The faithful who pray the rosary and say the Fatima prayer “Oh, my Jesus…” are divided into two camps: those who pray the Fatima prayer correctly and those who don’t. The latter group must consist of 99.999999….% of the total. So I am here to correct most of you.
When our Lady taught that prayer to the children she didn’t say “..of thy mercy.” Who knows how that addition came to be, but the fact is that it is not found in the original prayer. The prayer presents an enigma because only God know who the souls most in need of our prayers are. When Lucia first revealed this prayer, there were those who believed that Our Lady was referring to the poor souls in purgatory, but no serious Fatima scholar attributes that intention to the prayer.
In saying “…most in need of they mercy”, one tends to think of great sinners who are in need of conversion. At least I do. That prayer has always intrigued me because I do like to know for whom I pray. That’s just the human side of me. So I have pondered and wondered. In my mind, one possibility would be those meek souls who are like vulnerable lambs bewildered and straying – in danger of perdition in these times of diabolical disorientation because of the lack of a vigilant shepherd.
The maternal Heart of our loving Mother would most certainly be filled with solicitude for the least, the most vulnerable. I like to think that it is for these that I pray, ” O Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas praesertim illas quae maxima indigent.” Period.