The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to which goes back at least over five hundred years but which gained much momentum after Jesus asked of St Margaret Mary Alacoque for the spread of this devotion in the 17th century.
In the Message of Fatima we see that Jesus desires that the Immaculate Heart of his mother Mary be venerated together with his Sacred Heart.
Before she died in 1920, the Fatima seer Blessed Jacinta Marto told her cousin Lucia:
“Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from Her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to Her.”
During the July 13, 1917 apparitions Mary said:
“You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If people do what I am going to tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
On December 10, 1925, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sr Lucia, and by her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The most holy Virgin rested her hand on Sr Lucia’s shoulder, and as she did so, she showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which she was holding in her other hand. At the same time, the Child said:
“Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”
Then the most holy Virgin said:
“Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive
months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
On February 15, 1926, the Infant Jesus appeared to Sr Lucia again. He asked her if she had already spread the devotion to his most holy Mother. She told Him of the onfessor’s difficulties, and said that Mother Superior was prepared to propagate it, but that the confessor had said that she, alone, could do nothing.
Jesus replied: “It is true that your Superior alone can do nothing, but with my grace, she can do all.”
On May 18, 1936, Sr. Lucia wrote to her confessor, Fr. Gonzalvez, having asked Our
Lord why He wouldn’t convert Russia without the Holy Father making the Collegial Consecration (i.e. with all the bishops of the world) of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jesus told her:
“Because I want my whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its cult later on, and put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.”
In the following prayer revealed to the Fatima children we see intimate relationship and spiritual union between the Hearts of Jesus and Mary:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
Holding out her heart surrounded by thorns which pierced it from all sides, Our Lady told Lucia on June 13, 1917:
“God wishes you to remain in the world some time because he wants to use you to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn his throne.”
Our Lady said, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‛Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ ”
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