August, the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Feast day – August 22)
FATIMA AND THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal for
six consecutive months from May to October. The appointed day was the 13th
of each month. We focus here on just a part of the apparitions and the
dialogue between Lucy, who spoke to Our Lady while the other two children
watched and listened. We take these passages of Sister Lucy’s Memoirs which
record these events because they focus on the importance of devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
June 13, 1917:
On June 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared to the three children and asked
them to return on July 13. She again requested them to pray the Rosary each
day. The conversation continued:
Lucy asked: I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.
Our Lady: Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you 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. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation;
these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His
Lucy asked sadly: Am I to stay here alone?
Our Lady: No, My daughter. Do you suffer a great deal? Don’t lose heart.
I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the
way that will lead you to God.
Lucy: As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands for the
second time. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart
encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking
July 13, 1917:
The theme of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is especially stressed in the
July 13 apparition. Its central importance, for our time and for each of
us, is seen by reflecting on the apparition. We quote here from Sister
Lucy’s Memoirs. Lucy is speaking first.
What does Your Grace want of me? I asked.
I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue
reciting the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order
to obtain peace in the world and the end of the war, because only She can
I should like to ask You to tell us who You are, and to work a miracle
so that everyone will believe that Your Grace is appearing to us.
Continue to come here every month. In October, I will say who I am and
what I want, and I will perform a miracle so that all might see in order to
Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially
whenever you make a sacrifice:
O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in
reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
THE FIRST PART OF THE SECRET
Sister Lucy continues:
As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands once more, as
She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to
penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this
fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers,
all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now
raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves
together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like
sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and
groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with
fear. (It must have been this sight that caused me to cry out, as people
say they heard me.) The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying
repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent
like burning coals. (Here, in her Third Memoir, Lucy added) That vision
lasted only a moment, thanks to our Good Mother of Heaven, Who, at the
first apparition, had promised to bring us to Heaven. Without that, I think
we would have died of terror and fear.
Terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who
said to us, so kindly and sadly:
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them,
God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.
THE SECOND PART OF THE SECRET
Our Lady continued to speak, and what follows constitutes the second part
of the Secret of Fatima.
If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be
peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a
worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see an
unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is
about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and
persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father.
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to
My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First
Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there
will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world,
causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the
Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.
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THE THIRD PART OF THE SECRET
In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.
THE CONCLUSION OF THE SECRET
In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will
consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace
will be granted to the world.
THE FATIMA REQUESTS FOR DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
As noted above in the Second Secret, Our Lady, on July 13, 1917,
promised to return later to Sister Lucy to ask for the Communions of
Reparation on the First Saturdays. Our Lady came on December 10, 1925, to
Sister Lucy in the Spanish city of Pontevedra. The following extract is
from Frere Michel who further explains this apparition and devotion.
What an admirable, stupefying promise made June 13, 1917, when Our Lady
said: To whomever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation. Yet in spite
of this promise we are still tempted to doubt. Jacinta of Fatima, by a
special grace, felt her heart consumed by an ardent love for the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. But we? We are cold, or our fervor is so short-lived! Could
we ever know if we had sufficient devotion so that Our Lady would be bound
to keep Her promise to us?
It is here that we are wonderstruck by the limitless Divine Mercy, and
the profoundly Catholic character of the revelations of Fatima. In the
whole message, there is not an ounce of Protestant subjectivism! Here,
Heaven goes to the limits of indulgence, and the most sublime prophecies
are exchanged, translated into very small requests, clear and precise
requests, easy requests which leave no room for doubt. Everyone can know if
he has accomplished them or not. A little devotion practiced with a good
heart is enough to receive infallibly for us, this grace ex opere operato,
so to speak as with the sacraments; and what a grace the grace of eternal
It is worth the effort to give careful study to such a magnificent
promise. It is the fulfillment, the perfect expression of the first part of
the great Secret, which is entirely concerned with the salvation of souls.
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