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Vision of hell left deep impression on Jacinta

Voices Sept. 12, 2017

Jacinto Marto circa 1917.

Francisco and Jacinta Marto were canonized together on May 13 this year. Francisco's spirituality focused on consoling Jesus and Mary, whereas Jacinta was concerned about converting sinners.

The vision of hell she experienced on July 13, 1917, left a deep impression on Jacinta. Sometimes she thought about the vision and exclaimed: "Hell! Hell! How sorry I am for the souls that are going to hell! And people burn there alive, like wood in fire!"

Jacinta prayed a great deal for sinners. Sometimes she said to her brother, "Francisco, Francisco, are you praying with me? We need to pray a great deal to save souls from hell. So many are going there! So many!"

Sometimes, Jacinta would hug Lucia and say, "I am going to heaven, but you have to stay here. If our Lady lets you, tell everybody what hell is like, so that they can escape it by not committing sins."

Jacinta would fast for sinners. Lucia said, "Jacinta, come on, eat now." Jacinta replied, "No. I am offering this sacrifice for sinners who eat too much."

When she was sick, Jacinta forced herself to go to Mass. Lucia said, "Jacinta, don't. You aren't able. And it's not Sunday today." Jacinta replied, "It doesn't matter. I will go for sinners who don't go even on Sundays."

Hearing loud cursing, Jacinta would cover her face with her hands and say, "Oh my God, these people don't realize this kind of talk might send them to hell! Forgive them, Jesus, and convert them. They certainly don't know they are offending God. Oh, what a pity, Jesus! I will pray for them!"  

The children often fasted from water for the conversion of sinners. Jacinta would say, "For sure, our Lord is glad with our sacrifices because I am very, very thirsty, but I do not want to drink. I want to suffer for His love."

Sometimes when people came to question the Fatima seers, Lucia and Francisco would hide themselves, but Jacinta would remain. She said, "I won't hide myself. I am going to offer this sacrifice to our Lord."

After the people went away, Lucia asked Jacinta, "What did you reply when they asked you if you knew where we were?" Jacinta replied, "I didn't say anything. I bowed my head, fixed my eyes on the ground and said nothing. I always do this when I don't want to tell the truth. I don't want to lie, either, because it is a sin."

Jacinta had a great love and devotion for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sometimes Jacinta said to Lucia, "That Lady said that her Immaculate Heart was your refuge and the road which will lead you to God. Aren't you thrilled! Her heart is so good and I love it!"

On July 13, 1917, Our Lady mentioned Communion of reparation on first Saturdays. Jacinta was too young to receive Communion in church. She said, "I am so sorry not to be able to go to Holy Communion in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary!"

Jacinta's favorite ejaculatory prayer was, "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation." Sometimes, Jacinta picked flowers in the fields and sung to herself a tune she had just made up:  "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation! Immaculate Heart of Mary, convert sinners, save souls from hell!"

On July 13, 1917, Our Lady predicted another, worse war (World War II) would begin in the reign of Pope Pius XI. When Lucia saw Jacinta deep in thought, she asked, "Jacinta, of what are you thinking?" Jacinta answered, "Of that war which is coming, of the many people who are going to die and go to hell. What a shame! If they would stop offending God, neither the war would come nor would they go to hell!" 


雅仙達作犧牲

方濟及雅先達. 瑪圖同時於本年五月十三日被教宗宣聖。方濟的靈修集中安慰耶穌和瑪利亞;雅仙達關心罪人的皈化。

 1917年7月13日的地獄神視,給雅仙達留下極深刻的印象。有時在回想那景象時,她不其然會大喊:「地獄!地獄!我為地獄的靈魂感到多麼難過!他們像木頭般在火堆裡被焚燒!」雅仙達常為罪人祈禱。她不時向兄長說:「方濟、方濟,你和我一起祈禱嗎?我們要多為靈魂免受地獄之苦而祈禱。太多靈魂要下地獄了!太多了!」雅仙達又會擁抱著路濟亞說:「我要到天堂去,但卻要留在這裡。如果聖母許可,請告訴每一個人,地獄是怎麼樣的,讓他們都不再犯罪,逃避地獄之苦。」

雅仙達會為罪人守齋做克苦。路濟亞嘗催促她說:「雅先達,現在來吃點東西。」雅先達會答說:「不!我現在做犧牲,為那些貪饕的罪人做補贖。」

生病時,雅仙達會勉強自己到聖堂參與彌撒。路濟亞曾勸告她:「雅仙達,不要勉強自己。不可以;何況今天不是主日。」她卻說:「不打緊。我會為主日不去參與彌撒的罪人去參與彌撒。」當聽到有人咒罵時,雅仙達會用雙手掩面,祈求著:「呵,我主!他們不知道咒罵可能使他們下地獄!寬恕他們吧,耶穌!使他們皈化吧!他們一定不知道這樣是得罪天主。呵,耶穌,真可憐!我會他們祈禱!」

三個孩子會忍受口渴而不喝水。雅仙達肯定「吾主必定會因我們的犧牲而喜樂,因為我的確的確很口渴,但我不願意喝水。我要為主的愛而受苦。」

人們要拜會這三位花地瑪的先見者時,路濟亞和方濟會設法躲起來,雅仙達卻不會,是因為要克服這個不是自己意願的事,作犧牲奉獻給天主。人群離開後,路濟亞問她:「他們問我和方濟在那裡,你怎樣答覆?」雅仙達說:「我只低著頭,眼睛望著地板,不發一言。因為我不想告訴他們,更不想說謊。說謊是罪的呀!」

雅仙達很愛及特敬聖母無玷聖心。她曾對路濟亞說:「聖母說她無玷的聖心是你的避難所,是引領你到達天主那裡;你不覺得興奮嗎?她的心多好!我愛她!」

1917年7月13日,聖母曾對他們提及每月的首個星期六,為賠補罪過而善領聖體。可惜雅仙達年紀太少,未能領聖體。她說:「我很難過,我未能為賠補干犯聖母無玷聖心的罪,而善領聖體!」

雅仙達最喜愛的短禱是:「甘飴的聖母聖心,請作我的救援!」她會從田裡摘些花朵,自譜短頌:「甘飴的瑪利亞,請作我的救援!瑪利亞無玷聖心,皈化罪人,救靈魂免受地獄之苦!」

1917年7月13日,聖母預言第二次世界大戰會在教宗庇約十一世時發生。路濟亞看到雅仙達沉思,便問她:「你在想什麼?」她答:「我在想著那將要來到的戰爭,很多人會失去性命並下地獄。真羞恥!假如他們停止得罪天主,便不會有戰爭,他們也不會下地獄。」