Today is the 102nd anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal, on October 13, 1917. I have updated last year’s post and hope that you will find it useful.
102 years ago today, Heaven came to earth. Here is the Message and the Promise for us today.
Today we mark the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun during Our Lady’s Sixth Visit to Fatima. In order to understand the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, we will briefly review the historical account of the event considering three aspects, the words of Our Lady, the Visions seen by the children and then the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by the spectators. For our detailed account of the October 13 visit, please see: “The Sixth Visit, October 13, 1917“.
On this sixth and last visit, Our Lady’s words to Jacinta, Francisco and Lúcia were, “I want a chapel to be built here in my honor. I am ‘Our Lady of the Rosary.’ Continue to say the Rosary every day. …. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins.” Then, growing sadder, “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”
“I want a chapel to be built in my honor”
This refers back to the visit of June 13 when Our Lady told Lúcia, “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 …” In this, she states clearly that it is Jesus Christ Our Lord who wants to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Note the word, “establish”: For it is only by the authority of the Vicar of Christ that devotions are “established”. The laity do not establish devotions nor grant indulgences to them. Thus, Our Lady and Our Lord ask for the obedience of the Pope. She is asking the Holy Father to lead his flock to devotion to her Immaculate Heart as a sure remedy in the coming trials.
“I am Our Lady of the Rosary”
These are fighting words! By identifying herself as Our Lady of the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin indicates her intention to do as she has done before, to fight and conquer heresy and drive it out by means of her Rosary. As with the Albigenses, who disdained her and predictably disdained life as well, so it will be with the modernists who infest the Holy Church now. As it was at Lepanto, so it will be soon, those who seek to destroy Christian civilization will be vanquished. We have her word on this!.
“Pray the Rosary Every Day”
At every visit, from May 13 onwards, Our Lady stressed the necessity of the daily Rosary. She did not spend time on pleasantries, did not thank the children for being there (as in false apparitions), did not even get into the finer details of how we are to pray the Rosary. Simply, Pray the Rosary every day! Therefore, we conclude that it is impossible to comply with Our Lady’s Message if we fail this small but essential step. When people tell me, “I am not interested in the Rosary”, I try to help them see that this is the reason they absolutely must pray the Rosary! Our Lady told Blessed Alan de la Roche, “Know, my son, that a probable and proximate sign of eternal damnation is aversion for, lukewarmness and carelessness in saying the Angelic Salutation…” Distaste for her Rosary is an indication of danger, a warning that a soul is drifting from the true path.
“People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins”
The Message of Fatima is clear on this point: God’s justice is deeply offended by our sins. While He is infinitely merciful to those who sincerely repent, His Justice demands that His children confess their sins and repent them. It is a great tragedy that those deepest in sin lose their awareness of their plight. They become so inured in their sins that they are unable to repent, and thus, the most Merciful Virgin calls to us, her children to pray the Rosary and offer reparation, beseeching her Divine Son, Who will come to be our Judge, to grant us the graces to repent our sins. We must do this!