There are two points to the Fatima story that especially stand out to me.
The first is that the children ask about the soul of their friend Amelia and our Lady told them that Amelia would be in purgatory until the end of time. What could a young person at that time have done that was so terrible as to merit that punishment? I don't know, but I think it is a sobering idea that I need to keep in mind for my own life and to warn my family about.
Secondly, Mary showed the children a vision of hell, one that Sr. Lucia never forgot. Hell exists, despite watered down theology that says it does not.
The Fatima Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell.
Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.
Wonderful links about the feast and creative ways to celebrate it are in my deli.ci.ous file!