Photo of the children after they saw the vision of hell
The Vision of Hell:
Fatima, July 13, 1917
On July 13, 1917, Sister Luca asked Our Lady at Fatima, “What does Your Excellency want of me.”
The Lady replied, “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 the war, because only She can help you.”
Reassured by the beauty and heavenly presence of the Lady, Lucia once more felt grounded in reality. “I would like to ask You to tell us who You are, and to work a miracle so that everybody will believe that You are appearing to us.” Given the mockery and incredulity of family and friends, this was a heartfelt request.
“Continue to come here every month,” the Lady answered. “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.”
Lucia asked the Lady to heal Maria Carreira’s crippled son, John. The Lady replied that he would remain crippled, and live in poverty, and added a requirement that he pray the Rosary with his family every day. Lucia then inquired about a sick woman who wanted to be taken to Heaven. The Lady answered, “Tell her not to be in a hurry. Tell her I know very well when I shall come to fetch her.”
The Lady told Lucia” it was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in order to obtain these graces during the year.” She continued:
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: ‘ O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”
“As Our Lady spoke these last words (Lucia said), She opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. 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 huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals.”
At this moment Ti Marto observed that “Lucia took a deep breath, went pale as death, and we heard her cry out in terror to Our Lady, calling Her by name.”
Lucia continued: “Terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:
‘You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
‘To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.
‘In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc. …”
“Do not tell this to anybody,’the Lady told the children.
Then, in answer to Lucia’s question, She said, “Francisco, yes, you may tell him.” Then She taught them a prayer:
“When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, and deliver us from the fire of hell. Take all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.”
After a silence, Lucia asked: “Is there anything more that You want of me?” The Lady said: “No, I do not want anything more of you today.”