Final message at Fatima: “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore”

by Donal Anthony Foley –

Eucharistic adoration at the site of the apparitions at Fatima.

The sixth and final apparition at Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917 was a very climactic ending to a six-month period that transformed the little village into one of the most visited places on earth. Besides the great miracle of the sun performed so all would believe, the Blessed Mother revealed to the three shepherd children that she was the “Lady of the Rosary” and wanted a chapel to be built there in her honor. She reminded them of the importance of the daily Rosary and promised that WWI would end soon. She told Lucia she would cure some of the people but not others as they needed to amend their lives.

One part that tends to get overlooked, but that deserves our utmost attention are the final words of Our Lady to the children: “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.”

In her memoirs many years later, Sister Lucia commented on this final statement by Our Lady: “Of all the words spoken at this Apparition, the ones most deeply engraved upon my heart were those of [this] request made by our heavenly Mother. How loving a complaint, how tender a request! Who will grant me to make it echo through the whole world, so that all the children of our Mother in Heaven may hear the sound of her voice!”

According to Saint Francisco, who spent much time in silent prayer before the tabernacle at the Fatima parish church, and who, like the other seers, had experienced something of heaven and God in the light from Our Lady’s hands which streamed over them in the early apparitions, God was not only offended, but was also sad at all the sins committed by mankind.

One day, he said to Lucia, “I loved seeing the Angel, but I loved still more seeing Our Lady. What I loved most of all was to see Our Lord in that light from Our Lady which penetrated our hearts. I love God so much! But He is very sad because of so many sins! We must never commit any sins again.”

And this was a theme he kept coming back to. “Didn’t Our Lady say that we would have much to suffer, to make reparation to Our Lord and to her own Immaculate Heart for all the sins by which they are offended? They are so sad! If we can console them with these sufferings, how happy we shall be!”

Sister Lucia related, “What made the most powerful impression on him and what wholly absorbed him, was God, the Most Holy Trinity, perceived in that light which penetrated our inmost souls. Afterwards, he said: ‘We were on fire in that light which is God, and yet we were not burnt! What is God? We could never put it into words. Yes, that is something indeed which we could never express! But what a pity it is that He is so sad! If only I could console Him!’”

One of the best ways for us to console Our Lord is through Eucharistic reparation, whether by going to Mass more frequently and receiving Holy Communion, or by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In the autumn of 1916, the Angel of Portugal showed the children the latter when he bowed down to adore the Host and Chalice that was suspended in mid-air, after he had given the children Communion. Eucharistic Adoration became for Francisco, something very dear to his heart.

First Saturdays console Our Lady and Our Lord

Part of the sadness that Francisco sensed in Our Lord was due to the way His Mother is treated by humanity. This became clear when on Dec., 10 1925 the Blessed Virgin and the Child Jesus appeared to Sister Lucia in Pontevedra, Spain, where she was a postulant. Our Lady showed her a heart encircled by thorns which she was holding in her hand and revealed the request for the First Saturday devotion.

The Child Jesus spoke first saying, “Have compassion on the heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Later on, He revealed to Sister Lucia that there are five First Saturdays because of the five ways in which people blaspheme against the Immaculate Heart; namely, against her Immaculate Conception; against her Virginity, against her Divine and spiritual Maternity, those who deliberately seek to corrupt children and turn them against Our Lady, and finally, those who deliberately revile her images.

Apart from undertaking the First Saturdays devotion, a good way to make reparation for these offenses is to say the Divine Praises. The first eight refer to the Holy Trinity, the next four are blessings directed at Our Lady, and the final two focus on St. Joseph and all the angels and saints. Those directed to Our Lady—blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy, blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception, blessed be her Glorious Assumption, and blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother—seem to directly counter the ways in which she is blasphemed.

In short, the necessity for reparation for all the sins and offenses against Our Lord and Our Lady is a very important part of the Fatima message and something we need to re-focus on during this centenary year. “Do not offend the Lord Our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.”

 Donal Anthony Foley is a member of the World Apostolate of Fatima, England and Wales, and is the author of a number of books on Marian Apparitions, including Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World.

 

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