2 05 2012

Lucia was almost 10 now, Francisco almost 9 and Jacinta almost 7.  They shepherded their sheep every day leaving home early in the morning, carrying their lunch and going home again in time for supper.  They played games, danced, sang, and always remembered to say their Rosary along with the prayers the Angel had taught them.  This was in the midst of World War I.

After Mass on Sunday, May 13, 1917, the children drove their sheep to one of their favorite places.  They stopped to eat lunch and then set about playing a game.  Suddenly a bright shaft of light caught their attention.  Thinking it a flash of lightning, they decided to take the sheep home in case it was going to rain.  As they started down a hill, they saw another shaft of light.  Then they saw a most beautiful Lady.   She was dressed all in white and more brilliant than the sun.  She stood above a small oak tree.

‘Fear not’, the Lady said.  ‘I will not harm you.’

Lucia asked the Lady where she was from.  ‘I am from Heaven’, the beautiful Lady answered.  Then Lucia asked, ‘What do you want of me?’

The Lady answered, ‘I come to ask you to come here for six consecutive months, on the thirteenth day, at this same hour.  I will tell you later who I am and what I want.  And I shall return here again a seventh time.’

Then Lucia asked if she, too, were going to go to Heaven.  ‘Yes, you shall,’ the Lady said. Lucia asked about Jacinta and the answer was ‘Yes’.  And Francisco? The Lady answered ‘He, too, shall go, but he must say many Rosaries.’

Francisco still could not see the Lady nor hear her voice.  He suggested they throw a stone at the Lady to see if  she were real.  But Lucia refused.  Then she said, ‘So you are Our Lady and Francisco can’t see you?’

The Lady answered, ‘Let him say the Rosary.   And in that way he too will see me.’  When told this, Francisco began to say the Rosary and the Lady appeared to him also.

Then the Lady asked ‘Do you want to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners?’    Lucia immediately answered for all three, ‘Yes, we want to.’

‘Then you are going to suffer a great deal,’ the Lady promised, ‘but the grace of God will be your comfort.  Then she spread an intense light upon the three and they knelt on the ground saying the prayer, ‘Most Holy Trinity…..’

‘Say the Rosary every day to earn peace for the world and the end of the War.’  And with that, the Lady began ascending towards Heaven.







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