On July 13, 1917, Our Lady predicted that she would come to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
Grace and mercy
On June 13, 1929, Sister Lucia of Fatima had an important vision at her convent in Tuy, Spain. She wrote, “I had sought and obtained permission from my superiors and confessor to make a Holy Hour from 11 o’clock until midnight every Thursday-to-Friday night.
“Being alone one night, I knelt near the altar rails in the middle of the chapel and, prostrate, I prayed the prayers of the angel. Feeling tired, I then stood up and continued to say the prayers with my arms in the form of a cross. The only light was that of the sanctuary lamp.
“Suddenly the whole chapel was illuminated by a supernatural light, and above the altar appeared a cross of light, reaching to the ceiling. In a brighter light on the upper part of the cross could be seen the face of a man, and his body as far as the waist; upon his breast was a dove of light; nailed to the cross was the body of another man.
“A little below the waist, I could see a chalice and a large host suspended in the air, onto which drops of blood were falling from the face of Jesus crucified and from the wound in His side. These drops ran down onto the host and fell into the chalice.
“Beneath the right arm of the cross was Our Lady, and in her hand was her Immaculate Heart. (It was Our Lady of Fatima, with her Immaculate Heart in her left hand, without sword or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames.) Under the left arm of the cross large letters, as if of crystal clear water, which ran down upon the altar, formed these words: ‘Grace and Mercy.’
“I understood that it was the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity which was shown to me, and I received lights about this mystery which I am not permitted to reveal.
“Our Lady then said to me: ‘The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with all the bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.
“There are so many souls whom the justice of God condemns for sins committed against me that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.”
The vision is a summary of the essentials of our Catholic Faith, and the message from Our Lady concerns the future of the world.
In 1948 Sister Lucia transferred from the Sisters of St. Dorothy to the Carmelite community in Coimbra, Portugal, where she lived out the message of Fatima as a contemplative nun for the rest of her life.
Consecration by Pope
Pope John Paul II, with the bishops of the world, consecrated the world and Russia to the Immaculate Heart on March 25, 1984.
In the summer of 1989 Father Robert Fox, the editor of the Immaculate Heart Messenger, publicized that Sister Lucia had said that God had accepted the collegial consecration of March 25, 1984, and “the Lord will keep His word.”
Then, in the fall of 1989, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe began.
Sister Lucia died on Feb. 13, 2005, at the age of 97. Before breathing her last, she said, “For the Holy Father! … Our Lady, Our Lady, Holy Angels, Heart of Jesus, Heart of Jesus! We are going, we are going.”
“Where?” asked Mother Celina.
“With whom?” asked Mother Celina.
“With Our Lord … Our Lady … and the little shepherds.”