Fatima and the 'Miracle' of the Sun

by COGwriter

On October 13, 1917, tens of thousands of people are claimed to have seen what has been called "the miracle of the sun."

Is this proof that the Lady of Fatima came from God?

Is it possible that Jesus' mother Mary appeared in Fatima?

Is there a way to know for absolute certainty?

Are there biblical warnings that many have overlooked?

This article will address those questions and more about Fatima.

(Note: citations that are not shown are in the book: Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions.)

Here is a link to a related sermon: Fatima and the ‘Miracle of the Sun’.


The modern story of Fatima began in 1915, when a girl named Lúcia dos Santos, with some companions, saw something in the air that they could not identify which did not seem to be of earthly origin.

In 1916, some children including Lúcia, received messages from something that years later were said to have come from an angel. That unusual visitor indicated that something else would happen in the future.

In the little known town of Fátima, Portugal, beginning on May 13, 1917, three children (Lúcia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco Marto) said they saw some type of female apparition six times, once per month. The monthly appearances culminated in a visit where tens of thousands of people claimed to witness some type of miracle/change in the sky on October 13, 1917. This apparition is now commonly referred to as “our Lady,” “the Lady,” or “the Virgin of Fatima” and multiple millions believe it was Mary herself.

So, why pay attention to this? There are at least four reasons:

1) Some of the events claimed to have been predicted in 1917 have taken place. This has given the Fatima messages credibility even among non-Catholics.
2) The Fatima appearances, though not necessarily all the messages, have been somewhat accepted by the Vatican. As there are at least 1-2 billion people with at least some minimal ties with the Church of Rome, this means that a huge number of people throughout the world have reasons to pay attention to the Fatima messages because of their religion.
3) Some of the Fatima messages are claimed to still be for the future. Whether people believe them or not, there will be repercussions from them. Some of those repercussions will likely shock the world. Some of them are scary. If you survive, you will be affected by their repercussions in the not too distant future.
4) Learning the truth about the shocking messages of Fatima could save you and your loved ones from making horrible mistakes.

Fatima is so important to Pope Francis that he had his pontificate dedicated to the 'Lady of Fatima' on May 13, 2013. A video of some related interest is Fatima and Pope Francis.

Pope Francis has also had the 'Fatima' statue sent to the Vatican one or more times as well as Syria (e.g. ‘Fatima statue’ to bring peace to Syria next month?).

And in 2017, the year of the 100th anniversary of Fatima, he declared Catholics could get a plenary indulgence related to Fatima.

Plenary Indulgences

Here is information from CatholicOnline on plenary indulgences:

An indulgences is defined as "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned." The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment goes.

Indulgences are two kinds: partial and plenary. A partial indulgences removes part of the temporal punishment due for sins. A plenary indulgence removes all of it. This punishment may come either in this life, in the form of various sufferings, or in the next life, in purgatory. What we don't get rid of here we suffer there. http://www.catholic.org/prayers/indulgc.php accessed 09/11/17

Often, Roman Catholics pay to get these indulgences.

This was a problem in the past that people like Martin Luther objected to.

Nowadays, there are various ways to get them.

One is to give a gift to the Church of Rome on the behalf of someone who has died.

Priests will make prayers and/or devote Catholic mass to the departed. This supposedly results in less time in purgatory.

Purgatory is the place one supposedly pays the final penalty for sins. While Jesus is the one who in actuality paid that penalty, Roman Catholics added the doctrine of purgatory after they stopped teaching a version of the doctrine of apoctastasis.

But what does any of that have to do with Fatima?

Pope Francis offered special indulgences related to Fatima. This way, one can out of purgatory almost free in 2017:

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the Fatima Anniversary Year.

There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence.

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: Go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

1 – Pilgrimage to the Shrine
Make a pilgrimage to the Fatima shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.

2 – Prayer before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017): there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of Our Lady.

3 – Application for the elderly and infirm
Those who, because of age, illness or other serious cause are unable to get around well, can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017.

They also must “offer to our merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.” http://livingfatima.com/plenary-indulgence-for-the-100th-anniversary-of-fatima/ accessed 09/11/17

I will add that my wife and I were offered a plenary indulgence if we were in the audience to see Pope Francis the last time we were in Rome. We declined. We have visited the Fatima shrine, but that was in 2011, hence we were not granted a plenary indulgence for that. And, of course, we also did not pray in devotion to Mary before any statue.

But many will.

'Secret' Messages

The generally-related story of Fatima is that three innocent children were blessed to see an apparition who gave “secret” messages.

Yet, Lúcia wrote that the Lady kept telling the children to do sacrifices. Notice, for one example, what she wrote Jacinta said:

That Lady told us to say the Rosary and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

8 In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law... 12 He, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his seat for ever, at the right hand of God...14 By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all who are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:8, 12, 14 DRB)

On January 21, 1920, according to Lúcia, Jacinta told

Never tell the Secret to anyone, even if they kill you.119

Notice that it was called “the Secret.”  Later, Lúcia ended up telling multiple secrets and hence did not comply with Jacinta’s last request to her.  And if it is “the Secret” and it involved possibly preventing World War II (as many believe the second secret was intended for), why would Jacinta say that it should never be revealed?

One part of Lúcia’s writings that struck me as odd is that she and Jacinta never would tell the secrets while Jacinta was alive, no matter how many priests and bishops tried to get it out of them. Yet later, Lúcia finished writing the following on August 31, 1941 for an October 1942 expanded edition of a book about Jacinta:

What is the secret? It seems to me that I can reveal it, since I already have permission from Heavento do so. God’s representatives on earth have authorized me to do this several times and in various letters, one of which, I believe, is in your keeping.

In late 1948, Life Magazine (along with a picture of an envelope) reported this about Lúcia:


She first wrote down the prophecies in 1927 after two of them had been fulfilled: her cousins’ death and the end of the First World War. On advice of a priest she tore them up.156

In a manuscript to Bishop Correia da Silva, completed on December 25, 1935, Lúcia wrote,

“You would not find it strange that I should reserve for eternity certain secrets and other matters.”157    

This was odd for her to write for many  reasons  including  that  she  later  previously  said she revealed all the secrets, beginning with two of them publicly in 1942. 158
Here is what Lúcia mentions in her Third Memoir, which was published in October 1942:

Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal.159

The first secret was a vision supposedly of the torment of the wicked, apparently intended to correspond with the “lake of fire” that the Bible describes (Revelation 20:14, 15). Here is how Lúcia describes it in her Third Memoir:

The first part…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.160

The Bible itself does not suggest that demons are black and transparent, yet it also does not say that they could not be. The fact that the torment was only seen for an instant could possibly be construed as consistent with other parts of the Bible. Of course, the apparition did not claim to be “our kind heavenly Mother” (those were Lúcia’s words decades later), and is not capable of taking them to heaven.

Apparition Made Blasphemous Claim Related to the First Secret

After seeing the vision of punishment, according to Lúcia, “Our Lady” said “poor sinners… To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”161

That should send shockwaves to all who profess Christ, whether Catholic or otherwise. Catholics should be concerned, because according to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on “private revelations” it “is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation,”162 yet that is precisely what the Lady of Fatima did by apparently stating that salvation from the lake of fire can come from “devotion to” her “Immaculate Heart.”

Decades ago, the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote, “Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima is actually a petition for a Woman to save man from nature made destructive through the rebellious intellect of man.”163   Yet, the Bible says that only God can do that, and that He would do it through His Son (Acts 4:10-12).

Nowhere does the Bible even hint that we should petition Mary.

What  Lúcia  said  in  an  interview  on  November  17, 2001 is also a concern:

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the means of salvation God has bestowed to help the Church and the world through these difficult times.165

God did not do that. In Akita, Japan, on October 13, 1973, the Lady there similarly falsely stated, “I alone am able to save you from the calamities that approach.”166

Catholics    and    non-Catholics    should    immediately realize that according to the Holy Bible it is only through Jesus and no other (including Mary) that any can be saved:

10 Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12 DRB)

There  is  no  “salvation  in  any  other”  (Acts  4:12). Offering an alternative is a false gospel (cf. Galatians 1:8).

According to the Bible those who offer a false gospel should be “accursed” (Galatians 1:9, NKJV) or “anathema” (DRB).

Thus, from a biblical perspective, the first “secret” from “the Lady” and Lúcia’s public teachings about salvation contain major error.   This perhaps is one of the most shocking things Catholics need to remember about Fatima (and Akita): parts of the messages are clearly contradictory to scripture, and hence did NOT come from the God of the Bible.

