On July 13, a soft, unseasonal mist blanketed Fatima as the bells of the sanctuary tolled four in the afternoon. As the morning pilgrims began to disperse, silence descended on the holy place.
As we entered the esplanade leading to the “Capelinha”, the spot where Our Lady appeared, my friend, Plinio Antonio and I were deeply moved. Though only two pilgrims, we had the joy to represent thousands of subscribers of America Needs Fatima and to offer Our Lady, in their names,a wreath of white rosettes and prayer intentions.
As we made our way to the place of the apparitions, we asked other pilgrims to take a few photos so ANF participants could feel like they were “there” with us in that act of offering. The soft mist brought to mind the mysterious words of the Blessed Virgin in the apparition of July, 1917 when she spoke of reward and punishment for the world. As we reached the spot of the apparitions, a priest was reading the dialogue of the Blessed Virgin with Lucia on July 13, 1917.
Closing our eyes, we tried to imagine the scene.
On that day, the apparition had been preceded by a cool breeze and a small grayish cloud that was noticed over the holm oak on which Our Lady alighted.
In this apparition, Our Lady insisted on the daily recitation of the Rosary in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war (WWI), “…for she alone can be of any avail”.
She also confirmed that she would work a miracle for all to see in October, and at Lucia’s request for persons who needed healings, Our Lady assured that if they prayed the Rosary daily, they would obtain those favors during the year.
Then the Holy Virgin again asked for prayer and sacrifice for poor sinners, and proceeded to show the children a terrifying vision of hell, a sea of fire into which innumerable souls were plunged like transparent burning ambers. The vision only lasted a moment or the children would have died.
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinner go,” the Mother of God said, “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…"
But if what she asked was not done, then there would be a worse war.
To prevent the war she would come to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation of the First Saturdays. If her request was headed, Russia would convert. If not, Russia would spread its errors throughout the world causing wars and persecutions of the Church.
In the end, her Immaculate Heart would triumph, the Holy Father would consecrate Russia to her and a period of peace would be granted to the world. Portugal would never lose the dogma of Faith.
Father finished the meditation, and as he left the altar, my friend and I deposited the wreath of white rosettes before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima gracing the very spot on which she appeared.
With all our hearts we said to her: We are only two, but with us, represented in this wreath, are thousands of devout Americans who implore your protection now and always.
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