The light in the night*. That is what Lucy of Fatima saw as the divine sign that mankind had not responded to my pleas for the Five First Saturday’s
devotion. The pleas were made, but they fell on deaf ears, even among those in the Church.
What sorrow she experienced on that night. She, before anyone else, knew that war, on an unprecedented scale, would soon break out again. The fires of evil
had not been dismantled by the power of prayer, especially the rosary.
This was my clear teaching at Fatima. I repeat. Wars and every destruction of man against man can be averted by the rosary. This is the prayer of peace
which I have placed in the hands of my Church.
No More Evil
I do not want to speak of wars. I want to speak of wars that never took place and of destruction that never happened. Cannot the Church take up the rosary
more forcefully? Cannot groups be formed that recite the rosary?
So, I will speak again. Wars and destruction, great wars and enormous destruction lie ahead but all can be averted if my Church takes the rosary into its
O reader, do not wait for the Church. Take up your own rosary and let your family take up its rosary. Every single bead is a step to true world peace.
Nothing could be clearer. We have an option – the rosary or war.
* Anyone can check the facts. On the night of January 25/26, 1938, a light (called by scientists an “aurea borealis”), lit up the sky of Europe. Our
Lady had told Lucy that when she saw such a light, the war would begin.
||The New York Times
Wednesday January 26, 1938,
L + (Late City Edition) Page 25“Aurora Borealis Startles Europe,
People Flee in Fear, Call Firemen Britons Thought Windsor Castle Ablaze.
Scots See Ill Omen
Snow-Clad Swiss Alps Glow …“From 6:30 to 8:30 P. M. the people of London watched two magnificent arcs rising in the east and west, from which radiated pulsating beams like searchlights in dark red, greenish blue and purple. …
From an airplane the display looked like “a shimmering curtain of fire.” …
Police stations, fine brigades and newspaper offices all over the country were inundated by calls tonight asking, “Where is the fire?” The phenomenon was seen as far south as Vienna, …
“[The phenomenon] spread fear in parts of Portugal and Lower Austria tonight, while thousands of Britons were brought running into the streets in wonderment. The ruddy glow led many to think half the city was ablaze. The Windsor Fire Department was called out in the belief that Windsor Castle was afire. …
an ill-omen for Scotland.
“The lights were clearly seen in Italy, Spain and even Gibraltar. …
firemen turned out to chase non-existent fires. Portuguese villagers rushed in fright from their homes, fearing the end of the world. …
“France, Jan. 25.—
A huge blood-red beam of light … spread anxiety in numerous Swiss Alpine villages. Emblazoned in the northern sky the light brought thousands of telephone calls to Swiss and French authorities asking whether it was a fire, war or the end of the world. …
“HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 25.— …
The sky was brilliantly lighted with dark red streamers, flashing like searchlights.”