Today marks the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.
Many will never have heard of this. Most may dismiss it as nonsense.
But I do not. And anyone who cares to investigate this story even briefly cannot deny that there is something mysterious about it.
One hundred years ago today, 70,000 people crowded into a paddock in Portugal.
Some may have come from devotion. Others out of sheer curiosity. And some came to write newspaper articles.
But came they did and it was all because three children with stories of regular monthly visions on a farm in Portugal had captured their attention.
They claimed that they were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ. And on October 13, 1917, she was going to give a sign that the apparitions were real.
That is why there was a crowd. They were waiting for the sign. Or they were waiting to laugh.
A Portuguese newspaper recorded the events:
From the top of the road, where the carriages were parked and where many hundreds of people stood who lacked courage to step in the mud, one could see the immense crowd turning toward the sun, which appears free from all clouds and at its zenith. The sun resembles a dull, silver plate and itis possible to look at it without the least effort. It does not burn, nor blind. It seems as if an eclipse is taking place. But then an immense clamor erupts, and one can hear the spectators who are closer, shouting:
“Miracle, Miracle! A Marvel! A Marvel!”
Before the dazzled eyes of the people—whose emotion takes us back to biblical times and who are fearfully pallid, their gaze fixated upon the blue sky as the sun pulsates [with] never-before-seen tremulous movements, defying all laws of gravity—the sun danced, according to the typical expression of the peasants.
Whether you are a believer or a sceptic, something happened in that little field 100 years ago today.
Earlier in 1917, Our Lady of Fatima warned the three children that Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. Just 25 days after this event, Lenin’s revolutionaries took control of Russia and imposed Communism.
She also promised that the First World War would end but warned that another, greater war would follow it.
And she told the children that:
“the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.”
This prediction is similar to others made in Marian apparitions. Just over 300 years earlier, Our Lady appeared to a nun in Ecuador and told her:
“Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals…
As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church…
In this supreme moment of need for the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.”
In today’s world where the supernatural is regarded with contempt, it is not easy to stand up and proudly declare your belief in it.
But I do believe that Our Lady appeared at Fatima. I do believe that the attack on marriage is diabolical in its nature.
And I do believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the woman announced in Genesis who will crush the head of the serpent. She is God’s most perfect creation and she is also our help and protector.
You can read more about the story of Fatima here.
You can join the Rosary Crusade to preserve marriage in Australia here.
I wrote previously about Our Lady of Fatima here.