By Teri Untalan
For Umatuna Si Yu’os
There is no doubt that Fatima is unique in Marian apparitions. The magnitude of the event is without equal in the history of the Church. The event was promised, it occurred, and it was terrifying. The time and location of the miracle was announced beforehand. Anyone wanting to see the miracle needed only to be present.
The “miracle of the sun” was Our Lady’s answer to the children’s request that a sign be sent to assure the doubters that what Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia had seen and been instructed each month as they met with her, was truth. Our Lady of Fatima’s message for humankind’s need to repent was so strong that this astonishing miracle was manifested.
At each of Our Lady’s appearances she made successive requests beginning on May 13, 1917:
PENANCE AND REPARATION:
“Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear with submission all the sufferings he sends you, in reparation for the sins that offend him, and for the conversion of sinners?”
“Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY:
Observe the first five Saturdays, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead to God.”
CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA TO HER IMMACULATE CONCEPTION:
“When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light (January 1938), know this is the great sign that God gives you that he is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the Five First Saturdays.
If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors through the world, provoking wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed.”
The “great sign” unfortunately foreshadowed World War II. Sister Lucia recognized it upon seeing it on the evening and early morning of Jan. 25-26, 1938. Although too late to prevent that catastrophic event, there is still room to alleviate continuing wars, persecutions and suffering in the world as explained by Sister Lucia during her lifetime. Please log on to the website, americaneedsfatima.org to learn more.
The Blessed Virgin Mary has made numerous appearances to her children on earth. Her different manifestations are named at places where her visits have been authenticated.
Of import this month is Our Lady of Guadalupe, the only Marian apparition in the New World, was witnessed in Villa de Guadalupe in 1531. Her feast day is celebrated on Dec. 12. Then-Pope Pius XII named her patroness of the Americas in 1946.
An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was carried into the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 which represented a major defeat of the Ottoman Empire and its Islamic jihad of Europe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared at a time when human sacrifice was rampant in the Aztec culture. She appeared as a pregnant Aztec maiden, carrying the Son of God in her womb. Her image was imprinted on the tilma of Juan Diego to whom she revealed herself. This powerful image converted nine million Aztecs to Christ. Along with her other titles, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the “Patroness of the Unborn.”