the true story of fatima
She clutched at the baby and covered it with kisses, not at all like the others around here who thought a baby was just a baby. ", "Who does she look at? The family was wrong. Lucia went home that Sunday evening guarding preciously her knowledge of the Lady who came from heaven. Later he became a great admirer of Fatima, and declared that his great desire was to celebrate Mass in the Cova da Iria before he died. she asked. What's this? Obedience to the bishop required that it be revealed to no one, not even to her closest relatives and friends. The cures of the sick ones? He was anything but a coward. Yet as quickly, and as strangely then, she is wearing a mantle of blue, and with her, in fidelity to the promise she has made, is St. Joseph, with the Christ Child in his arms. 20 That all this was not an empty threat is indicated by the fact that the Rev. It is almost time for the apparition. At the bottom of the stairs, so they could hear him, he said, "You can be sure I treated the children very well.". ", "We have to," Jacinta said. Given the indubitable reference to God, and the general context of the story, it seems that we must attribute to Him alone the most obvious and colossal miracle of history. The people themselves turned this last colour. "We must go now, or perhaps we will never see them again!". One day an automobilean item rarely seen in Aljustrel, stopped before the pale stucco home of the Marto's, and out of it stepped their priestly friend, Dr. Formigao. So I took the money home and counted it. The children were shocked; they looked betrayed; only their love for their Lady was able to rally them to defiance of Lucia, who had guided all their actions till now. She had a romantic label for all the natural beauties she was able to behold. Consequently, a whole year later, Mayor Pavilon found himself submitting once more, an official reminder to the Sub-delegate of Public Health: It appears that the well in the Cova da Iria continues to remain open, constituting a menace to public health and sanitation, in view of the fact that the said water is full of dirt and microbes. Try to console our Lady in this way, and get many others to do the same. Your Reverence can ask them any question you like." They had been deeply moved by the strange events in the Cova da Iria on the August 13th just past. Olimpia Marto solved this problem by permitting Jacinta a few of their own flock to take along with Lucia. "Like that statue of St. Quiteria, Jacinta? It's enough to upset a man. Pius PP XII. Lucia's thoughts turned inward to personal problems. This lady was a believer in the apparitions of Fatima, and held Jacinta in great esteem, and she at once asked her to pray to our Lady for her. ", "Did St. Joseph and the Holy Child appear? Ti Marto, trying to care for everyone, had been taxed with multiple trials to the limit of his strength and ingenuity. It is easy to understand why Father Ferreira could not capitulate to the claims of these children. were the puppets of the Jesuits. Her spiritual experience had almost abstracted her from her senses and those around her noticed her recollection and absorption. "It wasn't exactly like that!" This is a short video that explains the miracle of the sun at Fatima. ", Doctor Formigao returned to his seminary at Santarem. The responses of the faithful came in cadenced and increasing volume: Now, while the beads were being told, the crowd could see the children rise from their knees and face to the east, and see the wonder come alive upon their faces. Men and women are for the most part barefooted, the latter carrying their shoes in bags on their heads, while the men lean on thick sticks and are also prudently armed with umbrellas. ", "Because the Lady said we were not to tell it to anyone. The weight of mystery was on them heavily. "Some I will cure during the year," the Lady said; then gazing down at them, she added, sadly, "Pray, pray very much. Everywhere mud covered the ground. For nine days, after supperbecause in the daytime we had to work, and also we didn't want to be seenwe went on our knees from where the main gate is now to the little chapel. Her expression is lively, but for the rest she is ordinary-looking. It was odd, though, she thought, how this Lady of Happiness was in so many ways a Lady of Sorrow, too. It is rare to find a family with less than four or five dividends of marriage in a community where all the sacraments appear to be honoured by love and obedience. "Well, I'm certainly not going there; and it isn't true that she appears to you. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. It is impossible to express how much I value them. Along with the others she went daily to classes and prepared for the primary examinations. he asked. The tears dried on her cheeks, a smile tugged at the corners of her mouth. Her mother was in no mood this morning to belabour her, either with words, or the handle of a broom. "In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? ", "What did the Lady say the first time she appeared in May? ", "When was the Lady the most beautiful, this time or on other occasions? It was her habit to gather them in volume and myriad colours to festoon her hair with their brightness, and especially to make garlands for Lucia. Trouble is I can't get my head on the floor any more: I tumble over when I try to do it and for this reason I have to say the prayer on my knees.". The mayor then turned to the children. "Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? He was all excited. Some wanted it one way, some another. Over three million copies have been printed in English alone since it was first written. This would give me a happiness that I could not explain. They said grace and then a Rosary, as was their habit every day. Senhora Marto has herself supplied an account of this meeting on the dusty road in front of their house at the tired end of the day: My little daughter ran to meet me and clutched me around the knees in a way she had never done before. Toward the end of the day they were so famished, that Francisco climbed a holm oak tree in pursuit of green acorns, a diet less tasty than chewing one's shoes. It was then that I said to Lucia, who was sitting on a bench by the hearth: "Listen, Lucia, father is dead and if mother dies we shall be orphans; if you really saw our Lady, ask her to make mother better.". The sun's disc did not remain immobile. She was loud in her lamentations. "She is in purgatory," the Lady said. On the wall are pots of sweet basil and other flowers. "39, No, Pius XII could not have better interpreted the desires of our Lady and we, children of the Church, must unite in a crusade of prayer and penance, that, in the Holy Father's own words, we may "hasten the triumph of the Kingdom of God so that all generations at peace among themselves and with God, may proclaim the blessedness of the most holy Virgin and with her intone from pole to pole the eternal Magnificat of glory and love and thanksgiving to the heart of Jesus, where alone may be found truth, peace and life.". We remained out of their sight so that we could watch them, and we could see them placing carnations on the branches of the little tree. Unquestionably the one marked virtue of the book you are about to read is that it has been checked for truth and exact detail by Lucia, the surviving seer of Fatima, who is today (having transferred from the Dorothean Order) a Carmelite nun, arid appears almost certainly destined to be a saint of God. Say but one word to your divine Son, and the world will be saved and Portugal delivered from the scourge of war. For, in fact, when a dense, damp fog veils it, there is formed in the surrounding atmosphere a kind of aureole or crown (not in the technical and astronomical sense of the word) which, so to speak, confirms the presence of mist. Please take it from me before my mother finds out." The special reporter for the Lisbon daily, O Dia, had this to report in the edition of October 17, 1917: At one o'clock in the afternoon, midday by the sun, the rain stopped. When we got here there wasn't a soul about, and we went to the roadside where the children would come along. "You won't tell anyone?" It must then be admitted that there is no question of an astronomical or meteorological phenomenon as we have already said. Jacinta must pray very hard for sinners and for you, because you are not so lucky to be going with us. What new development was about to unfold? Based on historical events, three young shepherds in Fátima, Portugal, report visions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring believers and angering officials of the Church and the government, who try to force them to recant their story. "Do you want to go to the festa or with me?". At two o'clock on the following morning, while the village slept, Lucia Santos left Aljustrel and the parish of Fatima, to which she would not return for many years. But even to the Reverend Father Ferreira, Lucia confessed no lie. They took away the tree, together with a table on which a modest altar had been arranged, and on which a religious image (of our Lady) had been placed. The Lady's first appearanceSunday before the Feast of the Ascension. There were rumours it was the devil who came, and that he would wait until many people had come, then open the earth and swallow us all. As the; thirteenth of the month drew closer, we kept telling Lucia that she should forget all these wild stories she had invented, because otherwise all of us would suffer. Zealous strangers and frantic friends had been at them since the hour of rising. They would hover close to the children, pleading with them to place their petitions before the Virgin Mother. This is almost excessive praise from the just and moderate Ti Marto, whose inclination would not normally be to raise the prestige of a single child like a bright flag over the rest. our house would be bombed. This was a side of the child that only her friends or her family could have explained to the shocked superior. "It is the branch our Lady stood upon," she said. At midday there was complete silence. After that we began to play a game with pebbles. ", He laughed and shook his head. She decided to go with Olimpia to the Cova. "This morning," Lucia explained, "we'll take the sheep to Valinhos. It might have had a curse on it. It was at this time that Father Moreira arrived with Ti Marto and heard Francisco recite those little sins that loomed so large in his own mind and his fervent heart. The next year, in May, they went back to be examined in the catechism. The first part of the secret concerns the vision of hell; the second part is of universal value and interest. Meanwhile the body remained in the open coffin which again caused serious anxiety to Dr. Reis who feared an intervention on the part of the sanitary authorities 32 and he continued to be worried by the stream of visitors, which he avoided only by locking the coffin in an office. "And if you're not there to do it, I will speak to the Lady. At last Dr. Reis, in order to avoid the responsibility of the open coffin and the pilgrims, deposited the body in the confraternity room above the sacristy, and handed the key to the firm of undertakers, Antonio Almeida and Co., who had been engaged for the funeral. From May to October it has been much the same. ", "Yes. She stood on the topmost branches of the little oak, gazing on themmaternal, loving, understanding, and yet, in a manner hard to explain, touched with exquisite sadness. Olimpia wanted to know. For Maria Rosa the voice of the priest was in all things the voice of the Lord. All this profoundly disturbed Dr. Reis who was averse to his church being used for what might well be a false devotion, and he protested energetically by both word and action, thereby surprising those who knew him as a most kind and courteous priest. In the general area around Fatima, the focal point of undisciplined prejudice could be found at the Masonic Lodge at Santarem, a town not far away. He was so good and cheerful that we kept feeling he was getting better, but he always smiled and told us it was no useour Lady was coming to take him to heaven, he would say. Maria Rosa feared God and His Mother perhaps a little more than she loved them, and appears to have lacked the breadth of heart or imagination that could tolerate, even sentimentally, any "Cinderella" aspects of religion especially in the case of her own daughter. After about ten minutes the sun, now dull and pallid, returned to its place. "8 After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us: "Pray in this way. ", "I don't know, because you cannot see her ears. "Why should such things happen to me at my time of life?" ", "She said that we were to say the Rosary every day and that the war would end today." Others among my friends and collaborators are Senhora Maria dos Anjos, the eldest sister of Lucia; her sisters, Carolina and Gloria, and lastly, among my most indispensable assistants, Senhora Maria Carreira, known in these pages as Maria da Capelinha, or Mary of the Chapel, who died in March of 1949. The Rosary, she said again (for this was very important), the Rosary should be recited with fervour every day; and the Lady, she explained, had also told them a secret. ", After a while the mayor called me into Father Ferreira's office. The danger was apparent in the fact that some of his constituents already believed there were miracles astir, and he could not imagine what explanation he could provide his political colleagues if this anti-republican witchcraft continued to thrive in his own county. Through the spring and much of the summer that followed Francisco's death, his little sister suffered greatly. The cool calm of the Lady's presence no longer affected the day. The number and nature of the witnesses exceed all requirements for verification. "But if she were in Tuy, Sister, would we not be able to see her? And she would finish the hymn by giving the "blessing." Some people said: "I can still see it; it's still there..." until at last no one could see it any more. 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