Believers say that In 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal. During those appearances, Our Lady of Fatima, as Mary came to be known in connection with the visions delivered a message to the children. This Fatima message included three secrets, including a vision of Hell. The secrets in the Fatima message and what would become the Fatima prayer teach children who believe if Fatima the five important lessons that are as relevant today as they were nearly one hundred years ago.
Lesson 1: God is with us every day—Perhaps the most important part of the Fatima message is that God doesn’t just exist; He is also a part of our lives. The Virgin Mary is an extension of God, and her appearance is in itself a message that God actively participates in the world.
Lesson 2: People can be saved—One of the secrets Mary revealed was sinners can be saved. This is an important lesson for children to learn as they begin to enter formative stages in their lives.
Lesson 3: Prayer is important—The Our Lady of Fatima prayer is a perfect prayer for children to learn. Its simplicity is its perfection: “O God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you.”
Lesson 3: Peace is possible—In addition to teaching the children the Fatima prayer, the Virgin Mary also told the children that the world is capable of peace, but only if it chooses that path. Children need to know that the world is what they make of it, and this was conveyed at Fatima.
Lesson 5: A miracle changes more than just one life—Even though Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three children, the miracle of the visions has in many ways changed the lives of millions more. Today, a century later, the world is still captivated by the visions. It is a miracle that continues to inspire, and children should know that miracles are possible.
The Fatima children are no longer alive, but their legacy and that of the Virgin Mary visions continues for many. Some people believe that each time a child repeats the Our Lady of Fatima prayer, he or she also knows that God exists, people can be saved, prayer is essential, there can be peace, and miracles are real.