Why Children are mostly Visited in Marian Apparition

Why Children are mostly Visited in Marian Apparition

Why Mary choose to appear to Children than Adults
Marian Apparition to Little Children of Fatima

Glory to Jesus; Honour to Mary and Joseph

Mary’s Love for Children

The Marian apparitions at Fatima, celebrated 100th anniversary this year. The Apparition involved little children of Fatima. If you don’t know the story here it is

Brief History of Fatima

Lucia Dos Santos. Francesco Marto, and Jacinta Marto

In 1916, an angel appeared three times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, our Lady herself appeared to them six times. The truths about their Faith, heaven, hell and the final judgment, the Rosary and frequent reception of the sacraments, the need for conversion and consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Our Blessed Mary taught them special prayers. Our Lady entrusted with Fatima Secrets. These secrets were three and were meant to be release at different times.

Essence of the Apparition

The Fatima story is incredible – beautiful, engaging, miraculous, and at times unsettling when you consider the gravity of the messages given to the children;

  • about judgment,
  • the urgency of penance,
  • mortification and conversion,
  • and impending wars and destruction.

Mary even made known to them that Francesco and Jacinta would soon die, but Lucia must stay to pray, sacrifice, and pass on the Fatima messages and secret. The demands she placed on the children would be difficult for an adult to handle. The truths disclosed to them were of a magnitude far beyond their tender years.

So, I’m asking myself, Why did Mary appear to children at Fatima?

The Blessed Mother could have appeared to any number of people, from poor peasants to rich monarchs or learned professors, from consecrated religious to priests, bishops, cardinals, or even the Pope himself. But she didn’t. Instead, she chose three poor, uneducated, children who were just 9, 8, and 6 years old when the Angel of Peace first appeared to them.

Granted, there are a number of times our Lady has appeared to adults, but there are just as many (perhaps more) times she appeared to children. Each time, Mary presents herself as a beautiful Lady who first touches the hearts of the children and then develops a relationship with them before revealing the truths and delivering the messages she has in store for them.

It was this way at Fatima.

You could go about theorizing and examining all the details matching times with places with circumstance with people in order to come up with a complicated reason as to why Mary chose to appear to children at Fatima rather than adults. However, I believe the reason is quite simple.

Mary was seeking childlike hearts.

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