"...more brilliant than the sun, shedding a light that was clearer and more intense than that of a crystal goblet filled with crystalline water and struck by the rays of the most brilliant sun."
89 years ago today, three children from Fatima, Portugal began to experience apparitions from the Blessed Virgin Mary. The summer before, in 1916, these children were visited three times by an angel, who exhorted them to prayer, seemingly in preparation for what was to come. The children, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, would eventually see the Mother of God every 13th. of the month for the next six months.
These two website provide excellent insights into the message of Our Lady of Fatima at that time, as well as other information about this Marian devotion:
The Fatima Network
The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima
"Behold thy Mother."