On this day in 1917, Our Lady appeared to the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, in Portugal.

One year after the assassination attempt on Pope (now St) John Paul II, he went to Fatima on 13 May 1982 to give thanks that his life had been saved. After the Mass, he consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here is part of his prayer: ‘“We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God.” As I utter the words of this antiphon with which the Church of Christ has prayed for centuries, I find myself today in this place chosen by you, O Mother, and by you particularly loved. … And therefore, O Mother of individuals and peoples, you who “know all their sufferings-and their hopes”, you who have a Mother’s awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, as though moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. … Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of disquiet for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples. In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be entrusted and consecrated. … We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God: reject not the prayers we send up to you in our necessities. Reject them not! Accept our humble trust – and our act of entrusting! … Let there be revealed, once more. in the history of the world your infinite power of merciful Love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope’.

We once again entrust our world to Our Lady of Fatima. May her prayers bring us all to a place of light and hope and peace, and may God bless us all this day.