This week we continue with the story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
Peace in Jesus Fernando Montano
On August 13 there was a large crowd assembled at the apparition site, but the children were prevented from attending at the request of the Mayor of Vila Nove de Ourem, Arturo Santos. In spite of intense interrogations, the children held their ground and refused to reveal the Secret, despite temptations of money and threats of painful deaths.
On August 19, the children saw Mary who said, “Go again to the Cova da Iria on the 13th and continue to say the Rosary every day."
Mary also said she would perform a miracle so that all would believe, but it would not be as grand as planned because the civil authorities had wrongly kidnapped and interrogated the children.
Looking very sad, Mary added, "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them." With that she rose into the air disappeared to the east.
On September 13 a very large crowd had gathered. Again, after the flash of light, Mary appeared to the children and said, “Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Dolors and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the daytime."
Lucia spoke to Mary on behalf of people who had asked for cures and Mary responded, "Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe." With that she rose, moved to the east, and disappeared.
On October 13, 1917, a crowd estimated at about 70,000 or more found their way to the Cova da Iria because of reports that a great miracle would take place. The children had to be guided to the holmoak tree because of the converging crowds.
They saw the flash of light and Mary appeared before them. Lucia asked what she wanted and she responded, “I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes."
To be continued next week...