After the June apparition of Our Lady, Lucia suffered much from her family. Her mother wanted at all cost to force her to confess that she had been lying. The pastor of the parish was skeptical about the apparition and suggested that it might be a deception of the devil.
The trouble at home caused Lucia herself to doubt that it was the devil that appeared to them. But Jacinta objected, saying, “No! This is not the devil. Not at all. The devil is very ugly and he is under the ground in hell. That Lady is so beautiful and we saw her go up to heaven!”
Lucia began to lose the enthusiasm for sacrifice and mortification; she had nightmare about the devil; she started to hide from Francisco and Jacinta, and finally she resolved never return to Cova da Iria.
However, on July 13, when the hour of departure approached Lucia suddenly felt impelled to go by a strange force. She went to the home of Francisco and Jacinta and found them in the bedroom; Jacinta was crying on her knees at the foot of the bed.
Lucia asked, “Well, aren’t you going?” Jacinta answered, “Without you we do not dare to go.” Lucia then said, “Come, come on, I am going”. Then with happy faces, the two children came with Lucia.
Secret of Fatima
Our Lady asked the children continue to say the Rosary every day to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war. She also promised that there would be a miracle in October so that everyone would see and believe.
Then Lucia presented some requests to Our Lady, who said that it was necessary to say the Rosary to obtain the graces during the year. Our Lady said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘Jesus, this is for the love of you, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”
When Our Lady spoke, she opened her arms and the children received what now known as the Secret of Fatima. The first part of the secret is the vision of hell. The children saw demons and human souls plunged in the sea of fire.
The frightened children raised their eyes to Our Lady, who gave them the second part of the secret telling them that to save poor sinners from going to hell, God wanted to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart.
Our Lady said, “If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if they do not stop offending God, another even worse war will begin in the reign of Pius XI.”
Our Lady predicted that if people would not heed heaven’s call, much punishment would befall the world, “war, hunger and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father.” Our Lady also promised that she would come to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.
Our Lady foretold that Russia would scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. But in the end the Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The third part of the secret is a vision regarding the persecutions of the Church with the Bishop dressed in white and numerous clergy, religious, and faithful being shot.
Our Lady asked the children to say after each mystery of the Rosary, “O my Jesus, Forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.”
路濟亞再向聖母轉達幾個要求，聖母說為求得恩惠需要唸玫瑰經。聖母說：「要為罪人犧牲你們自己，並要多唸，尤其是作犧牲時唸:『耶穌，這是為愛袮，為罪人悔改，為賠補冒犯瑪利亞無玷聖心的罪惡。』」聖母邊說，邊張開雙手，給三個孩子啟示《花地瑪秘密》。 首先，聖母讓孩子們看到地獄，魔鬼和很多靈魂在烘烘的火海；孩子們都被這情景嚇怕，舉目看著聖母，聖母給他們道出第二個秘密，告訴他們: 為免罪人落地獄，天主要世人恭敬瑪利亞的無玷聖心。聖母說：「若他們實踐我告訴你們的事，很多靈魂會得救，並會有和平。戰爭將會結束。但假如他們不停止冒犯天主，另一場更嚴重的戰爭將於教宗庇護十一世在位時發生。」