Remember, you must not tell this to anyone except Francisco.". Nonetheless, on this 13th day of July, with her youngest children gone from the house, she confessed her sudden terror. 14 If our Lady did not cure or enrich Maria's son John, she at least ensured him a livelihood, since he is today sacristan of the Chapel of the Apparitions in the Cova da Iria. She wanted us to be humble and hard-working and truthful. They describe the drama of the reported apparitions from a purely secular, non-religious point of view, giving a graphic, if at times a somewhat tongue-in-cheek coloration to those initial pilgrimages to the field called the Cova da Iria, near Fatima, when it was first alleged that the Mother of God had appeared to three peasant children. It was just a trick, this business of talking to the pastor,19 because when it was time for Jacinta and Francisco to go in, the mayor said, "It doesn't matter now. ", "Our Lord appeared and blessed the people and our Lady of the two cards. ", "You can see, in the front, two gold cords which fall from the neck and are joined at the waist by a tassel, also gold. He's talked too much, and the tinker is taking him off to jail!". That's important, isn't it?". It might have had a curse on it. Well, the work began, and when we had hardly worked half a day, we hit rock. He gives them a chance to become very much like Himself, or like His Mother, who is a person, and not an angel. But he wouldn't hear of anything of the kind. Let's think then for a little while of Francisco, who at the time of the great October events, was nine. Mary told Lucia to announce that she promised to provide at the hour of death, the graces necessary for salvation to those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, confessed, received Holy Communion, recited five decades of the Rosary and kept her company while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary for 15 minutes, with the purpose of making reparation to her. All rights reserved. The 70,000 witnesses included believers and non-believers, pious old ladies and scoffing young men. They must themselves want to be good. Of the three children who said they were favored by the apparitions, two died before our appointment to this diocese. Yet I can assure you that to the best of his ability he has been accurate, and I can further testify that everything I have been able to check with independent witnesses supports him. There must be some reason then, why Fatima, which appears as undisturbed a place as any in the western world, has been able to draw to itself on certain days more pilgrims than have ever crowded, as excess population, the city of Rome itselfwith Rome's great treasures, glories, and long tradition as the heart and mind of the Church. Less amused than most freethinking citizens was Senhor Arthur Santos, the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, the county in which Fatima belonged. He could afford to laugh less than others, because the responsibility of dealing with all this rosary-rattling hysteria was his. Further, it is proved that the zone of maximum occurrence of the aurora borealis is limited by a quasi-parallel running through North Cape-Northern Siberia-coast of Alaska-Hudson Bay-Labrador-Iceland and back to North Cape in Norway. Events confounded them, and contrived. But it seems unlikely that this could have been true with Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. Copyright 1952 by John de Marchi, published 1956 for the 'Catechetical Guild Educational Society' St. Paul 2, Minnesota. She was so shy and timid that it was only with the greatest difficulty that I could make out her answers to my questions. We had better be prepared. Fatima received further Papal support when on May 13, 1979, the Pope declared Jacinta and Francisco “venerable,” the first stage in the process of their possible canonization. He refused all help and advice from the people who knew him in his life, and desired only death, with the least possible delay. "But I just can't talk about it tonight. 'It's because Jacinta's tongue-tied,' Lucia told me 'If she would only speak to our Lady, I know our Lady would speak to her- Jacinta then looked at us both, and all she did was smile.". "But won't our Lord mind that?" Faithfully every day Maria gathered the coins left on the table, and marketed, for the purpose of acquiring additional cash, the food that was left there, along with occasional items of greater value. Neither smiling nor grave, the Lady gave her simple, direct, and unadorned instructions: "Continue the Rosary, my children. She asked me: She sat beside me and shortly after a man from Lomba da Egua arrived, and the conversation we had was much the same as before. Actor Goran Visnjic is just one of the cast members in the film Fatima, who believes this true story of a miracle that happened more than 100 years ago, has relevance today. We had some twenty to twenty-five children in the asylum. The Litany of our Lady, whose name is the strength and comfort of our soldiers on the field of battle, was drunkenly intoned by the organisers of this satanic orgy. Give peace from armed warfare and in souls, so that the Kingdom of God may develop in tranquillity and order. "Would you like a small chapel to be built here with the money the people have left?" No, there was more, because the Lady repeated all she had told them the month before, reminding them that in October they would see St. Joseph with the Holy Child. In their own minds, at least, they stepped forward to the doom for which they had prepared. And she heard distinctly the reply: "The grace that I grant thee today will remain living in thy soul producing fruits of eternal life." Lenten denials, for instance, when first undertaken, will at times more than compensate the new penitent for his empty stomach by filling him with a pietistical glow and the excitement of self-drama. 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. ", "How long did the apparition on the oak tree last? And today he concludes: From the beginning I somehow felt that the children were telling the truth. Still, Lucia felt no fear. ", Jacinta looked up from where she was sitting. To my utter belief in Lucia as a truthful witness, I feel obliged to add the acuteness of her memory, a faculty I have tested numerous times. "She was full of mischief and I used to think she would either be very good or very bad.". Lucia raised her eyes to meet the glance of this important woman. THE STORY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA Our Lady of Fatima: Our Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children six times in 1917 so they could warn the world of upcoming trials and tribulations. ", "I asked her several times. We were locked in silence without having willed it. Well, Father Ferreira seemed satisfied. "Francisco," she said, "come and have your lunch", "Please, let me be," he said. The pleasant, obliging, and somewhat homely girl was to her classmates simply Maria das Dores, from somewhere close to Lisbon. The origin of the lights in Fatima was in the sun, from whence the sprang, whereas during the true aurora the sun is always invisible. Repair their crimes and console your God. Again Lucia requested the Lady to bring to these hills a miracle so that all would know she came from heaven. Most of the witnesses he interviewed are now dead. ", "Well," I said to him, "you were sometimes disobedient to your mother when she told you to remain at home. ", "Have many people come from outside to talk to the children? The aurora was variable, disordered, unstable. She is not the heroine of her own memoirs, having deliberately assigned that role to Jacinta. "Yes. She has told me that I will have to suffer much, and die alone, but that I must not worry or be afraid, because this time she is coming to take me home to heaven with her.". Even then, I suppose, I wasn't very polite to him, because I saw that a priest was there, too, and I went first to shake hands with the priest.
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