The Great Secret of Fatima
Between 13 June and 13 July Lucy had to suffer one trial after another. Curious people who questioned the children about the apparition constantly assailed them.
Her mother continued to try to convince her that she had lied. The parish priest tried to convince her that she was under the influence of the devil. Under such pressures she was very much tempted not to go to the Cova da Iria on the 13th of July. But when the time came, she was pushed by a mysterious force to join her cousins. On this day many people (about 3,000) came to the Cova da Iria to witness the apparition. When Our Lady appeared, Lucy was so ashamed about her doubts that she did not dare speak. Only when Jacinta prompted her to speak to our Lady did she open her mouth:
— What does Your grace want of me?
— I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, and to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the whole world and the end of the war, because only She can help you.
— I would like to ask you to tell us who you are, and to work a miracle so that everybody will believe that you are appearing to us.
— Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.
And she continued:
— Sacrifice yourself for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
**[As our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were an ocean of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about 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 huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, 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 repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals.
Terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:
— You 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 reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined 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, and various nations will be annihilated.
In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me and she will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.
In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc. (sic). Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.]**
When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.
After this there was a moment of silence and then I asked:
— Is there anything more that You want of me?
— No, I do not want anything more of you today.
Then, as before, Our Lady began to ascend towards the east, until She finally disappeared in the immense distance of the firmament.
**(The text in between the two signs consists the great secret).