The month of May is devoted by Catholics to a woman. Not just any woman, but the most perfect creation of God: the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is not a devotion to some distant, forgotten historical figure. It is a devotion to a person who is powerful in our times and intimately linked to all of us.
Whether you like it or not, Our Lady is your Queen. She is my Queen.
And just as Christ chose to come into the world (and us) through this woman, He has also chosen that we must come to Him through her.
She wants to help us reach our Redeemer.
We simply have to choose whether we will cooperate.
Our Lady is the woman who will crush the head of the snake. From this it follows that she, who embodies humility and has been so forgotten, will one day take the place of prominence in the affairs of man.
And for anyone who cares to watch and listen, there are signs of her with us already.
One such example is her 1917 visit to Fatima, Portugal. As World War One raged, Our Lady appeared to three simple shepherd children between the months of May and October.
Our Lady showed them a vision of hell. Lucia, the oldest of the three children described it this way:
“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”
Our Lady also told the children that World War One would soon end and foretold that a greater war would follow. Lucia describes Our Lady’s words below:
“I have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.
And, in response to requests for a sign from her to prove that the apparitions were a reality, Our Lady had the sun dance in front of 70,000 pilgrims who had come for the last visit in October, 1917. Those who witnessed this event included newspaper journalists and people living many miles away.
Our Lady of Fatima shows us clearly that sin is real and it has a terrible effect – not only in this world but in the next as well. Through sin, we reject God. We damn ourselves. But she also brings great hope for those who wish to struggle above sin and embrace the will of God.
It is an immense joy to write about her on this webpage, which has so often dealt with miserable subjects. I am proud to dedicate my efforts to her and hope one day to be counted in her Army: the Army that adores her Son, Jesus Christ.
Fatima also brings great hope for the question of Islam. It is a fact of history that the Islamic religion has been able to resist conversion. It is a powerful force and a demonic subversion of true religion. But Fatima holds great interest for Muslims, who often have great respect for the Blessed Virgin Mary. And it is also a town that was named by Muslims and shares the same name with Mohammad’s daughter.
I hope and pray that Our Lady of Fatima will shed the light of truth, grace and beauty on the Islamic world and bring Muslims to her son, Jesus Christ.