Fatima. Letter of Lucia to Monsignor Pereira Lopes (1926-02-15)
On December 10, 1925 in Pontevedra the young postulant Lucia was visited by the Child Jesus and Our Lady. The Blessed Mother of God asked her to spread the message that She promised to assist with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who to put into practice the Communion of Reparation during the first Saturdays of five consecutive months with the intention of making reparation for blasphemies made against Our Lady.
Lucia wrote a letter to her confessor from Asilo de Vilar, Msgr. Pereira Lopes.
But Msgr. Lopes was very reserved in his response and advised her to wait.
A few days later, on February 15, Lucy answered her confessor, giving him a detailed account of events, which followed:
Most Reverend Father,
I would like to thank you very respectfully for the kind letter you were so good as to write to me.
When I received it and realized that I still could not fulfil the desires of the Blessed Virgin, I felt a little sad. But I realized right away that the Blessed Virgin desired that I obey you.
That put me at rest, and the following day, when I received Jesus in Communion, I read Him your letter and I said to Him: “O my Jesus! With Your grace, with prayer, mortification and confidence, I will do everything obedience permits me and You inspire me; the rest You must do Yourself.”
I remained like that until February 15. Those days were a continued inner mortification for me. I wondered if it had been a dream; but I knew it was not: I was certain that it was real! But still I asked myself how Our Lord could have deigned to appear again to me, who had responded so badly to the graces I had received!
The day I was supposed to go to confession was approaching, and I didn’t have permission to say anything! I wanted to tell my Mother Superior. But during the day my occupations would not permit me, and in the evening I suffered from headaches. Then, fearing to commit a fault against charity I thought: “This will be for tomorrow; I offer You this sacrifice, my dear Mother.” One day after another went by this way, until today.
On the 15th, I was very busy with my work, and I was hardly thinking of that [the apparition of last December 10] at all. I was going to empty a garbage can outside the garden.
At the same place, a few months before, I had encountered a child, whom I asked if he knew the Hail Mary. He had answered “Yes”, and I had asked him to say it to me, to hear him say it. At the end of three Hail Marys, I asked him to say it alone. Since he kept silence and seemed unable to say it alone, I asked him if he knew the church of Saint Mary. He said yes. Then I told him to go there every day and say this prayer: “O my Heavenly Mother, give me Your Child Jesus!” I taught him this prayer, and I went away.
So, on February 15, coming back as usual (to empty a garbage can outside the garden), I found a child there who seemed to be the same one as before, and I asked him: “Did you ask our Heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?” The child turned to me and said: “And you, have you revealed to the world what the Heavenly Mother asked you?” And, having said that, he turned into a resplendent child.
Then recognizing that it was Jesus, I said to Him:
— “My Jesus! You know what my confessor said to me in the letter I read You. He said that this vision had to be repeated, there had to be facts permitting us to believe it, and that the Mother Superior alone could not spread this devotion.”
— “It is true that the Mother Superior alone can do nothing, but with My grace, she can do anything. It is enough that your confessor gives you permission, and that your superior announce this for it to be believed by the people, even if they do not know who it was revealed to.”
— “But my confessor said in his letter that this devotion already exists in the world, because many souls receive You every first Saturday of the month, in honour of Our Lady and the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”
— “It is true, My daughter, that many souls begin, but few persevere to the very end, and those who persevere do it to receive the graces promised. The souls who make the five First Saturdays with fervour and to make reparation to the Heart of your Heavenly Mother, please Me more than those who make fifteen, but are lukewarm and indifferent.”
— “My Jesus! Many souls find it difficult to confess on Saturday. Will You allow a confession within eight days to be valid?”
— “Yes. It can even be made later on, provided that the souls are in the state of grace when they receive Me on the first Saturday, and that they had the intention of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Mary.”
— “My Jesus! And those who forget to form this intention?”
— “They can form it at the next confession, taking advantage of their first opportunity to go to confession.”
Right after that He disappeared, without me finding out anything more about Heaven’s desires, up to the present.