In This Issue
- Sister Lucia of Fatima: You Shall Not Commit Adultery by: Sr. Lucia
- Sister Lucia and Mary Co-redemptrix by: Sr. Lucia
- Sister Lucia and the Third Day of the Week of Fatima by: John Haffert
- 1917 Marian Apparitions of Fatima by: Sr. Lucia
- Sister Lucia’s Rosary Meditations: The Sorrowful Mysteries by: Sr. Lucia
- The Call to Adoration by: Sr. Lucia
- “I Am Suffering to Console Our Lord”: The Life of Blessed Francisco by: Sr. Lucia
- The Five Offenses by: Dr. Mark Miravalle
- Fatima 2017 Petition Drive for the Fifth Marian Dogma by: Dr. Mark Miravalle
“You shall not commit adultery” (Deut 5:18).
In these days when society seems to want to make a law of this sin, Sacred Scripture continues to repeat the commandment of God: “You shall not commit adultery.” It is the word of God, and the word of God does not change, nor does his Law: “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void” (Lk 16:17).
This commandment obliges us all, each one according to his or her state of life, to preserve chastity. Those who feel they are called to the state of matrimony are obliged to preserve chastity until the time comes to contract a definite union blessed by God in the sacrament of Matrimony; they must treat each other with respect as in the case of a tree whose fruit is still green and which must mature so…
After the inspired Word of Sacred Scripture and the doctrinal grace of the Catholic Catechism, I believe the third book that every Fatima devotee should have close at hand is the book of Sister Lucia, “Calls” From the Message of Fatima, which was released in English in 2002. A work truly directed by the Holy Spirit through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, “Calls” From the Message of Fatima constitutes a veritable Marian catechism of faith and life, written in a down to earth mode, which can be grasped by all members of the Faith and all people of good will. I have no personal doubt that Sister Lucia’s recent masterpiece will eventually become a spiritual classic, rightfully identified as the fruits of a mystic and of a saint.
This veritable Fatima catechism which includes inspired treatments on “In the Presence of God” (Chapter 1); “Calls From the Message of Fatima”…
The following article by the late John Haffert, co-founder of the World Apostolate of Fatima, the “Blue Army,” refers to two important interviews with Sr. Lucia of Fatima (in 1993 to Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of the Philippines and with Haffert himself on May 31, 1999) where the last Fatima seer explicitly states that we are presently in the “Third Day” of the “Seven Day Week” of Fatima.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of the Rosary stated: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will Triumph and a Period of Peace will be granted to the world.” The “Period of Peace” prophesied at Fatima which will follow the completion of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is, according to Sr. Lucia, still very much in the process of unfolding at our present historical time. We therefore publish, with permission, the statement of Sr. Lucia, which has been recorded on…
The following descriptions of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima are taken from the Memoirs of Sister Lucia. – Ed.
The 13th of May, 1917
High up on the slope in the Cova da Iria, I was playing with Jacinta and Francisco at building a little stone wall around a clump of furze. Suddenly we saw what seemed to be a flash of lightning.
“We’d better go home,” I said to my cousins, “that’s lightning; we may have a thunderstorm.”
“Yes, indeed!” they answered.
We began to go down the slope, hurrying the sheep along towards the road. We were more or less halfway down the slope, and almost level with a large holmoak tree that stood there, when we saw another flash of lightning. We had only gone a few steps further when, there before us on a small holmoak, we beheld a Lady all dressed in white. She was more…
Having looked at the events in the life of Jesus, which are recalled in the first part of the Rosary, we now pass on to the second part, the five Sorrowful Mysteries.
First Sorrowful Mystery: The Prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Olives
In this mystery of the Rosary, we recall the prayer of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Olives.
The Gospels tell us that the Lord spoke several times during his public life of the way He was to die and thus accomplish the work of our redemption. When the time came, after He had celebrated the last Supper with his disciples, during which He instituted the Eucharist to perpetuate his real presence among us, and to prepare Himself for his imminent Passion and Death, He went with them to a place called Gethsemane and there He said to them:
“Sit here, while I go yonder to pray.”…
The second Call of the Message: I adore.
Here the Message draws our attention to the first commandment of God’s Law: “I am the Lord your God…. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God” (Ex 20:2-5). And in another place, we read: “You shall serve the Lord your God, and I will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you” (Ex 23:25).
By this Law, God commands us to adore Him alone, because He alone is worthy to be adored by his creatures. He forbids us…
During the first apparition on May 13, 1917, Lucia asked Our Lady if Francisco would go to heaven. Our Lady responded, “He will go there too, but he must say many Rosaries.” From that time onward, Francisco was known for his perpetual praying of the Holy Rosary as well as for being a contemplative who lived always “In the light and experience of God.” Above all, Francisco felt the call to console Our Lord, as he states: “More than anything else I want to console Him.” We here present Sister Lucia’s commentary on the life of Blessed Francisco. – Ed.
Apart from his features and his practice of virtue, Francisco did not seem at all to be Jacinta’s brother. Unlike her, he was neither capricious nor vivacious. On the contrary, he was quiet and submissive…
On the night of May 29 to 30, 1930, Sr. Lucia was praying before our Eucharistic Jesus in the chapel. The Fatima visionary spoke “heart to Heart” with our Eucharistic Lord about various questions which had been submitted to her concerning a previous message which had revealed the Five First Saturdays Devotion of Reparation (December 10, 1925).
Sr. Lucia was pondering one particular question posed to her regarding the number of first Saturdays: Why does it have to be “Five Saturdays,” and not nine or seven, in honor of the sorrows of Our Lady? The Fatima seer then directed this question to our Eucharistic Jesus, and he responded with the further revelation of the five great offenses to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Sr. Lucia records the event as follows:
I suddenly felt possessed more…
During the 2017 centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the international Marian Movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, is initiating a 2017 worldwide petition drive for the “Fifth Marian Dogma”: the solemn definition of Mary as Spiritual Mother of humanity by our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Since the beginning of the Church movement for the papal definition of Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood by Cardinal Mercier in 1915, millions of petitions have been sent to the Vatican in support of this dogmatic crown for the Mother of Jesus, who was personally given to us by Jesus to be our Spiritual Mother (Jn. 19:26).
Now, during this monumental year of Marian grace, we ask all the faithful and people of good will to send a brief personal letter to Pope Francis in humble request of his prayerful consideration to define Mary as the “Spiritual Mother of humanity” under its three essential aspects as…