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Fatima in the Month of August

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One hundred years ago in August, the three shepherd children were as brave as martyrs. Father Robert Fox, a renowned expert on Fatima, explains:

The Mother of God appeared to the three little shepherd children of Fatima at noon on the 13th day of each month from May through October in 1917.

But there was one exception in August. On that 13th, the administrator of Ourem deceived the children and took them away by horsecart. He claimed that he had been converted and would take the children to the Cova da Iria. Instead, he took them to Ourem. He placed them in jail with male prisoners, threatening to throw them into boiling oil if they did not recant or tell the secret they had learned from Our Lady.

Despite all the threats of being killed, the three shepherd children remained loyal to Our Lady. They refused to reveal anything to the administrator, and they even got the men in prison to kneel in prayer with them. Seven-year-old Jacinta was especially courageous. Lucia wrote years later that she believed Jacinta received special graces to understand devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Even in prison, the little shepherds offered sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Father, as they had been instructed to do from the Angel at Fatima and Our Lady.

In prison, Jacinta prayed, "O my Jesus! This is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, for the Holy Father, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." By remaining loyal under the threat of death, the children can be considered "dry martyrs."

A crowd of people gathered at the holmoak tree in the Cova on Aug. 13, even though the children were not there. The people saw mysterious signs, such as a pillar of blue cloud over the holmoak. They saw this as an indication that Our Lady had nonetheless kept her appointment.

After the children were released from prison on Aug. 19, Our Lady appeared to them at a place called Valinhos, which is near Aljustrel, the village within the parish of Fatima, where the children lived with their families. 
As at the Cova da Iria, Our Lady appeared standing on a meter high holmoak tree. Lucia asked, as she did each time Our Lady appeared, "What do you want of me?"

"I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue saying the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe." It was the second time Our Lady had promised a miracle in October. During each of the six apparitions, she requested that the Rosary be prayed every day.

Sister Lucia said she could never forget the sadness with which Our Lady in August 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."

Father Robert J. Fox was founder and director of the International Fatima Family Apostolate.

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Sheila - Aug 11, 2017

I keep thinking of the events in Korea,our lack of peace everywhere, a world more fractured then when our Lady first appeared to three Shepherds. I am so convinced our only weapon is the Rosary.
The message of Fatima is so critical to our times.

Laurie W - Aug 13, 2017

Such a sadness to ever think of our Blessed Mother as being sad in any way. Her sweet heart should be only overflowing with Joy. This had to be such a motivator for the children and should also be for us. This is a terrible time in our history. Frightful, really.

Barbara B - Aug 13, 2017

Oh to walk in the faith they had everyday, every moment. The rosary is our weapon! May we offer all of our sufferings in reparation of sins committed against your Immaculate Heart O Mother.

Christopher - Aug 13, 2017

Oh, Jesus, I am so sorry for anything that I have done to make you or your dear Mother sad and want so much to be present to you at every moment. I love you. Make me always aware of your presence.

DANA - Aug 13, 2017

Indeed, we live in terrible times. Our Lady has insisted that we pray the Rosary every day. Whatever happens, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. This is indeed very consoling. Nonetheless, She insists to pray for sinners for whom only a few pray.

Rosemary - Aug 13, 2017

What a beautiful reminder that without our Faith we would be sunk!

Peace and blessings to the entire world!

Cynthia - Aug 13, 2017

After reading several books about Fatima, I now understand how I have fallen to the evil one and caused pain to Jesus and his Blessed Mother. I now pray 15 decades of the Rosary daily & say the Divine Mercy Chaplet. O Jesus, I am very sorry for offending you and making your Blessed Mother sad!

Mark - Aug 13, 2017

The rosary is Our Lady's chosen weapon against the forces of evil at play today. Carry it with you and say it daily. She will respond. Her love for us overflows.

Denise - Aug 13, 2017

To see the sun shine as it does today I feel it is a sure sign of hope in God, His Love and Mercy for "us and the whole world". I feel the way the sun is glistening in the sky it is a sure sign the world's prayers are being answered.Thank you Holy and Undivided Trinity, Thank you Blessed Virgin Mary, Most Amiable Mother of God, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints of God. Thank you Hod and Mary for preserving our country, God Bless America! Amen!

Mary Liz - Aug 13, 2017

So much sexual impurity which is totally accepted and promoted in the media. We must speak out about this sin. Reading the Fatima messages and all other accepted apparitions of Mary, we see the same message again and again. Pray fast do penance for the conversion of sinners everywhere. Mass and Communion, the Rosary, devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart are the solutions to the present evil.

Naymara - Aug 13, 2017

It is not solely a result of lack of individual commitment, but of world wide commitment that our Holy Mother is distressed we are not doing enough. Just a rosary a day is all She asks for which can be accomplished on the way to work, preparing meals, etc. Where there is a will, there is a way, and She will intercede on our behalf for our protection against all the bad goings on at present. We must not let Her down, nor Her Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who also intercedes on our behalf. Maintain your love and faith!

