Just after midday on Sunday 13 October 1917, between 30,000 and 100,000 people (estimated to be 70,000) witnessed the miracle of the sun. Newspapers the next day reported the wondrous event, as factual and being witnessed by Christians and non-Christians alike. Most of my remarks which follow, are quotes taken from knowledgeable publications which will be indicated appropriately. My hope is that each of us begins to see the reality and love of God. The miracle of the sun was the first time, since the birth of Christ that God intervened publicly in behalf of mankind. Why then? Why at this point in history? These are valid questions. Ones that we, all, need to reflect on, pray over and, in no small way, make changes in our way of living.

The first two parts of the “Secret of Fatima” had been revealed earlier in the year of 1917. The first secret showing souls suffering unimaginable torments crying out in anguish, in hell. In the second Mary urged, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace”. -1 Translation presented by Sister Lucia in the “Third Memoir” of August, 31, 1941 for the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima.

The Third secret, revealed later (July 13, 1917), is translated:

I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God. -2 Translation of “The Third Part of the Secret”.

We saw in the first two secrets the key thought being the salvation of souls destined for hell. This third part is crying out to all of us: “Penance, Penance, Penance.”

Let’s look more closely at the following images. The angel with the flaming sword represents the threat of judgment which hovers over the world. A world consumed by fire is no longer considered impossible or pure fantasy. Man, with his own creativity, has forged that flaming sword. The vision then shows the splendor of the Mother of God as the sole power which stands opposed to the force of this destruction. The avenging angel, as though temporarily restrained, summons the world to do penance. The importance of human freedom is underlined: the future is not cast in concrete. Indeed, the whole point of the vision is to bring mankind’s free will onto the scene and to steer freedom in a positive direction. The vision speaks of dangers and how we might be saved from them.

One other famous expression of the “secret” is: “my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. It is these words that we must allow to awaken our slumbering souls. What devotion to Mary do we have? Do we run to her as we would our worldly mother? Do we trust her? She has continually begged us to pray her rosary, to trust her, to seek her motherly love. The words of St. John Paul II probably say it best. “Thanks to St. Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the Mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption”. -3 His Holiness John Paul II “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”. He chose to dedicate his life, his papacy, to Mary. In consecrating himself to Mary, he entrusted his entire life to her, so that she could best apply it to the interests of her Son, Jesus Christ.

We read something like this and we can think, “Oh brother”, or “That’s not for me”, or maybe, “I have too many other things to do”. We can think up so many seemingly reasonable excuses. But if we analyze each of them, don’t we just come to the real meaning behind each statement, which is: “That is too much trouble”? “I have a life to live”. “I have things to do”. “I have mouths to feed”. “I need to grow”. We are destroying our own human nature and corrupting it with worldly rationalizations.

We are on this earth for ONE reason, only. We are to find our way BACK to our Creator. He breathed in us a soul, the only spiritual aspect of our being. That soul, paraphrasing St. Augustine: “Our soul is restless, until it rests back with You.” Meanwhile, we seek out worldly goods, pleasures, comforts as if they will calm the restlessness inside each of us. They don’t, but we persist in our search for happiness. As we continue that search for happiness, we ignore the one burning sensation in each of us, the blissful re-union with our God.

I ask four things from each of you.

1) Go to http://www.myconsecration.org and request the free copy of the Total Consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

[Either request (a) or (b) below ]

a) Total Consecration, According to St. Louis Marie De Montfort, or

b) Thirty Three Days to Morning Glory, by Father Michael Gaitley

Whichever you follow, your life will be changed forever.

2) Go to http://www.flameoflove.us and request the book,

The Flame of Love , The diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann

3) Pray the Rosary, everyday.

4) Pass this post on to those you love.


Here are some other Posts that have a similar theme. Click on any one of them:

1) Getting Closer to Mary and Jesus
2) Message of Mary’s Maternal Love: Homily by Pope John Paul II
3) The Rosary, A Prayer
4) The Rosary, The Forgotten Connection