The children went through a great deal-far more than any parent could wish their child to suffer. We spend time trying to help our children avoid terrible and frightening things but Our Blessed Mother showed them hell. This was not an act of cruelty for she gave them the grace from her Son to bear the vision.
It was not the children who needed to see hell-but we needed to KNOW they had seen it and what they had seen. The cry fro PENANCE, PENANCE PENANCE was not for the little sins of three innocents but for the big sins of those of us who have lived a little longer and a little harder.
The Third secret was revealed in 2000 and because it was generally agreed that much of it had been fulfilled by the Holy Father John Paul the Great-it seems Fatima suddenly seemed finished and less important.
Certainly Pope John Paul the Great was the instrument in bringing down Russian Communism and exposing it for what it is. And there was some short time after that of peace-but it was so short and already we face more war and horror from both the far left/communist countries such as China who support the Islamic warmongers like Iran and so on.
We cannot forget Fatima yet. Our Lady undoubtedly saw the threat of Islam back then. She chose the place named Fatima that according to legend was the name of a Moorish Islamic princess who became betrothed to the Count of Ourem and became a Catholic taking the name Oureana.
While Our Blessed Mother- who stands on the crescent moon - does not mention Islam and the threat it poses she does warn of the next war. We know that the grand Mufti of Jerusalem was intrusmental in the terrible concentration camps and slaughter of the Jews and that Egypt and other Islamic countries fought enthusiastically for the Nazi cause.
Fatima is not over. We are still called to pray and the rosary is still the greatest weapon against Satan and his love of war that we have.