From: John Schreiber
Why did Sister Lucia find it so difficult to write down the final secret of Fatima? (Excerpted from Robert J. Fox's book "Rediscovering Fatima.")
There were three parts to the Fatima message. Sister Lucia told the first two parts in 1941, but never revealed the third and final secret of Fatima. When she fell seriously ill in 1943, she was ordered by her Bishop of Leiria, Fatima, to write down the remainder of the secret. The bishop feared she would leave this world and take the third part of the secret with her. Lucia found it difficult to carry out that command. She tried several times to put what he asked for in writing, without success. Finally, by January 9, 1944, she succeeded. She wrote it on a sheet of paper, placed it inside an envelope and sealed the envelope. She gave it to the bishop with instructions that it was to be opened "Not before 1960, because then it will seem clearer."
Why did Sister Lucia find it so difficult to write down the final secret of Fatima? We should note the careful analysis by Father Alonso, who, next to Sister Lucia, was, until his death in 1981, the foremost living authority on Fatima.
"Moreover, how are we to understand Sister Lucia's great difficulty in writing the final part of the secret, when she had already written other things that were extremely difficult to put down? Had it been merely a matter of prophesying new and severe punishments, Sister Lucia would not have experienced difficulties so great that a special intervention from heaven was needed to overcome them. But if it were a matter of internal strife within the church and of serious pastoral negligence on the part of high-ranking members of the hierarchy, we can understand how Sister Lucia experienced a repugnance that was almost impossible to overcome by any natural means."