This is the final instalment of the article of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
Peace in Jesus Fernando Montano
As before, Lucia told the Blessed Mother the petitions people had requested of her, to which She responded, "Some, yes; others, no. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins." Then she grew sadder and said, "They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended." Lucia then asked, “Do you want anything more?” to which Mary responded, “Nothing more.”
Rising into the air and opening her hands towards the sun,?she pointed towards the sun with light emanating from Her hands. Later, Lucia did not remember shouting, “There she goes! There she goes!” At the same time, the clouds parted and the sun appeared as a dull grey disk, pale as the moon.
To the left of the sun, the children saw Saint Joseph from the chest up, holding the Child Jesus. Together they made the Sign of the Cross three times over the world. To the right of the sun, Our Lady was dressed in the blue and white robes of Our Lady of the Rosary. Lucia was given the privilege of seeing Our Lord dressed in red as the Divine Redeemer, from the chest up, blessing the world. Beside Him stood Our Lady dressed now in the purple robes of Our Lady of Sorrows. Finally, She appeared clothed in the simple brown robes of Mount Carmel.
As the crowd watched, they did not see all the visions to which the children were favoured, but they were able to gaze directly at the sun as it faded and glowed in different ways. It gave off amazing shafts of colourful light in various directions as it appeared to spin and dance.? Suddenly, it appeared to zig-zag downward, hurtling toward the people. Many screamed out in terror, many begging for mercy, others praying the Act of Contrition.? As suddenly as it had appeared to be falling toward them, the sun swerved back into its orbit and took its normal place. The rain had stopped and everything, including the muddy ground, was dry. The promised miracle had indeed occurred as promised.
In 1935, Jacinta’s body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt. Pope John Paul beatified Jacinta and Francisco on May 13, 2000 during the Jubilee Year. On February 14, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the cause of the beatification for Sister Lucia who died on February 13, 2005. On the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco.
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