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The Miracle at Fatima
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Our Lady of Fatima

At Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared on six occasions to three little children, Francis, a boy of nine, his sister, Jacinta, seven, and their cousin Lucy, ten. On October 13, 1917, the day of the last apparition 70,000 men and women of all classes witnessed a miracle to prove what the children had said and as the Blessed Mother had promised.

Then all at once, the sun began to spin round an round, just like a wheel of fire, casting in every direction, like a gigantic magic lantern, enormous beams of light; green, red, blue, violet and of every color painting the clouds, the earth, the huge crow in fantastic fashion.

After a few minutes the sun stood still, only to begin again a second and then a third time the same whirling dance in a fairy-like maze of light. While this stupendous spectacle is holding the wrapt attention of the 70,000 people, the Blessed Moth presents to the children, as she had promised the a series of living tableaux. In succession, at the side of the sun, appear: 

The Holy Family, Our Lady of the Rosary with St. Joseph carrying the Infant Jesus.

Our Lord, grown up, lovingly blessing the crowd.

Our Blessed Mother, herself, as the Lady of Sorrows.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the scapular in hand.

As the tableaux faded, there came the climactic finale : The sun, after its magic dance of fire, ceased to turn, and like a gigantic wheel, which by the very movement of turning had become loosened, detached itself from the firmament and hurled down towards the crowd crouching, terror­-stricken on the ground, convinced that this was the end of the world foretold in the Gospels.

From all the vast multitude, suddenly on its knees in fear of death, arose the most ardent supplications, the most fervent acts of contrition.

But the end did not come. As if stayed by the Divine Hand, the sun stopped in its headlong descent. When the first fearful heads were raised, the marvels had vanished and the sun was shining in its usual place in the sky.   

Our Lady of Fatima foretold many of the events following World War I and the horrors of World War II. Through these children of Portugal she has given a special program of prayer and devotion to lead the world back to God.

Here is the specific program requested by Our Lady of Fatima:

(a) Frequent, daily if possible, recitation of the Ro­sary, especially by the whole family.

(b) The reception of Holy Communion, after Con­fession, as an act of reparation to her Immaculate Heart on the first Saturday of five successive months.
(c) Saying five decades of the Rosary on those days.

(d) Meditating, reflecting on the mysteries of the Rosary for fifteen minutes some time during the day on which we receive our Communion of repa­ration.
(e) To add at the end of each decade of the beads the following brief prayer: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, deliver us from the fire of Hell, and give relief to the souls in Purgatory, especially the most aban­doned souls.”

There is also a most remarkable promise as revealed by Lucy, . . .:

“I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who on the First Saturday of five consecutive months receive Holy Communion, say the Rosary and spend a quar­ter of an hour with me in meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary with the object of making reparation to me."

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima have been approved by the Church and the official Statue blessed by the Holy Father Pope Pius XII. Great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima has progressed throughout the world. A replica of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, referred to as the Pilgrim Virgin, is being transported to various parts of the world.

 

Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, my Mother, I come to you this day as a little child in prayer. I beg to make this offering of my heart as simple and childlike as I can. The three little ones of Fatima have taught us what it is that pleases your maternal heart.

I earnestly desire that all the people of the world be brought back to a humble knowledge and love of the Sacred Heart of your dear Son. I pray, dear Mother of my God, that the indescribable beauty and the glow-white purity of your own Immaculate Heart may so captivate our souls that we will detest all sin and dedi­cate our lives to the honor and glory of the God Who created us.


As much as I feel the need of many things, I do not dare in this novena, Mother Mary, to ask one selfish petition for my­self. You revealed the secrets of your own sad heart at Fatima and begged for the restoration of the world to God. What can I ask of greater good than to unite my heart to yours in this great yearning? What can I add but the fervent prayer that all the world may listen to your pleading?


I give my heart to you, my heavenly Queen, and in utmost confidence I leave to you the choice of what is best for me in answer to my prayer of love and repa­ration. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, I give you my heart. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, I put my trust entirely in you.


Immaculate Heart of the Mother of my God we implore, through your powerful intercession the conversion of the hearts of men, complete victory over sin and return of peace which you have promised.

 

Reprinted from
Saint John's Sunday Missal and Every Day Prayer Book

Nihil Obstat
John M. a. Fearns, S. T. D.

Censor Liborum

 

Imprimatur
Francis Cardinal Spellman
Archbishop of New York