled them. Lucia describes what the children saw next above a holmoak tree, “A lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water, lit by burning sunlight."
The Lady smiled and said, “Do not be afraid, I will not harm you.” Lucia asked from where she came and what she wanted.
The Lady pointed to the sky saying, “I come from heaven. I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire. And I shall return here yet a seventh time.”
Lucia asked if they would go to heaven. The Lady told her that she and Jacinta would go to heaven, but Francisco would need to say many rosaries first. Then she said, “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia, with the approval of the other two children, agreed, and the Lady continued, “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” As she said this, the Lady opened her hands and a stream of light on the children allowed them to see themselves in God. The Lady finished, “Say the rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” The Lady then rose up into the air, moving east, until she disappeared.
On June 13, 1917 the three seers were joined by about 50 people as they awaited the Lady’s next promised visit. Again, the children saw a flash of light followed by the apparition of Mary. She said to Lucia, "I want you to come on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary every day, and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want."
When Lucia asked her to take them to heaven, Mary said, "I will take Jacinta and Francisco shortly; but you will stay here for some time to come. Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."
To be continued next week...