Lucia de Jesus Rosa Santos (Port. Lúcia de Jesus Rosa Santos) was born on March 22, 1907 in the village of Aljustrel. She passed away to the Lord on February 13, 2005 in Coimbra, Portugal.
In 1921, at the age of 14, Lucia was admitted as a boarder to the school of the Sisters of St. Dorothea. On October 24, 1925, she became a novice at the monastery of the Sisters of St. Dorothea.
As the youngest of seven children, six girls and one boy, Lucia was the family favourite and was surrounded with affection from her earliest childhood. Although the family met with many troubles and misfortunes, Lucia’s mother bore them all in an exemplary Christian spirit. At the age of six, Lucia received her first Holy Communion, the account of which will move our readers to joy and wonder. Family circumstances obliged her to start out in life straight away as a shepherdess. At first, in 1915, her companions were the girls and boys of Aljustrel and its surroundings. As from 1917, her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were her sole companions. That was the year in which the Blessed Virgin appeared. Lucia had a special role during the apparitions, as the Vision spoke only to her, and gave her a message which was only to be revealed at a future date. She lived and suf fered, together with Francisco and Jacinta, on account of the apparitions. She alone has remained on earth for a longer period, in order to fulfil her mission.
As a young girl of 14 years and three months, Lucia entered the College of Porto, and there she received an excellent moral and religious formation. Her schooling was rather inadequate however, as it went barely beyond elementary levels. From the beginning, she was thoroughly trained in domestic work. Nevertheless, with her great ability, her good memory, her perseverance and her serious behaviour, this young girl succeeded in acquiring a fairly complete education.
Even before she entered the College, Lucia already felt drawn to dedicate herself to God in the religious life. The intensely pious life of the College, however, caused her to reflect more deeply, and her first thought went to the Carmelites... But the example of her teachers and her gratitude towards them made her decide to enter the Institute of St. Dorothy. The Portuguese Novitiate was at that time, 1921-1925, at Tuy, where Lucia entered on October 24th, 1925, at the age of 18. She went first to the house at Pontevedra, where she spent some months as a postulant. This house was situated in a side street known as “Travesía de Isabel II”, and there she stayed from the 25th October, 1925, to the 20th July, 1926. She then went to the Novitiate House of Tuy to complete her postulancy, and began her novitiate with her Clothing on 2nd October, 1926. After two years, she made her profession of Vows on the 3rd October, 1928. She remained on in the same house, but with the professed Sisters, until she took her Perpetual Vows on the 3rd October, 1934. A few days later, she was transferred to the Convent of Pontevedra and only returned to Tuy in May, 1937, where she remained until she was sent to Portugal at the end of May, 1946.
After a few days’ visit to the Cova da Iria and Aljustrel, where she identified the places of the Apparitions, Sister Lucia was assigned to the house at Sardão in Vila Nova de Gaia near Porto. And finally, when the desire she had had for a long time to live in seclusion and solitude re-awakened, she received, by kind favour of Pope Pius Xll, permission to change over to the Discalced Carmelites, whom she joined on March 25th, 1948. And there she lived a life of prayer and penance until her holy death, which occurred on 13 February 2005, at the great age of almost 98 years.
Devotion to truth
Lucia recalls that her mother “had never tolerated a single lie among her children”. “I’ve seen to it,” she often said, “that my children always told the truth, and am I now to let the youngest get away with a thing like this? If it were just a small thing...! But a lie of such proportions, deceiving so many people and bringing them all the way here!”.
“Here is what characterizes her: an ardent devotion for the truth. Her veracity goes together with her disdain for human respect.”
Fatima: Intimate Joy, World Event
Sister Lucia: Apostle of Mary's Immaculate Heart.
Ch. 29. The Father Jongen Interrogation
 Fatima in Lucia’s own words
FIRST MEMOIR. I. Jacinta's Character. 10. Family Opposition
 Fatima in Lucia’s own words
SECOND MEMOIR. II. The Apparitions. 4. Apparitions of Our Lady
Assistance of the Holy Spirit
I have to thank God for the assistance of the Divine Holy Spirit, whom I feel within me, suggesting to me what I am to write or say. If, at times, my own imagination or understanding suggests something to me, I at once feel the lack of the divine unction, and I stop what I am doing, until I know in my inmost heart what it is that God wants me to say instead.
Extracts from letters from nun Lucia, 1970
‹…› I should remain in silence, prayer and penance. This is the best way in which I can and should help. It is necessary that the entire apostolate have this principle as a basis; and this is the part that the Lord chose for me: to pray and sacrifice myself for those who fight and work in the vineyard of the Lord and for the extension of His Kingdom.
Unfortunately, the majority of people are ignorant in religious matters and let themselves be tossed wherever the wave carries them. Therefore the great responsibility lies with those who have the office to lead them; and all of us are each other’s leaders, because we all have the obligation to mutually help one another, and walk the good path.
And I remain in my place, praying for you, and for all those with whom you are going to work, that it may be a battle which gives much glory to God and brings much light and grace to souls, peace to Holy Mother the Church and peace to a world stained by the blood of wars.
I also have not been feeling very well in my heart, in my eyes, etc. but it is necessary to complete in one’s self what is wanting in the Passion of Christ. It is necessary that Our Lord’s members be one with Him, by physical pain and by moral anguish… Our poor Lord, Who saved us with such love, and how little understood He is! How little loved! How badly served!
Voluntarily I sacrifice myself and offer my life to God, for peace in His Church, for priests and for all consecrated souls, above all for those who carry on so erroneously and so deceived! For our separated Brothers: May God give light to all of them and put them on the right path — the path of Truth, which is Jesus Christ.
Extract from a letter from nun Lucia to mother, June 11, 1930
This life is for suffering. Afterwards we will have an eternity to take delight in. Then up in Heaven, all that we have suffered will appear to us as nothing and, if we could feel pity, it would be at not having suffered more for the love of Our Lord.
Letter from the Mother Superior of the Nunnery of Pontevedra to the Bishop
On October 24, 1925 Lucia, then 18 years old, entered the College of the Dorothean Sisters at Tuy. The next day she was sent as the postulant to the convent with a school which was located at Travesia Isabel II in Pontevedra. Lucia was staying there until July 20, 1926.
She [Lucia] continues to prepare herself for religious life with much fervour, and has succeeded very well in not disedifying anyone. She perseveres in her holy simplicity and humility so well that she charms all her companions. I have assigned her the lowest and most humble tasks, but no matter what work I give her, the same thing always happens. At this moment she is the cook’s assistant. She has already been at it for three weeks, and she could not be happier. She has the wonderful gift of accepting the worst and whatever costs the most. It is enough if she suspects that the cook cannot do a given thing because of her health; right away she springs into action to do her companion’s work.
Pray to Our Lord that with her I may learn to be good, so that at least in my old age I may become what I should be already, having led the religious life for so long. Sometimes I am ashamed to be beside her.
Maria das Dores [Lucia] possesses virtue and simplicity in such great abundance that she must even charm the Most Holy Virgin!
People are responsible
The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady’s words: “If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated” (13-VII-1917).
The third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message, conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.”.
Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc.
And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible.