Chosen souls are often subtle in their speech and Sr. Lúcia of Fátima is no exception. Humble to the core, she did not want to draw attention to herself but keep focused upon God and Our Lady’s message. She did not want to speak about herself or her mystical experiences. How much, then, if at all, did this reluctance influence Sr. Lúcia’s writings on Fátima?
Silence can be deafening and profound is the sound it makes. When Pope John XXIII read the third part of the secret in August, 1959, he “preferred silence” on the text.[i] It seems strange, almost cruel, that something so anticipated by the Catholic world would receive such treatment.[ii] We are, however, in a better position to understand John’s silence so let us listen to its echoes.
The Sanctuary of Fátima has released photos from the recent Thinking Fátima Congress.
Hi Everyone! I want to direct you to some new articles that I have written about Fátima that are published by the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. (WAF-USA).
The first article is: Open or publish? A question on the third part of the secret of Fátima.
The second article is: Sister Lúcia and interpretation of the third part of the Secret.
The Open or Publish article discusses whether or not Our Lady had commanded that the third part of the secret was to be published in the year 1960. Some information has recently come to light which gives one pause to examine the matter.
The Sister Lúcia and Interpretation article examines a discrepancy between some new information from Sister Lúcia with a statement from Cardinal Ratzinger in his Theological Commentary.
Please do check them out!
A relatively little-known aspect of the history of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fátima, Portugal concerns a comment made to Sr. Lúcia about a “seventh” apparition. On May 13, 1917, in her first apparition to the three shepherd children, Our Lady stated, “I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day, at this same hour. Later on, I will tell you who I am and what I want. Afterwards, I will return here yet a seventh time.”[i] Has this seventh apparition already occurred? We shall look at this matter presently.
The Vatican’s web site has a transcription of the press conference. At this time, there is no official English translation (which will appear here when it is available), though Catholic News Agency has issued an unofficial one. Between these two texts, I would like to offer my thoughts in order to help people understand what has happened.
Here is a video of the press conference: