99 years ago today the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children (Lucia, age 10; and her cousins Jacinta, 7; and Francisco, 8) in Fatima, Portugal. The Blessed Mother asked the children to come see her on the 13th day of each month until October and to pray the rosary every day. They agreed and returned each month, except in August, when the district administrator kidnapped the children and put them in prison. The administrator threatened to boil the children in oil if they did not tell the secret that the Blessed Mother gave them. The children remained faithful, and were released after a few days. The Blessed Mother promised a miracle the last month so that people may believe. The miracle became known as the “miracle of the sun,” and was witnessed by 70,000 people.
During her appearances, the Blessed Mother showed the children a vision of hell and requested acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls and to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Uniting ourselves to Mary’s immaculate heart leads to one thing: our union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace; otherwise…….
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
— Our Lady to the Shepherd Children of Fatima
Prayers for Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
(taught to the shepherds by the Angel of Peace, who appeared in 1916 to prepare the children for the visions of the Blessed Mother)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in Tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Venerable Pope Pius XII
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
- Watch A brief intro to Fatima
- Read The Message of Fatima (Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith)
- Read Story of Fatima
- Read Message of Fatima
- Watch Fatima: Heaven’s Peace Plan
Tell the people about hell, because I don’t want anyone to go there. — Jacinta to Lucia
- Read Eyewitness Account of the Miracle of the Sun
- See Photos from October 13, 1917
- Watch Fatima for Today (talk by Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR)