Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Blessed Francisco Blessed JacintaBlessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Feast Day – February 20

Patrons of sickness and those ridiculed for their piety

 

Brother and sister, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, were two of the three children in the early 1900’s who saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima, Portugal.  They were so moved by these apparitions and so affected by what Mary told them, that they devoted their young lives at the ages of 7 and 9 to prayer and penance for the sins of our world.  Although they were ridiculed for their faith and devotion by adults and leaders of the church and town, they were unwavering in their telling of their visions and of their devout prayerfulness for the benefit of all the souls of the world.  Both Francisco and Jacinta became victims of the influenza epidemic in 1918, but their short lives were spent in prayer, service and devotion to the Blessed Mother and her precious Son.

 

What a beautiful example of faith for our own children – simplicity in their devotion, unfailing in their trust of God.  May our children too be so devout and single-minded and truly blessed by the presence of Jesus and his mother in their hearts always.

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