The Second Secret

The second secret included the Lady’s instructions on how to save souls from torment and convert the world to the Roman Catholic faith, also revealed by Lúcia in her Third Memoir:

We then 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 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.”167

In her Fourth Memoir (written late 1941) she added:

In Portugal, the dogma of Faith will always be preserved; etc…Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.168

Many believe that the second secret predicted the end of WWI and that there would be a WWII under the Pontificate of Pius XI.  Pius XI’s pontificate was from 6 February 1922 through 10 February 1939. When the secret was allegedly given, the current pope’s name was Benedict XV–and since it was not Pius many believe that this is additional evidence that the second secret was an accurate prophecy. But the fact that this message was not written down until after Pius started his pontificate brings some question to it.

Would Mary Ask for a Public Repentance Secretly?

What should be one of the biggest controversies about Fatima, and one that should lay to rest any doubt that the Lady was not the Mary of the Bible, has to do with the second secret.
Notice one part:

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.170

Would God, through any of His representatives, give a message that He wants people to heed; only to keep it a secret until it is too late?

Of course not!

A Satanic apparition might, but there would be no way that Jesus’ mother could possibly have given a message calling for the world to heed what she said while at the same time keeping the message secret until it is too late to respond to it.

If the Vatican truly believed Lúcia’s were messages from God or Mary, why didn’t the popes (and their bishops around the world) consecrate Russia after hearing of the messages?

Lúcia was very frustrated and later claimed (in 1946) that on June 13, 1929 (and it more likely was June 12, 1930 as that is what the note in her own handwriting stated) she had visions from the Lady and Jesus requiring that this be done then. Lúcia wrote:

Our Lady said to me:

“The moment has come in which God asks the
Holy Father, in union with all the Bishops of
the world, to make consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means…”

Later, in an intimate communication, Our Lord complained to me saying:

“They did not wish to heed my request!...they will repent and do it, but it will be too late…The Holy Father will have much to suffer.”174

Yet, none of the popes did this consecration. Oh, excuses for why the Russian consecration wasn’t done have been given.175

But anyone looking honestly at this must conclude that, with the possible exception of John Paul II, none of the past popes prior to Francis seriously believed that Mary or Jesus were actually giving the messages as the popes did not do what was requested (and allegedly John-Paul II was told not to do it to avoid offending the Russian Orthodox 176). Although some claim that a version of the consecration was done in 1984, this disregard by at least five popes since the 1929/1930 request shows that they must not have truly believed that Lúcia was telling them the words of Mary or Jesus that they needed to heed (the short skirt issue is something that the popes likely long knew about).

If the popes did not take the requests seriously, should anyone else? Some Catholics claim that World War II would have been prevented, and 55 million people spared from death then, if the consecration was properly performed by the pope and the bishops.177 But it was not.

So were those popes all terribly wrong or were there reasons that they did not believe that the messages from Lúcia came from Saint Mary, the blessed mother of Jesus?

In her Third Memoir, written in the summer of 1941 and published in 1942, Lúcia claimed that in 1917 the Lady asked for the consecration of Russia.Yet, in a hand written letter from her (a copy of which I viewed), the translation of it states:

The request about Russia — it appears that it was in June 1930, from Thursday to Friday, and that it took place from the 12th to the 13th, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at night.180

Thus, it may be that parts of the secret were expanded after some of the “predicted” events had taken place.  This seems to be evidence of that idea as Pope Pius XI called for a day of prayer for Russia to change on March 19, 1930181 and Lúcia originally wrote that her vision happened in June 1930.

The Jesuit Priest Gonçalves, who was the first to report this vision, for some reason reported 1929 instead of 1930, with Thursday dates for both.182   Dr. Fernandes speculated that perhaps the priest did so to try to improve Lúcia’s credibility? But it seems to have the opposite effect.

After Germany invaded Poland, Lúcia sent a third letter to Rome. It appears that in 1940 the second part of the message gained a certain amount of credibility.199 But just because an apparition says something that comes to pass, this does not mean it is from God (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-4). In an interview with Priest Augustine Fuentes on December 26, 1957, (that was originally published with the imprimatur of the Bishop of Fatima) Lúcia reportedly said:

Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid any attention to her message, neither the good nor the bad...But believe me, Father, God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The punishment from heaven is imminent.

Yet, that first statement is not true. Attention was paid, but apparently not the amount of attention that Lúcia and/or the apparition wanted.  There is no way that Mary would have made the false statement that no one paid any attention because some people did. So, if she said this or that God’s chastisement of the world was truly imminent 60 years ago, then Lúcia and her apparition have credibility issues with these statements.  (Another time that Lúcia said something was imminent supposedly it happened within several months.)

In that same 1957 interview, Lúcia also claimed:

Father, how much time is there before 1960 arrives?  It will be very sad for everyone, not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world will not pray and do penance…This is the Third part of the Message that will remain secret until 1960…many nations will disappear from the face of the earth.204

But that simply was not true. The whole world did not pray and do penance back then, yet there were people who were not sad in 1960. The elimination of nations did not happen either (though Lúcia did not necessarily strictly state that would happen by 1960, she did imply it).

In 1959 there was also supposedly a credibility conflict that Lúcia had with a Priest Fuentes.  Partially because of it, she could only meet with people starting in 1960 that were relatives or approved by the Vatican.205 It was later (1975) declared by Dr. Joaquin Alonso that Priest Fuentes accurately reported what she said in that 1957 interview.

Dr. Joaquin Alonso, who spent much time with her writings, wrote:

Lúcia may be deceived in the mystical interpretation of her experiences… At times, she herself is in doubt that God is talking to her… 206

Furthermore, it appears that over time, certain parts of her description of what she saw in 1917 changed.  For example, Lúcia originally claimed that the Lady carried a pointed medallion,207  yet in the 1930s this was changed to be “the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” which some believe was caused by pressure from various clergy and/or being part of a convent.

The Miracle of the Sun

The big 'proof' for Fatima is supposed to be something called the "miracle of the sun."

A photostatic copy of a page from Ilustração Portugueza, October 29, 1917

Lucia wrote that the 'Lady' told her the following on July 13, 1917:

I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue to pray the Rosary, every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of war, because only she can help you. ...

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. (Santos, p. 178).

Lucia wrote that the 'Lady' told her the following on August 15, 1917:

I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue to pray the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe. (Santos, p. 180).

Lucia wrote that the 'Lady' told her the following on September 13, 1917:

Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October, the Lord will come as well as Our Lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the day. (Santos, p. 181)

The "rope" was intended to cause pain and discomfort. This was part of the "suffering for sinners" that the Lady wanted the children of Fatima to endure. "Our Lady of Dolours" means Our Lady of Sorrows.

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary's special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. (Wikipedia, accessed 09/13/17)

On the 13th of October in 1917, thousands saw something.

Notice the following account of what was seen by Dr. José Maria de Almeida Garrett, professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Coimbra, Portugal:

"It must have been 1:30 p.m when there arose, at the exact spot where the children were, a column of smoke, thin, fine and bluish, which extended up to perhaps two meters above their heads, and evaporated at that height. This phenomenon, perfectly visible to the naked eye, lasted for a few seconds. Not having noted how long it had lasted, I cannot say whether it was more or less than a minute. The smoke dissipated abruptly, and after some time, it came back to occur a second time, then a third time

"The sky, which had been overcast all day, suddenly cleared; the rain stopped and it looked as if the sun were about to fill with light the countryside that the wintery morning had made so gloomy. I was looking at the spot of the apparitions in a serene, if cold, expectation of something happening and with diminishing curiosity because a long time had passed without anything to excite my attention. The sun, a few moments before, had broken through the thick layer of clouds which hid it and now shone clearly and intensely.

"Suddenly I heard the uproar of thousands of voices, and I saw the whole multitude spread out in that vast space at my feet...turn their backs to that spot where, until then, all their expectations had been focused, and look at the sun on the other side. I turned around, too, toward the point commanding their gaze and I could see the sun, like a very clear disc, with its sharp edge, which gleamed without hurting the sight. It could not be confused with the sun seen through a fog (there was no fog at that moment), for it was neither veiled nor dim. At Fatima, it kept its light and heat, and stood out clearly in the sky, with a sharp edge, like a large gaming table. The most astonishing thing was to be able to stare at the solar disc for a long time, brilliant with light and heat, without hurting the eyes or damaging the retina. [During this time], the sun's disc did not remain immobile, it had a giddy motion, [but] not like the twinkling of a star in all its brilliance for it spun round upon itself in a mad whirl.

