20130722 Children offered sacrifices 孩子們的奉獻

On July 13, 1917 Our Lady gave the three parts secret to the three children of Fatima. Years later the secret was revealed to all. The first part was the horrible vision of hell, the second part was the establishment of devotion to the Immaculate Heart for the salvation of souls, and the third part was about the many martyrs for the faith in the 20th century and the Pope being shot.

Children arrested

The Administrator of Ourem was an ambitious man and imagined that the secret might be about him. The Administrator summoned the children and tried to force them to reveal the secret. When he could get nothing from them, he pretended to be converted and would take the children to the Cova da Iria for the apparition of Our Lady on August 13. Instead he kidnapped the children and took them to Ourem. The Administrator placed the children in jail with men prisoners and threatened to throw them into boiling oil if they did not reveal the secret.

In prison, Jacinta was very upset. With tears streaming down her face, she said, “Neither your parents nor mine come to see you. They don’t care about us anymore.” Francisco said, “Don’t cry, let us offer this to Jesus for sinners.” And raising his eyes, he prayed, “My Jesus, this is for the love of you and for the conversion of sinners.” Jacinta added, “And for the Holy Father too, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

The children decided to pray the rosary. Jacinta took a chain with a medal from around her neck and asked a prisoner to hang it on a nail in the wall. The children then knelt before the medal and recited the rosary.

To comfort the children, the prisoners started to play and sing. A prisoner lifted Jacinta up in his arms and danced.

Though the children were eventually released, they missed the apparition of August 13. A crowd of people gathered at the holm-oak tree in the Cova da Iria on August 13. At noon, they saw mysterious signs such as a pillar of blue cloud over the holm-oak appearing and disappearing three times.

August and September

After the children were released from prison, Our Lady appeared to them on August 19 at a place called Valinhos. In that apparition, Our Lady asked the children to go to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue saying the rosary. Our Lady promised that she would perform a miracle in October so that all may believe.

With a sad expression, Our Lady said, “Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have nobody to pray and make sacrifices for them.”

Remember the message of Our Lady and the vision of hell, the children started making many sacrifices. They gave their lunches to poor children, abstained from water on hot summar days, wore rough cords around their waists which cut into them, and bowed their heads to the ground reciting the prayers taught by the angel in 1916.

On September 13, Our Lady appeared to the children in the Cova da Iria. She said, “Continue to say the rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October, Our Lord will come, and also Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Carmel. St. Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices, but he does not want you to sleep with the cord on, only to wear it during the daytime.”

聖母在1917年7月13日,於葡萄牙花地瑪給三個小孩透露的三個秘密,若干年後,陸續公諸於世。

 

第一個秘密是地獄恐怖的情景;第二個秘密,是指示為眾靈的得救,建立恭敬聖母無玷聖心敬禮;第三個秘密指出,二十世紀教會將有為信仰而殉道的信徒,包括教宗會遭行弒。

 

遭到逮捕

 

奧蘭鎮鎮長是野心家,恐防秘密與他本人有關,便親往面會三個孩子,好言要他們供出秘密,孩子們當然不肯,鎮長設計把他們誘到奧蘭鎮,把他們放進在監獄,和其他囚犯關在一起,並恐嚇他們,要把他們放入滾油裡。

 

在獄中,雅仙達非常憂傷,淚流披面,哭說道:「我們的父母,不會來看我們了!他們不再關心我們了!」方濟各安慰她說:「別哭!我們為罪人把這些奉獻給耶穌吧。」除即,他舉目祈禱:「我的耶穌,這些是為了愛袮,為罪人的悔改。」雅仙達也補充說:「亦為了教宗之故,也為賠補瑪利亞無玷之心因罪過所受的傷害。」孩子們決定誦唸玫瑰經。雅仙達把頸項上的聖牌除下,請其中一名囚犯掛在牆上一口釘子,然後面向聖牌,跪下,開始誦唸玫瑰經。

 

囚犯們為了安慰三個孩子,與他們嬉戲唱歌,更把雅仙達抱起歌舞。

 

最後,雖然孩子們被釋放,但錯失了在8月13日到依麗雅洞見聖母。不過,有一群人,仍按期到了依麗雅洞,約在中午時分,他們見到藍色的雲柱,三次在黃柏樹頂上出沒。

 

八月和九月

 

三個孩子獲釋後,8月19日聖母在維蓮荷給他們顯現,叫他們在9月13日一如既往,到依麗雅洞見她,並答應在十月顯靈,好使眾人相信他們的說話。聖母又哀傷地說:「祈禱!多祈禱!為罪人做補贖!很多罪人因沒有人為他們祈禱和做補贖而下了地獄。」

 

記起地獄可怕的情景,三個孩子都竭力多做補贖,把自己的午餐送給貧孩,炎夏少喝水,腰上緊束粗繩,又常叩首到地,誦唸天使在1916年教他們的經文。

 

9月13日,聖母在依麗雅洞顯現,向孩子們說:「為結束戰爭多唸玫瑰經。十月,我主會親臨這裡,痛苦聖母及加爾默羅聖母也會來,聖若瑟會同耶穌聖嬰一起降福世界。天主對你們所做的補贖感到高興,不過,祂要你們睡覺時,解下腰上的粗繩,只需在白天束上。」

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