Compiled by Fr. John De Marchi, IMC
Fr. DeMarchi is an author of numerous articles and books on Fatima, in particular; The True Story of Fatima, Fatima Today, and Fatima the Full Story. He lived in Fatima from 1946 until his death in 2003. He Established a seminary for the Consolata Priests and a Convent for the sisters at Fatima. The museum of Fatima in 1990 and the Blessed Nuno Hotel for pilgrims. He became close to Sr Lucia interviewing her many times on the events of Fatima as well as her family, friends and other witnesses. His books especially Fatima the Full Story are considered to be authentic historical documents.
I was blessed to know him and have him as a spiritual friend, father and “brother” as he appended his notes and cards to me. I made acquaintance with him over the years as He often visited my parish on his mission appeals for Ethiopia. Whenever I went to Fatima he would meet me there show me the sacred spots and take me to wherever he was offering Holy Mass often at the convent of the Alianca de Santa Maria. The last time I saw him was at the Beatification of Bl. Jacinta and Francesco in 2000. He was sick then but filled with great joy at seeing the fulfillment of his spiritual aspirations as the shepherd children were raised to the honors of the altar. I never wanted to leave Fatima. Each time I went I left a part of my heart behind. Fr. De Marchi told me: “You must return to America and bring the Fatima Message to your country.”
Speramus-We Hope is the fulfillment of Fr DeMarchi’s instructions to bring Fatima to America.
Jacinta’s Last Words
- Father Demarchi stated that In the Hospital at Lisbon where Jacinta died she was attended by Mother Maria da Purificaçao Godinho, who wrote down her last words – though not always verbatim. Many, imbued with a prophetic tone and full of unction. During her short stay in the hospital, Jacinta was favored with new visits of Our Lady, who told her the day and hour she would die. Her conversations with Mother Godiñho were filled with instructions on the spiritual life, as well as with prophecies which are still being fulfilled.
+ “My godmother, pray much for sinners! Pray much for priests! Pray much for religious! Priests should only occupy themselves with the affairs of the Church. Priests should be pure, very pure. The disobedience of priests and religious to their superiors and to the Holy Father greatly offends Our Lord.
+ “My godmother, pray much for those who govern! Woe to those who persecute the religion of Our Lord! If the government left the Church in peace and gave freedom to the holy Faith, it would be blessed by God.”
+ “The sins of the world are very great.”
+ “Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord, and they are not of God.”
+ “If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.”
+ “The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.”
+ “Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear. People who serve God should not follow fashions. The Church has no fashions. Our Lord is always the same.”
+ “Men are lost because they do not think of the death of Our Lord and do not do penance.
+ Talking in Church: Noticing that many visitors chatted and laughed in the chapel of the orphanage, Jacinta asked Mother Godinho to warn them of the lack of respect for the Real Presence this represented. When this measure did not bring about satisfactory results, she asked that the cardinal be advise that “Our Lady does not want people to talk in church.”
+ “My godmother, do not walk in the midst of luxury. Flee from riches. Be very fond of holy poverty and silence.”
+ “Have much charity even for those who are bad. Speak ill of no one and flee from those who do so. Be very patient, for patience leads us to heaven. Mortification and sacrifices greatly please Our Lord.”
+ “Confession is a sacrament of mercy. Therefore, one must approach the confessional with confidence and joy. Without confession there is no salvation.”
+ “The Mother of God wants more virgin souls who bind themselves to her by the vow of chastity.”
+ “To be a woman religious, it is necessary to be very pure in soul and body.”
+ “Do you know what it means to be pure?” asked Mother Godinho. “I do. I do. To be pure in body is to keep chastity. To be pure in soul is not to commit sins, not to look at what one should not see, not to steal, never to lie, always to tell the truth however hard it may be.”
+ “Those who do not keep the promises they make to Our Lady will never succeed in their affairs.”
+ “Doctors do not have light to cure the sick properly because they do not have love of God.”
+ “Who taught you all these things?” asked Mother Godinho. “It was Our Lady, but some I think of myself. I very much like to think.
+ “Our Lady said that there is much war and dissension in the world.”
+ “Wars are nothing but punishments for the sins of the world.”
+ “Our Lady can no longer hold back the arm of her beloved Son from the world. It is necessary to do penance. If people change their ways, Our Lord will still spare the world; but if they do not, the chastisement will come.”
+ “Our Lord is profoundly indignant at the sins and crimes committed in Portugal. For this reason, a terrible social cataclysm threatens our country, particularly the city of Lisbon. It seems that a civil war of anarchic or communist character will break out, accompanied by sackings, assassinations, fires, and devastation of all kinds. The capital will be changed into a veritable image of hell. When Divine Justice, outraged, inflicts so frightful a punishment, all who can should flee from this city. This punishment now predicted should be announced gradually and with due discretion.”
+ “If men do not change their ways, Our Lady will send the world a punishment the like of which has never been seen. It will fall first, …upon Spain.”
+ Jacinta also spoke of “great world events that would take place around 1940.
The Face that Gazed on
Our Lady is Incorrupt
Father Ludwig Fischer who was present at the The first exhumation of Jacinta’s body, on September 12, 1935 Fr. Fischer wrote: “The expression on Jacinta’s face was that of great peace, and all who saw her could not help feeling that they were greatly privileged to have been granted such a favor.” This was all the more extraordinary because lye was poured into the tomb to hasten disintegration of the body of Francisco who was “buried in 1919. Jacinta was buried in the family plot on top of her brother. Her Nurse Nadeja Silvestre said: In her extreme suffering before she died, Jacinta’s face had looked worn and emaciated. But in death, her cheeks had filled out and had taken on a healthy color. “She did not look the same child; she had become radiant and beautiful.” When Mother Godinho held vigil beside the coffin, she glanced at the little lamp nearby. She was astonished to see that the lamp contained no oil but still burned brightly. Her body which at times before death did not exude a pleasant odor, because of infection and open sores, and the extreme sufferings which afflicted her, after death exuded the scent of sweet perfume. When her body was carried into the Lisbon Church, the church bells rang while no one was at the ropes, and the tower door was locked. It was thought they were rung by angels. Jacinta once said she had heard the angels sing but “angels do not sing as men sing.