"During the solar phenomenon, which I have just described, there were also changes of color in the atmosphere. Looking at the sun, I noticed that everything was becoming darkened. I looked first at the nearest objects and then extended my glance further afield as far as the horizon. I saw everything had assumed an amethyst color. Objects around me, the sky and the atmosphere, were of the same color. Everything both near and far had changed, taking on the color of old yellow damask. People looked as if they were suffering from jaundice and I recall a sensation of amusement at seeing them look so ugly and unattractive. My own hand was the same color.

"Then, suddenly, one heard a clamor, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was truly terrible.

"All the phenomena which I have described were observed by me in a calm and serene state of mind without any emotional disturbance. It is for others to interpret and explain them. Finally, I must declare that never, before or after October 13 [1917], have I observed similar atmospheric or solar phenomena."

Professor Almeida Garrett's full account may be found in Novos Documentos de Fatima (Loyala editions, San Paulo, 1984) http://www.fatima.org/essentials/facts/miracle.asp accessed 09/13/17

(Interestingly, a photo purported to be “the miracle of the sun” in 1917 which was also published in Life Magazine as proof of Fatima,145  turned out to be from 1922 and not 1917.)

Yes, something exciting happened on October 13, 1917.

But that does NOT prove it was from God.

Consider also that when asked how to distinguish between valid religious/spiritual experiences and psychological trauma, Catholic Priest John Lozano responded with:

…religious ecstasy and psychological trauma are similar…behind the ecstasy there is an experience of God, whereas behind the trauma there is not. In trauma, the person cannot recall what happened during the trance state, whereas the ecstatic person is extremely active and alert although the body falls into some kind of lethargy.

Now this is a major problem for many Fatima watchers because during the so-called “miracle of the sun,” on October 17, 1917 Lúcia could not recall what she said/ shouted while allegedly in some version of ecstasy.

Archbishop Sheen felt that a Marian “miracle” would be a factor in Muslims and others together and become end time Catholics in the Day of Wrath (Dies Irae):

And as Mary revealed herself in that first Miracle of the Sun, so may we look forward to another revelation of her power when the world has its next rehearsal for the Dies Irae.

So, there is a claim that Mary revealed herself with the 'miracle of the sun.'

But she did not.

Despite “the miracle of the sun” on October 13, 1917 (of which there were many differing accounts143 and hence not the clear “proof” the Lady said it would be), it was not until October 13, 1930 that the Fatima apparitions were declared “worthy of belief” by Pope Pius XI.144 Yet, “worthy of belief” is not the same as acceptance as truth or dogma.

And this was NOT from God.

Some may claim that since it was predicted before it happened and then happened that day, let me also add that occultists predicted something would happen on May 13, 1917 (Fernandes J, D’Armada F. Celestial Secrets, The Hidden History of the Fátima Incident. Anamolist Books, San Antonio (Texas), 2006, pp. 9-18. One account was written on February 7, 1917 and another was published on March 10, 1917). They were right, but that does not mean that the true God inspired them or Fatima.

Would Jesus’ Mother Want to Publicly Honor Herself?

Is something from the 'miracle of the sun' day that can plainly demonstrate that the Lady at Fatima could not have been Mary?


Notice what Lúcia wrote that the apparition said on October 13, 1917:

I want to tell to you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour.87

And this happened, as my wife and I actually visited that Capelinha in Fatima in 2011.

Anyway, the request from the apparition was not only is immodest, it seems to violate what the Bible tells people to do:

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, DRB)

29 …no flesh should glory in his sight… (1 Corinthians 1:29, DRB)

11 …every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11, DRB)

9 Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to thy name give glory. (Psalms 113:9, DRB)

Mary is not God. Despite her role as the mother of Christ (and yes, I believe that Jesus is God lest someone criticize me for using this expression), no proper Roman or Eastern Orthodox Catholic (or Protestant for that matter) believes that Mary is God either.

It is important to note that the apparition wanted a chapel built essentially for her glory. That is not what a true follower of Christ would have done. Mary of the Bible did not do that nor drop any hint that she ever would do that. A “Marian” apparition that appeared to Estelle Faguette at Pellevoisin, France in 1876 said, “I choose the little ones and the weak ones for my glory.”88    

But God specifically said the weak were chosen for His (not Mary’s) glory (1 Corinthians 1:27-29), so that apparition was false also. Actually, statements from many “approved apparitions” have requested actions for their glory or otherwise contradicted scripture.89

This is a doctrine of demons:

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV)

Do not fall for deceiving spirts or doctrines of demons.

October 13, 1917 Brown Scapular: Does it Contradict Catholic Dogma?

Lúcia claimed, “The Rosary and Scapular are inseparable.”755

A brown scapular originally was a wool object that sometimes comes in the form of metals instead.  It seems to be worn like a medallion.   

“Sister Lúcia has said all Catholics should wear the Brown Scapular as part of the Fatima message.”756

Supposedly, when the apparition appeared on October 13, 1917, Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta saw her hold a brown scapular in her hand.757     

“At the end of the 40s…Lúcia… recalled that the Blessed Virgin…wished that devotion of the holy Scapular be propagated.”758

Of course, if Mary actually wanted this, it seems odd that it took Lúcia decades to tell this to anybody.

“The  Brown  Scapular  is  part  of  a  religious  habit belonging in its own right to the Carmelite order. Devotion for the Scapular of Our Lady of Carmel was born in the 13th   century when after being purchased from Palestine by the Saracens, the Carmelite brothers encountered great difficulties in getting established in Europe and elsewhere…

Simon Stock, elected Prior General of the order in 1247, had, a few years later an apparition…presenting the Scapular to him as a sign of salvation for his brothers.”759

Simon Stock’s original name was Simon Anglus (the surname Stock was added after his death), and his feast day is May 16th.760

An apparition the Catholic “saint” Simon Stock thought was Mary told him the following about the brown scapular, “Whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.”761

It is important to realize that this is absolutely contrary to scripture as there is nothing in the Bible that hints that being clothed in some physical way pays the penalty for sin or in any way provides salvation.

Should one who eliminates any part of Catholic dogma be considered as a Catholic saint?   Specifically, Simon Stock’s apparition (which could not have been Mary) indicates that one can sin and not suffer the flames of eternal torment if they die wearing a scapular.  Obviously, any who believe his claims about the scapular must accept that repentance (which the Bible requires for salvation, Acts 2:38) or confession (as understood by the Church of Rome) is not necessary.

I should perhaps add that a Catholic woman, who owns some scapulars, specifically told me that Catholics should not wear the scapular as a “good luck charm” and that repentance is necessary for salvation for humans. And she is right about that.

Catholics who accept Simon Stock as a saint should ask themselves if he was correct, why Catholic dogma would teach the following (bolding in original):

The Sacramental confession of sins is ordained by God and is necessary for salvation. (De fide.)762

The fact that Simon Stock stated that all one had to do was to die while wearing a scapular, to avoid the punishment “capital sins” is opposed to Catholic dogma.763

 Neither the wearing of a scapular nor the recitation of the rosary is even listed as part of Catholic dogma in Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma.764

The fact that Lúcia endorsed the scapular, as well as the rosary, should also show all that her “private revelations” were beyond scripture and Catholic dogma as well.

According to Priest Gobbi, on February 26, 1991, another apparition claimed:

The scapular and the rosary are…a simple means by which God helps His children. Wear it always.765

Yet, the Bible nowhere mentions either of these (actually, sewing certain religious items on clothing seems to be condemned, cf. Ezekiel 13:18-20, NJB/NKJV).  If this was something that God wanted done, would He have not simply mentioned it in His word?

Therefore, it should be abundantly clear that the scapular is NEITHER from the Bible nor an apostolic tradition. The scapular was an innovation, and its innovator contradicted both the Bible and Catholic dogma.

The Lady Contradicted Other Scripture

Between the first and third appearances of the Lady of Fatima, many sick and afflicted people wanted to make requests of her. So they told the three children their requests.

Since Lúcia was the only one of the three who spoke to the Lady, she tried to pass on many of those requests. But, notice what Lúcia wrote about what the Lady said regarding the requests from those people during her July 13, 1917 appearance:

Our Lady said it was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in order to attain these graces during the year.503

But this is against scripture.

Notice what the Bible says that the sick or afflicted are to do:

13 Any one of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm.

14 Any one of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him.

15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15, NJB)

Saying that the only way people would get their requests possibly answered by “praying the Rosary” is blasphemous as God Himself had recorded how such requests were to be handled, and those instructions differ from what the Lady stated.

