The Five First Saturdays of Our Lady of Fatima


Damien F. Mackey

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{This is a slightly updated version of the 1994 original}



Central to the inspiration for writing this book, The Five First Saturdays of Our Lady of Fatima, are three Marian initiatives all of which have their origin as well as their final fruition in the action of the Holy Spirit.

– The first of these initiatives is the series of six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, from May until October 1917, during which the request for the devotion that entitles this book was made.

– The second one is the unprecedented Marian apostolate of the pontificate of John Paul II (now being continued by Pope Benedict XVI).

– The third initiative lies in between these two: the Second Vatican Council which, according to a well-known book by Fr. William Most, Vatican II, Marian Council, fully deserves this great Marian accolade.

In the darkness and turbulence of the modern changes through which humanity is passing at the present time, these three beacons shed such an abundance of Catholic Light over every facet of human life, that setting one’s course in defiance of the safety that they provide would certainly mean a head long flight into the very disasters that they were designed by God to prevent.

How well the strands of the Fatima apparitions and the Conciliar teachings on Our Blessed Lady had, in time, been gradually interwoven into the dominant outlook of John Paul II can be gathered from his own words. When asked whether the changes in Russia and eastern Europe were those predicted by Our Lady of Fatima, Pope John Paul II answered:

“Certainly this belief, this trust of the people in the Blessed Virgin is theologically justified, because we know well that She is the Mother of men and nations. What is currently taking place in Russia and in the eastern or central part of Europe, certainly involves greater respect for human rights, the rights of the human person. So we can attribute this solicitude to Our Mother… The revelations of Fatima … are in agreement with the doctrine of the Faith. This agreement with the doctrine of the Faith does not enter into details. Even the greatest experts in the doctrine of the Faith are pleased, however, when they see that a certain word or a certain promise after many years is fulfilled in some way, in some measure”.

[Answer to Aura Meguel, journalist for Radio Renasçenca – Catholic radio station in Portugal – January 25, 1990].

Our absorbing interest in the midst of what the Vatican Council calls “the critical and swift upheavals spreading gradually to all corners of the earth” (Gaudium et Spes, #4), ought indeed to be focused on the powerful action of the Holy Spirit, seeking to bring to the whole world a profound awareness of His Immaculate Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary. In our age the Holy Spirit seems quite noticeably to have forged a nexus between what the Church directly teaches us about Our Lady and what we learn from Her from the Fatima apparitions; both aspects being entirely consonant with the scriptural image of her. It is for this reason that John Paul II, under the Divine influence of the Holy Spirit, could say at Fatima (on the 13th of May, 1982):

“If the Church has accepted the message of Fatima, it is above all because the message contains a truth and a call whose basic content is the truth and call of the Gospel itself”.

Fully alive to the Holy Spirit’s ardent desire in our own age to reveal the Blessed Virgin Mary with an intensity that is quite unprecedented, John Paul II would embark upon a Marian apostolate of global proportions. Whilst all of his well-publicised Marian initiatives, aimed at creating a world-wide interest in Our Lady’s role in the modern world, can be shown to have at least implicit reference to Fatima, certain of these are so directly Fatima-oriented that we can say that John Paul II would never have undertaken them had the famous series of apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary never occurred. From the vast array of such Marian initiatives, we might select the following five global ones as having an important bearing on our subject.

1. The Collegial Consecration of 1984.

2. The Marian encyclical “Redemtoris Mater”.

3. The Marian Year of 1987/88.

4. The World-Wide Rosary of 1987.

5. Jacinta and Francisco Marto declared Blessed.


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