The brief lives of Francisco and Jacinta Marto "were as ordinary and as predictable as those of the sheep they tended. The only exceptional thing that happened to them is the reason for their fame, though not for their beatification. A year or two before their deaths, at nine and ten years old, they were visited by a young woman, who herself had died more than eighteen hundred years earlier."
With these words the author introduces the beatified seers of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Never before have the lives of these children been examined in such detail, and with such refreshing insight.
Author Leo Madigan - who lives as a hermit in Fatima, Portugal, and has written extensively on the apparitions - presents:
- New documentation previously unavailable to the general public.
- Rare photographs from the Fatima archives.
- The dialogue between the children (through their older cousin, Lucia dos Santos) and the Blessed Virgin.
- The messages the children were asked to convey and the complete text of the "Third Secret of Fatima."
- Why the Church has declared Francisco and Jacinta "blessed," the youngest non-martyred children to have been so honored.
- What Marys words mean for us today.
Read how an angel prepared these simple peasant children to welcome the Mother of God, and how their encounters with Our Lady changed their lives forever, and the lives of legions of the faithful.
The compiler Leo Madigan, is a New Zealand writer who lives in Fatima. He is also author of the best selling pamphlet What Happened at Fatima.
Father, to you I offer praise, for you have revealed these things to the merest children: Today Jesus praise takes the solemn form of the beatification of the little shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta. With this rite the Church wishes to put on the candelabrum these two candles which God lit to illumine humanity in its dark and anxious hours.... May the message of their lives live on forever to light humanitys way!
- Pope John Paul II, May 13, 2000