Priest Nicholas Gruner wrote (bolding in source):

Knowledge of the Third Secret Will Save Souls! She wants us to have the Secret so we can save our souls.766

Our Lady said at Fatima, on July 13th, “Only I can help you.” For the purists who want the exact words of Our Lady, She was speaking in the third person, and… She said, “Only Our Lady of the Rosary can help you.”

Some Protestants and some Catholics, and even conservative Catholics say that this somehow seems close to blasphemy…767

I would state that those statements were not just close to blasphemy, but were blasphemous.   Hence, they did not come from Mary, mother of Jesus.  Also, do Catholics believe that none of the popes (since at least 1960) have wanted souls to be saved so they did not reveal a portion of the third secret, as that seems to be what Priest Gruner is implying? The popes likely knew about the short skirt. In 1957, Lúcia told Priest Augustin Fuentes (bolding mine):

She said to my cousins as well as to myself, that God is giving two last remedies to the world. They are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others…There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves.768

The above is in conflict with sacred scripture. The Bible says that people need to call on God and repent, and that is NOT the same thing as repeating memorized prayers. The Bible is also clear that we cannot save ourselves through our own efforts:

8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God; 9 Not of works, that no man may glory. (Ephesians 2:8-9, DRB)

There is no work one can do and certainly no item that one can wear, or any repeating of memorized prayers that can provide salvation. Lúcia (as well as Simon Stock on the scapular) is in clear contradiction of scripture here and was teaching blasphemy.

I am not arguing against prayer, yet no serious believer of the Bible should conclude that Mary, the mother of Jesus, would contradict sacred scripture.

In 1918, notice what Lúcia told a grocery store owner named Joaquina Vieira about what she saw in 1917:

Joaquina Vieira:       Hey, Lúcia, what did you see?
Lúcia:           I saw a Lady…I asked her who she was.
Joaquina Vieira:       And, what did She reply?
Lúcia:                       She pointed her finger to the sky.95

So, either Lúcia was lying then, was intentionally misleading, forgot, or simply did not believe then that the Lady plainly identified herself as the “Lady of the Rosary” in 1918.
Either way, the Lady of Fatima never declared that she was Mary of the Bible according to the 1917 testimonies of the primary witnesses.

Perhaps it should be mentioned that the Lady that appeared on the 19th  of September, 1846 in La Salette, France never said she was Mary either according to the witness Maximin Giraud. He said, “I saw a lady, but never ventured to affirm that it was the Holy Virgin” (he also reported false prophecies such as that the Antichrist would arrive in the end of the 19th  or commencement of the 20th centuries).

The Plan for Fatima is Ecumenical and Inter-faith

Although pretty much all pontiffs prior to Francis had issues with Lucia and/or Fatima, the Vatican has long had ecumenical plans that they wish to involve their version of Mary in

Also notice something from Vatican II:

Moslems…They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion.587

Chapter 19 of the Qur’an/Koran/Quran is, from an Islamic perspective, devoted to Mary and Jesus (“Mary” is also spelled Maryam, Marium, or Miriam in Arabic translations into English). Here are a few passages from it:

019.020  Y: She said: “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”…

019.027…S: And she came to her people with him, carrying him (with her). They said: O Marium! Surely you have done a strange thing.

019.028 Y: “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!”588

066.012 Y: And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (servants).589

While the above supports the virgin birth of Jesus, some also seem to believe that the Qur’an is supportive of teaching the “immaculate” conception of Mary in Islam.590
So, there are Islamic ties to Mary that resemble those in post-sixth century Catholicism.

Interestingly, Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote:

It is our firm belief that…Islam…will be converted to Christianity…It is our belief that this will not happen through direct teaching of Christianity, but through a summoning of the Muslims to a veneration of the Mother of God.582

He also wrote he believed that the apparition:

…chose to be known as “Our Lady of Fatima” as a pledge and sign of hope for the Muslim people… so that they one day would accept…583

Thus, Archbishop Sheen essentially thought that the appearance in Fatima was to also ultimately result in Muslims (and possibly Hindus) accepting his faith. Notice that he also wrote:

Our missionaries report the most extraordinary reaction of these peoples as the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima was carried through the East. At the edge of Nepal, three hundred Catholics were joined by three thousand Hindus and Moslems, as four elephants carried the statue to the little church for Rosary and Benediction…The final evidence of the relationship of the village of Fatima to the Moslems is the enthusiastic reception that the Moslems in Africa and India and elsewhere gave to the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima… in Mozambique the Moslems, who were unconverted, became Christians as soon as the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was erected…

Missionaries in the future will, more and more, see that their apostolate among the Moslems will be successful in the measure they preach Our Lady of Fatima.584

In  the  21st    century,  Giuseppe  De  Carli  wrote  the following related to Islam and Fatima:

The Shiites believe that the Fatima shrine belongs, by right, to Muslims, and that Catholics have stolen it from their rightful owners. They argue that if a Lady dressed in shining white appeared there, then it’s because she had a message for the Muslims, not for Christians.

Ali Ağca, in his megalomania thought he had a mission from God. Apparently, when John Paul II visited him at the Rebibbia prison in 1983, he asked the pontiff, “So who is Fatima for you?” Twice now I have done on-the-scene reporting from Fatima and I have spotted Arabs who seemed to want to remain incognito…Fatima has a religious and political significance.594

So, some Muslims, at least, believe that the messages for Fatima were apparently different than those publicly revealed, that Fatima is for them, and any message for Fatima has to do with Islam.

Notice also from Priest L.J. Cizik:

It is a fact that Moslems from various nations, especially from the Middle East, make so many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Fatima’s Shrine in Portugal that Portuguese officials have expressed concern. The combination of an Islamic name and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems.

On December 27, 1983, Ali Ağca (the man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II) referred to Muhammad's daughter as the goddess of the Fatima apparitions.

Eastern Signs and Faiths

While “Mary” is known throughout the Middle East and West, she is less known, though revered by some like a goddess, in Eastern religions:

Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and other pilgrims regularly worship at famous Roman Catholic shrines to the Virgin Mary such as Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal...Many venerate her like one of their own goddesses...601

Archbishop Sheen also wrote:

At Patna, the Brahman Hindu governor of the province visited the church and prayed before the statue of Our Lady. In one tiny village of Kesra Mec, more than twenty-four thousand people came to see the statue.598

But, that is not an isolated incident. Notice the following account of a group of Hindus who visited Cova da Iria in 2004:

Hindus…were allowed to conduct a pagan prayer chant at the altar in the sanctuary of the Little Chapel of the Apparitions…on May 5, 2004…a national television station in Portugal broadcast that a group of Hindus from Lisbon was allowed to commandeer the Shrine for a pagan prayer chant, with the Hindu “priest” standing at the Catholic altar invoking false gods in the causes of peace, while the Hindu congregation in the Little Chapel responded with a chant. This is a desecration…since Sacred Scripture teaches “the gods of the Gentiles are devils” (Psalm 95:5)599

This Hindu ceremony, as expected, upset some Catholics. (Note that Psalm 95:5 in the DRB is Psalm 96:5 in the NJB/NKJV which use the word “idols” instead of “devils.”)

Additionally, apparitions such as in Akita Japan, may be helping set the stage for greater acceptance of “Marian Apparitions” in Asia.  On January 4, 1975, a Marian statue reportedly began to weep there told Nun Agnes Katsuko:

The Blessed Virgin rejoices in the consecration of Japan to her Immaculate Heart because she loves Japan.  But she is sad that this devotion is not taken seriously…Grant to Japan the grace of conversion through the intercession of the Virgin Mary…602

There have been reports of one or more stigmatic and weeping “Marian” statues in Akita, Japan with at least 100 weepings.603   Pope Benedict XVI seemingly endorsed much of Akita and tied its message in with that of Fatima.604

Although Mary is not part of Buddhism, it was interesting to note that the leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama, prayed at the little Fatima chapel in 2001.605

The Taoists revere the goddess, Tian Hou, who is called the “Queen of Heaven”606 (she is also known as the “Mother goddess”).

Here are a few comments on Mary and certain Buddhist faiths from Ella Rozett, who wrote that she “attends Catholic church almost every day”607:

Mother Mary is largely unknown in the Buddhist world, the only exception perhaps being Maria Kannon. The latter is a hybrid of Mother Mary and the Bodhisattva of love and compassion whom the Japanese call Kannon, the Chinese Kuan Yin, the Tibetans Chenresig and the Indians Avalokiteshvara…

Much like the Virgin Mary, the Chinese Kuan Yin is said to have lived a human life of extreme self- sacrifice and holiness before she ascended into heaven and became a celestial Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Since her ascension she has been appearing as “a woman in white” to those in need of help…

Some trace the striking similarities between Mary and especially the White Clad Kuan Yin back to the historical influence of Christians coming to China in the early 600’s… At the time the Chinese were longing for the divine feminine, and Chinese Buddhism needed someone who could compete with the powerful Taoist goddesses. 608

Thus it is clear that the idea of female apparitions appearing exists in at least one Eastern faith. Some believe that Kuan Yin was a male now with the outward appearance of a female609 (perhaps Satan may appear like “her,” in Revelation 13:4) and that her visits may be related to visitors in China in the 600s.

Kuan Yin is also known as the “Goddess of Mercy” and is sometimes called Guan Yin.610  A few of the pictures I have seen of her show her riding a serpentine beast in the water, which brings up a tie to Revelation 17:1-3. Various paintings and statues I have seen of Kuan Yin remind me of Marion ones, including the frequent use of a type of halo and a crown, the style of dress, as well as sometimes being shown as a Madonna with child. Hence, this may be a reason that the Chinese might be inclined to pay attention to a future “Marian” apparition.   Centuries-old Chinese prophecies suggest that the Chinese may end up paying attention to Western religious leaders in the end time.

The Fatima Crusader reported:

October 2003, when Rector Guerra held an interfaith Congress at Fatima…the heretical Father Jacques Dupuis said…that all religions — Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist — are positively willed by God and these religions are all part of the “Kingdom of God.”615

I would agree that those statements are heretical. Some with “New-Age” tendencies have felt that despite “some back-pedaling from Vatican spokespeople” related to similar statements from Rector Guerra, the Church of Rome is using Fatima to attract followers of “the Goddess” they believe is Diana/Artemis/Isis/Asherah.616     This would shock many Catholics—Asherah is specifically condemned in the Bible (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Kings 21:7; 23:4; 2 Chronicles 15:16, NJB).  Since I do not believe that “goddesses” come from God, it would be wise to consider that any goddess appearances, if real, were demonic in origin (cf. Revelation 13:4; Isaiah 47).

Eastern Orthodox Concerns

The following was written over a decade ago by a member of the Orthodox Church and is warning people that false apparitions claiming to be Mary will lead to people to Antichrist:

"Mother goddesses" known in the ancient world were not just confined to the Near East and Mediterranean but are universal. The Kogi Indians, among whom we lived in Columbia, worship a spirit called Nabuba, the "Ancient Mother." When Roman Catholics missionaries attempted to evangelize the Kogi int he last century, they used a not-uncommon strategy for drawing pagan peoples into Rome's fold: rather than explaining the differences between the pagan mysthology and Christian truth, they found "equivalences," Christ, under this syncretistic view, corresponds to the Kogi Sejukukui (a trickster god who faked his own death by hiding in a cave), while Nabuba is said to be the Virgin Mary. This confusion has led the Kogis to call their pagan temples "cansamaria," a corruption of "casa de Maria" (house of Mary).

Given these Roman Catholic "evangelistic methods" of more than a century ago, it is it any wonder that contemporary "apparitions" of Mary are invariably accompanied by ecumenistic messages promoting the idea that all religions are equally valid and Orthodox Christianity is but one "path" among many? A recent issue of Orthodox Tradition (1966) contains the account of Matushka (wife of a Russian Orthodox priest) Katherine Swanson's trip to Medjugorje, Croatia, to investigate the most famous of the recent cases of apparitions of Mary in the Roman Catholic world. In it she recounts a telling episode:

Our guide took our group for an audience with the "seers." During this audience, a pilgrim asked one of the children the following questions: "Does the Virgin say that the Catholic Church is the true church?" The response given by the child provides clear evidence of the ecumenical content and religious relativism which, oddly enough, increasingly mark the "revelations" at Medjugorje: "Our Blessed Mother says that all religions are equally pleasing to God."

The Life magazine article, then, is yet another contribution to this line of thought. Given the idea that all paths are equally valid, then all "Marys" are equally valid, too. The author describes several of the Marys of our times: Miearculous Mary (such as at Medjugorje), Mediator Mary (Who, as the author quotes Fr. Andrew Greeley saying, lets people into Heaven through the "back door"), (Editors notes: the Orthodox Church of course never taught about the "back door", and of course one only prays that this is a matter of a figure of speech, but let us not dwell on the "back door", but the gates of Paradise, the Kingdom of our God). Mediator Mary of the feminists, and Mother Mary. This last one, Mother Mary, is the role which the author considers the most appealing to non-Catholics: "The emotional need for her is so irresistible to a troubled world that people without an obvious link to the Virgin are being drawn to her. It is known that Muslins revere Mary as a pure and holy saint...Interdenominational Marian prayer groups are springing up throughout the world. Many Protestants, even some who still reject notions of a supernatural Virgin, miss Mary."

To which Mary are Muslims and Protestants being drawn? The Protestant Reformation rejected the distorted view of Mary which had developed in the West since the Schism of 1054, and which would ultimately result in the Roman Church's proclamation of their dogma of the Immaculate Conception. But Protestantism did not just reject the Western view of Mary; it ignored Her altogether, in effect denying Her role in the Incarnation and, consequently, the part She plays in our salvation. As Rome began to see her more and more as a "goddess," a fourth Hypostasis of the Trinity, as it were, the Protestants reacted by down playing Her position and refusing to honor Her at all, this in spite of the Gospel words:"All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed."

Today, as heterodox Christians become more and more ecumenist and work toward creating a "One World Church," the search has begun for a Mary of universal recognition, one who will appeal not only to those who bear the name Christian, but apparently to Muslims and others as well, just as attempts are likewise being made to identify the "new Christ" with the Muslim concept of their coming Mahdi and with the Messiah still awaited by the Jews. This, of course, will be no Christ at all but the antichrist.

(Jackson P. ORTHODOX LIFE., No. I, 1997., Brotherhood of Saint Job of Pochaev at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, N.Y. pp. 18-22.  http://fr-d-serfes.org/orthodox/theotokos.htm viewed 05/11/09)

Notice what Bishop Kennedy of the Celtic Orthodox Church wrote:

The great deceiver of Fatima promises salvation to those who embrace devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary… We can be very certain that God did not send Mary to earth to change God's eternal plan of salvation. It is just this kind of deceit that leads to other false statements about Mary; Mediatrix of all graces etc. The devil's deceit is felt far and wide within the Church as is evidenced in the number of well meaning but deceived souls proclaiming Mary is Mediatrix of all graces. How would have such a statement sounded to the Apostles? This salvation we enjoy is from God in Christ; “The man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as ransom for all". (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-6 NAB)… We should STOP THE DEVIL in his tracks and proclaim the vision of Fatima to be a fraud, a work of the devil and an abomination to God, Mary and to the Church. (Kennedy BJ, Bishop. The Fatima Affair. HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH / MONASTERY. Toledo, Ohio. http:// www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/fatima.html viewed 05/17/12 )

In the 21st century, various Catholics hope that Marian apparitions, etc. will be factors that will lead to ecumenical unity, sometimes preceded by what is called 'inter-religious dialogue':

"Mother Mary is revered with great devotion by the Indian community as a mother and a spiritual figure of maternal protection,  said Friar Jayaseellan Pitchaimuthu OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in Holy Land. She is acknowledged as the "protector and patroness" of the Indian Chaplaincy in Holy Land because she is a "model  for the migrants, he told CNA.

The friar explained that the Marian feast day is particularly important in the Indian context because of its relation to other faiths.

Members of other religions, including Hindus and Muslims, "regard Marian devotions in esteem," he said. Thousands of devotees "both Catholics and non-Catholics" flock every week to the Marian apparition site at Velankanni, near Chennai in South India, and other shines that have recorded various miracles, he said. In this way, the friar explained, "Marian devotion also leads to a platform for inter-religious dialogue." (Gonzales AA. Indian migrants in Holy Land prepare for Marian feast. (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/indian-migrants-in-holy-land-prepare-for-marian-feast)

This is dangerous!

The Apostle Paul warned that even someone appeared as an angel from heaven, if that representative tried to change the gospel, he/she should not be listened to, but should be cursed:

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. (Galatians 1:8, Douay-Rheims)

Many Marian apparitions have preached a gospel different than what the Apostle Paul and other real Christians taught, and putting Mary as one to turn to for salvation is also a false gospel.

The reality is that it is likely that false apparitions, claiming to be "Mary" may be among the signs and lying wonders that the Bible warns are coming (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12).

For even more information on Mary and Catholic teachings on the rise of an anti-pope/Anti-Christ, please check out the book Fatima Shock!

