In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary — the Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of us all — appeared to three shepherd children from the village of Fatima, Portugal six times between May 13 and October 13. She had been sent by God with a very special message for every man, woman, and child on earth.
The heavenly Lady explained to the children that war is a punishment for sin and warned that if men did not amend their lives, then God would further punish the world for its disobedience to His Will by means of war, famine, and persecution the likes of which had never been seen before on the face of the earth.
But Our Lady’s message was not without hope. On the contrary, Her message is full of hope… our only hope. For She promised that Heaven would grant peace to the entire world if Her specific requests for prayer, penance, and consecration were obeyed.
The magnitude of the promise of peace by Our Lady of Fatima is enormous. In 6,000 years of recorded history, in the whole history of the human race, there have been more than 14,400 wars. What Our Lady is promising is total peace as prophesied in the Book of Isaiah (Is 2:4) as well as this amazing prophecy from the Book of Micah: “… and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into spades: nation shall not take sword against nation: neither shall they learn war any more.” (Mi 4:3)