Our Lady of Fatima

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“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God.”
The Message of Our Lady of Fatima (Selections)
(Fatima, Portugal, 1917)
By Dom Augustine Marie, OSB
Edited and Notes by Br Sean, OSsS

“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask
for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too
grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue
saying it every day.”
Our Lady gravely said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you
make some sacrifice, ‛O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and
in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ ”
On July 13, 1917 the Blessed Virgin unveiled a terrifying reality before the three children’s
eyes. Lucia recounts: “Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire, which seemed to be under
the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls, in human form, like transparent
burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in this conflagration in
clouds of smoke, lifted by flames coming out of their bodies. They rose and fell on all
sides, like sparks in roaring fires, without weight or direction, amid shrieks and groans of
pain and despair that terrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be
distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals,
black and transparent like burning coals. This vision lasted but a moment, thanks to our
good Mother from Heaven who had warned us beforehand, and promised to take us to
Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of horror and fear. Then we raised our eyes
to Our Lady, who said with kindness and sadness: ‘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 people do what I am going to tell you, many souls will be saved and
there will be peace.’ ”
Our Lady further said, “Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls
go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.” (Fatima in
Lucia’s Own Words)
One more proof
The existence of Hell arouses disputes. Sister Lucia wrote, a few years before her death on
February 13, There is no shortage of unbelievers in the world who deny these truths, but
they are no less true for being denied. Their disbelief does not save unbelievers from the
horrors of Hell, should a life of sin lead them there. … At Fatima, (God) sent us His
Message as one more proof of these truths. This Message recalls them to us, so that we do
not let ourselves be fooled by the false doctrines of unbelievers who deny them, or of
deceivers who distort them. To this end, the Message assures us that Hell is a fact, and that
the souls of poor sinners end up there.” (Calls from the Message of Fatima, 2003, ch. 14)
The Blessed Virgin told them to keep this vision secret. She did not permit Lucia to reveal
it until 1941. Jacinta retained an impression of it which left a profound mark on her. From
this day on, she was very preoccupied with the fate of poor souls who went to Hell. She
often sat on the ground or on a rock, and, deep in thought, she would say, “Oh! Hell! How
sorrowful I am for the souls who are going to Hell!” Yet she did not confine herself to
futile pain but she prayed and sacrificed heroically for those who were in danger of being
lost.
A painful reality
The vision of Hell which the three children were favored with is not an exaggeration of the
reality it represented. It is a presentation of it within the grasp of the human mind. In 1992,
Lucia, who had been a Carmelite in Coïmbra, Portugal since 1948, told a Cardinal who had
come to visit her, “Hell is a reality… Continue to preach about Hell, for Our Lord Himself
spoke of Hell and it is in the Holy Scriptures. God condemns no one to Hell. People
condemn themselves to Hell. God has given mankind the freedom of choice, and He
respects this human freedom.»
Our Lady appeared to Jacinta several times between December 1919 and February 1920.
Our Lady told her many things including:
“The sins of the world are very great … If men only knew what eternity is, they would
do everything in their power to change their lives.”
“Fly from riches and luxury; love poverty and silence; have charity, even for bad
people.”
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”[1]
“Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.” “Woe to
women lacking in modesty.”[2]
“The Mother of God wants more virgin souls bound by the vow of chastity.”
“Confession is a sacrament of mercy and we must confess with joy and trust.”
“Many marriages are not of God and do not please Our Lord.”
“Our Lady can no longer uphold the arm of Her Divine Son which will strike the
world. If people amend their lives, Our Lord will even now save the world, but if they
do not, punishment will come.” “People must renounce sin and not persist in it, as has
been done until now. It is essential to repent greatly.”
“Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell
them to ask graces from Her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated
together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to Her.”
The vision of hell was shown at the beginning of this century to impress upon men and to
confirm the doctrine of Hell; thereby influencing man to stop offending God by sin. Of the
three children who saw hell, Jacinta was the most affected by this vision. The following are
some of her words on hell.
“Oh, Hell! Oh, Hell!” “Mother of God have pity on those who do not amend their lives.” “If
men only know what awaits them in eternity, they would do everything in their power to
change their lives.”
Often she would say to her brother, “Francisco, are you praying with me? We must pray
very much to save souls from hell, so many go there. So many!”
At times she would ask of Lucia, “Why doesn’t Our Lady show Hell to sinners? If only
they saw it, they would never commit sins again.”
Finally she said, “Look, I am going to heaven soon but you are to stay here. If Our Lady
lets you, tell everyone what hell is like so that they won’t sin anymore and not go there.”
Later Interview with Sr. Lucia on Hell
The following is a rare interview with Sister Lucia [the Fatima visionary who died in
2005], by Father Lombardi. It was recorded in the Vatican weekly “Osservatore della
Domenica” February 7, 1954.
Fr. Lombardi: “Tell me, is the ‘Better World Movement’ a response of the Church to the
words spoken to Our Lady?”
Lucia: “Father, there is certainly a great need for this renewal. If it is not done, and taking
into account the present development of humanity, only a limited number of the human
race will be saved.”
Fr. Lombardi: “Do you really believe that many will go to Hell? I hope that God will save
the greater part of humanity.” [He had just written a book entitled: Salvation for Those
Without Faith.]
Lucia: “Father, many will be lost.”
Fr. Lombardi: “It is true that the world is full of evil, but there is always a hope of
salvation.”
Lucia: “No Father, many will be lost.”
Father Lombardi remembered that Lucia had seen Hell and added: “Her words disturbed
me. I returned to Italy with that grave warning impressed on my heart.”[3]
The vision of hell was shown at the beginning of this century to impress upon men and to
confirm the doctrine of Hell; thereby urging man to stop offending God by sin. Of the three
children who saw hell, Jacinta was the most affected by this vision. The following are some
of her words on hell:
“Oh, Hell! Oh, Hell!” “Mother of God have pity on those who do not amend their lives.” “If
men only know what awaits them in eternity, they would do everything in their power to
change their lives.”
Often she would say to her brother, “Francisco, are you praying with me? We must pray
very much to save souls from hell, so many go there. So many!”
At times she would ask of Lucia, “Why doesn’t Our Lady show Hell to sinners? If only
they saw it, they would never commit sins again.”
Finally she said, “Look, I am going to heaven soon but you are to stay here. If Our Lady
lets you, tell everyone what hell is like so that they won’t sin anymore and not go there.”
The vision of hell was not revealed until 1941.
Our Lady at Fatima, during all six of her apparitions told the children they must pray,
especially the rosary. The three children responded generously to Our Lady’s requests.
What is keeping you from doing the same thing? Do not say, “I do not have the time!”
Because if you are too busy to spend time with God in prayer, then you are busier than God
intends you to be! Meditate upon the following words of Our Lord. “What does it profit a
man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?”(Matt. 16:26)
Fatima Prayers (Prayers revealed to the Fatima visionaries by an angel and Our
Lady)
“O my God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not
believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.”
“O Most Holy Trinity I adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed
Sacrament.”
“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 offended. And by the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
Our Lady gravely said, Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you
make some sacrifice, ‛Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in
reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ ”
“When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save
us from the fires of Hell; and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy
mercy’.”