The Lady of Fatima Did NOT Look Like the Statues Suggest

Did the Lady of Fatima look like the statues that are sold at Fatima, like the one in the little chapel there?


Here is some of what Lúcia herself wrote about what they saw on May 13, 1917:

…we beheld a Lady all dressed in white…She… radiated a light…We stopped, astounded before the Apparition.22

She also wrote that it sometimes held a ball (not a heart) in her hands.23

Here is some of what the Parish Priest of Fatima, Manuel Marques Ferreira, wrote in 1917 that the children reported about the apparition:

The clothing was a white mantle, which fell from the head to below the skirt, which was golden from the waist to below the strings...The skirt was all white and gold… [and] fell only to the knees; the coat was white…no shoes, but white socks with no gold; about the neck there was a gold chain with a pointed medallion.24

This skirt information came as a shock to me as I was unaware of it prior to late 2010. Later I learned that in the late 19th  century, some wealthy people wore “Diana” costumes which featured a “short skirt” (Diana is often historically featured that way25) along with a covering white tunic with gold spots.26 This seemed remarkably similar to what the children claim to have seen in the early 20th century. A poem from the third century said Diana wore “half-boots. Her cloak is woven with gold thread,” while at least two mosaics from that period show her wearing a “short chiton” (a short tunic/skirt), and one has a cloak that goes over her head while a tapestry shows “that the ends of her cloak flutter on either side of her.”27

One reason the Fatima skirt report is not well known is that Priest Ferreira’s report and similar documents were not widely released until 1992, 75 years later. In 1917 Portugal, not even “ladies of the night” wore such skirts as they would have been considered to be scandalously provocative.28

Portuguese researchers Dr. Joaquim Fernandes (Professor of History at the University of Fernando Pessoa in Porto, Portugal) and Fina D’Armada speculated that the reason that the “skirt” information was not released until 1992 (some claim there was also an earlier release) was that because by then much of the world would not find such descriptions of female apparel scandalous, 29 yet nearly all of the pictures or statues allegedly of Mary of the Bible rarely show her wearing anything shorter than a dress down to the top of her feet.

Assumption and More Connections to the Goddess Diana

Perhaps it should be noted that the connection of the Lady of Fatima to Diana is more than merely the short skirt.  Diana is usually “represented as a beautiful young woman,”30  , and was known as the “revered virgin”31  and "the Lady Artemis”32 (also as “the virgin”33 or “the Lady of Ephesus”34). There are suspected connections between her and how many people view Mary.35   For example, “Diana... was called the Mother of the World“36 as was Mary.37

Researcher E.C. Brewer claimed that the ancient Ephesians’ views toward the image of Diana that allegedly fell  from  heaven  (Acts  19:35-36)  were  similar  to  how many in Avignonet, France reportedly viewed the arrival of a particular Marian image in 1283.38    The image was claimed to have arrived from heaven in order, apparently to support a Marian heresy and drive out those who had a more biblically appropriate view of Mary’s role.39    Miriam Lambouras, an Eastern Orthodox writer, also reported that there seemed to be a connection between the goddess Diana and what was seen in Fatima.40   The arrival of images and/ or ladies “from heaven“ had to be handled cautiously, as such arrivals are often demonically-inspired.

Some believe that the reason that August 15th was chosen as the day for the feast of the “Assumption of Mary” is that it was related to a similar festival for Diana.41    The Catholic

Encyclopedia suggests questionable circumstances:

Regarding the day, year, and manner of Our Lady’s death, nothing certain is known... The belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is founded on the apocryphal treatise De Obitu S. Dominae, bearing the name of St. John, which belongs however to the fourth or fifth century. It is also found in the book De Transitu Virginis, falsely ascribed to St. Melito of Sardis, and in a spurious letter attributed to St. Denis the Areopagite... Regarding the origin of the feast we are also uncertain.42

Thus, it is known that this dogma originated from false sources.  It was not officially adopted as Catholic dogma until 1950.43  Despite these facts, this teaching is believed by some to have caused the greatest ecumenical advancement ever for the Church of Rome.44   Yet, both the Bible in the 1st century (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54), and those like Saint Polycarp of Smyrna in the second century,45 taught that Christians were awaiting the resurrection, not that some would be prematurely resurrected.

In the fourth century, the Catholic apologist Arnobius condemned Diana for having “half-covered thighs,”46 which the Lady of Fatima could have displayed if she walked, sat, or any wind blew.  In 906 A.D., Regino of Prüm wrote that certain women left the Catholic faith, “being seduced by the illusions and phantasms of demons” involving “the pagan goddess Diana.”47   The Catholic saint Augustine specifically referred to Diana as one of several “false and lying deities.“48    It would seem that apparitions that resemble Diana should be suspect to all Christians who agree with Augustine on that point.

While there are differences in appearance of Diana of Ephesus (who the Apostle Paul had problems because of in Acts 19:28-36) and her manifestation as Diana the huntress, there are clothed ancient representations of both of them with a short skirt, and one with a cape.

One cannot help but wonder why a claimed successor to the apostles would send a short-skirted pagan goddess as a gift.  Yet, Pope Paul did so in 1556.  Women dressed like Diana the Huntress would not have been allowed at proper Catholic functions in the 16th century.

Of course, Diana the huntress is often featured carrying a bow.51   And while the Lady of Fatima apparently did not display a bow, she could perhaps be considered one, like the Antichrist in Revelation 6:2 (who is shown in vision with a bow), who will try to conquer through messages that resemble parts of Christianity, but are improperly changed (cf. Galatians 1:6-8).
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a historical figure, not a mythological or demonic figure like the goddess Diana.52

The “Lady” that appeared in Fatima was not Mary.

Short Skirt Confirmed by Jacinta

In 1917, the Catholic priest and investigator Canon Manuel Nunes Formigão interviewed the three Fatima children.53   Here is some of what he wrote:

Jacinta confirms that Our Lady’s dress fell only to the knees… Our Lady obviously could not have appeared other than dressed with the utmost decency and modesty…{This} constitutes a serious problem, opposing the very validity of the Apparition, giving rise in the spirit to the dread that this whole affair is a mystification, prepared by the Prince of Darkness.54

And that is true, yet Canon Formigão essentially decided that since some Catholics claimed to have felt better (physically or spiritually) because of Fatima, he dismissed the eye witness testimony that he had received.55  Yet, Mary would not have been dressed as culturally immodest as the apparition was described (cf. 1 Timothy 2:9-10). Whatever the children saw, we can be certain that it was not Jesus’ mother.

The Catholic Priest Kramer wrote:

As Saint Thomas {Aquinas} teaches, there is no argument against a fact—contra factum non argumentum est. If a statement is contrary to fact, then no authority on earth can expect us to believe it.

To accept that the Lady who appeared at Fatima could possibly be Mary is an argument against biblical fact as “women are to wear suitable clothes and to be dressed quietly and modestly” (1 Timothy 2:9, NJB).   Moreover, the fact is that Mary would not have appeared that way in 1917. The testimony from the only three who saw the Lady confirms that this was not Mary. Because  of  the  release  of  the  documents  of  Priest Ferreira and Canon Formigão about the Lady’s apparel,

Contra factum non argumentum est is a Latin principle of debate, stating there is no valid argument against a fact. It is an important principle, as sometimes logic may result in incorrect conclusion. Many WANT to believe that Jesus' mother Mary showed up at Fatima, but she could not have.

In order to believe Fatima was from God, you must believe that:

There is more, but the reality is that to believe that Jesus' mother Mary appeared, one must believe against the Bible. One would must accept an argument against facts.

Now, Fatima believers will tell you that the following are also facts:

Now most of those are facts.

But NONE of those facts must lead to the conclusion that Jesus' mother Mary appeared at Fatima.

The reality is that all did not believe after the 'miracle of the sun.'

Something happened, but their is NO PROOF it was from God.

Furthermore, consider that, for decade, the popes had real problems with Lucia and Fatima.

Joaquim Fernandes and Fina D’Armada wrote related to the short skirt:

It could be said that this description of the Being, finally revealed in 1992, is the real secret of Fatima.

If more people knew the truth about this they may have viewed Fatima as something not from God.

And what about the prediction? Consider the following:

1 'Whatever I am now commanding you, you must keep and observe, adding nothing to it, taking nothing away. 2 'If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you, offering you some sign or wonder, 3 and the sign or wonder comes about; and if he then says to you, "Let us follow other gods (hitherto unknown to you) and serve them," 4 you must not listen to that prophet's words or to that dreamer's dreams. Yahweh your God is testing you to know if you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and all your soul. (Deuteronomy 13:1-4, NJB).

