Lucia, the oldest of the three children personally encountered by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, recollects and recounts Her second visit to them on the holmoak tree at the Cova da Iria: ‘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. 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.”
“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.”
The Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and the Virgin Mother of the Church, during this centenary of Her apparitions at Fatima, invites all Her children who have been baptized into Her divine Son’s Holy Catholic Church to seriously consider Her maternal invitation to learn and grow in their devotion to Her Immaculate Heart if they are serious about joining Her in the glory of Her divine Son in Heaven at the unexpected hour of their death on earth.
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary consists in one’s definitive personal attachment and participation in the personal life of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Blessed Trinity, through the work of God the Holy Spirit as Paraclete in one’s soul, received by one from God the Son through one’s participation and faith in the infinite merits of His Holy Sacrifice of the Cross in His most holy human nature to His Eternal Father in the Mass and through His holy sacraments, particularly through the sacrament of reconciliation and the sacrament of His most Holy Body and Blood. One gets, progressively, an interior participatory knowledge of the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Blessed Trinity through one’s enquiring contemplation on the prayers and mysteries of Her Holy Rosary. The Blessed Virgin Mary obtains this grace from the Blessed Trinity for all those who pray Her Rosary in order to develop their personal lives with Her in the Holy Spirit, and join in Her everlasting devotion to the Blessed Trinity. Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is telling the Church through Her!