In the third of Her six apparitions at
Fatima, Portugal in 1917, Our Lady promised to return to make a special request
for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. Eight years later, on
December 10th, 1925, the eldest and only surviving visionary, Lucia dos Santos,
was an eighteen-year-old postulant in a Dorothean convent in Pontevedra, Spain.
Having returned to her cell that evening after supper, she suddenly saw Our
Lady standing close by her, in the presence also of the Child Jesus, Who was
standing on a little cloud.
At first Our Lady did not say anything.
It was as if She could not speak, being overwhelmed with sorrow. She held Her
Immaculate Heart in Her hand for Lucia to see, pierced all around by terrible
thorns, and She placed Her other hand on Lucia’s shoulder, as if to communicate
a most familiar and loving appeal. It seems almost as if, in anguish, She
sought to lean for support on Lucy’s shoulder.
The Child Jesus spoke first, imploring:
“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 Our Lady added: “Look, My daughter,
at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at
every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do 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 [1.] confess, [2.] receive Holy
Communion, [3.] recite five decades of the Rosary, and [4.] keep Me company for
fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with
the intention of making reparation to Me.”
(The Fatima Center)
a. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conceptionb. Blasphemies against her virginityc. Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mend. Instilling indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of childrene. Direct insults against her sacred images (The Fatima Center)
Fr. Ed Namiotka