S1 - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Mary our Mother,
Help us to pray the Rosary every day. I offer my sufferings for all the horrible chaos and hatred in our world today. I need peace and help I my life as well. We all need your peace. Thank you for being with us at this time.

Linda - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Mary,
Draw me deeper into your Immaculate Heart and help me to grow in love and holiness. I want so much to grow in this way, please Mother. Help us all to be obedient to what you are asking of us.

leena divecha - Aug 13, 2017

We united offer our Rosary chain of prayer of at least 500 hail Mary and 2 way of the cross every day for the cause and it is like prayer warrior joining the crusade. We volunteer to fast at least one sacrifice for the cause.

Cecilia - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother, I offer all my sufferings for the conversion of sinners. Make me pure and worthy, that I may stand before Your Son Jesus Christ ready to be with You and Him in Heaven for all eternity AMEN. Jesus, Mary, I love Thee! SAVE SOULS!

Maria - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother, I offer all my sufferings for the conversion of sinners. Make me pure and worthy, that I may stand before Your Son Jesus Christ ready to be with You and Him in Heaven for all eternity AMEN. Jesus, Mary, I love Thee! SAVE SOULS!

RONALD FREDERICO - Aug 13, 2017

OUR LORD AND THE BLESSED MOTHER ARE STILL SUFFERING. ... TO PRAY THE ROSARY AND REPENT AND HELP OTHERS REPENT AND CONVERT THEM, IS JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR SINNERS THAT DO NOT REPENT AND DIE IN MORTAL SIN. ... WE NEED THE BLESSED MOTHER TO GET INTO HEAVEN, AND OUR LORD AND THE BLESSED MOTHER NEED OUR PRAYERS AND SACRIFICES. ... I'M A MARIAN VISIONARY AND MARIAN MYSTIC OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT. ... ECSTASY IS VERY BEAUTIFUL WITH OUR LORD AND OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT. ... YOU GO THROUGH THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD AND THE PASSION "SUFFERING" OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER "MARY". ... I WAS IN ECSTASY WITH OUR LORD AND OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT. ... I'M AN ECSTASYST. ...

Pamela - Aug 13, 2017

Our Lady was so right about what would happen in the world if peace were not made amongst the nations. What was within the secrets came to be.
The Faithful must keep offering rosaries and prayers for world peace. Violence and hatred must end to stop the blessed Mother's tears!

Thomas Sepe - Aug 13, 2017

I do not pray the rosary as often as I should but realize that Mary and her rosary have helped guide me through life. My folks unmarried and serving in the WW ll armed forces had to give me up but various foster parents helped me to grow up, love my Catholic faith and to help others like they helped me. I now pray for peace and for all those in need of help.

Dora - Aug 13, 2017

Thank you sweet mother for your tender loving care of us. Teach us to love Jesus. Obtain for us from your Son the Grace to persevere in prayer and reach deep union with Him in this life, for all who are dear to us and all who are dear to you, that we may be one in Him as He and the Father are one, that the world may believe and be saved and that He may be glorified in all of us. Lord Jesus thank You for loving and saving us! Teach us to love Your Mother and grant that we may see the triumph of her Immaculate Heart! Irradicate from every heart the great evil of abortion and let every heart in the world burn with love for you and her beginning with mine! Most Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary I love You, save souls! Amen!

Maria Goretti - Aug 13, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima,
Please pray for world peace!

Rod - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother, thank you for all your help, blessings and intercession on my behalf. Help me never to offend God and to make my heart to be more like Jesus's heart. Through the most Holy Rosary, may peace be given to our struggling world and may our crosses be united to Our Lord's cross for the redemption for all souls. Thank you most sweet blessed Mother for your guidance and protection. I love you. Amen

Donna - Aug 13, 2017

I pray for the people of the USA. That we turn from our evil ways and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savoir.

Mary Ann - Aug 13, 2017

Pray Rosary daily and be a rosary rally captain Oct.14 for America Needs Fatima.org 20,000 public square rosary rallies are planned worldwide

Dina - Aug 13, 2017

Thought I could not pray a rosary every day. Started praying it a decade at a time throughout the day (first thing in the morning, mid-morning, mid-day, mid-afternoon, and before going to sleep at night). I've been praying the rosary every day for two months now. And if you don't have a rosary with you, most of us have ten fingers that can be used as a decade of the rosary. For a whole rosary you can keep track of the five decades on one hand and use the other hand for each decade, folding the fingers one at a time for the first five Hail Marys and unfolding them for the last five of the decade. Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, in the intersession and in communion with Mother Mary and all the Angels and Saints!

