Don’t Turn Your Back on Fatima

Anabella Hazard - Fatima

Anabella Hazard - Fatima

Did you hear the true story of the Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors? Fr. Hubert Schiffer, SJ and at least four other Jesuits were living in quarters eight blocks away from the epicenter of the bomb. They miraculously survived the bomb blast and Fr. Schiffer lived for at least fifty more years without a trace of radioactive side effects. Fr. Schiffer attributes the miracle in his own words as related by Fr. Paul Ruge O.F.M.I, “We believe that we survived because we lived the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home.”

The Message of Fatima

‘Fatima’ refers to the Church approved apparitions of Mary in 1917 to three shepherd children in Portugal for a period of six months. The children were given messages concerning world events and the miracle of the sun capped the end of the public apparitions. Through St. Jacinta, St. Francisco and Bl. Lucia (the seers), the Church was introduced to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, entreated to pray the rosary daily, and encouraged devotion known as the Communion of Reparation where the faithful assist First Saturday Masses in reparation to the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary also begged the world to stop offending the Lord and to make sacrifices so that sinners would be saved. She promised that if her requests are heeded, “a period of peace will be given the world… and in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

The alarming Fatima prophecies centered around world wars, the Pope’s assassination and the danger of Russia’s communistic influence. Today, it is tempting to dismiss that the A-bomb of Nagasaki, the crumbling of the Berlin wall and St. Pope John Paul II’s consecration of the world closed the case for Fatima’s relevance. However, St. Pope John Paul II’s successors didn’t think so. Pope Benedict XVI on May 13, 2010 in a Mass at the Fatima shrine said:

“We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete.”

After him, Pope Francis, not even a year into his papacy requested Our Lady of Fatima’s statue to be brought to St. Peter’s square. On October 13th, 2013 (the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and anniversary of the last apparition), Pope Francis consecrated the world to Mary.

The threat of China and North Korea’s communism over Asia, Russia’s re-appearance in world events, middle east instability, killing of the innocent unborn, and universal Church persecution should alert us that this period of peace is not among us yet. What we see, in fact, looks more like the cusps of a brewing storm of global mayhem. Current events make for a compelling case of why we still need to listen to and live out Mary’s message in Fatima. We put our own future at risk if we turn our backs on Fatima.

Living Out the Fatima Message

The Fatima lifestyle ushers in the reign or triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, a precursor to the coming of Jesus’ kingdom on earth. St. Louis de Montfort once prophesied: “His [Jesus] kingdom will come.   But this will happen only after the Blessed Virgin is known and has begun to reign…She gave him birth the first time. She will bring Him forth to us when He comes to us again.”

How do we live out the messages of Fatima?

  1. Pray the rosary daily
  2. Follow Pope Francis’ example and consecrate ourselves to Mary
  3. Practice the Communion of reparation for First Saturdays
  4. Make penance and sacrifices for sinners

The Fatima lifestyle is a shield of the Church for these perilous times. During the super cyclone that hit the Eastern seaboard of the Philippines, almost all the parishes the diocese of Tacloban sustained heavy damage. All except one: the parish where a First Friday Eucharistic Adoration was going on at the time of the storm. This parish had been practicing the Communion of Reparation, a devotion which begins with an evening first Friday Mass, through nine hours of Adoration and rosaries, and closes with a midnight first Saturday Mass… as inspired by Our Lady of Fatima’s requests.

© 2014. Anabelle Hazard. All rights reserved.

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53 thoughts on “Don’t Turn Your Back on Fatima”

  1. Pingback: Don’t Turn Your Back on Fatima | Australian Marian Academy of the Immaculate Conception

  2. Thank you Annabel for reminding us of the importance of the Message of Fatima. I want o point out that Francisco and Jacinta are “Blessed”, not “Saint,” and Lucia is “Venerable” not “Blessed”.
    Regarding the controversies about the consecration of Russia and the Third Secret, here is the official statement of the Vatican. It is long, but comprehensive and includes the history of the Third Secret when it was received in Rome. It is official!! It states, officially, that Sister Lucia told Pope John Paul II that the consecration made on March 25, 1984 fulfilled Our Lady’s request for the consecration of Russia.
    Unfortunately, many Catholics even today think the Message of Fatima was principally about Russia. Careful study of the actual Message reveals it was about converting sinners through prayer and sacrifices of reparation, with national and world peace as a consequence. The trouble with Russia was a result of our failure to do what Our Lady asked, as she herself warned would happen.
    Some “experts” made the mistake of dismissing the Angel of Peace as irrelevant to the Message of Fatima. This is not true. The Angel of Peace told us that we can only bring peace by converting sinners. He gave us a prayer to say every day, that few Catholics say even among followers of Fatima: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee; I beg your pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” And, the Angel told us we need to “accept and bear with submission” the crosses God permits us to endure every day, to make of everything we can a sacrifice offered for the conversion of sinners. When Our Lady asked for constant prayer and sacrifices of reparation for the conversion of sinners, she was referring to what the Angel of Peace had taught the year before. She said that if the faithful do what she asked many sinners would be converted and there would be peace (not just the consecration of Russia) and that if not, many souls would be lost that could have been saved and suffering would increase in the world.
    The World Apostolate of Fatima was established by Pope Benedict in 2005 as an official public association of the Church to spread this accurate understanding of the Message of Fatima throughout the world.

    1. Dear Mr. Sockey,

      I wish to thank you for your explanation about the Message of Fatima and the Angel of Peace. Thank you for quoting that prayer to pray for the conversion of sinners. As editor, please accept my sincere apology for the failure to check the accuracy of the names of Blessed Francisco, Blessed Jacinta, and Venerable Lucia.

      We are so grateful for you and your devoted work as Custodian of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the USA as you tour the USA all year long and speak daily to teach others about the Message of Fatima. We are honored that you took the time to instruct us. I assure you it was not spent in vain. God bless you.

      In Christ,
      Stacy, Editor

  3. Robert A Rowland

    Thank you so much Anabelle. Fatima is the most urgent Marian Message of hope as reported so well by Father Apostoli in his book Fatima For Today. It is the most definitive book I have read during over 45 years in a Marian Apostolate with the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, now The World Apostolate of Fatima. I look forward to the Centennial wishing then, at 90, that I could have seen the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in my lifetime., but we seem even farther away than we were then. What a blessing to see Pope Francis make it such a prominent part of his Pontificate;…

  4. Since the miracles of Fatima have long been accepted as such, what has concerned me is the following; 1. if the sun danced in the sky and changed colors, it would have been observed world wide; it was not. 2. the planets would have been flung from orbit; they were not. Were seventy thousand people deluded into seeing what never happened. Would God deceive them.

    1. You seem to put limits on what God can do. Read the accounts. Most say that the Sun appeared to rush toward the Earth. Even if it actually had, God is powerful enough to negate all of the potential negative effects of such an occurrence.

      Most accounts, including those of the state run Portuguese newspaper O Seculo, reported that although steady rains had fallen for hours, creating muddy conditions for the assemblage, all were dry and relatively clean upon the conclusion of this miracle.

      I can deduce from many of your posts that you do not believe in a Supreme Being. Is your motivation for engaging others on faith based websites, the desire to shake the faith of those who do believe in God? If not, what then?

    2. In my opinion, some of the seventy thousand people genuinely saw the sun “dancing”.
      Try looking at the sun… Don’t do it for too long! And SEE what happens.
      In a big crowd, with everybody “high ” on expectations, just a few of them staring at the sun, having vision problems, telling people around them that they see the sun dancing, everybody starts to watch and enthusiastically sees it too in good faith (!).
      And those who don’t see keep quiet about their inability to witness the miracle. When they return home, they might even tell the story so as not to look stupid and show they also deserved to be blessed by the cosmic event. They may even genuinely start believing they saw it themselves.
      How could someone pretend it was an illusion in such an environment? He would be suspected of being a commie.

    3. There were numerous witnesses who were there to discredit the claims of those who believed in the messages delivered by those three peasant children. Those police officials and reporters in the secular press had no alternative but to admit that they saw at least part of what the rest of the crowd saw.

    4. Dear Marco, If you studied this case, you would find that people in nearby villages also happened to notice, to their shock, that the sun was dancing when they were going about their ordinary business. Moreover, the rained soaked clothes of those at the site were instantly dried. These are not effects of something imaginary. These are some of the relevant facts of the case as opposed to your theories of what might have happened. Study the case, and you will see that I am right.

    5. Science would determine the significance, of ‘people in nearby villages noticing the sun dancing’,..that if nearby villages noticed the sun dancing, that what they noticed would be available to the rest of the world to also notice…but the rest of the world did not notice.

    6. Marco, I think that your reply is probably the best resolve I’ve read regarding the reputed miracles at Fatima. Some reference that God is capable of anything. Yet the question of God’s capacity is not in dispute. The issue remains did it happen or not. The dancing sun was not observed world wide…planets remained in orbit. Since it was not observed, those citing God’s capacity must resolve that God led those believing the sun moved to belief something that did not happen. Clothes drying is not a miracle, does not defy the laws of nature.
      One hundred years ago, there were not the recording devices available today. As time passes so the miracle grows as does belief.
      An argument is often presented that science can not examine the supernatural. But, when a transcendent being impacts the material world, science can measure the impact. There is no measurement of impact available at Fatima…only anecdotal lore.

    7. I’m not sure I understand fully your comment. But I can tell you more on what I think
      about Fatima’s sun dance.

      ( For more details on that day in Portugal, you may Google Fatima sun dance O seculo. On
      Google Books read A pilgrim’s Handbook to Fatima pages 204-205. Lucia says she didn’t see the sun dance. )
      When I was a kid, we had these “Life of the Saints” comic strips. I can remember and see an image: an image of the sun with rays swirling in the sky and a crowd looking up, wide eyed and amazed.
      As a kid, this was certainly the most attractive bit in the Fatima story. That’s what led
      me to comment. Isn’t that incredible, I can still see that image as I am typing this now… (It seems you, Jesuitical, have also been so impressed and puzzled by that sun dance).
      When you say it wasn’t observed worldwide, you state the obvious.
      Planet and stars (the sun is a star) don’t “dance” in space for a fewminutes before continuing on their usual orbit. The movements of the planets and stars have their own momentum, like electrons in an atom.
      If it was to happen in our solar system for example, the moons and the planets would feel the impact and it would provoke huge cataclysms in the whole system. Someone wrote above: “Read the accounts. Most say that the Sun appeared to rush toward the Earth. “ It is the first time I hear that version (there are many versions of what the sun did).
      If the sun had suddenly rushed towards the Earth, even the Martians wouldn’t be here today wandering if it was real or not 🙂
      The phenomenon didn’t happen in outer space. I repeat: the phenomenon didn’t happen in outer space.
      It is people in an area of Portugal on that day who perceived something had happened “in the sky”. It was their perception: perceptions/images are the product of our senses/brain/biology.
      The same for the apparitions: it was these kid’s perceptions. Other people did not see anything. Just like other people “in the world”, as well as Lucia herself, didn’t see the sun dance.

      I’m perplexed about your question and your mention of God in that matter. “Would God deceive them.” “Some reference that God is capable of anything. Yet the question of God’s capacity is not in dispute.” I’m not sure I understand were you stand.
      For me, God is no more present in the Fatima events as He is anywhere else, any other time.
      It is not God who appeared: the main characters are the three kids and Virgin
      Mary. And the three secrets and… the sun.
      I suppose you don’t suspect God would deceive people. That wouldn’t be God but
      the Devil, obviously.
      Do you believe that God is ” capable of anything “ as stated in Luke 1:37 ?
      I don’t. God can not stop water flowing in a river, and let it continue to flow again 5
      minutes later. God can not “stop the sun in the middle of the sky and delay (it) going down about a full day. (Joshua 10 12-14).
      God can not turn us into pumpkins, for God’s sake !
      There are billions things God can not do. His Creation is not “anything”.
      But again, I’m not sure it was your opinion and your questioning regarding God in
      this matter.

    8. Marco, thanks for the lengthy response. It is true that it is obvious about the fallout of a sun dancing in the sky. My reason for addressing the point is that the fact on no world wide observation is never discussed. A reply to my post questioned what I said regarding the sun moving was not observable throughout the world…the reply was God is capable of anything. My post did not question the capability of God, what God can or cannot do…only either it happened or did not happen. I do not think that God can interfere in the laws of nature. If God or any supernatural transcendent being impacted the material world science could measure the impact.
      My reference to a god deceiving was only used as sarcasm.
      Basically, as a motivated scientist, I remain a skeptic, questioning everything. For instance, a miracle by definition defies the known laws of nature and requires the intervention of a supernatural being. Yet, when a miracle is proclaimed the rationale presented; there is no explanation for the happening. “no explanation” is no testimony for a miracle; it is an admission of ignorance, not knowing. Many of the historical events dating to primitive man were attributed to a god. Fortunately science has filled in the gaps, and might well do so with the ‘lack of explanation’.
      I am not self convinced that I answered your concern. My thought is that religion ought to go under the same investigation as does science with peer review, falsification, study and reason and observation. To religion revelation stopped with the 4th gospel, no advancements from religion since the 13th century.

    9. Thanx.
      On Youtube, there is very interesting video addressing a question similar to the question of miracles.
      By a scientist who explains “the argument of ignorance”.
      Watch: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs

    10. Well I would like to find the Youtube rendition. It was Carl Sagan who got me interested in cosmology and quantum mechanics. I recall a line from Carl, which I can only paraphrase; Science when proven wrong, admits its mistakes, albeit with difficulty, corrects them and moves on…religion and politicians never do. To me that is the crux of all issues; why hold on to a point. Does truth of what one believes matter to a believer. My position is that of the method of science. My opinions are not held as a belief, but because of the information at my disposal. Confronted with incontrovertible evidence my position would change with the evidence.
      In my studies, many years of theology and philosophy with the Jesuits, I have read the books that the traditionalist espouse. Fortunately my readings did not stop there. It is not that we have answers to all questions, but we seek answers, and remain open to findings contrary to what has been taught as true.

  5. Patti Maguire Armstrong

    Thanks for a great article Anabelle. I totally agree it’s a lifestyle in which we live the devotion. I wish all Catholics would take Fatima to heart.

  6. Annabelle:

    Terrific article and very timely. We all need to perform the Fatima devotions now more than ever! Given the current geopolitcal situation and global financial uncertainly, I think we all feel a bit less secure than we did…say 10 years ago. We also need to pray hard for Pope Francis and that he consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart asap. There’s clearly been a lot of controversy swirling around the Third Secret and the alleged undisclosed piece of it relating to chastisements. According to the Fatima messages the Pope is to specifically consecrate Russia in a public ceremony with all the Bishops in concert. According the Fr. Gabriel Amorth these conditions were not met in 1984. Please see

    Also see the locutions given by a spiritual directee of Msgr. John Esseff who predicted this current Russian aggression among other things.

    1. Laurence Charles Ringo

      Aren’t the Russians Orthodox? What,or who, are they supposed to be converted to,exactly? Anyone?

    1. Anabelle Hazard

      A travelling priest mentioned it. I will have to wait for another chance to see him again.

  7. The Nine First Fridays devotion was revealed to St Margaret Mary as reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is similar to the Five First Saturdays devotion.

  8. Very nice article…have you read any of the messages at

    I have an interest in private revelations, providing the spiritual advisor is a good one…perhaps you know of Monsignor Essef who is involved there…

    1. Peatbogjeff, I don’t pretend to be either a theologian or a saint, neither do I know Monsignor Essef personally, but based on some of the purported locutions at (especially the ones “in the middle”, that is, not the first ones or the most recently given) I would have a very hard time believing they were NOT authentic. They have given me hope and greatly improved my prayer life.

  9. Mr. Flynn. We do not know what Sister Lucia actually said. All we have is Cardinal Bertone’s word. He spent three hours with Sister Lucia and only had a few things to say about the visit. He is a liberal and a deceiver. The popes have refused to do what Our Lady requested. It would conflict with the Rome/Moscow Alliance that appeased the schismatic Orthodox (and their then Communist masters). So they came to Vatican II with the Communist government’s permission and the Council, in keeping with the terms of that evil Alliance, issued not a word about Communism, the greatest enemy the Church has ever had. Nor has the MESSAGE of the Third Secret been revealed. Just the vision, BUT NOT THE MESSAGE.

    1. Thank you for this Kelso!! We all must pray over and contemplate Our Lady’s words carefully, as She said to the three children: “…if humanity does not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To forestall this, I shall come to ask consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my request is heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, Russia shall spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution 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 shall triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me which will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”
      It seems quite clear we fall in the “if not” portion!! Our hope is that She also said, that after the annihilation of various nations, “IN THE END MY IMMACULATE HEART SHALL TRIUMPH. THE HOLY FATHER WILL CONSECRATE RUSSIA TO ME WHICH WILL BE CONVERTED…”
      Persevere in Our Lady’s important Mission!! This will usher in the Reign of Her Son Who prayed to His and our Heavenly Father ‘that all may be One!’. Fiat!

  10. I appreciate the desire to want to promote Our Lady of Fatima, I just don’t know about calling it a “lifestyle.”
    In proper Catholic terms, the word is “devotion” not “lifestyle.”

    1. Anabelle Hazard

      Thank you for your comment. Several priests use Marian “lifestyle” freely. To me, devotion is a more narrow term as it refers to one’s prayer life. A whole lifestyle encompasses one’s entire life, including prayer, consecration, penance and reparation, and thus the devotion is lived out. But feel free to use “devotion” if you wish.

  11. Thank you Anabelle. I have been saying the Rosary daily. Is there a book or website for information about number’s 2,3 and 4? Or good books about Fatima?

    1. Anabelle Hazard

      The best book I found on Fatima is the one written by Lucia “Fatima in Lucia’s own words”. On consecration, I’ve found St. Louis de Montfort’s book “consecration to Mary” and Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Day to Consecration good sources.

    2. Robert A Rowland

      Great other sources, but I suggest Father Apostoli’s book Fatima For Today as the most definitive.

  12. Many, many thanks for reminding us once again of something people tend to read and put aside, and then go on as before. Our Holy Father Pope Benedict explained quite well (and at length) that Fatima, and messages like it fall into the theological category of prophesy and tell us what we must do NOW. In these times, it is not enough to simply be an orthodox, practicing Catholic to save ourselves from the dangers which we are living through right now. A special effort is needed in these times of catastrophic events that touch all of us and that call for heroic efforts on the part of sincere believers to reverse the apparent tide of history.

    1. Laurence Charles Ringo

      It’s actually somewhat scary to think that anyone could really believe that human beings have some heretofore hidden charge to,as you put it Dhaniele,expend some mythical…”heroic efforts on the part of sincere believers to reverse the apparent tide of history”…who told you that? The”tide of history “has been set by Biblical prophecy and The Saviour Himself; there’s no reversing it,and there is NO Biblical mandate to attempt to do so.What are you talking about??

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  15. What I do NOT understand is why Russia is NOT consecrated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Obviously consecrating the world is Not what God wants! We still do NOT have peace. The Pope HAS TO LISTEN EXACTLY to Mary’s message. Why doesn’t the Hierarchy get with it!!!

    1. Our Lady said She would ask for the Consecration of Russia AND the Communions of Reparation (She did so at a later apparition). Yes, the Consecration was accepted. This is confirmed by Sr. Lucia, Saint JohnPaul II and others. If we believe Fatima we must believe what the Church Herself says about the prophecies. How easily we forget the second part. Our part. The part of all of the faithful to practice the Communions of Reparation. Both requests were given simultaneously and with equal importance. Study the messages. Look at the warnings. It is all there if we look.

    2. That does not mean that Russia was consecrated. If the world was consecrated by JPII in 1984, then Heaven accepted that consecration but it wasn’t the consecration of Russia as our Lady was waiting for.
      The 1984 consecration brought some good fruits (fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of USSR) but not the conversion of Russia to the catholic faith, nor the periode of peace as our Lady promised.
      Only the consecration of Russia namely may bring these good fruits.

    3. pete salveinini

      Yes indeed ! Right now RUSSIA is provoking war in Europe, is allied with China –you know that COMMUNIST state in the Far East– and at the same time the Russian Orthodox Patriarch has OFFICIALLY PROCLAIMED in their Synod that there is NO NEED FOR A UNIVERSAL PRIMATE FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH. So both at to state matters and Church matters Russia is an obstacle to world peace and the reunion of our Churches. AND THIS IS 30 YRS AFTER the entrusting of the world to the maternal love of the Blessed Mother. What is galling is the fact that the ENTIRE ACTIVE HIERARCHY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH was in one church building eight weeks of each Fall for four years AND THERE WAS NO CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA BY THAT HIERACHY TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. And WWIII is on the verge of breaking out. IF the Catholic hierarchy had simply followed Our Lady’s instruction (Consecrate Russian to her Immaculate Heart by Pope and Hierarchy on the same day we would have seen the conversion of Russia and world peace decades ago. BTW you don’t consecrate anything in GENERIC FORM. If a Bishop intends to consecrate a particular church he doesn’t just consecrate all of them WITHOUT MENTIONING THE PARTICULAR CHURCH. I doubt we will see such a consecration before WWIII breaks out. The hierarchy does not even call for a world wide Rosary DAILY for this purpose.

    4. At this hour it is late, but not too late, for the consecration to be done as Our Blessed Mother requested.

    5. I tried to read your post but your intermittent use of capital letters is too distracting. Are you aware that using capitals communicates shouting, not emphasis; therefore, when the reader assumes normal tone- then shout -then normal tone-then shout- it is difficult to read and totally distracts from the message. Just thought I would let you know.

    6. I hope someone can answer this because I don’t know. I too have capitalized, I was told to stop shouting, when I want to use italics but I cannot figure out how its done on forums without options for fonts.

    7. Where can I find the video or audio tape of the interview where she said that? All that we ever hear are second hand accounts from people CLAIMING she said that, even word-processor created documents allegedly signed by Sister Lucy claiming the same thing. Another point, if it was done, then explain this: “Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting” Don’t get it? This is from John Paul II on the very occasion of the 1984 “consecration”. You can find this in the EWTN Document library, where it has been for over 15 years. If John Paul II had consecrated RUSSIA as was called for
      then what is it that the Blessed Virgin Mary could possibly be “awaiting”?

  16. Richard Collins

    Annabelle, it was actually Hiroshima where the German and Spanish Jesuits survived the atom bomb blast. Not sure of the measure of 8 blocks but I have been there many times and it is estimated to have been within 800 yards of the epicentre. Great post, thank you.

    1. Anabelle Hazard

      You are right, Richard. I got confused with St. Maximilian Kolbe’s friary in Nagasaki, which also survived the bomb. Thank you.

    2. Robert A Rowland

      It might be good point out that If Hiroshima and Nagasaki had not been bombed Japan as a nation and millions of American troops would have been lost in the planned invasion. Japan had brainwashed its people to fight to the last woman and child. Those of us preparing for the invasion who saw how fortified and prepared they were know that millions of us owe our lives to the bombing.

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