The Third “Secret” of Fatima

13 May

With Benedict’s visit to Fatima there has been a lot of talk about the secrets of Fatima. Fr. Z has a poll over at WDTPRS about the contents of the “third secret.” I must admit, I chose the option that reads, “I don’t know the messages or apparitions from Fatima.” While that isn’t entirely true it is the option that certainly fits me best. Having read about the relationship of the assassination attempt of John Paul II and the third secret and more recently the sufferings of the Church and the attacks on the Holy Father over the abuse scandal I had a shallow knowledge of the apparitions. Today I finally took the time to Google the apparitions. And I found the Vatican website to be most helpful. This link has all of the correspondence between Sister Lucia, the only surviving witness of the apparitions, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Sodano, and others involved.

Of course readership in this blog is still small (as it is still less than a day old 😉 ) but I will post the original text of the vision of the third secret for any readers who are – like me – unfamiliar with the actual description:

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 splendour 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.


One Response to “The Third “Secret” of Fatima”

  1. Liesl 16 May, 2010 at 4:25 PM #

    So pumped for your blog!!! 🙂 I was going to ask you about Fatima the other day and forgot so we should discuss sometime soon.

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