Yvonne - Aug 13, 2017

United Hearts of Jesus and Mary, pray for us!
Through our daily Rosaries and your
Immaculate Heart, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus we must pray for the
"Heart of the World " to change and come to
know the truth and the difference between good vs evil - that Jesus is
the Way, and the Truth and the Life! Jesus is our only Hope! Save us, O Lord! I love you and your Mother so much!

Linda Aug.13, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017

I wondered why our Most Blessed Mother appeared to the three little shepherds on Aug.19 th. I now understand how the mayor, a Freemason, held the children captive. As he threatend them, individually, to boil them in oil if they would not reveal the secret Our Lady gave them. And what brave little children they were! There is so much immorality, cruel treatment of our most innocent lives. I pray Dear Mother help us! We need you now more than ever. I make reperation,pray my rosary every day,and pray that people stop offending your Most Immaculate Heart. Please help us to have peace!

Jim - Aug 13, 2017

We seem to have forgotten what Our Lady asked of our Pope and Bishops : to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Conception. They haven't done this. Why ? We need to say our rosaries to do as She requested.

Edmay - Aug 13, 2017

Those poor children were scared half to death but had the faith and wisdom to believe in God and Mary to endure all what was brought onto them. God bless us all. I made rosaries so people will pray our precious rosary more often and meditate on the Mysteries of the rosary as requested by our beautiful Mother Mary. Pray the rosary daily. God be with you always and may Mother Mary be watching over us constantly.

ROBERT - Aug 13, 2017

The name Robert J Fox was the name of my cousins boyfriend, he once bought a a lamp up to my Aunt as a gift this was in the early sixties, as Jesus spoke I am the light of the world

Sue N. - Aug 13, 2017

Oh Mary, I pray that ISIS will be converted to Jesus. I know that's a tall order, but nothing is impossible with your Son. I will continue to pray the Rosary as you have requested. May our prayers bring about world Peace!

Victoria - Aug 13, 2017

God our father and Mary, the mother of Jesus, your love for sinners is so great, that we will keep your request of the Holy rosary as long as mankind is able. Pray for those who are ignorant of your request. God loves all of His children.

Mary - Aug 13, 2017

Heavenly Mother,
I praise the holy name of Jesus and thank Him for allowing us the great gift of your love, protection and guidance. Continue to bless our country and the world away the evil of sin. Direct us on the path of your beloved son and our savior, Jesus. Our Lady of All Nations be our advocate. Amen✝️

Mary Baker - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Mary,
Will you please ask your son Jesus to cleanse my soul and strength my faith. Mary please pray for my family so they will be saved. Pray for my niece Melinda's in-laws and her husband, help them find faith in Jesus. I ask for you to intercede with Jesus for Melinda's children Xander, Kyler, Spencer and Alyssa, ask him to please make his presence know to them and ask him to baptize them so they will be saved. Mother Mary pray for our country because with this President we have he is going to hurt our people and possibly start a war. I want us not to go to war again but find a peaceful way to resolve problems without fighting. I love you Mary and I love your Son Jesus. I may falter in my faith but I refuse to let my faith be destroyed. Pray for all of us.

Marta - Aug 13, 2017

I pray the rosary everyday and speak with Jesus several times a week at Adoration. There is so much suffering in this world and people who do not believe I spend several hours a day praying for all of this. Jesus I love you, "Lord save Me"

Charles B. - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother, I pray for the conversion of sinners, the Holy Father, the conversion of Russia, China, and the unborn. Please I ask through thee to Jesus for forginess.

Kathleen - Aug 13, 2017

It gives me chills to know that 100 years ago TODAY 3 children were thrown in jail & yet still had the courage to not recant what they saw. I feel very soon we too will be persecuted for our beliefs. Jesus, I pray that you give me the courage & conviction to always stand up for You and The Blessed Virgin!

alicia - Aug 13, 2017

I went to church today and the priest gave us individual blessings holding the Eucharist and making the sign of the cross to each of us. I offered mine to my daughter who needs spiritual blessing. I gave her a picture of Our lady of Fatima to keep in her room where she moved in for college. She emailed me today saying that for now she will place Mary's picture where her shoes are until she finds a better place for her. This
is good news for me and touched me knowing she refused to take it with her. I believed that God shared my blessings with her. Thank you, Heavenly Father, Jesus and Mary.

Brandy Eddinger - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother, Help me to continue to be faithful
to your wishes. May I never forget to say my rosary for the poor souls who need our prayers to go to heaven. We also need to pray for the Korean problem of nuclear war. Cloak our world with your mantle of Blue and keep us safe. May we sacrifice for a resolution to the evil of nuclear. I put my trust in your love for us and all of us need to pray hard each day and sacrifice. Amen.

Madeleine - Aug 13, 2017

Dear our lady of Fatima, help me to be a far better Catholic and please ask your son Jesus to forgive me of all my sins through out my life as when the time comes of my death I dream always to walk next to Jesus in heaven.i ask of you to look after my family that they will also return to the church and prayer. Thank you Our Dearest Lady of Fatima.

Nonna Elisa - Aug 13, 2017

Dear Blessed Lady,
Our dear grandaughter was born 9 years ago today. However 14 hrs. later she passed away. Please pray for her Mom and Dad that they return to the Church! They now have 2 beautiful sons. Please pray for all of them. RIP Baby Sofia.

Nancy - Aug 13, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima please pray for my sons and grandchildren. I Consecrate them all to your Immaculate Heart and to the Sacred Heart of Your Divine Son Jesus. Thank you for cradling us all under your mantle always. We love you, Mother! On this 13th day of August, we recall the little seers, imprisoned and tortured, but strong in their faith- May our faith be 1/100th as strong as these little Saints! Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love... Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation! ❤️

Paul - Aug 13, 2017

Pray for me Our Lady of Fatima , to help me with my struggles in life , also for the world peace every where .We live in a very sinful world Amen .

V L Patrick - Aug 13, 2017

Even though the 3 children couldn't be present at the Cova on 13th August Our Lady kept her promise to them on the 19th. How lucky and happy they might have been.

Helen - Aug 13, 2017

Blessed Mother you help each and everyone of us yr children thro yr intercession.We pray for the grace to follow the example of the shepherd children thro obedience and love for you.pray the rosary;on the freeway,dropping kids at school,during yr workout, during yr lunch break, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, mowing the lawn...ther're many versions on YouTube,let's make a daily commitment to answer our Lady's call.Sacrifice something each day, no matter how small it is for our Lady . that's what little Jacinta did.St Jacinta, pray for us.

Michelle - Aug 14, 2017

Oh how blessed are We, that know this message and pray the Rosary daily in Faith, Hope and Love united with our Blessed Mother Mary for Those who know not...
How much Love God has entrusted Mother Mary and She has entrusted Us too in being united participants with Her in the redemption of all in need as such a time as now...God Bless Us All, Those who can and those in need. THANK YOU MOTHER MARY, as I have never felt so loved, cared for and with real purpose than to be capable and able to help those in need.

Greg - Aug 14, 2017

Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Gina - Aug 14, 2017

Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of your mother to us. Help us to listen to Her. The rosary is our gift from her, our weapon, help us to stay strong and use weapon of good daily. Amen

Swm - Aug 14, 2017

Unfortunately, the devil has had his hand in so many sinful ways; sexual immorality, division of family's, the twisted marriage between man & man/women & women, and let alone the devastating abortion acceptance/approval by liberal people all over the world. Let us all keep praying our Rosary's and the Divine Mercy Chaplet each and every day for the whole world that God will have mercy on us all.

Blessed Virgin Mary please pray for us.

Barb - Aug 14, 2017

Lord Jesus, thank you for entrusting us to the care of your most Holy Mother Mary. May we be faithful in praying for the conversion of sinners, the reparation of sin, and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

Leo - Aug 14, 2017

Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of The Assumption Pray for the Soul of my Father, Antonio, and bring him home to Your Son Jesus. Amen

Maria - Aug 14, 2017

Attended the 4th apparition celebration & mass in Blue Army World Apostolate of Fatima, Fr. Chris Alar was the speaker about Our Lady and Mercy of God . Bishop Kevin Rhoedes was the main celebrant during the mass .10-4 pm prayerful event .. It's a Blessed day driving from MD to NJ and came home same day with 3 friends

Angela Marie - Aug 14, 2017

Dear Blessed Mother,
Thank you so much for helping me through many difficult times in my life! Without you I would no longer be faithful and happy! I love you and promise to pray your rosary every day. Thank you Blessed Mother!

Augustine - Aug 15, 2017

Blessed Mother intercede for us and the whole world for peace and conversion of sinners, Amen.

Angelina - Aug 15, 2017

If all of us will be able to pray the rosary everyday as what was instructed by our Lady of Fatima, the world will be at peace with the help of our Mother Mary.

Ellen - Aug 15, 2017

Thank you Mother Mary for always being there for me and my family. I pray to become a better person and spread the message of Fatima as I pray the rosary everyday. PleAse help me with my surgery today. Let me heal physically and spiritually in your Immaculate Heart Amen.

Jarene - Aug 15, 2017

Mother Mary, i am very sorry for what i have done wrong for so many years, thank you that your always there for us to guide. Please protect us always, i love you Mother Mary and Jesus Christ.

myrtis - Aug 16, 2017

How often I have failed our Dear Lord and Jesus. I must remember at 10 years of age it was our dear Mother Mary and seeing the movie on Fatima that made me to decide to become Catholic. 4 pilgrimages to Medugorje and I still fail. I pray Sweet mother for your help to overcome my sins and glorify our Lord.