The Apparition

Lucy, writing in the third person, gives the account of the December 10, 1925 visit of Our Lady and the Child Jesus:

“The Most Holy Virgin appeared to her [Sister Lucy], and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her [Sister Lucy’s] 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, surrounded 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 to Sister Lucy:

“Look, My daughter, at My Heart surrounded by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console Me and announce in My Name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all 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.”

In calling for the Five First Saturdays, Our Lady was, in a way, reiterating the First Saturday devotions previously approved by the Church.

On July 1, 1905, St. Pius X approved and granted indulgences for the practice of the first Saturdays of twelve consecutive months in honor of the Immaculate Conception. On June 13, 1912, finally, he granted new indulgences to the practice of the first Saturday of each month.

But why this new call for only five Saturdays?

On May 29, 1930, in the Chapel at Tuy, Spain, Sister Lucy felt herself more intimately possessed by the Divine Presence. On behalf of her confessor, she asked Our Lord, “Why five Saturdays and not nine, or seven, in honor of the Sorrows of Our Lady?”

Jesus replied:

“My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary: 
  1.  Blasphemies against Her Immaculate Conception.

  2.  Blasphemies against Her perpetual Virginity.

  3.  Blasphemies against Her divine Maternity, while refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.

  4.  The blasphemies of those who seek publicly to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother.

  5.  The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy Images.
“There, My daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to request this small act of reparation, and in consideration of it, to move My mercy to forgive souls who have had the misfortune to offend Her. As for you, seek unceasingly, through your prayers and sacrifices, to move My mercy with regard to these poor souls.”

We have here one of the most important ideas in the Message of Fatima: God has 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 a sin which particularly wounds His Heart.

As far as Our Savior is concerned, it seems there is not any crime less forgivable than to scorn His Most Holy Mother and to outrage Her Immaculate Heart which is the sanctuary of the Holy Ghost.

For Further Reading:

Pontevedra: The Apparitions and the Message

The Spirit of the Devotion of Reparation: The Revelation of May 29, 1930

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