September 13, 1917

 

The following is an excerpt from Fatima In Lucia’s Own Words:

“As the hour approached, I set out with Jacinta and Francisco, but owing to the crowds around us we could only advance with difficulty.  The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us.  There was no human respect whatsoever.  Simple folk, and even ladies and gentlemen, struggled to break through the crowd that pressed around us.  No sooner had they reached us than they threw themselves on their knees before us, begging us to place their petitions before Our Lady.  Others who could not get close to us shouted from a distance. . . .  All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there. . . .  Now, when I read the New Testament about those enchanting scenes of Our Lord’s passing through Palestine, I think of those which Our Lord allowed me to witness, while yet a child, on the poor roads and lanes from Aljustrel to Fatima and on to the Cova da Iria!

At last, we arrived at the Cova da Iria, and on reaching the holm oak we began to say the Rosary with the people.  Shortly afterwards, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holm oak.

~’Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war.  In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Dolors and Our Lady of Carmel.  Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world.  God is pleased with your sacrifices.  He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the daytime.’

‘I was told to ask you many things, the cure of some sick people, of a deaf-mute. . .’

~’Yes, I will cure some, but not others.  In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.’

Then Our Lady began to rise as usual, and disappeared.”

 

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