Fatima. Revelation at Tuy (1927-12-17)
On July 16, 1926 Lucia (under the name of Maria das Dores) left Pontevedra for the novitiate of Tuy. She described Our Lady’s request about the devotion of reparation to her new confessor, Father Jose Aparicio, superior of the Jesuit Fathers’ residence in the city. Father Aparicio was very serious-minded and experienced priest. He took some time to think about it.
Finally, Father Aparicio was quickly and completely convinced of the supernatural origin of Sister Lucia’s recent revelations. Lately, when he was appointed Master of Novices at Oya on September 24, 1927, he made great efforts to spread the devotion of reparation at this novitiate of the Jesuit Fathers.
Father Aparicio even decided to come back to Tuy to obtain more specific information from Lucia. He then asked her to write down, once again, a detailed account of the apparitions of Pontevedra, and also indicate if they were connected with the messages of 1917.
Lucia was caught unawares by this request, because the origin of the devotion of reparation was included in the Secret which the Most Holy Virgin had asked her to keep undisclosed.
The seer had implored Our Lord and asked Him how to satisfy Father Aparicio's request. A new divine revelation released her from such profound perplexity.
In the letter to Father Aparicio Lucia describes what Our Lord told her to do (she speaks about herself in the third person):
On December 17, 1927, she approached the tabernacle and asked Jesus how to satisfy the request made of her, if the origin of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was included in the Secret which the Most Holy Virgin had entrusted to her.
Jesus, in a distinct voice, made her hear these words:
— My daughter, write everything that is asked of you; also write everything the Most Holy Virgin revealed to you in the apparition when She spoke to you of this devotion; as for the rest of the Secret, keep silence.