“Towards Fatima 2017” — Introduction

2017 will be a crucial year of anniversaries: 500 years of Protestantism, 300 years of Freemasonry, 100 years of Communism on the one hand, 100 years of Fatima apparitions and establishment of the Militia Immaculatæ on the other hand.

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“Towards Fatima 2017”

We want to bring to Her foot as many souls as possible, to be Her little army fighting for the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, the victory of the apocalyptic woman over the dragon and its beasts.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (I) — The year 1915

The history of Fatima has an interesting prelude in 1915.

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The First Apparition of the Angel, Spring of 1916

At Fatima in 1916, a year before the Apparitions of the Mother of God, an Angel came three times to visit the little shepherds: Lucia, Francisco, Jacinta.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (II) — Commentary of the First Apparition of the Angel (by Fr. Stehlin)

The great drama of Fatima begins in 1916 with three apparitions of an angel. If an extraordinary event happens in our lives, we have to consider particularly its beginning and its end.

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The Second Apparition of the Angel, Summer of 1916

The second Apparition must have been at the height of summer, when the heat of the day was so intense that we had to take the sheep home before noon and only let them out again in the early evening.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (III) — Commentary of the Second Apparition of the Angel (Fr. Stehlin)

Already at the end of the first apparition the angel mentioned: The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications. This time he declares: The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you.

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The Third Apparition of the Angel, October of 1916

It seems to me that the third Apparition must have been in October, or towards the end of September, as we were no longer returning home for siesta.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (IV) — Commentary of the Third Apparition of the Angel (Fr. Stehlin)

This time the 3 little shepherds were with the flock at the same place, where the angel appeared to them for the first time (Loca de Cabeco).

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Resolutions for 2016 to become a true "Apostle of Fatima"

Allow me to suggest to you special resolutions to take this year, to draw abundantly from the fountain of God's infinite Mercy.

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The First Apparition of Our Lady — May 13, 1917

Before we enter into the very presence of Our Lady and reflect on Her admirable interventions to save us, Her beloved children, we must first of all be aware, that we enter in a spiritual world, which is inexpressibly holy, pure and delicate.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (V) — First commentary of the First Apparition of Our Lady (by Fr. Stehlin)

A commentary, which may help you to meditate about the words and requests of the Immaculata. May I ask you also to have in mind to become more and more APOSTLES of FATIMA.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (VI) — Second commentary of the First Apparition of Our Lady (by Fr. Stehlin)

"Thou art all beautiful, O Mary" our liturgy chants. This was also what Jacinta kept repeating after her contemplation of the Heavenly vision: "O what a beautiful Lady! O what a beautiful Lady!".

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (VII) — Between the 13 May and 13 June 1917 — The commentary by Fr. Stehlin

Not only the apparitions, but also the circumstances and the concrete life of the children during and after the apparitions have a great import_ance for us.

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The Second Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima — June 13, 1917 — The Immaculate Heart

We publish the words of Lucy recalling the Second Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima. This apparition was on June 13, 1917.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (VIII) — Commentary of the Second Apparition (by Fr. Stehlin)

Fatima is the revelation of the Immaculate Heart to the world. It is the exhortation of Mary herself, how she wishes our answer to this revelation to be.

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The Third Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima — July 13, 1917 — The Great Secret of Fatima

Between 13 June and 13 July Lucy had to suffer one trial after another. Curious people who questioned the children about the apparition constantly assailed them.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (IX) — Commentary of the Third Apparition of Our Lady (by Fr. Stehlin)

In the whole cycle of the apparitions, that of the 13th of July is unquestionably the most important.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (X) — Between the 13 July and 19 August (Commentary by Fr. Stehlin)

On 11 August, the children, together with their parents, were summoned to appear before the local district administrator, who was old and ferocious, and a Freemason for 30 years.

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Fourth Apparition of Our Lady in Valinhos

On the afternoon of Sunday, 19 August, Lucy, who in company with Francisco and John, his older brother, was pasturing the sheep in a place called Valinhos.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XI) — Commentary about Fourth Apparition (by Fr. K. Stehlin)

Many experts of the apparitions in Fatima explain the unusual and exceptional character of this apparition as the love and mercy of our Heavenly Mother.

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The Fifth Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima — September 13, 1917

At dawn on 13 September, all the roads leading to Fatima were full of people. By noon there were around 30,000 people waiting for the apparition.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XII) — Commentary about the Fifth Apparition (by Fr. Stehlin)

The two last apparitions of Fatima are more concentrated to make the apparitions known and believed.

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The Sixth Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima — October 13, 1917

Since the 12th of October, around 50,000 people had already arrived in Fatima so that they could be close to the place of the apparition.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XIII) — Commentary about the Sixth Apparition (by Fr. Stehlin)

Considering the apparitions of Our Lady in the Cova da Iria, generally, the essential event and the important point of the last apparition is the great miracle Our Lady promised to accomplish three months ago.

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Miracle of the sun — October 13, 1917

It is easy to relate what happened at the Cova da Iria on October 13: the witnesses of the event were innumerable, their testimonies agree, and the documents they left us are abundant.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XIV) — Commentary about the miracle of the sun (by Fr. Stehlin)

No doubt the miracle of the sun in Fatima belongs to the most exceptional miracles ever accomplished in history.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XV) — Bl. Francisco — by Fr. Stehlin

Fatima is the overwhelming revelation of the greatness of God’s infinite love and mercy towards us poor sinners, illuminated in the mystery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, His masterpiece.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XVI) — Bl. Jacinta — by Fr. Stehlin

Jacinta was very different from Francisco in character and temperament. Jacinta had a tender and affectionate heart which was seized with fright at the sight of so many souls falling into the fires of hell.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XVII) — Sr. Lucy — by Fr. Stehlin

Lucy’s long life was entirely dedicated to making Fatima known. She had been chosen to be the principal witness of Our Lady before the whole world, and for this purpose she received specific virtues from Our Lady.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XVIII) — Apparition at Pontevedra

On December 10, 1925, at Pontevedra, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to sr. Lucy, and by her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jes

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XIX) — The Spirit of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart — Pontevedra February 15, 1926

In Pontevedra, Our Lady opened her Heart wide with an invitation for her beloved children to enter into it by way of a devotion that she herself has given us.

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XX) — The reason for the “Five Saturdays Devotion” — Tuy, 29 March 1930

Wanting to have more clarity regarding the devotion to the Immaculate Heart, Sr. Lucy’s confessor asked: Why does Our Lady want the consecration of five Saturdays — not nine, or seven in honor of the sorrows of Our Lady?

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“Towards Fatima 2017” (XXI) — Sister Lucy explains the Devotion of the First Saturdays

Sister Lucy took this beloved devotion so much to heart that she constantly turned to it in her letters.

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