This year we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Mary’s apparition to three young, shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Each time our Holy Mother appeared, she gave the children specific instructions. During her third apparition on July 13, 1917, she asked that the following prayer be included at the end of each decade of the Rosary.
“O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy.”
This decade prayer is now commonly known as “The Fatima Prayer.” It was approved for use by the Catholic Church in 1930. Though it is an optional prayer of the Rosary, it is the prayer that Mary herself encourages us to include in our devotion.
Why does Mary so deeply desire us to pray the Holy Rosary daily? Why did she specifically ask us to intercede on the behalf of all souls for mercy?
Our Blessed Mother wants to see all of her children in Heaven one day, and she weeps for those who have fallen into sin and away from God. She knows that the Rosary is the tool we can use to restore peace and mercy in our broken world.