Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Lady's Requests at Fatima

Do you know the requests of Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to the world?

She promised that when a sufficient number of people fulfill her requests, "Russia will be converted and a period of peace will be granted to the world."

Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have occurred periodically in the history of the Church since the time of St. Gregory the Wonder-worker (who died in 270 AD). And, when these apparitions did occur, it is plausible to believe that there must have been a serious reson that called for a special message for God's people. Our concern is with the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, which took place successively on the 13th day of the month from May until October in 1917.

At the conclusion of her first appearance on May 13, 1917, Our Lady told the 3 children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco: "Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war."

In the apparition of July 13, the Blessed Virgin added 2 more requests: devotion to her Immaculate Heart and Communions of reparation on the first Saturday of each month. Then, in the apparition on September 13, she again stressed the importance of the daily recitation of the Rosary.

In the final apparition in October, Our Lady identified herself as the Lady of the Rosary, again urging its daily recitation.

Why did she repeatedly insist on the praying of the Rosary? First of all, we should note that praying this devotion is much more than the automatic repetition of words (the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be); it is primarily a mental prayer. This is why one of the 20 mysteries--joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious--is announced at the beginning of each decade of the Rosary. The announced mystery becomes the subject matter of the reflection and meditation.

Our Lady of Fatima Said*:

OFFERING: "Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?"

BLESSED SACRAMENT: Our Lady opened her hands and flooded the children in light. They fell to their knees, repeating: "O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, My God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!"

HEAVEN: "I come from heaven." Our Lady promised that the children to whom she appeared will go to heaven, but one of them would have to pray many rosaries.

PURGATORY: "She is in purgatory." Our Lady was referring to a friend of the children who had recently died--her name was Amelia.

ROSARY: "Say the Rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world. Add after each decade the following prayer: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy."

IMMACULATE HEART: "My Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God."

SACRIFICES: "Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: "O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

HELL: "You have seen hell, where the souls of sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace." As Our Lady spoke these words, she opened her hands, and the children were able to see a sea of fire. Plunged in this flame were devils and souls that looked like transparent embers; others were black or bronze, and in human form; these were suspended in flames which seemed to come from the forms themselves--there to remain, without weight or equilibrium, amid cries of pain and despair which horrified the children so that they trembled with fear. The devils could be distinguished from the damned souls by the terrifying forms of weird and unknown animals in which they were cast. (taken from the memoirs of Lucia)

5 WARNINGS: "If my requests are not granted, Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed!"

PEACE: "If my requests are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.... In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.... a period of peace will be granted to the world."

PRAY: "Pray, pray, a great deal, and make the sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them."

WAR: "War is a punishment from God for sins!"

AMEND: "I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord Who is already deeply offended."

ST. JOSEPH: The only saint who appeared at Fatima besides Our Lady. St. Joseph held the Child Jesus in his arms and blessed the 70,000 people three times. It is he of whom it has been said: "The sound of victory will be heard when the faithful recognize the sanctity of St. Joseph."

SCAPULAR: In the final vision, on October 13, 1917, Our Lady silently held out the Scapular. Lucia has said the Blessed Mother wants everyone to wear it.... "The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable."

1st SATURDAY DEVOTION: "I promise to help at the hour of death with graces needed for salvation, whoever: on the 1st Saturday of 5 consecutive months, shall confess and receive Holy Communion; recite 5 decades of the Rosary; and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart."

FASHIONS: "Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much."

6th COMMANDMENT: "More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason."

MARRIAGES: "Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God."

PRIESTS: "Priests must be pure, very pure. They should not busy themselves with anything except what concerns the Church and souls. The disobedience of priests to their superiors and to the Holy Father is very displeasing to Our Lord."

* These quotations are in the exact order in which Our Lady of Fatima spoke them beginning with the first apparition on May 13, 1917.

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