April 4: Bl. Francisco Marto
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly and I thank Thee for the Apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin in Fatima.
By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I implore Thee if it should be for Thy greater glory and the good of our souls – to glorify in the sight of thy Holy Church Blessed Francisco Marto, granting us through his intercession the grace which we now implore.
The most Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto six times during her apparitions in Fatima, Portugal and urged the children to do penance for the remission of sins and for the conversion of sinners.
From then on, the children had only one aspiration: to pray and suffer according to Our Lady’s requests. Francisco died at the age of 10 and Jacintha at the age of 9.
During their short lives on earth, they suffered much for Jesus. Francisco would visit the “hidden Jesus” in the Blessed Sacrament in order to console him. Blessed Pope John Paul II beatified them on 13th May 2000. Here is a prayer seeking their intercession.
— Vatican Site (@vatican_site) March 23, 2017