Join the Sisters at the beginning of their novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; a talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the procession following around 7:30 p.m.
"As soon as Jacinta, Francisco and I had finished praying the Rosary, with a number of other people who were present, we saw once more the flash reflecting the light which was approaching (which we called lightning). The next moment, Our Lady was there on the holmoak, exactly the same as in May.
'What do you want of me?' I asked.
'I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary every day, and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.'
I asked for the cure of a sick person.
'If he is converted, he will be cured during the year.'
'I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.'
'Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and those souls will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.'
As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands and for the second time, she communicated to us the rays of that same immense light. We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which rose towards Heaven, and I in that which was poured out on the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady's right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation." (176-7).
(Sister Lucia. Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words. Fatima, Portugal: Secretariado dos Pastorinhos, 2005.)
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