I have briefly read about the children and miracle of Fatima, but I have a couple of questions.
From what I understand these children were 10 years old and younger. I assume they were Catholic. In any case, the apparations and things Mary said to them would have made no sense to me whatsoever at ten years old. She might as well have been speaking another language.
First, as a Protestant child I would have wondered why Mary was showing up. Where’s Jesus? Second, she told them to pray the Rosary. I would have said, “What’s that?” Then she says some things that have specific theological meanings. As we are discussing in another thread she talked about consecration to her Immaculate Heart. I don’t know what that means now. I definitely would not have known when I was ten. Did these kids know what she was talking about? Do ten year old Catholics today know what that means?
Did they just relay the information or did they actually understand the information? How did they remember all of those specific words and theological concepts–especially if they didn’t understand what they meant? Did they write them down before they went to the priest?
There is just a lot of very specific theological language given in a way I have never heard any Catholic speak. Was this just normal for them? When she said to consecrate to her Immaculate Heart, did the kids say, “Got it. No problem,” or “What are you talking about? We have no idea what that means?”