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Two letters by Sister Lucia dealing with the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The devotion consists of, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, receiving Holy Communion, saying a Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for fifteen minutes, meditating the mysteries of the Rosary, and confessing with the same intention. This confession can be made on another day. If I am not mistaken, the good Lord promises to end the persecution in Russia if the Holy Father deigns to make a solemn and public act of reparation, announces the consecration of Russia to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and commands his bishops throughout the Catholic world to do likewise – with His Holiness promising, that in return for the end of this persecution, he will approve and recommend the practice of the devotion of reparation outlined above.

I admit that I am very worried about being mistaken, and that the reason for this fear is that I have not personally seen Our Lord, but that I have only sensed His Divine Presence.

As for the aversion I feel about going to tell this to my Reverend Mother Superior, I don’t really know where this comes from. It is perhaps partly the fear I have that the Reverend Mother disapproves of all this, or says that it’s an illusion, or a suggestion coming from the devil, or something like this.

Please receive, your Reverence, the expression of my respect.

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Second letter


Upon receipt of this letter, Father Gonçalvès sent a note by return to Sister Lucia asking her to reply in writing to six questions :

Please reply, as far as you can, on a sheet of writing paper, to the following questions :

1. When, how and where, in other words, the date (if you know it), the occasion and the manner in which you experienced the revelation of the devotion on Saturdays ?

2. The required conditions, that is to say, what is demanded for the accomplishment of this devotion ?

3. The advantages : which graces are promised to those who practice it at least once ?

4. Why five Saturdays, and not nine, or seven, in honour of the Sorrows of Our Lady ?

5. If it is not possible to fulfill all of the conditions on Saturday, can they be satisfied on the Sunday ? People who live in the country, for example, will not be able to do this very often, because they live too far away…

6. Regarding the salvation of poor Russia, what do you want or wish for ?

That same evening, during the holy time that Sister Lucia kept every Thursday from 11 p.m. until midnight, Our Lord made known his answers. A few days later, on the 12th of June 1930, she gave Father Gonçalvès the following response :

JMJ 12/6/1930

Reverend Father,

After having implored the assistance of the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and of Mary, I am going to reply, as far as I can, to Your Reverence’s questions.

Concerning the devotion of the five Saturdays :

1. When ? The 10th of December 1925.
How ? By an apparition of Our Lord and the Most Holy Virgin who showed me Her Immaculate Heart covered in thorns and asking for reparation.
Where ? At Pontevedra (Isabella II passageway). The first apparition took place in my room, the second near to the gate in the garden where I was working.

2. The required conditions ?
For five months, on the first Saturday, receive Holy Communion, say the Rosary, keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and confess with the same intention. The confession can be made on another day, on condition of being in a state of grace while receiving Holy Communion.

3. Advantages or promises.
« To the souls who will seek to make reparation to me in this way (said Our Lady), I promise to assist them at the hour of their death with all the graces necessary for their salvation ».

4. Why five Saturdays, and not nine, or seven in honour of the Sorrows of Our Lady ?
Finding myself in the chapel with Our Lord for a part of the night from the 29th to the 30th of this month of May 1930, and speaking to Our Lord about questions four and five, I suddenly felt more intimately possessed by the Divine Presence and, if I am not mistaken, here is what was revealed to me :
« My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five different types of offenses and blasphemies made against the Immaculate Heart of Mary :
1) blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception,
2) blasphemies against Her Virginity,
3) blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, at the same time refusing to recognize Her as the Mother of men,
4) blasphemies by those who openly try to instill in the hearts of children indifference or contempt, or even hatred, with regard to this Immaculate Mother,
5) offenses by those who directly insult Her in Her holy images.
There you have, my daughter, the reason for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired me to ask for this little reparation, and in consideration of this, to show mercy for the pardon of souls who have had the misfortune to offend Her. As for you, always try, by your prayers and sacrifices, to appeal to my mercy regarding these poor souls »

5. For those who are unable to meet these conditions on the Saturday, can they fulfill them on the Sunday ?
The practice of this devotion will be equally accepted on the Sunday following the first Saturday when, for just reasons, my priests will accept it.

6. Regarding Russia, if I am not mistaken, the good Lord promises to put an end to the persecution in Russia, if the Holy Father deigns to make a solemn and public act of reparation, announces the consecration of Russia to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and commands his bishops throughout the Catholic world to do likewise – with His Holiness promising, that in return for the end of this persecution, he will approve and recommend the practice of the devotion of reparation outlined above.

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Note 1 : The phrases « I admit that I am very worried about being mistaken » or « if I am not mistaken » which are also found in other letters, are not expressions admitting doubt : here, these phrases are expressions of humility and obediance by which Sister Lucia wishes to show that she submits entirely to the judgement of her spiritual director.

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Nota 2 : Antonio Maria Martins Memorias e cartas da Irma Lucia, p. 405 & 407.

The devotion consists of, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, receiving Holy Communion, saying a Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for fifteen minutes, meditating the mysteries of the Rosary, and confessing with the same intention. This confession can be made on another day. If I am not mistaken, the good Lord promises to end the persecution in Russia if the Holy Father deigns to make a solemn and public act of reparation, announces the consecration of Russia to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and commands his bishops throughout the Catholic world to do likewise – with His Holiness promising, that in return for the end of this persecution, he will approve and recommend the practice of the devotion of reparation outlined above.

I admit that I am very worried about being mistaken, and that the reason for this fear is that I have not personally seen Our Lord, but that I have only sensed His Divine Presence.

As for the aversion I feel about going to tell this to my Reverend Mother Superior, I don’t really know where this comes from. It is perhaps partly the fear I have that the Reverend Mother disapproves of all this, or says that it’s an illusion, or a suggestion coming from the devil, or something like this.

Please receive, your Reverence, the expression of my respect.

fac simile 1 lettre soeur lucie 800 600

Second letter


Upon receipt of this letter, Father Gonçalvès sent a note by return to Sister Lucia asking her to reply in writing to six questions :

Please reply, as far as you can, on a sheet of writing paper, to the following questions :

1. When, how and where, in other words, the date (if you know it), the occasion and the manner in which you experienced the revelation of the devotion on Saturdays ?

2. The required conditions, that is to say, what is demanded for the accomplishment of this devotion ?

3. The advantages : which graces are promised to those who practice it at least once ?

4. Why five Saturdays, and not nine, or seven, in honour of the Sorrows of Our Lady ?

5. If it is not possible to fulfill all of the conditions on Saturday, can they be satisfied on the Sunday ? People who live in the country, for example, will not be able to do this very often, because they live too far away…

6. Regarding the salvation of poor Russia, what do you want or wish for ?

That same evening, during the holy time that Sister Lucia kept every Thursday from 11 p.m. until midnight, Our Lord made known his answers. A few days later, on the 12th of June 1930, she gave Father Gonçalvès the following response :

JMJ 12/6/1930

Reverend Father,

After having implored the assistance of the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and of Mary, I am going to reply, as far as I can, to Your Reverence’s questions.

Concerning the devotion of the five Saturdays :

1. When ? The 10th of December 1925.
How ? By an apparition of Our Lord and the Most Holy Virgin who showed me Her Immaculate Heart covered in thorns and asking for reparation.
Where ? At Pontevedra (Isabella II passageway). The first apparition took place in my room, the second near to the gate in the garden where I was working.

2. The required conditions ?
For five months, on the first Saturday, receive Holy Communion, say the Rosary, keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and confess with the same intention. The confession can be made on another day, on condition of being in a state of grace while receiving Holy Communion.

3. Advantages or promises.
« To the souls who will seek to make reparation to me in this way (said Our Lady), I promise to assist them at the hour of their death with all the graces necessary for their salvation ».

4. Why five Saturdays, and not nine, or seven in honour of the Sorrows of Our Lady ?
Finding myself in the chapel with Our Lord for a part of the night from the 29th to the 30th of this month of May 1930, and speaking to Our Lord about questions four and five, I suddenly felt more intimately possessed by the Divine Presence and, if I am not mistaken, here is what was revealed to me :
« My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five different types of offenses and blasphemies made against the Immaculate Heart of Mary :
1) blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception,
2) blasphemies against Her Virginity,
3) blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, at the same time refusing to recognize Her as the Mother of men,
4) blasphemies by those who openly try to instill in the hearts of children indifference or contempt, or even hatred, with regard to this Immaculate Mother,
5) offenses by those who directly insult Her in Her holy images.
There you have, my daughter, the reason for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired me to ask for this little reparation, and in consideration of this, to show mercy for the pardon of souls who have had the misfortune to offend Her. As for you, always try, by your prayers and sacrifices, to appeal to my mercy regarding these poor souls »

5. For those who are unable to meet these conditions on the Saturday, can they fulfill them on the Sunday ?
The practice of this devotion will be equally accepted on the Sunday following the first Saturday when, for just reasons, my priests will accept it.

6. Regarding Russia, if I am not mistaken, the good Lord promises to put an end to the persecution in Russia, if the Holy Father deigns to make a solemn and public act of reparation, announces the consecration of Russia to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and commands his bishops throughout the Catholic world to do likewise – with His Holiness promising, that in return for the end of this persecution, he will approve and recommend the practice of the devotion of reparation outlined above.

-

Note 1 : The phrases « I admit that I am very worried about being mistaken » or « if I am not mistaken » which are also found in other letters, are not expressions admitting doubt : here, these phrases are expressions of humility and obediance by which Sister Lucia wishes to show that she submits entirely to the judgement of her spiritual director.

-

fac simile 2 lettre soeur lucie 800 556

fac simile 3 lettre soeur lucie 800 582

Nota 2 : Antonio Maria Martins Memorias e cartas da Irma Lucia, p. 405 & 407.

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