Words, just words

PART I

The Words of the Virgin

Let’s return for a moment to the words of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima. We’ll let this post be the start and reference for a discussion about what Our Lady actually said and meant at Fatima one hundred years ago. Today, not much comment, just the words Our Lady of the Rosary used in imparting her message one hundred years ago.

May 13, 1917

Our Lady to the three shepherd children, “Do not fear! I will do you no harm.”   Then, in reply to Lucia’s question: I am of Heaven.” Thus she recalls to us her prerogative as The Immaculate Conception, by which she is uniquely privileged to claim, “I am of Heaven“.

To Lucia’s question, Shall I go to Heaven too? “Yes, you will.” And Jacinta? “She will go also.” And Francisco? “He will go too, but he must say many rosaries.”

Lucia then asked if  two young girls she knew who had died recently had gone to heaven. The beautiful Lady answered of the first girl, Maria das Neves, Yes, she is.” But of the second, known to us only as Amelia, the Lady said, “She shall be in purgatory until the end of the world.”  [We will address this issue later.]

To Lucia’s inquiry, “What does Your Grace want of me?” The Lady replied,

“I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day, at this same hour. Later on, I will tell you who I am and what I want. Afterwards, I will return here yet a seventh time.”

“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 sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia answered, “Yes, we are willing!” Our Lady then told them, “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

Lucia tells us that as Our Lady said those last words, she spread her hands communicating to us … a light so intense … its rays penetrated our hearts and the innermost depths of our souls making us see ourselves in God, Who was that Light.” The children then, moved by an inner impulse, knelt down and prayed, “O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee!. My God, my God, I love Thee in the most Blessed Sacrament!”

The Lady then said, “Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war.”

 June 13, 1917

Lucia asked as she did the first time, “What does Your Grace want of me?”  The Lady replied,

“I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary each day, and to learn how to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.”

When Lucia asked her about curing a sick person, Our Lady answered, “If he is converted, he will be cured during the year.”

Lucia then bravely said, “I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.”

“Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne.”

“Am I to stay here alone?”

“No, my daughter. Are you suffering a great deal? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.”

Lucia explains that as Our Lady said this, she once again communicated that immense Light to them. Jacinta and Francisco were in the portion which went up to Heaven and Lucia remained in the portion spread out on earth. But this time, Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lucia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

July 13, 1917

Our Lady told the children, “I want you…to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war because only she can help you!

Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.

Sacrifice yourselves for poor sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ ”

As she spoke these last words, once again, Our Lady opened her hands and released light, but this time the light penetrated the earth and the children were given the brief but frightening vision of Hell. We have described this elsewhere.

Following the terrible vision of Hell, “You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, 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 and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

“To prevent this I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

“In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.

“When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery, ‘Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.’ “

“No, I do not want anything more of you today.”

August 19, 1917

This apparition was delayed due to the arrest of the children by the Masonic civil authorities. When she appeared to them at Valinhos, Our Lady told the children,

“I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.”

“Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to Hell because there are none to make sacrifices and pray for them.”

September 13, 1917

“Continue to pray the Rosary every day… In the last month, in October, I shall perform a miracle so that all may believe.”

“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 Dolours 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.”

In answer to Lucia’s questions about the many healings she had been requested to ask of her, Our Lady said, “Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October I will perform a miracle so that all will believe.”

October 13, 1917

On this day, Our Lady of the Rosary kept her promise and performed her astonishing Miracle of the Sun “So that all may believe”. On this, the sixth visit, her words:

“I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honor. 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.”

Asked once again about requested healings, “Some yes, but not others. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins.”

At this point, Our Lady uttered the words which Lucia spoke of later, 

“Of all the words spoken at this apparition the words most deeply engraved upon my heart are those of the request made by our Heavenly Mother: “Do not offend Our Lord and God any more, for He is already too much offended.”

I promised not to burden this post with excessive comment, but hope that you note the regal, commanding tone of this Queen of the Holy Rosary. She played no parlor tricks with them, kissed no Rosaries, did not cause them to walk backwards, or appear to drop the Child Jesus. She did not thank them for taking their precious time to spend with her.

She is the Immaculate Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the time to come, Our Lord Himself would appear to Sister Lucia in order to confirm the importance of her message and reinforce it with a rather severe warning. But that is for next time.

In Part II, we will briefly cover Our Lady’s subsequent visits and words to Sister Lucia and focus in on the gist of her message. In the meantime, please spend some time reviewing her statements in the above post, and note how they relate to the common memes circulating in the Catholic media today.

To those who remain with me, thank you so much for reading and please always, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

St. Joseph, Patron of families, pray for us, pray for our priests!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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