The Fatima Message Continues

Pontevedra - 1925 & 1926 | Tuy - 1929 | Rianjo - 1931

As promised by Our Lady at Fatima, God soon took Francisco and Jacinta to Heaven. Francisco died on April 4, 1919 and Jacinta died on February 20, 1920. Lucy was left here on earth to tell everyone about Fatima. She was to make Our Lady known and loved, and to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.

In 1920, the Bishop of Leiria, Portugal, Joseph Correia da Silva, was intent on conducting a thorough investigation into the events of Fatima so that he might safeguard and foster true devotion to God and His Mother.

He conducted his first interview with Lucy on June 13, 1921. By this time, the life of the dos Martos family had been severely disrupted by the constant stream of visitors and curiosity seekers, and so the bishop decided (and both Lucy’s mother and Lucy herself agreed) it best to send Lucy to a convent school. He chose for Lucy the College of the Dorothean Sisters at Vilar, near Porto, where he had been chaplain.

On June 16, 1921, Lucy left for Vilar where she would spend the next four years. She went with instructions from Bishop da Silva that she was to remain absolutely incognito, neither telling anybody who she was, nor saying anything related to the apparitions of Fatima. It was here that she was given the name of Maria das Dores (Maria of Sorrows).

Around 1923 to 1924, Lucy had a strong desire to enter Carmel. She had been attracted to the recent canonization of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus who had been a Carmelite nun. But also, Our Lady appeared at the Cova da Iria on October 17, 1917 wearing the habit of Carmel as well as holding the holy Scapular in Her hand.

She approached her Superior, Mother Magalhaes, who discouraged her from the idea. Instead, it was decided that Lucy’s vocation resided with the Dorotheans. So in 1925, when she was 18 years old, Lucy began her postulancy in the Spanish city of Pontevedra to become a Dorothean nun.

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