Our Lady’s apparition to Lucia, Jacintha and Francisco at Fatima in August took place on the 15th instead of on the 13th instant of that month. Sr. Lucie relates: ‘Francisco and I saw the flash of light, which we called lightning. Jacintha arrived, and a moment later we saw our Lady on the holmoak tree.’ On this occasion our Lady told them ‘to continue praying the Rosary every day’ and promised that ‘in the last month’ (namely in October) She would ‘perform a miracle so that all may believe’. Sr. Lucie adds that on this occasion our Lady ‘looking very sad said: “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.” And She began to ascend as usual towards the east.’
In today’s Church there is a lot of preaching especially by activist priests and Religious about ‘concern and compassion’ for the suffering people of our world. But, apparently, little is heard from them about the horrible and unending suffering that awaits these same suffering people after their death, at the hands of the Devil and his unclean spirits, simply because they are not taught and helped by priests and compassionate religious ‘apostles’ to humble themselves before God in the misfortunes of their corporate and individual sinfulness to imitate the ‘good thief’ on the Cross on Calvary and gratefully ask the Eternal Father for the forgiveness of their sins and a share in the blessed salvation and eternal life which His only begotten Son as the suffering servant of God in His holy humanity, has obtained for all those who repent of their sins, and receiving His gift of the promised Holy Spirit become ‘poor of heart’ and ‘clean of heart’ and ‘mourn’ and ‘suffer for the sake of righteousness.’ All those who admire St. Mother Teresa of Kolkota and praise her as a role model for the apostolate of the Church in the modern world must learn to do this from her, even as She learnt to do this kind of compassionate, loving, redeeming and sanctifying work in the Holy Spirit for the suffering, destitute and dying people of our world, from the words of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Fatima ‘Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners’.