The message of Fatima was a false one about a false salvation. It was not the original biblical faith. Therefore, no Christian should believe it was from God.

Also, none of the Marianism we see today was practiced by Jesus or His apostles.

Not the Original Faith

“Traditional” Catholics would also do well to consider that the type of veneration of Mary that many Catholics now participate in is absent from the Holy Bible, it is also not found in the earliest traditions of the church either. The Catholic Encyclopedia itself admits:

Devotion to Our Blessed Lady…is not contained; at least explicitly in the earlier forms of the Apostles’ Creed…we do not meet with any clear traces of the cultus of the Blessed Virgin in the first Christian centuries.261

The reason that there are no clear traces of the “cultus” associated with Mary is because it was not an apostolic tradition nor from the Bible.

Notice what Saint Jude urged Christians:

3...I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. (Jude 3, DRB)

Marian dogmas (other than the virgin birth) and Marian devotion were absolutely not part of the original apostolic faith that the saints were given.  The true Christian faith was not to be changed by heresies often called innovations.

Early Christians did NOT venerate Jesus' mother Mary. None had statues of her either (see What Did the Early Church Teach About Idols and Icons?)

Furthermore, history shows that, starting in the third century, with Gregory the Wonder Worker, Marian apparitions became known. They, and other apparitions/visions, helped conquer first Asia Minor, then other parts of the old Roman Empire. Appariations affected Europe(see Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions). A Marian apparition has been 'credited' in Russia accepting idols and icons (see Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future). Also, Marian apparitions were involved in the turning much of Latin America Roman Catholic (see The 'Lady' of Guadalupe: Any Future Ramifications?).

Do not fall for false apparitions"lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11, NKJV).

Marian apparitions have been part of Satan's devices throughout history. Do not be ignorant of them nor believe that they are from God.

More Scriptures and the Lady of Kingdoms

The Bible warns of a “virgin” that uses enchantments who is also called the Lady of Kingdoms:

1 Come down, sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne for the daughter of the Chaldeans, for thou shalt no more be called delicate and tender…4 Our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. 5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called the lady of kingdoms. 6 I was angry with my people, I have polluted my inheritance, and have given them into thy bend: thou hast shown no mercy to them: upon the ancient thou hast laid thy yoke exceeding heavy.

7 And thou hast said: I shall be a lady forever: thou hast not laid these things to thy heart, neither hast thou remembered thy latter end.

8 And now hear these things, thou that art delicate, and dwellest confidently, that sayest in thy heart: I am, and there is none else besides me: I shall not sit as a widow, and I shall not know barrenness.

9 These two things shall come upon thee suddenly in one day, barrenness and widowhood. All things are come upon thee, because of the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great hardness of thy enchanters. 10 And thou best trusted in thy wickedness, and hast said: There is none that seeth me. Thy wisdom, and thy knowledge, this hath deceived thee. And thou best said in thy heart: I am, and besides me there is no other.  11 Evil shall come upon thee, and then shalt not know the rising thereof: and calamity shall fall violently upon thee, which thou canst not keep off: misery shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12 Stand now with thy enchanters, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, in which thou hast laboured from thy youth, if so be it may profit thee any thing, or if thou mayst become stronger. 13 Thou hast failed in the multitude or thy counsels: let now the astrologers stand and save thee, they that gazed at the stars, and counted the months, that from them they might tell the things that shall come to thee. (Isaiah 47:1, 4-7, 11- 13, DRB)

Interestingly, the second of the seven wonders of the ancient world has been called, “Babylon the Great, the Lady of the Kingdoms, the glory of the whole earth“ (and the fourth wonder was called the temple of Diana of the Ephesians).469

The Bible also seems to strongly connect the Lady’s haughty comments in verses 7 & 8 with those of the harlot of Revelation 17:1, 18; 18:7-8, 11 and the city in Zephaniah 2:15.
Some may be surprised to see this, but this immoral “Lady” also seems to have the title of “queen” and “harlot”:

7 You thought, ‘I shall be a queen forever.’ 8…’I am the only one who matters. I shall never be widowed, never know bereavement.’ 9 Yet both these things will befall you, suddenly, in one day. Bereavement and widowhood will suddenly befall you… (Isaiah 47:7, 8b, 9 NJB)

4 Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot, The mistress of sorceries, Who sells nations through her harlotries, And families through her sorceries. (Nahum 3:4, NKJV)

5 Look, I am against you!- declares Yahweh Sabaoth- I shall lift your skirts as high as your face and show your nakedness to the nations, your shame to the kingdoms. (Nahum 3:5, NJB)

3 All the nations have drunk deep of the wine of her prostitution; every king on the earth has prostituted himself with her, and every merchant grown rich through her debauchery. (Revelation 18:3, NJB)

17:1…Come, I will shew thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters…18:7 As much as she hath glorified herself, and lived in delicacies, so much torment and sorrow give ye to her; because she saith in her heart: I sit a queen, and am no widow; and sorrow I shall not see. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be burnt with the fire; because God is strong, who shall judge her. (Revelation 17:1b, 18:7-8, DRB)

So, what will happen to the queen/Lady of the Kingdoms as well as to Babylon is warned against in Revelation.

Furthermore, neither the Bible nor the apostles referred to Mary as any type of queen. Sacred scripture clearly warns against doing anything, such as making cakes, to honor one known as “the queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18- 19; 44:17-25).

Yet, it has been claimed that “a sect of Christians called Collyridians…made offerings of cakes to the Virgin Mary as a Goddess and Queen of Heaven.”470

In the fourth century, the Catholic Saint Epiphanius condemned those Marian devotees.471 He claimed “this idolatrous sect”472 glorified “her to excess”  and  seemed  worried  that this
would spread.473   Because Mary was a woman, Epiphanius then  reported  that  Mary  is  not  allowed  to  have  any “liturgical function” or ’to speak’ in church either.474

Despite Catholics considering the Collyridians heretics, the “Queen of Heaven” title seems to have entered the Vatican itself by way of a “private revelation” in the 7th  century.475
Others picked it up in that and later centuries.476  Some, though the title is not in the Bible, call her “Queen Mary.”

Notice also something else about the sorcery Queen/Lady:

2 Remove your veil, tie up your skirt, bare your legs, cross the rivers. Let your nakedness be displayed and your shame exposed. I am going to take vengeance and no one will stand in my way. (Isaiah 47:2-3 NJB)

This skirted “Lady of Kingdoms” is clearly something Mary of the Bible would not want to be. Nearly two hundred years ago, Mary Cornwallis observed the following about the passages in Isaiah:

Under new terms we find the prophet denouncing ruin upon the Chaldeans, for their sins, and their abuse of power… O daughter of the Chaldeans; for thou shalt no longer be called, The lady of the kingdoms…While we contemplate the fall of this illustrious city, it must not be forgotten that several passages in the Apocalypse justify the application of these prophecies to the destruction of the Roman empire, of which Babylon is the type.477

Yet, notice that some Catholic writers have written that Mary is the Lady (or Queen) of the Kingdoms/Nations (the first three are directly related to the same mystic):

1945-1984…Our Lady appeared…under the title of “Lady of the Nations”…The Church approved these apparitions in 2002.478

These apparitions and messages were given to a woman named Ida Peerdeman in Amsterdam, Holland… Apparition – November 16, 1950… “My child, I am standing on this globe, because I want to be called ‘the Lady of All Nations.’”479

On March 4, 1951, the Lady says: ”…I want to be ‘The Lady of All Peoples’…”480

In very truth we can say that Mary is the First Lady of the kingdom that Jesus Christ lived, taught, died and rose from the dead to establish.481

November 10, 2000 Janie: While I was in prayer, Our Lady came as the Lady of All Nations.482

Mary is Queen of the Kingdom of which Christ is King.483

O Mary…You are…the Queen of the Kingdom…484

For it is Mary of Nazareth, who becomes the Queen and Mother in the Kingdom of God, as the Mother of Christ, King of All Nations.485

The vision of Mary crowned with twelve stars reveals Mary as the queen of the kingdom of God!486

It is distressing that any would wish to tie Jesus’ mother Mary in with the “lady of kingdom” as the Bible warns that “the lady of the kingdoms” will be destroyed.

