Eternal Refuge Fatima A TRUE STORY August 19 of 1917
FATIMA A TRUE STORYAugust 19th of 1917
On the following Sunday, the 19th of August, the children, according to their custom, went to the Cova da Iria after Mass. There they said the Rosary, then returned to Aljustrel. After lunch, Lucia, together with Francisco and his elder brother John, left for a place called Valinhos, not far away, where they intended to spend the afternoon. The afternoon passed quickly, but towards four o'clock, Lucia became aware of the signs that always immediately preceded the apparitions of Our Lady: the sudden cooling of the air, the paling of the sun, and the typical flash. The children had already been having a wonderful premonition that they were to experience the supernatural again. Now Our Lady was about to come and Jacinta was not there ! Lucia called out to John, " Go quickly and get Jacinta, Our Lady is coming! The boy did not want to go. He too wanted to see Our Lady. " Go fast, Lucia insisted, " and I will give you four pennies, if you bring Jacinta back with you. Here's two now and I'll keep the other two for you when you return. John took the pennies and started running home. When he reached his house, he called in " Mother, mother, Lucia wants Jacinta ! "Aren't the three of you enough for your games ? Can you leave her alone for a minute ? the mother answered back. Let her come, little mother, they want her there now. See, Lucia gave me two pennies to make sure I would bring her. Two pennies! That was a lot of money for little children to give away so easily. What does she want Jacinta for now? John wriggling like an eel, burst out " Because Lucia has already seen the signs in the skies and she wants Jacinta there in a hurry. "God be with you; Jacinta is at her godmother's house. John bolted off to get her. There, he whispered the news to Jacinta, and together, hand in hand, they raced over to Valinhos so as not to miss Our Lady. Just as John and Jacinta reached the field, a second flash rent the air. a few moments, later, the brilliant Lady appeared over the holmoak, a slightly taller one than at the Cova da Iria. The Lady was rewarding the children for their fidelity. " What do you want of me? Lucia asked. " I want you to continue to come to the Cova da Iria on the thirteenth and to continue to say the Rosary every day. Lucia then told Our Lady of her anguish at the unbelief of so many in the reality of her presence. She asked Our Lady if she would be willing to perform a miracle that all might see and believe. " Yes, Our Lady answered, In the last month, in October, I shall perform a miracle so that all may believe in my apparitions. If they had not taken you to the village, the miracle would have been greater. Saint Joseph will come with the Baby Jesus to give peace to the world. Our Lord also will come to bless the people. Besides, our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Sorrows will come. Lucia
remembered Senhora da Capelinha's request and said " What do you wish us to do with the money and the offerings that the people leave at the Cova da Iria? " Two litters should be made; you and Jacinta are to carry one with two other girls dressed in white; Francisco is to carry the other with three boys also dressed in white robes. The money placed on the litters is for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Lucia then spoke to Our Lady of the sick who had been recommended to her. Yes, I shall cure some of them within the year. But she went on teaching them to pray rather for the health of souls than of bodies, " Pray! Pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell for not having someone to pray and make sacrifices for them.
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