From her ‘Memoirs’ (of Fatima) visionary Sister Lucia writes:
“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. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne. […] Dont lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands for the second time. In front of the palm of Our Ladys 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.
The First Five Saturdays devotion*, that Our Lady asked for in her 13th July 1917 apparition at Fatima to the three little shepherds, is one of the principal points of the Fatima message. It centres on the urgent need for mankind to offer reparation and expiate for the many injuries that the Immaculate Heart of Mary suffers from the hands of both impious and indifferent men.
Via Sensus Fidelium comes this stirring homily on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Fr Michael Rodriguez, a fine priest who we have written about before.