The world had been torn by World War I, and people were feeling miserable, and failing in hope. The year was 1917. The day was a Sunday in the month of May. Three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta Marto were pasturing their flock at the Cova da Iria in Portugal. While playing, they saw a bright shaft of light piercing the air. They thought it was lightening. But when they looked around, the sky was clear and bright without the least trace of a cloud.
They saw a “a lady dressed all in white, more brilliant then the sun, shedding rays of light, clear and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water, pierced by the burning rays of the sun”. The lady spoke to them and said: “Fear not! I will not harm you.” The lady then revealed to them who she was, and asked her if they are ready to offer their lives for the conversion of souls. Before vanishing from their sight, the lady asked them one thing: “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.”
This is a month dedicated specially to the Holy Rosary. In this troubled world, we need to take the weapon of Rosary to fight the evil. Here we present the words of our heavenly Mother spoken to the children at Fatima:
Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war. (On May 13, 1917).
I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary each day. (June 13, 1917)
I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you. (July 13, 1917).
I want you to continue praying the Rosary every day. (August 19, 1917).
Continue to say the Rosary to obtain the end of the war. (September 13, 1917).
I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to say the Rosary every day. (October 13, 1917).
You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation to Me. (December 10, 1925 to Sister Lucy at Pontevedra).