It should be understood that certain Catholic scholars, going as far back as the Catholic saint Hippolytus and Bishop Victorinus in the third century, have stated that the woman in Revelation 12:1-2 (the woman with the 12 stars) is something other than Mary (like the church).487 Catholic priests and scholars have written, “This is properly and principally speaking of the Church”488  or “God’s Old Testament people”489  and ”The woman of chapter 12 is not the Blessed Virgin Mary.”490  Furthermore, those who claim that the woman with twelve stars in Revelation 12:1- 2 is Mary should realize that Revelation 12:2 says that this particular woman gave birth “in pain,” which contradicts a position of several Catholic saints that Mary gave birth to Jesus without pain.491

It may be of interest to note that just like the Fatima apparition, the “Lady of the Nations” that Ida Peerdeman saw did not seem to directly claim to be Mary either:

Ida asks: “Are you Mary?”

The figure smiles at her and answers,

“They will call me the Lady… Mother.”492

Also, at first from the Catholic Church, “Ida is told to keep quiet.  She has been regarded as hysteric for decades, not  only  by  ecclesiastical  circles…  Even  the  Catholic press demonized Ida and her Apparition.”493

 But later, this attitude changes (apparently partially because of an enchantment/miracle involving clothes not getting soot on them during a fire in October 4, 1977 494) and a form of Vatican approval is granted in 2002 (and it apparently had some other approval in 1996).495     Interestingly, according to Catholic writer Robert Conte, Ida’s Amsterdam visions were false, and “The miraculous weeping statue of Our Lady of Akita is based on the image from the private revelations of the Lady of All Nations at Amsterdam.”496

Lúcia wrote that some of the people considered her to be a “sorceress.”497 The Bible (Isaiah 47:9, 12) clearly shows that sorceries and enchantments are related to the “lady of kingdoms” (vs. 5), thus if the Lady in Fatima is somehow related to “the lady of kingdoms,” this confirms the view of early Fatima investigators such as Priest Manuel Marques Ferreira 498  who felt that the Lady appearing in Fatima to the three children was the devil or related to him.

Both Lúcia and her parish priest initially concluded that the apparition was probably the devil. Lúcia should not have changed her view.  The “Lady” Lúcia saw seems related to the one warned against in Isaiah 47.

I cannot help but feel that perhaps the apparition that appeared at Fatima in 1917 may have only had permission to appear in a short skirt and not claim to be Mary from God (cf. Job 1:9-12; 2:4-6; 3 Kingdoms 22:20-22 DRB; 1 Kings 22:20-22 NKJV) in order that those who were interested in the truth would realize that it really could not have been Mary of the Bible who appeared then.  This is despite the “miracle of the sun” (of which there were enough differing explanations499  that I believe that Satan’s influence in even that was restrained).  I also believe that this is why certain other apparitions have been recorded to make statements that are false (e.g. Medjugorje500), appeared as a goddess (e.g. Guadalupe501), did not claim to be Mary (e.g. La Salette502), and/or only appeared to one or few persons— God has had Satan’s power restrained.

Yet, the time is coming when future apparitions may not have such restrictions (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:7), which may be why almost all will be deceived according to Jesus (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22).   But God still has a way for His faithful to escape (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV) the deception. For those that have a “love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), “You can trust that God…with any trial will also provide a way out” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NJB).   

Despite credibility problems of any human being, the word of God is the credible source that all past and future apparitions, signs, and wonders should be judged by (cf. Jeremiah 23:28;
Revelation 20:12; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16).

Mary is NOT the Answer

The answer to the problems facing humanity is repentance, and ultimately the return of Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

Yet, notice a false claim by a Roman Catholic

Expect victory when you call on the Holy Name of Mary

By Donal Anthony Foley –

The name of Mary is holy because it was and is the name of the Mother of God, the woman chosen to become the Mother of Christ. And since this indicates her personal holiness then likewise her very name is holy, in the same way that the name Jesus is holy.

October, the month of the Rosary, and Oct. 13 sees the 100th anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima and of the miracle of the Sun. As the Fatima centenary year draws to a close, let’s renew our resolution to pray the Rosary every day with fervor, and so constantly call on the Holy name of Mary. https://wafusa.org/expect-victory-when-you-call-on-the-holy-name-of-mary/

The above is blasphemous.

The Bible teaches that "holy and awesome his name" (Psalm 111:9, NJB). Not Mary's.

The #105 edition of the Fatima Crusader put out by The Fatima Center had the following from its leader Priest Nicholas Gruner (bolding in source):

I was encouraged that in the former Archdiocese of our new Pope there exists a sanctuary and two parishes dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is especially practised on the first Saturday of every month. So the words and requests of Our Lady of Fatima would not be foreign to him.

The other thing I had in my background was a prophecy from Antonio Ruffini, who has a prophetic gift. He told me in January, 1990 that this Pope – he didn’t name him – but he just said “the successor of the successor of John Paul II would be the one to do the consecration.” If Ruffini is not mistaken, then it’s a good sign. We may finally have a Pope who is going to do the consecration of Russia. Prudently though, we have to wait and see whether or not Ruffini completely understood whatever message he got on that.

What this means is that a Catholic “prophet” told Priest Gruner that it would be Pope 112 on the Malachy prophecy list that would bring devotion to Mary to the world, peace, and prosperity. Here is some of what Priest Gruner believes will happen if that ‘consecration’ is done:

How do we avert the wars and financial turmoil that are plunging the nations into chaos?

Our Lady of Fatima promised that if the Pope and bishops of the Catholic Church, in unison, consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, a period of world peace would follow, ushered in by the conversion of Russia. That consecration has yet to be performed, but Pope Francis has asked that his papacy be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, so the prospects for the consecration are now favorable.

The Fatima Center believes that Fatima ‘Mary’ is the answer to humanity, not really Jesus.  Others also seem to share this improper view:
Mary Alone Can Give Us Life?
Pope Francis asked the Virgin Mary to “grant us the health that She alone can give us, to be always signs and instruments of life.” His message was given when he officially took possession of the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, which is the oldest Marian Shrine in the West. He said, “Mary is mother, and a mother concerns herself above all with the health of her children, she knows how to care for it with great and tender love…our Lady protects our health.”
FWIW, my wife and I visited that particular church while in Rome.  Those there were aware of Pope Francis’ act there.

Pope Francis himself asked twice that his pontificate would be consecrated to the Lady of Fatima (see Pope Francis’ pontificate consecrated to ‘Lady of Fatima’).

He also consecrated himself to in on May 13, 2017.

But pushing Fatima and Mary is wrong (cf. 1 Timothy 4:1).

The Other 'Miracle' of Fatima

Some consider that the real miracle of Fatima has been the economic impact it has had in Portugal. Notice something from the German press:

100 years of Fátima, an economic miracle

Pope Francis will be in Fátima at the weekend, Portugal’s only pilgrimage site. The Virgin Mary was apparently sighted here 100 years ago, and this visit marks the anniversary. Fátima’s tourism industry is booming, with 7 million visitors in the past year. It’s the economic driving force behind the entire region. 05/11/17 http://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-f%C3%A1tima-an-economic-miracle/av-38793752

Having visited Fatima, it is and has been a major reason for tourism in Portugal and especially the region it is in. This is one reason why it is hard to find books in Fatima that tell the full truth about it (and my wife and I searched all the book stores we could find there about it–and they all sold pro-apparition books, and none we found sold books warning against believing it). While I agree that something appeared there, what appeared was NOT Jesus’ mother Mary nor was it sent by God.

Consider the Bible and Facts

The 'Lady' at Fatima:

1. Did not refer to herself as Mary.
2. Did not refer worship to Jesus.
3. Referred to the Lady of the Rosary.
4. Wanted a chapel built for her glory.
5. Wore a short skirt.
6. Was not dressed in a properly modest manner for the time and culture.
7. Promoted a false gospel of salvation.

Even if the apparition possibly later called herself Mary, was dressed appropriately, and referred worship to Jesus, certain aspects of the Fatima “messages” opposed scripture.

What showed up at Fatima was NOT Jesus' mother Mary. That is an incontrovertable fact.

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:14-15)

Notice that sorcerers and those who love and practice lies are not allowed into the city of the Kingdom of God.

Those who DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, not those who accept false ways of salvation or believe in lies, are the ones that make it.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV)

7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

Goddess worship is a form of having "pleasure in unrighteousness."

Jesus' mother Mary did not appear at Fatima.

Do not let 'the miracle of the sun' or other signs and lying wonders turn you to a false gospel. Do not consider that prayer before a statue, brown scapulars, or rosaries can save you.

While Christians should consider that Jesus' mother Mary was blessed (Luke 1:48), they should not look to her for salvation.

Jesus, not Mary, is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved (Acts 4:10-12)!

Here is a link to a related sermon: Fatima and the ‘Miracle of the Sun’.

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