“I come from heaven”

Friday, May 13, 2016

 “I come from heaven”
Our Lady of Fatima
May 13
Easter Day 48

Today begins the 100th anniversary  of the first of 6ppearances of the Blessed mother to three shepherd children in Fatima Portugal in 1917.   Her message to them she said was a message for every man, woman and child of the century

In 1917 between May 13 and October 13, in Fatima, which is about 100 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 6 time to 3 shepherd children with a message for the world. The message related to World War 1 which had begun in July 1914 and was to last until November 1918.  It is known as “one of the deadliest conflicts in history”.  Mary came with a message from God that war was a punishment for sin and that God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of war, hunger and persecution of the Church unless we obeyed God’s commands.  She said that the world would be at peace if her requests were listened to and obeyed.   She asked the children to do penance and acts of reparation and to make personal sacrifices to save sinners.  On October 13, the day of Mary’s last appearance, over 70,000 people were present and saw a miracle of the sun “dancing.”

During these apparitions, Mary revealed three secrets to the children

• The first secret was a vision of hell
• The second secret was a statement that World War I would end and goes on to predict another war, World War II. The second half requests that Russia be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart
• There is much controversy about the third secret which  Lucia  said Mary told her not to reveal.  She was told by Cardinal Sodano to write it down, which she did. Pope John Paul II directed the Holy See's Secretary of State to reveal the third secret in 2000; it spoke of a "bishop in white" who was shot by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows into him. Many people linked this to the assassination attempt against St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981. the 64th anniversary of the first apparition of the Lady at Fatima (although the details of the Secret and the actual shooting have little in common).

These were the practices that Mary requested of the faithful.

1. The practice of the First Saturdays - It consists of the following exercises, performed with the intention of consoling the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and making reparation to it for all the outrages and blasphemies of which it is the object on the part of  ungrateful Christians:  1.  the Rosary; 2. Communion of Reparation.
2. The practice of the Five First Saturdays -  In addition to the two exercises already mentioned, the following two are added on the first Saturday of five consecutive months:  3. go to confession;  4. keep the company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by meditating for a quarter of an hour on the mysteries of the Rosary.  These two must be offered in reparation to the Immaculate Heart . The meditation may be on one or several mysteries.
3. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary -  Our Lady asked that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart and Lucia, one of the seers, has explained that Our Lady wants the Pope and all the bishops of the world to do this on one special day.  If this is done She will convert Russia and there will be peace .

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In 2013, Pope Francis had the Statue of Mary from Fatima brought to the Vatican and in a ceremony on October 13, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith and must, therefore, have their focus in the core of Christ's proclamation: the Father's love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel”
(The Message of Fatima, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 26, 2000).

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