OUR LADY OF FATIMA

The urgency for the modern-day world of the message of Fatima can be gauged from recent Papal initiatives, and the impetus thereby given to the message that the Holy Mother of God entrusted to three illiterate shepherd children at Fatima in 1917. A few brief examples follow.

The appeal of the Lady of the message of Fatima is so deeply rooted in the Gospel and the whole of Tradition that the Church feels that the message imposes a commitment on her. (John Paul II, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, 13 May 1982.)

The message is addressed to every human being. The love of the Saviour’s Mother reaches every place touched by the work of salvation. Her care extends to every individual of our time, and to all the societies nations and peoples. Societies menaced by apostasy, threatened by moral degradation. The collapse of morality involves the collapse of societies. (John Paul II, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, 13 May 1982.)

It [the message of Fatima] is still more relevant than it was sixty-five years ago. It is still more urgent. (John Paul II, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, 13 May 1982.)

Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new “signs of the times”. It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew. (John Paul II, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, 13 May 1982.)

But “the first heaven and the first earth” still exist about us and within us. We cannot ignore it. But this enables us to recognize what an immense grace was granted to us human beings when, in the midst of our pilgrimage, there shone forth on the horizon of the faith of our times this “great portent, a woman” (cf. Rev 12:1). (John Paul II, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, 13 May 1982.)

We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. (Benedict XVI, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, Thursday, 13 May 2010.)

May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. (Benedict XVI, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, Thursday, 13 May 2010.)

Encouraged by such Papal initiatives the AMAIC has expanded its Bookroom to include a section devoted to Our Lady of Fatima. The material included in this section can be accessed from the menu bar immediately to the right.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
13 May, 2014