Today is the #feastday
of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to three shepherd children (Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia) in Fatima, Portugal. In these apparitions, the Virgin Mary identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.
She taught the children to recite the #rosary
daily, to pray assiduously for the conversion of sinners, to make small sacrifices as penance in reparation for sin, and to honor her Immaculate Heart. After investigation, the apparition at #Fatima
was declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church. The message of Fatima still applies to us today, nearly 100 years later. In the words of Our Lady to the children, "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."
It was after this apparition that the Fatima prayer taught to the children was added to the end of each decade of the Holy Rosary: "Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy." Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! http://www.catholiccompany.com/our-lady-of-fatima-c1402/