Compiled and submitted by Tu’uu Mata’afa Mulipola Peato Mikaele
As the Universal Catholic Church has begun to put in place numerous festivities marking the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Blessed Mother Mary to three little children in Fatima Portugal from May 13th 1917 to October 13th 1917 and including the Archdiocese of Samoa Apia, it is believed that this very fascinating and grace-filled true story as had already been investigated and approved by the Church in 1930 - some 13 years later, is still ringing in the ears of Catholics worldwide and will be reverberated as one peruses the story.
It may as well be heard by some non-Catholics especially the Muslims. Publication of this story, which I am so grateful about to the Editor of this newspaper, will refresh the memories of those who heard it before specifically the messages thereof from GOD, that our Lady tried to communicate across to humanity via these young shepherds and more interestingly the current status of those messages and prophesies to-date.
It is my intention to make the story short and sweet for an easy read and more effective recollection of the events and not to miss out parts of interest came to mind, therefore publishing it in short fragments which as well coincides with the ‘’Dedication of this year 2017 to Mary the Mother of God’’ by the Universal Catholic Church.
Our Lady appeared to three simple shepherd children six times in 1917 so they could warn the world of upcoming trials and tribulations. Specific dates are detailed in the story. The three children were, siblings Jacinta, age 7, and Francisco Marto, age 9, and their cousin Lucia Dos Santos, age 10. Since that time, many of the prophecies have come true which will be summarized at the end of the story.
It began in a small village of Portugal called Fatima. The name of the village alone has an interesting history. Centuries before the apparitions, from April, 711 to 1492 A.D., Muslims conquered and occupied the lands of Spain and Portugal, forcing the people to become Islam. During this time of Moorish occupation, the small village in Portugal was named after a beloved 12th century Muslim princess named Fatima.
Due to a re-conquering by the defending Catholic forces, Islamic Princess Fatima was captured. Princess Fatima married the Spanish Count of Ourem and converted to Catholicism. At baptism, she changed her name to Oureana. Her original name was Fatima because, in the Islamic faith, many girls are named after the daughter of Mohammed, the founder of Islam who lived from 570 to 632 A.D. When his daughter Fatima died, Mohammed expressed in his grief and he said, “She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary.”
On a sunny day in the year 1915, Lucia Dos Santos was playing with three other girls when they took a break to sit down for lunch. After lunch, as was their custom, they prayed the rosary. While praying, they noticed a bright white cloud in the sky that had taken on a human form. The vision appeared to them three times. All four girls were filled with wonder. Lucia would later describe, “Like a cloud, whiter than snow, slightly transparent, with a human outline.”
A year later, Lucia was out tending her father’s sheep and was in the company of her cousins Jacinta and Francisco. After having lunch and praying the rosary, they proceeded to play jacks in a cave when a brilliant Angel appeared to them and said, “Fear not! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me!” The Angel knelt on the ground and bowed very low. The children imitated him and repeated his words, “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you. I beg pardon of you for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love you.” The Angel repeated this prayer three times, then arose and said before he disappeared, “Pray this way. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” The Angel appeared again to them the following summer and said, “What are you doing? Pray! Pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!” Lucia asked him, “But how are we to sacrifice ourselves?”
The Angel replied, “Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners. Thus invoke peace upon your country. I am her Guardian Angel; the Angel of Portugal.
Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.” When autumn came, the Angel appeared to them again, this time holding a chalice in his hand.
A host hovered above it from which blood dropped into the chalice. The Angel left the chalice and Host suspended in mid-air and prostrated himself on the ground saying, "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners."
The angel then arose and, taking the chalice and Host, he gave the Host to Lucia, and the contents of the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco while saying, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”Again, the Angel prostrated himself on the ground and again repeated with the children three times the Most Holy Trinity prayer before disappearing.
The First Apparition
The following spring, on May 13, 1917, the three children took their flocks out to pasture in the Cova da Iria when two bright flashes of something like lightning from out of the clear blue sky startled them. Lucia describes what the children saw next above a holmoak tree, “A lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water, lit by burning sunlight."
The Lady smiled and said, “Do not be afraid, I will not harm you.” Lucia asked from where she came and what she wanted. The Lady pointed to the sky saying, “I come from heaven. I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire. And I shall return here yet a seventh time.”
Lucia asked if they would go to heaven. The Lady told her that she and Jacinta would go to heaven, but Francisco would need to say many rosaries first. Then she said, “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia, with the approval of the other two children, agreed, and the Lady continued, “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” As she said this, the Lady opened her hands and a stream of light on the children allowed them to see themselves in God.
The Lady finished, “Say the rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” The Lady then rose up into the air, moving east, until she disappeared.
To be continued…