[Ninety-eight] years ago — on October 13, 1917, Our Blessed Mother made her final apparition to the three children at Fatima and identified herself by saying “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” And she gave a VERY graphic sign of her sacred presence. She told the children to look at the sun (it had been raining all night, and the 60,000+ people who had gathered in the open field called the Cova da Iria (“the meadow of peace”) were all soaked to the skin by the downpour.
The sun, in full view of the great crowd, seemed to detach itself from its natural place in the sky, begin to whirl like a great pin-wheel, and come spinning down toward earth. The people were terrified by what seemed like a cataclysmic and catastrophic event. Even the skeptics and non-believers among them prayed fervently for deliverance from this frightening vision. The sun then seemed to stop its downward course, and return to its proper place in the sky. It was then that everyone realized that all of them were totally dry, having been thoroughly wet just a few moments before.
Two of the three little visionaries — Jacinta and Francisco — died within a short time of the apparitions and have been buried in the great basilica at Fatima; they have also both been beatified. Now, within the past year, the third of them — Lucia — who became a Carmelite nun and lived until just a few months ago, has now also died in her 90s and been buried in that same basilica. I imagine that she, too, will be beatified soon.
Pray the rosary, my dear friends. Answer Our Lady’s call for that prayer, daily if possible. Otherwise, as often as you can. The Mother of Jesus can do for this world of ours what we cannot. Let us place it in her hands, in her Immaculate Heart. And she asks that we pray the rosary. It is HER remedy for the world’s ills. Let us trust in her, given her altogether unique position in relation to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.