In 1917, Our Lady appeared six times to the three children of Fatima—- Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta.
Call to suffer
On May 13, 1917 the children saw a flash of lightning while playing at Cova da Iria. Lucia said, “There is a flash of lightning, a thunder-storm may come on. It would be better for us to go home.”
The children started to descend the hill with the sheep. After seeing a light flashed again, the children saw a beautiful lady above a holm-oak. Our Lady said, “Do not be afraid; I will do you no harm.”
Lucia asked, “Where are you from?” Our Lady said, “I am from heaven.” Lucia then asked, “What do you want of me?” Our Lady said, “I come to ask you to come here for six successive months, on the 13th day at the same hour. Later I will tell what I want. And I will return here yet a seventh time.”
Lucia asked, “And I, shall I go to heaven?” Our Lady said, “Yes, you will.” “And Jacinta?” “She will go also.” “And Francisco?” “He will go there too, but he must say many Rosaries first.”
Then Lucia remembered two young ladies who had died recently and asked, “Is Maria das Neves in heaven?” “Yes, she is.” “And Amelia?” “She will be in Purgatory until the end of the world.”
Our Lady then asked, “Do you wish to offer up to God all the sufferings he desires to send you in reparation for the sins by which he is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia answered, “Yes, we do.” Our Lady said, “Go then, for you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will comfort you.”
While saying “the grace of God”, Our Lady opened her hands and a light shed on the children. In that light, the children saw themselves in God and by an interior impulse they knelt on the ground and prayed, “Oh, most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament!”
Our Lady then said, “Say the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
Then Our Lady began to ascend, going up towards the east. The light that surrounded her seemed to open up a path before her until she finally disappeared.
Long for heaven
On June 13, Our Lady appeared to the children the second time. Lucia asked, “What do you want of me?” Our Lady answered, “I want you to say the Rosary every day.”
Lucia said, “I want you to take us to heaven.” Our Lady said, “Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you must remain here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”
With sadness, Lucia asked, “Must I stay here alone?” Our Lady comforted her saying, “Do not be disheartened. I will never leave you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
Our Lady opened her hands and light came to the children. Francisco and Jacinta were in the light which rose toward heaven, and Lucia was in the light which poured over the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was the Immaculate Heart.
Francisco and Jacinta died in 1919 and 1920, and Lucia died in 2005.