The message of Fatima is a message that is relevant for all times.
In the spring of 1916 the Angel appeared saying, “Do not be afraid, I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” The three children knelt with the Angel reverently and repeated this prayer:
“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!” Having repeated these words three times, he rose and said: “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” Then he disappeared. Sister Lucia in her memoirs stated that, “The supernatural atmosphere which enveloped us was so intense, that we were for a long time scarcely aware of our own existence, remaining in the same posture in which he had left us, and continually repeating the same prayer. The presence of God made was felt so intimately and so intensely we did not even venture to speak to one another”.
As we reflect on this we see the work of God’s mercy for all mankind. In our society today many people continue to offend Our Lord. If we pray, do penance and make sacrifices for these offenses God will show His mercy to all people. God is always merciful and ready to forgive us, as soon as He sees that we desire to amend our lives and are truly sorry. This message instructs us to not only amend our lives but also forgive our brothers and sisters.
St. Peter in Mathew 18, 21-22 asked Jesus how many times we are to forgive his brother, Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” We must always forgive and show mercy and God shows His mercy to us.
In the second apparition of the Angel of Peace, the angel tells the children: “Pray! Pray very much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you.
The three shepherd children participated in the designs of mercy of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They obtained abundant graces for the church and for all of mankind throughout many years of tribulation and darkness. These children totally consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart, allowing themselves to be formed by Her and to fully embrace Her mission to the world. As a result they become great channels of mercy and conversion for the church and the world. With this wonderful example we must become like little children, become humble and obedient and be guided by our Lady to hear the designs of the Heart of Christ that rest in Her Immaculate Heart. We must also participate in the designs of mercy that the Hearts of Jesus and Mary have for us in our lives.
In the third apparition of the Angel of Peace, he appeared holding a chalice in his hands, with the host above it from which drops of blood were falling into the sacred vessel. Leaving the Chalice and the host suspended in the air, the Angel prostrated on the ground and repeated this prayer three times:
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly and offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the earth, in reparation for the insults, sacrileges, and indifference with which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg Thee for the conversion of poor sinners.'
After this prayer the Angel proceeded to give the children Holy Communion. Sister Lucia said this was the most important part of the message of Fatima for the children. This drew them closer to God and instilled in their hearts the importance of the Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. The entire message of the Angel contains an urgent call to prayer, sacrifice and reparation to the Most Holy Trinity and Our Eucharistic Lord.
At Fatima, with its events and message, they form for us a large piece of God’s Divine Plan for Mercy for our times. The little shepherds of Fatima saw many ways to help save souls through God’s mercy. He asks us to honor the Heart of Mary, the maternal most pure love of Mary. This means to open our hearts to Her love and to offer our hearts to be formed in the love of Christ. Therefore let us turn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in this special year of mercy and address Her:
“Hail holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope…”