Fatima. Letter of Sister Lucia to Archbishop Garcia y Garcia (1943-01-??)
This was no ordinary Thursday, it was Corpus Christi, and in addition, that evening Sister Lucia was undoubtedly united in spirit with the pilgrims at the Cova da Iria who were going to spend the night in prayer to begin the celebration of the Apparition of June 13.
From letter of Sister Lucia to Archbishop Garcia y Garcia of Valladolid
This text was written in January 1943.
To satisfy the desires of Our Good Lord and Your Excellency, with the greatest clarity possible for me I explain what the Good Lord deigned to communicate to me so that I could pass it on to you.
THE HOLY HOURS OF ADORATION AND REPARATION
With the permission of my superiors, I have the custom of remaining in prayer in the chapel until midnight from Thursday to Friday. In these hours of very great recollection, the Good Lord has the habit of communicating Himself so intensely to my poor soul that I do not doubt His presence in any way. Ordinarily, after having confounded me in my own nothingness and my own misery by making me feel what there is in me that displeases Him, He continues by lamenting other things which, in the poor world, cause Him such pain.
THE EVILS OF THE CHURCH IN SPAIN
On June 12, 1941, He complained especially about the coldness and laxity of the clergy of Spain both secular and regular, and the indifference of the sinful life of the Christian people.
THE REMEDY PROPOSED
And He continued thus: If the bishops of Spain gathered each year in a house specially chosen to make their retreat, and if, with a common accord, they decided on the course to follow in leading the souls confided to them, they would receive enlightenment and special graces from the Divine Spirit.
Make it known to the Archbishop (of Valladolid) that I ardently desire the bishops to meet in a retreat to arrange among themselves and determine with a common accord the means to be employed for the reform of the Christian people and to remedy the laxity of the clergy and a great part of the religious. The number of those who serve Me in the practice of sacrifice is very limited. I have need of souls and of priests who serve Me by sacrificing themselves for Me and for souls…
The Good Lord will make known to Your Excellency the reality of His desires and He promises to bless the efforts you will deign to make to satisfy them.