Jacinta Marto, Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos

February 20

 

Jacinta Marto (1910-1920), Francisco Marto (1908-1919) and Lucia dos Santos (1907-2005) were the three Portuguese children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared. Jacinta was six, her brother, Francisco, eight, and their cousin, Lucia was seven when they saw visions of an angel in 1916 who urged them to pray, do penance for their sins, and try to convert other people. The next year the three children received the first of six monthly visits from Our Lady of Fatima, who echoed the angel's requests. All three of the children were changed by these experiences. They had received Catholic catechism and practiced their faith before; after their mystical communion with Our Lady they committed themselves to piety and penance. Because many people did not believe their story, the children suffered public censure, beatings, and imprisonment.

 

Jacinta and Francisco fasted, refused water, and prayed for hours. They became weakened during an influenza epidemic. He died in April 1919. She developed other health problems, and was in and out of the hospital before she died on February 20, 1920. Lucia became a Carmelite nun and lived until 2005.

 

If Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia had taken the Spiritual types test, they probably would have been Mystics. They are remembered on February 20.

 

Image from Ilustração Portuguesa no. 610, 29 October 1917. Attributed to Joshua Benoliel (1873–1932).

Today's Reflection

Jacinta Marto, Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos