The three visionaries of Fatima, all from the same extended family, include Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, the oldest, who was born on March 22, 1907. She was ten years old when the first apparition of Our Lady took place on May 13, 1917. Francisco, her cousin, was born on June 11, 1908, the sixth of seven children. He, like his sister Jacinta, was playful, never complained when treated unfairly and was never combative. Francisco never heard the Lady’s words, although he saw her and felt her presence. Jacinta, the third visionary, was two years younger than her brother Francisco. She was a delightful child who loved to dance and collect flowers. Most of all she loved following Lucia to the places where she tended the family’s sheep. After the first apparition that included an angel’s visit she became very serious and reflective. Jacinta,we are told told, was the most generous in complying with Our Lady’s wishes to make sacrifices for sinners.
THE ANGEL OF PEACE
During the spring of 1916, the three children, Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco, were playing games as they watched over their family’s flock of sheep. Suddenly an angel surrounded by a great light appeared to them and identified himself as The Angel of Peace. He knelt down to demonstrate the fervent manner in which they should pray to God and spoke about the importance of praying and making sacrifices saying: Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication, for the conversion of sinners. In addition, the angel gave the children a prayer, which they piously recited numerous times: Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is mortally offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. During the angel’s third and last visit he gave the children Holy Communion. Lucy was given the Sacred Host while the Sacred Blood of Jesus was shared by Francisco and Jacinta.
THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE BLESSED MOTHER
The following year, on May 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to them and encouraged the children to pray the Rosary every day and to practice devotion to her Immaculate Heart “which is so terribly outraged and offended by the sins of men.” The children also realized that God is terribly offended by sins, and that He desires all mankind to abandon sin and make reparation for their crimes through prayer and sacrifices. Our Lady solemnly pleaded, “Do not offend the Lord our God any more, for He is already too much offended!”
another apparition, the children were briefly shown a vision of Hell after which Our Lady told them, You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The Blessed Lady warned that if people did not stop offending God, there would be persecutions of the Church, famine and chastisements.
THE BLESSED MOTHER ASKS FOR THE CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA
During another apparition, she asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and the Communions of Reparation on the First Saturday of five consecutive months. She also pleaded for the frequent recitation of the Rosary, which she said would obtain for us the graces we need to overcome sin. “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” In addition to the Holy Rosary, Our Lady requested sacrifices, including the performance of one’s daily duties.
THE LAST APPARITION
The promise of a miracle that would make all the people believe in her appearances took place on October 13, 1917, during the last apparition when thousands of people descended on the Cova de Iria. Since it had rained steadily the night before, the people were thoroughly wet when the time of the predicted miracle was expected. Suddenly their clothes were dry as was the ground that had been saturated. Then the sun began to twirl and emit various lights and appeared to fall towards the earth. When the sun rose to its proper place in the sky, the people were awed by the spectacle and began praying with great emotion and fear. Two years after the visions, Jacinta and her brother Francisco died as prophesied by the Lady. Both children succumbed to the effects of influenza. At the age of fourteen, the remaining visionary, Lucia, entered the school conducted by the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Vilar. In 1925, she entered the Order as a postulant.Later,seeking a more contemplative life, Lucia entered the Discalced Carmelite Order in Coimbra on May 13, 1949, taking the name, Sister Mary of the Sorrowful Mother. In 1930, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima officially declared the apparitions “worthy of credibility.” To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the apparitions, Pope Paul VI visited the shrine and Pope John Paul II visited three times. In 1982, John Paul II visited and gave thanks for his life being saved during the assassination attempt of May 13, 1981. Another visit was made by him in 1991, and finally in 2000, he went to the basilica at Fatima to beatify Jacinta and Francisco. The remaining visionary of Fatima, Sister Lucia, died on February 13, 2005, at the age of ninety-seven, and is entombed beside her visionary companions in the basilica at Fatima.
~Source:”See how she loves us”~