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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: August 22

From the book “More About Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary”
Rev. Fr. V. Montes de Oca, C.S.Sp.

CHAPTER IX

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Children's Comments
    Lucy relates that on June 13th, 1917, after speaking at length about
her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady of Fatima again stretched forth her hands,
throwing on the children the rays of that immense light in which they saw
themselves as if immersed in God . . . The Blessed Virgin held in her right
hand a Heart surrounded by thorns, which pierced it from all sides. The
seers understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, afflicted by all
the sins of the world, which demanded penance and reparation. "It seems to
me," said Lucy, "that on that day, the purpose of the light was to pour
into us a special knowledge and love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as on
other occasions it infused into us the knowledge and love of God, and the
mystery of the Blessed Trinity. From that day, indeed, we experienced a
more ardent love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
 
    Francis [Francisco] had observed that this supernatural light, that the
Blessed Virgin threw on them and on the world, seemed to come from her
Heart. He afterwards asked Lucy: "Why did the Blessed Virgin hold a Heart
in her hand throwing on the earth this great light which is God? You were
with the Blessed Virgin in the light that went down to the earth, while
Jacinta and I were in that which went up to heaven!"
 
    "It is because you and Jacinta will soon go to heaven", said Lucy,
"while I shall remain some time longer on earth with the Immaculate Heart
of Mary."
 
    "Is it the Blessed Virgin who explained to you the meaning of the two
beams of light?"
 
    "No, I saw it in the light that she put into our breasts."
 
    "That is right," interposed Jacinta, who followed  the conversation, "I
saw it also."
 
    Jacinta seems to have received "a special light to understand
intimately and in detail the meanings of these heavenly revelations."
Before leaving for the hospital in 1919, she said to Lucy: "I am going soon
to heaven. You will remain still on earth to make known to men that the
Lord wishes to spread in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary. When you have to speak about it, you will no longer have to hide
yourself! Proclaim openly to the whole world that:
 
    "It is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that God wishes to grant us
His graces!"
    "It is from this Immaculate Heart that we must ask for them!"
    "The Heart of Jesus wishes the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated
with His own!"
    "It is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that peace must be asked,
because it is to that Heart that the Lord has confided it."
 
    "How I love the Immaculate Heart of Mary! It is the Heart of Our
Heavenly Mother!"
 
    "Oh! if only I could put into all hearts the fire I feel in my own,
which makes me love the Hearts of Jesus and Mary so much!"
 
    Besides, the best commentary on the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary is that left us by the children in the admirable example of their
lives. After the revelations, indeed they were true models of devotion and
reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They loved this Immaculate
Heart ardently, they invoked it constantly, they spoke about it
enthusiastically, and they multiplied sacrifices to console it and to make
reparation for all the blasphemies and offences that cause it to suffer.
 
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