Santos became a Carmelite nun and devoted her entire life to spreading
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as Our Lady of Fatima
Sister Lucy died on February 13th, 2005 at the age of 97
“I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month;
to recite the rosary every day.” Then she added something
the children had never heard before. “After the Gloria Patri
of each decade, you will say, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our
sins! Deliver us from the fires of hell! Have pity on the souls
in purgatory, especially the most abandoned’.”
“I want to ask you to take us to heaven,” said Lucia
“Francisco and Jacinta I will soon take. You must remain.
Jesus wants you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish
in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”
On July 13, the children were again waiting for the lady. This time
there were about five thousand others waiting too. The lady told
the children that she would work a great miracle in October so that
all would believe she had appeared there. She also showed them a
vision of hell, and it was so terrible that the children said they
would have died of fear if the lady had not told them they were
to go to heaven.
Lady of Fatima showed the Children a Horrific Vision of the Souls
of the Damned in Hell being Tormented by Frightful Demons
of the three children of Fatima,
immediately after seeing the vision of Hell.
Our Lady [right after the vision] said to the Children:
"... if [people] do not stop offending God... He is going to
punish the world for its crimes by means of war, of hunger, and
of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father."
Sister Lucia tells Fr. Fuentes in an 1957
interview, that we are in the last times:
Lucia to Fr. Fuentes, December 1957:
"... she [The Blessed Virgin] told me
that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle
against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where
one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat.
Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or
we are for the devil. There is no other possibility."
Terrifying Vision of Hell
Our Lady told the Children, "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners
and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: `O
Jesus, it is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners and in
reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
Lucia Santos then narrates what happened next:
“She opened Her hands once more, as She had done the two
previous months. The rays [of light] appeared to penetrate the earth,
and we saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire,
we saw the demons and the souls [of the damned]. The latter were
like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze,
having human forms. They were floating about in that conflagration,
now raised into the air by the flames which issued from within themselves,
together with great clouds of smoke. Now they fell back on every
side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid
shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made
us tremble with fright (it must have been this sight which caused
me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons were distinguished
[from the souls of the damned] by their terrifying and repellent
likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent
like burning coals. That vision only lasted for a moment, thanks
to our good Heavenly Mother, Who at the first apparition had promised
to take us to Heaven. Without that, I think that we would have died
of terror and fear."
Our Lady then gravely spoke these words:
"You see Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save
them God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate
Heart. If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved,
and there will be peace... But if they do not stop offending God...
He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war,
of hunger, and of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father."
Marto 1908-1919 (pictured in the middle) said: "How beautiful
God is, how beautiful!
But He is sad because of the sins of men. I want to console Him,
I want to suffer for love of Him."
On August 15, the children were back home, safe and
sound. They had been kept away over the thirteenth so they could
not see the lady on that day. But they still believed in her. After
Mass on the Sunday following, Lucia, Francisco and his brother John
took the sheep out to the pasture. Suddenly Lucia felt the lady
was coming. She sent John in haste to get Jacinta. Scarcely had
she arrived then the lady appeared.
Our Lady of Fatima came to spread Devotion to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary.
She told us to pray the Rosary everyday and to always wear the Brown
“Go to the Cova da Iria on the thirteenth of next month.
Pray very hard. Make many sacrifices for sinners.” Then the
lady was gone.
On September 13, more than 30,000 people were crowded into the
Cova to see what would happen. Suddenly a white globe was seen moving
through the sky toward them. Then a thin white vapor began to form
above the little oak, and white flowers began to fall from the clear
blue sky. The lady appeared to the children. All saw Lucia’s
lips move, but no one heard a word she said!
During the late afternoon of October 12, a storm broke over Fatima.
Soon all the roads were thick with mud. But through it and the heavy
rain came 70,000 people to witness the great miracle the lady had
promised for that day.
When Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta arrived at eleven-thirty, Lucia
began the rosary aloud, and all of the others answered her.
Exactly at noon, Lucia stopped praying.
“Here she comes! She is coming!”
All saw a white vapor, like incense, form around the children and
rise into the wet air. But they could not see the lady.
“I am the Lady of the Rosary. I want you to tell them to
build a chapel here, and to continue to say the rosary every day.”
Then all saw the clouds part, and the sun appear like a great disk
of white fire. But the children saw a vision of the Holy Family.
Next Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows, and beside her stood
Jesus. He made the sign of the cross over the people. Finally, Our
Lady came again as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She was crowned, and
the Infant Jesus stood on her knee.
foretold Miracle of the Sun was witnessed by more than 70,000 people.
Additional photos from the Miracle of the Sun (Fatima, Portugal)
But while the children were enjoying the three wonderful
visions, all of the others were seeing something they would never
forget. The sun began to spin around as if it were a piece of fireworks.
Then it stopped for a minute or so, only to begin again with more
fury. Great streamers of various colors trailed from it. Then it
plunged straight at the crowd!
Screams arose! Some shouted to Our Lady to save them. Others made
acts of contrition out loud. For ten minutes the sun spun and danced.
Then it began to ascend once more to its place, and shone brilliantly.
The great miracle was over! No one now doubted the appearance of
Our Lady of Fatima. Many began, from that day, to live more Christian
to OUR LADY OF FATIMA