The Angel of Peace
One day in the spring of 1916, when three little children, Lucia dos Santos, aged ten, and her little cousin Francisco Marto, aged nine, and his little sister Jacinta, only seven years old, were tending sheep near the village of Fatima, Portugal, the appearance of an oval of light of unusual brilliance startled them. The dazzling light seemed to advance from the end of the field toward the cave in which the young shepherds had sought shelter. In the midst of this light they beheld a young man who announced himself as the Angel of Peace. He taught the little seers a new prayer, and then vanished.
A few months later the Angel of Peace made his second appearance and urged the children to offer up sacrifices and prayers at all times. Upon asking what was meant by “sacrifice” they were told to offer everything in reparation to God for the sins by which He is offended and as a petition for the conversion of sinners. “Thus you will bring peace to our country,” was the Angel’s promise. At this last saying the children were baffled. Reading their thoughts, the Angel revealed that he was the Guardian Angel of Portugal.
In the fall of the same year the Angel appeared a third time. He carried a host in his right hand extended over a ciborium which he held with the left hand. Again the Angel taught the children a beautiful prayer and before parting distributed Holy Communion to the three little ones.
Prayers of the Angel
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, who do not adore, who have no hope and who do not love Thee.