Lucia Dos Santos of Fatima -Sister Lucia of Jesus


LUCIA DOS SANTOS OF FATIMA (Sister Lucia of Jesus, Mar 22, 1907 – Feb 13, 2005)
By Jim Dunning

(This article was originally published in "Irelands Own" magazine. The webmaster would like to gratefully thank the author, Jim Dunning, for his kind permission in reprinting it here.)

Lucia was born on 22nd March, 1907. In his very readable book, ‘The Message of Fatima’ the Jesuit priest, Father Martindale, describes her as ‘a small child all of quick-silver, always wriggling out of her mother’s arms and then running back to be cuddled.’ Though not attractive to look at , Lucia had a lively and engaging personality. She loved playing games and dancing and was both popular and looked up to by other children to whom she would tell stories, Her memory was prodigious, a faculty which would come in useful in later years.

When Lucia was ten, she and her two younger cousins were minding their sheep in a hollow near their homes called Cova da Iria, when Our Lady made her first appearance. It was 13th May, 1917. What is not generally known is that the children were ‘prepared’ to receive the Apparitions by the visitation of an angel the previous year. In the spring of 1916 they had taken their sheep to a different area where they took shelter from the rain under a rock. While there they saw an angel who described himself as the Angel of Peace. He taught them the prayer: ‘My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee’.
In the summer the Angel appeared again while they were playing, saying: ‘What are you doing? Pray! Pray much! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy upon you. Constantly offer prayers and in every way you can, offer a sacrifice to the Lord as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and for the conversion of sinners. Thus you will draw down peace for the fatherland. I am the Angel of Portugal. Accept and bear with submission the suffering the Lord is sending you.’
Francisco never heard any of the Angel’s words and had to rely on what Lucia and Jacinta told him. The Angel reappeared in the autumn, holding a chalice with a Host above it from which drops of blood fell into the cup. He left these suspended in the air and prostrated himself on the ground to pray, after which he rose and gave the Host to Lucia and the chalice to the other two, saying: ‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’

The children never told anyone of the Angel’s visits and they were not revealed until Lucia wrote an account of them some years later. It was Lucia who played the major role during the subsequent Apparitions involving Our Lady. It was specifically to her that the Lady’s messages were delivered. When in June, 1917, Our Lady promised to take Francisco and Jacinta to heaven soon, she told Lucia: ‘But you must wait here still for some time. Jesus wishes to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart.’ Plaintively, the child asked: ‘Must I stay here alone?’ to which Our Lady replied: ‘No, my child; do not be sad because of this. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.’
Whenever Our Lady appeared to the children Lucia always asked her: ‘What do you want of me?’ Although she listened to her two cousins and frequently depended on them for moral support, she clearly understood that she herself was responsible for receiving Our Lady’s requests and taking any action that was called for. After Jacinta had given the game away by telling her family of their experience, it was Lucia who had to bear the brunt of the whole district’s interest. Maria Rosa, her own mother, refused to believe her and administered thrashings with a broomstick. The local children mocked her, to such an extent that she begged Our Lady to perform a miracle to prove to the people that she had appeared. She was greatly relieved to be told that her request would be granted in October. When the time drew near she was totally confident, even though she had no idea what form the miracle would take.

Surrounded by a crowd of 70,000, she spoke with the vision and afterwards, without knowing why, called out: ‘Look at the sun!’ Almost the whole crowd, including many who had turned up cynically expecting a complete fiasco, witnessed the extraordinary movements of the sun, which appeared to dance in the sky, and at one stage to fall towards the earth. People wept openly and fell to their knees in prayer.

Sr Lucia of Fatima
After such a momentous event it was natural that the children were besieged by crowds seeking favours, spiritual and otherwise. They often had to hide to avoid their unwelcome attentions. What they could not avoid were the interrogations by the Church authorities. Since Lucia had said there would be other visions on 18th October a Canon Formigao interviewed her that same evening after the crowds had gone home. Part of the record of this interview as quoted by Father Martindale reads:-
‘Did Our Lady appear again today?’
‘Yes.’
Did St. Joseph and the Holy Child appear?’
‘Yes.’
‘Did anyone else appear?’
‘Our Lord appeared and blessed the people.’
After establishing exactly what the children had seen, the Canon continued:-
‘Did the Lady say who she was?’
‘She said she was the Lady of the Rosary.’
‘Did you ask her what she wanted?’
‘Yes – she said we must amend ourselves and not offend Our Lord who was too much offended, and must say the rosary and beg pardon for our sins.’
‘Did she say anything else?’
‘She said a chapel must be built at the Cova da Iria.’

In later years Lucia must have been astounded at the size of the Basilica erected on the very site of the Apparitions and by the numbers of pilgrims who flocked there to do honour to her ‘Lady’. Although there were no more Apparitions at the Cova, Lucia was privileged to see Our Lady at least three more times after she became an adult. In 1925 she joined The Sisters of St. Dorothy in Spain and in 1948 transferred to the cloistered convent of the Carmelites at Coimbra in Portugal, where Sister Lucia just disappeared from view. Her role as a messenger was over.

If one follows the history of Fatima and its Apparitions closely Lucia emerges as the major figure. Her two cousins excite great sympathy over a comparatively short period of time. They had the benefit of affectionate parents. Lucia’s father was over fond of the bottle and his wife, though very devout, believed that good behaviour could only be guaranteed by the liberal use of a broomstick. Nevertheless, Lucia was loyal to her when chided with not making an effort to learn to read after being advised to do so by the Lady. She remained quiet when she could have pointed out that her mother had dismissed the proposal as unnecessary.

Lucia showed great strength of character in resisting all efforts to make her reveal the ‘Secret’. [Click here for more info on the Secrets of Fatima]She displayed humility when she might have taken pride over her part in bringing about the miracle of the sun. She gave Francisco and Jacinta continual support when they were ill, and showed selfless generosity in describing their virtues to others. When asked to write her Memoirs she was conscientious to a fault, displaying courage when the Devil seemed determined to interfere. She was dogged in trying to persuade the Church authorities to publish the Third Secret, but accepted the authority of her superiors, just as she accepted the role given her by the Mother of God.

Sister Lucia died, appropriately, on the 13th February, 2005, just a month short of what would have been her 98th birthday. The following day, thousands filed past her simple coffin in Coimbra’s cathedral. Portugal’s Prime Minister declared a national day of mourning. A fitting tribute to one who had patiently lived the life of a saint. No doubt she herself was already celebrating a joyful reunion with her two little cousins in heaven. A meeting presided over, surely, by Our Lady of the Rosary.

-Sister Lucia of Jesus, pray for us!

For more information on the visionary children of Fatima, see Blessed Francisco Marto and also Sister Lucia dos Santos. For more information on the events of Fatima, see The Miracle of the Sun
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-Jim Dunning lives in the United Kingdom. His hobbies include watching rugby and writing short stories and religious articles.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is her cause open?

Anonymous said...

she sure looks different then

Luis said...

Yes, Anonymous, her cause is open. Pope Benedictus XVI allowed it to start only 3 years after her death, as had happened to Pope John Paul and Mother Theresa as well. The process continues...let's hope a miracle can be found soon.
Let's praise the Lord, that gives us so much good examples to follow.

Very good site, Glenn. Proud of you. Continue the good work. May God bless you to continue for a long long time.

Gina said...

Glenn,
The best book I have ever read was called, "Lucia, in my own words." ( Is this the correct title?) I read and reread that wonderful book many years ago. Then I lent it out and never saw it again. Amazon does not have it. Do you know where I might be able to find a copy?
Also, can you recommend other books that tell the Fatima story in the words of Lucia?

Thanks!

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Gina,
Thanks for your comments.

To reply, in fact I have seen the book by Sr. Lucia that you refer to, but I personally have not read it. The name of the book is "Fatima in Lucia's own Words" and a bunch of ued copies are availible on ABE books here:

"Fatima in Lucia's own Words" book

Another similar one is "Calls From The Message of Fatima" by Sister Lucia

Hope this helps.
Best wishes and may God bless you and your loved ones,
-Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

Is this video true? It explains about an Imposter who replaced Sr. Lucia. Posted on youtube by the most Holy Family monastery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34FO-7De7Y

Glenn Dallaire said...

Hi Anonymous,
I have read these accusations before concerning an alleged "imposter" or "phony" Lucia and it is really apparent that it is a very, very far fetched conspiracy theory to me. I have noted that these and similar conspiracy theories are almost always founded and promulgated by the ultra-tradionalist sects who have broken off from the Catholic church.

It seems that certain schismatic groups must come up with these crazy conspiracies to help themselves to justify their opposition to the Catholic church/pope. They seem to forget that as a faithful Catholic, I don't even have to believe in Fatima if I don't want to (although it would be quite foolish to not believe), because private apparitions and revelations are never binding on the faithful, and are not part of the deposit of faith and official teaching of the Church. So, I could believe and profess in my own opinion that Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco had made it all up, or were compleately deluded, and I would still be a completely faithful Catholic in the eyes of the Church. So, with this in mind, the whole Lucia-imposter conspiracy sounds completely silly and irrational because one need not even believe in the visions of Lucia and revelations of Fatima if one chooses not to.

May God bless you,
Glenn Dallaire

ember said...

Dear Glenn
Your are so well fulfilling your God-given mission by enligthening us on diffrent parts of our faith thro' the lives of these beloved courageous mystics. I am sure a "Well Done faithful Glenn" reward awaits you from Jesus, at the end of life. Merci beacoup!
Ember Lobo Mumbai India

Glenn Dallaire said...

Thank you for your kind comments and words of encouragement Ember!
May God bless you and your loved ones!
-Glenn

Manny Perez said...

Regarding the imposter Sr. Lucia, I've always asked myself one thing: If the real Sr. Lucia was replaced by an imposter, why didn't Sr. Lucia's sister, Maria Dos Santos and the rest of her siblings and relatives living in Portugal never said anything about it. Sister Lucia's relatives would have never visited a phony Sr. Lucia when they went to the Carmelite convent to see her behind the grill. All of this just goes to show what a bunch of nonsense that imposter accusation is. As for her photos and how different she looks in them when comparing her facial features when she was young and old, I'm in my 50s and I don't look at all like the way I looked when I was in my 20s. I just don't look like the same person. Even some of my facial features have changed. Some people change a lot with age and some people don't.

MostInNeed said...

Photographic Studies Confirm
Two Sister Lucys (?)

http://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/B652_Lucys.html

oljimmyboy said...

I am a convert and an avid believer in all Marian apparitions. Coming from a staunch anti-Catholic background, it was a long fall from my horse to the truth and after nine years of diligent study as well as a tremendous amount of persecution from within and outside the Church, I know without a doubt that this IS the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. That being said, I used to run with my boy satan and know all his tricks. The first thing he does is cause doubt (see Eden; oldest trick - literally - in the book) and then he lies. Always look for this pattern and know that God can do neither.

Anonymous said...

Read Antonio Socci's writings on the subject. It is not simply the wild speculations of ultra traditionalists.

Anonymous said...

Concerning the issue of imposter sister Lucia, I don't know if what they saying is true but seeing what they used to as their evidence you will believe it , the hand writing of the real Sis Lucia and the so called impostor is not thesame, the real Sis Lucia's set of teeth is abnormal but that of the so called impostor is normal, when the so called impostor received holy communion from the pope she kissed the pope's ring but they said that the real Sis Lucia can't do that, the real Sister Lucia does not speak to her family members for a long time and doesn't see her for a long time, even if they come for a visit she stays behind the veil, etc. When you look at thing happening it lookmas if they are saying the truth because the vatican doesn't want to reveal the full content of the third secret of Fatima. Sis Lucia said that it should be revealed after her death or in 1960, so in what I read they said that she was killed around1958 or 59 because they know that after 1960 and the third secret of Fatima message was not released that she will start telling people what the message is all about so because of that an impostor was brought to decieve people. The consecration of Russia demanded by our Lady has not been done properly, it suppose to be done by the pope and all the bishops in the whole world at a time , it will take them just some monutes to do it, so my brother and sisters let us pray that our Lady's request should be granted to avoid the great chastisement coming upon the whole world. Our Lady said later her immaculate heart will triumph.

Anonymous said...

I am Portuguese, and I can assure you all that there is no such Impostor of Sister Lucia. I was a Carmelite Novice for some time in a different Carmel of sister Lucia in Portugal. Sister Lucia was 98 years of age when she died. Her teeth where removed long time ago due to decay, very common for that generation. she had to do with dentures. I also know that the retina of her ayes where completely burned out because of the light emanated from the visions, so she had to wear dark specs. Please stop that no sense, it is a grave sin to lead others into error.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Concerning the alleged conspiracy of a proposed "imposter" Sr. Lucia and the Fatima consecration of Russia not being made:
My thoughts on the matter are simple---In short, I find it highly unlikely that a congregation of nuns would carry out such a incredible masquerade of a false "imposter" Sr. Lucia over the course of decades, just so that decades later this alleged "imposter Lucia" could say that the consecration to Russia was done, when in fact it was not...it just doesn't seem very likely to me, as I think that at some point or another one of the nuns or family members of either persons would have come out with the truth of such a conspiracy. And then too why would a group of Catholic nuns make such an effort in coming forth with an imposter Lucia, all for such a simple matter of a proposed consecration to Russia made back in 1918? I mean, it just seems completely unrealistic to me. Sure, many of us have read about the proposed consecration in passing, along with all of the events of Fatima, but the consecration has never really been a huge issue on anyone's front burner, especially in recent years since Pope John Paul stated that it was already done when he himself along with the Bishops formally consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart back on March 25, 1984. Essentially, it is agreed that because in 1984 the Pope and Bishops intention was specifically to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart in fulfillment of the request at Fatima, both the Pope and Sr. Lucia felt that the consecration had been fulfilled, and shortly thereafter Sr. Lucia tells the papal nuncio to Portugal that the Consecration is indeed fulfilled. All it would take is the Pope's and Bishops intention to fulfill the request in making the consecration and this was obviously the case, so it seems to me that the whole "Lucia/Consecration" conspiracy is really unfounded and silly.

-Glenn Dallaire

Anonymous said...

As someone who cant stand deception and feels compelled to spread truth, I must respond to those who do not want to believe an imposter replaced Sister Lucia.what are you afraid of? That there is corruption, even evil in the Vatican? does this shake you, frighten you? It should and you need to face it.If you dare to know the truth go to this site: traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/g12htArt2_TwoSisterLucys.htm.Also:fatimamovement.com/i-imposter-sister-lucia.php Look at the photos and you will see very clearly 2 different women.I was stunned and depressed when I saw the photos but not shocked for Mary did warn that evil had entered the church.That an imposter posed as Lucia cannot be argued.People who say this deception could not have been accepted by the family of Lucia, you need to remember it is easy to threaten people into going along with a lie.Either the family was threatened or convinced to go along with it by being told it was for a good purpose.The question is, did Lucia die of natural causes or was she murdered? If she died naturally there wouldn't be much need to put an imposter in her place unless the Vatican felt her presence in the world would be beneficial.If she was murdered, an imposter would be needed for a coverup.Did the Vatican fear Sister Lucia on account of the third secret which many believe was never revealed or fully revealed? We may never know but people, please do not be blind to the truth because it hurts.Evil wins when people stick their heads in the sand.I know how hard it is to accept the truth, that Sister Lucia was replaced.I do not want to accept it but based on the photos, I have to.It is curious that this deception is not widely known.Perhaps if it was....woe to the Vatican.It is time they clean up their act and be true Christian role models.

Unknown said...

Further, concerning the fake Lucia: why is Jacinta's body incorrupt and not Lucia's? I am convinced that there was duplicity in the highest places of the Catholic Church and that, after the genuine Lucia died in the 60s, a substitute was installed. Consider, the real Lucia, when she spoke at all, clearly pointed out that the Blessed Mother's wishes about Russia's consecration were not fulfilled. Then, all of a sudden in the 80s, she's all sociable and 'touchy feely' and everything is beautiful yet.....Our Lady's wishes STILL had not been carried out. And her teeth: Lucia goes through all her life shunning the limelight and happy with her imperfect teeth and then, presto, she wants to "see and be seen" and she has all new teeth installed? C'mon, gimme oxygen! My greatest sadness is caused by the fact that so many Fatima-friendly sites speak of the post-1960 Lucia as the real deal, without even considering that she may be counterfeit. I'm not perfect and I can't say 100% that the bubbly, round woman who claimed to be Lucia in the 21st century was definitely a phony, but I am pretty darn sure. I only ask that the pundits who write about the latter Lucia give a nod to the fact that she MAY have been as queer as a 3-dollar bill.

Cindy said...

Is there an update, please on Sr. Lucia's canonization? Has her body been determined to be incorrupt? Back in the 80's I had a cousin who was in that same Carmel in Coimbra...both sang alto in choir and sat next to each other at breakfast...

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