The 1925 Vision of Sister Lucy

The request is for the consecration to the immaculate heart, not for subjection to the Roman Catholic Church, a stumbling block, but separate political question.

APPENDIX I
Introduction
The text which follows is a document written by Sister Lucia, in
the third person, towards the end of 1927, at the request of her spiritual
director, Rev. Fr. P. Aparicio, S. J. Shortly after this apparition,
which took place in her cell on the 10th of December, 1925, Sister
Lucia wrote out a first account of it, which she herself later destroyed.
This present document, therefore, is a second account. It is exactly
the same as the first, except for the fact that she added the introductory
paragraph, dated 17th of December, 1927, in which she explained
how she received authorization from Heaven to make known part of
the secret.
We have entitled this document: “Text of the great promise of the
Heart of Mary”. Truly, it is the expression of the merciful and gratuitous
Will of God, offering us a sure and easy way of salvation, given that it
is supported by the most sound catholic tradition concerning the saving
efficacy of Mary’s intercession.
This text tells us the conditions required in order to respond to
Our Lady’s appeal for the Five First Saturdays of the month, in reparation
for the injuries committed against the Heart of Mary. Nor
should this deeper intention of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary ever be forgotten.
TEXT OF THE GREAT PROMISE OF THE HEART OF MARY,
IN THE APPARITION AT PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN:
J. M. J.
On December 17th, 1927, she went before the tabernacle to
ask Jesus how she should comply with what had been asked of
her, that is, to say if the origin of the devotion to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary was included in the Secret that the most holy Virgin
had confided to her.
Jesus made her hear very distinctly these words: “My daughter,
write what they ask of you. Write also all that the most holy
Virgin revealed to you in the Apparition, in which she spoke of this
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devotion. As for the remainder of the Secret, continue to keep silence.”
What was confided on this subject in 1917, is as follows:
She asked for them to be taken to Heaven, and the most holy
Virgin answered: “Yes. I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But
you 1
are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use
of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the
world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those
who embrace it, and these souls will be loved by God, like flowers
placed by me to adorn His throne.”
“Am I to stay here all alone?” she asked, sadly.
“No, daughter. I shall never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart
will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
On December 10th, 1925, the most holy Virgin appeared to
her, and by her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child.
The most holy Virgin rested her hand on her shoulder, and as she
did so, she showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which she was
holding in her other hand. At the same time, the Child said:
“Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother,
covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every
moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove
them.”
Then the most holy Virgin said:
“Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with
which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies
and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I
promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary
for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive
months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five
decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes
while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the
intention of making reparation to me.”
On February 15th, 1926, the Infant Jesus appeared to her
again. He asked her if she had already spread the devotion to His
most holy Mother. She told Him of the confessor’s difficulties, and
1 We respect Sister Lucia’s wish here, in that, having written her own name,
she then erased it, but not so completely as to render it illegible.
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said that Mother Superior was prepared to propagate it, but that
the confessor had said that she, alone, could do nothing.
Jesus replied:
“ lt is true that your Superior alone can do nothing, but with my
grace, she can do all.”
She placed before Jesus the difficulty that some people had
about confessing on Saturday, and asked that it might be valid to
go to confession within eight days. Jesus answered:
“Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive
Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of
making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
She then asked:
“My Jesus, what about those who forget to make this intention?”
Jesus replied:
“They can do so at their next confession, taking advantage of
the first opportunity to go to confession.”
Some days later, Sister Lucia wrote down a full account of this
apparition, which was sent to Msgr. Manuel Pereira Lopes, afterwards
Vicar General of the Diocese of Porto, who had been Lucia’s
confessor during her stay at Vilar do Oporto. This unpublished document
was inserted by Rev. Dr. Sebastião Martins dos Reis in his
book entitled: “A Life in the Service of Fatima” cf. pp. 336-357.
On the 15th (of February 1926), I was very busy at my work,
and was not thinking of this at all. I went to throw out a panful of
rubbish beyond the vegetable garden, in the same place where,
some months earlier, I had met a child. I had asked him if he knew
the Hail Mary, and he said he did, whereupon I requested him to
say it so that I could hear him. But, as he made no attempt to say it
by himself, I said it with him three times over, at the end of which I
asked him to say it alone. But as he remained silent and was unable
to say the Hail Mary alone, I asked him if he knew where the
Church of Santa Maria was, to which he replied that he did. I told
him to go there every day and to say this: O my heavenly Mother,
give me your Child Jesus! I taught him this, and then left him.
On the 15th of February, 1926, going there as usual, I found a
child who seemed to me to be the same one whom I had previously
met, so I questioned him:
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“Did you ask our heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?”
The child turned to me and said:
“And have you spread through the world what our heavenly
Mother requested of you?”
With that, he was transformed into a resplendent Child. Knowing
then that it was Jesus, I said:
“My Jesus, You know very well what my confessor said to me
in the letter I read to You. He told me that it was necessary for this
vision to be repeated, for further happenings to prove its credibility,
and he added that Mother Superior, on her own, could do nothing
to propagate this devotion.”
“It is true your Superior alone can do nothing, but with my grace
she can do all. It is enough that your confessor gives you permission
and that your Superior speak of it, for it to be believed, even
without people knowing to whom it has been revealed.”
“But my confessor said in the letter that this devotion is not
lacking in the world, because there are many souls who receive
You on the First Saturdays, in honour of Our Lady and of the Fifteen
Mysteries of the Rosary”.
“ It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays,
but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so
in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would
please me more if they did Five with fervour and with the intention
of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if
they did Fifteen, in a tepid and indifferent manner…”

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