Apparitions to Lucia (1921—1925)
The Final Apparition of Our Lady in Cova da Iria (June 16, 1921)
On June 16, 1921 without saying farewell to anyone, Lucia left her home for the college at Asilo de Vilar. When they were passing the road to the Cova da Iria, Lucia stopped and for the last time prayed her Rosary there. She didn't know that she will not see the Cova da Iria again until 1946. At that moment Our Lady appeared to Lucia to give her strength and consolation.
What Sister Lucy did not write in her Memoirs, but confided to Canon Galamba during the course of her pilgrimage to Fatima from May 20-22, 1946, is that Our Lady then favored her with a new apparition:
«She recalled to me (Canon Galamba writes)
how, on the day of her farewell to the Cova da Iria and departure for Porto, she had seen Our Lady once more, at the bottom of the little hill which faces the steps going up to the church.
But this vision, in this place and on this day, filled her soul with power to bear with love the cross which the Divine Spouse had placed upon her shoulders.»
Apparition of Our Lady at Asilo de Vilar (1923-08-26)
Bishop da Silva himself chose for Lucia the College of the Dorothean Sisters at Asilo de Vilar, near Porto, where he had been chaplain. The college was founded in 1840 for the education of poor young women.
Sending her to school Bishop advised the seer to remain absolutely incognito (under the fictious name Maria das Dores), neither telling anybody who she was, nor saying anything related to the apparitions of Fatima.
On August 26, 1923 Lucia enters in the group of Daughters of Mary, where only the most exemplary students were admitted.In the list of «principal dates» of her life, which she wrote on May 13, 1936, at her confessor's request, Lucia recalled:
After six years of real trials (since 1917), it was on this day, August 26, 1923, that Our Lady for the first time came back to visit me. This was when I entered the Daughters of Mary. She said that She agreed to be my true Heavenly Mother, since I had left my earthly mother for the love of Her. Again She recommended to me prayer and sacrifice for sinners, saying that a great number are damned because they have no one to pray and sacrifice for them.
Revelation of Jesus at Tuy (1925-10-25)
Lucia's entrance into religious life began from her arrival at Tuy, an old city of Spanish Galicia. There existed a convent with a school of Portuguese Dorothean Sisters, expelled from Portugal during the revolution of 1911.
She had to choose between two kind of religious: Choir Sisters and Oblate Sisters, who do manual tasks. The seer chose to be an Oblate Sister, in order to serve others. She had tremendous doubts while making this decision. Jesus came to help and in a distinct voice, made her hear the words of the great support. That same day, October 25, 1925, Lucia was sent to Pontevedra as a postulant.
There are two letters written before the end of October 1925, to bishop da Silva and Msgr. Pereira Lopes. There Lucia gave a detailed account of the events, happened to her after she left Asilo de Vilar.
I ardently desired the hour of rising to come to be able to rise and speak to Jesus in the Tabernacle, because I felt great sadness at the thought that I would never go back to my embroidery work, which was so pretty, and which I did with such gusto, when it was for Our Lord.
If I thought of the beautiful child who so entranced me — the mere thought of whom usually was enough for me to repulse the strongest temptation because immediately I would be entranced — this day it did no good, because I would think right away f the beautiful works I had done for Him. Finally, there was no way of repulsing such a temptation!
That moment came before long, and as soon as I approached the Holy Table I felt comforted. I received Jesus and told Him of the whole struggle I had suffered until that point. I then said to Him: “My Jesus, have compassion on me!”
Then He deigned to speak to me interiorly, telling me that it would go very well if I imitated my Mother in Heaven, with joy.
He told me: — “Listen, My daughter, your most Holy Mother knew how to embroider very well, and for the love of Me, She abandoned Her school and came to do housework: She swept, weaved the linen of Her house, Hers and My own, and never embroidered again; She humbled Herself then, but is exalted now. And you, if you wish to be like Her, be happy and content now, and I will repay you one day.”
After that I was tranquil and content: already I felt more and more blessed, for I was near Jesus and among those who were already His spouses.…
That same day [October 25, 1925], I travelled to Pontevedra, where I am today, in the company of Reverend Mother Magalhaes. I am happy; I desire only to become a saint, to give greater honour and glory to God for the salvation of sinners and to make reparation for my sins.…