Friday, October 15, 2010

Timeline of the Events of Fatima

Spring-Fall 1916 – In preparation for what was to follow, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto receive three visitations by an angel, who teaches them to pray for non-believers, asks them to pray and sacrifice in reparation for sin, and brings them Holy Communion.

May 13, 1917 – Lucia (age 10), Francisco (9), and Jacinta (7) are tending sheep at the Cova da Iria when they see lightning and a strange light. They then see a Lady dressed in white, who is radiating light, and she asks if they are willing to offer themselves to God to bear suffering in reparation for sins and supplication for the conversion of sinners. After Lucia says, “yes,” the Lady asks the children to pray the Rosary every day.

June 13 – After Lucia says that they want to go to heaven, the Lady says that Francisco and Jacinta will go there soon. Lucia is to remain to make her message known, but her Immaculate Heart will never abandon her. The Lady also says that Jesus wishes that devotion to her Immaculate Heart be established in the world.

July 13 – After asking the children to pray the Rosary to obtain peace, the Lady says that a miracle will be performed in October so that others will believe. Three “secrets” are then revealed to them: (1) a brief terrifying vision of poor sinners suffering in Hell, (2) a warning of an even greater war to follow WWI, and (3) the suffering of the Church, including a vision of a Bishop in white being shot and killed. The Lady also asks for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and prayers for the conversion of Russia to prevent that country from spreading errors throughout the world. Further, the Lady asks for the establishment of First Saturday devotions. She says that she asks these things in order to save souls and bring peace and assures them that, in the end, her Immaculate Heart would triumph. She then teaches the children the “Fatima prayer” to be included in the Rosary.

August 13 – The children are arrested, interrogated, and thrown into jail, preventing them from going to the Cova, but some of a crowd of 15,000 report a mysterious light and heavenly fragrance of flowers.
August 19 – The Lady appeared to the children and again urged them to pray and sacrifice for sinners because many end up in Hell because they have no one to pray for them.

September 13 – Before a crowd that has grown to 30,000, the Lady asks the children to pray for the end of the war.

October 13 – A reported 70,000 people come to the Cova on a rainy day. The Lady asks that a chapel be built and says that the war will end soon. She finally identifies herself, "I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday.” What followed then has been called the “Miracle of the Sun,” and it was reported in many newspapers throughout the world. As the crowd was witnessing the miracle, the children saw a vision of the Holy Family and a vision of Jesus carrying His cross with Our Lady of Sorrows. Lucia also saw Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who signifies the triumph over suffering.

April 4, 1919 – Francisco dies of influenza, which had become epidemic in Portugal.

February 20, 1920 – Jacinta follows her brother and also dies of influenza. She continued to have periodic visions before her death.

October 24, 1925 – Lucia enters the Sisters of St. Dorothy. In 1946, Sister Lucia entered the Carmelite Convent. Like Jacinta, Lucia received many additional visions on occasion.

May 13, 1981 - On the anniversary of the first apparition, Pope John Paul II is shot by a would-be assassin. He is gravely wounded, but survives. Noting the date of the shooting, the Pope credits Our Lady of Fatima with saving his life, saying that "one hand fired the gun, but another one guided the bullet."

May 13, 2000 – Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta are beatified by Pope John Paul II. The "Third Secret" of the July 13 apparition, which had previously been withheld, is made public, and it is interpreted to refer in part to the 1981 shooting of the Pope.

February 13, 2005 – Sister Lucia dies after a period of illness.

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