Salvation and peace through Reparation
when sister lucy situated at tuy, her confessor, father goncalves, had given in her in writing a series of question. We have already mentioned some of them. Let us retain here only the fourth question: why five Saturdays and not nine or seven, in honour of the sorrows of our lady? That same evening, the seer implored our lord to inspire her with the answer to those questions. A few days later, she transmitted to her confessor the answer:
As i was in the chapel with our lord part of the night of May 29-30, 1930, and speaking to our lord about questions five, i suddenly found questions four and five, suddenly found myself 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 kinds of offenses and blasphemies utered against the immaculate heart of mary:
1. – blasphemies against the immaculate conception.
2. – blasphemies against her perpetual virginity.
3. – blasphemies against her divine maternity, while refusing at the same time to recognize her as mother of men
4. – the blasphemies of those who publicity seek to place in the hearts of children indifference or searn, or even hetered towards this immaculate mother.
5. the offences of those who outrange her directely in her holy images.
There my daughter is th reason why the immaculate heart of mary inspired me to request this small act of reparation, and in consederation of it, to move my mercy forgive souls who have had the misfourtune to offend her, as for you seek unceasingly, through your preyers and sacrifices, to move my marcy with regard to these poor souls.
We have there one of the most important ideas in the message of fatima: sinced god decided to manifest his plan of love, which is to grant his graces to men through the mediation of the immaculate virgin, it seems that their refusal to submit with docility to that divine will is an which particularly wounds his heart and for which he longer finds in himself any inclination forgive. That sin appears unpardonable than to scorn to his most holy mother and to outrange her immaculate heart which is the sanctuary of the holy ghost. That is to commit blasphemy against the spirit which will not be remitted in this world or the next. Sister lucy herself suggest this comparison in her conversation with father fuentes.
In 1929, when our lady appeared at tuy at the great theophany of the most holy trinity, she concluded this most important apparaition with with these impressive words: souls are so numerous whom the justice of god condemns for sins committed against me that i come to request reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray. Words so strong that several translators have allowed themselves to mitigate them! Now, there is absolutely no doubt about the text, our lady affirms it with sadness, many souls are lost because of their scorn, their blasphemies towards her. Then, giving the example of love of enemies, it is she herself who intervenes as â€œ mother of mercy and mother of forgiveness,â€ as is sung in the salve matter.
She intercedes to her son for them. May the communious of the five first Saturdays, offered to console her outraged heart, be accepted by him in reparation for the crimes of sinners. That, taking into account that small reparation to her immaculate heart , he deign to for give the ungrateful and the blasphemers, all the poor wretches who have had the audacity to offend her, his most holy mother! And our lord accedes to her wish. He thus makes the reparatory devotion a sure and easy means of converting souls who are in danger of being lost eternally. The mystery of the communion of saints is exalted and terrible. It makes the salvation of souls really depend on our own generosity because the blessed virgin mary, constituded by her son as universal mediatrix and mother of divine grace, cannot act alone. She needs us, our consoling love, and our reparatory â€œ small devotionsâ€ in order to save souls from hell. The salvation of souls is definitively therefore, one of the great purposes for the practice of the first Saturdays of the month, as this motive was already one our lady indicated on August 19, 1917, inviting the three shepherds instantly to prayer and sacrifice.
From this we can understand the urgent insistence of our lady, her ardent wish that this reparatory devotion be praciced everywhere as much as possible. This practice is so dear to her, because it is perfect and therefore so effective for the salvation of souls.
It seems to me, sister lucy wrote father gonclaves in May 1930, that the good god, in the depths of my heart, insists with me that i ask the holy father to approve the reparatory devotion, which god himself and the most holy virgin deigned to request in 1925. in consideration for that small devotion, they will to give the grace of for giveness to souls who have hsd the misfortune of offending the immaculate heart of mary. The most holy virgin promises to assist at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for their salvation those souls who make reparation to her in this way.
It is because she desires at all cost to enlist us into this practice that our lady has attached such marvellous promises. In fact, over and above our own eternal salvation and the conversation of sinners, she wanted to add to the reparatory communion another magnificent promise, that of the gift of peace. On March 19 1939, sister lucy was able to write: on the practice of this devotion together with the consecration to the immaculate heart of mary, depend peace or war for the world. That is why i have so much wanted its propagation; and then above all, because such is the will of our good god and our so dear heavenly mother.