30 05 2012

Next morning, the three children were taken to the County House.  Here, they were questioned by several different people.  All wanted to know the secret.  Still, the children would not tell.  This questioning lasted all day. Then they were put in jail and threatened with being boiled in a tank of oil.   Still, they would not tell the secret.

While in the jail, even the prisoners tried to get them to tell their secret, but they would not.  The children began to say the Rosary in the jail and the prisoners joined with them in the prayer.  A guard then came for them and took them back to the County House.  Jacinta was the first to be questioned and if she did not tell the secret, she would be boiled in the oil.  No matter, she would not tell.  She was taken to another room.  Next Francisco was told that Jacinta had been boiled and he, too, refused to tell the secret so he was taken to the room. Then Lucia was told both children had been boiled and she still would not tell the secret.  Finally, the Magistrate gave up and took them back to the Rectory in his carriage.  This was on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

The people in the area became enraged about the kidnapping and questioning of the children but their fathers came to the Rectory to get them and the people settled down.  The Pastor was most grateful for the intercession.  Through all this, it became a matter of public record that there was definitely a secret.

On the next Sunday, August 19, the children went to the Cova and said the Rosary.  After that, Lucia and Francisco went with his brother to Valinhos nearby.  About 4:00, Lucia began to recognize that Our Lady was coming.  There was a flash in the air and she sent Francisco’s brother to bring Jacinta to Valinhos.  As soon as Jacinta arrived, there was a second flash in the air.  Now Our Lady appeared over another holmoak.

‘What do you want of  me?’ asked Lucia.  The  Lady answered, ‘I want you to continue to come to the Cova da Iria on the thirteenth and to continue to say the Rosary every day.’

Lucia then told Our Lady how so many people did not believe them and she asked Our Lady to perform a miracle so all could see and believe.

Our Lady answered, ‘Yes. In the last month, in October, I shall perform a miracle so that all may believe in my apparitions.  If they had not taken you to the village, the miracle would have been greater.  Saint Joseph will come with the Baby Jesus to give peace to the world.  Our Lord also will come to bless the people.  Besides, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Sorrows will come.’

Lucia asked what to do with the money people are leaving at the Cova.

Our Lady answered, ‘Two litters should be made; you and Jacinta are to carry one with two other girls dressed in white; Francisco is to carry the other with three boys also dressed in white robes.  The money placed on the litters is for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.’

Then Lucia asked about the sick.  Our Lady answered, ‘Yes, I shall cure some of them within the year. ‘  She told them to pray rather for the health of souls than of bodies.  ‘Pray! Pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell for not having someone to pray and make sacrifices for them.’

Then Our Lady began to rise towards the East. When She was gone, the children broke off a small tree branch where Our Lady’s feet had touched.  The fragrance from the branches was indescribable. Lucia’s mother did not believe but after smelling the fragrance of the branch, she and the whole family did not oppose the apparitions much anymore.




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